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Leopard Print Nails Step By Step: The Best Nail Art For Short Nails

03/08/2015 15:46 BST | Updated 03/08/2015 17:59 BST

Nail art for short nails can be pretty tricky to find and sometimes it seems like girls with inch-long talons are having all the fun.

But not today, as this #ManicureMonday, we've got the low down on how to get even the shortest of nails looking pretty pimpin'.

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East London-based freelance nail artist Maddy Ayers (Maad Nails) told HuffPost UK Style how to perfect leopard print nail art in five simple steps:

1. For this bright leopard design, start off with a base coat (here I went for Bourgois) and then a nice vibrant turquoise. I used An Ever Bigger Splash from WAH London.

2. To begin the pattern, paint some blobs of a mid-shade of brown – I went for Nubby Sand from &Other Stories. The pattern shouldn’t be uniform so make these all different shapes and sizes.

3. Once the brown polish has dried, loosely outline the shapes using a black nail pen. Don’t line each one all the way around; leave a few gaps for a more natural, broken-up look. The WAH London range is great for this as the pens have a nib end which is easy to control.

4. You’ll find that you may have some space in between the shapes. Add a couple of marks just with the black pen in these gaps to add depth to the design. You can make these broken circles, half-moons, dots… whatever you fancy!

5. Finish with a good layer of top coat to add gloss to the look – China Glaze Fast Forward does the job.

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