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08/20/2012 08:29 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

DIY Nail Art: Tiger Print-Inspired Manicure (PHOTO)

The fashion industry has gone leopard crazy -- mass-producing stylish reincarnations of the fast feline's spots on denim, scarves, handbags and shoes. But after discovering this awesome animal print nail design, we think it's time to show some love to another big cat: The tiger.

Inspired by the classic sports film "Rocky" and kiddie flick "Madagascar 3," Danielle and Jenny of the blog Polish You Pretty perfected the "eye of the tiger" using an unlikely tool, an eyeshadow applicator. Follow the steps below to recreate this manicure.

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Photos: Pop singer Wynter Gordon, Christopher Polk/Getty Images for LOGO; CND Brilliant White and Electric Orange; CoverGirl shadow applicators; Polish You Pretty's tiger print DIY nail art.

Step 1: After applying a base coat, paint on two coats of CND Brillant White.
Step 2: Use an eyeshadow applicator and CND Electric Orange to bring the ombre fade into the middle.
Step 3: Paint on tiger stripes with a black nail striper. Tip: It may be best to do the left side, then move over to the right -– fitting the stripes together. Lighten the brush stroke near the end to create a point, and vary the design by adding V-shaped stripes.
Step 4: Seal the nail design with a shiny top coat.

What do you think about this tiger print-inspired manicure? Would you wear it? Tell us in the comments section.

Meanwhile, take a cue from celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Emma Roberts and Heidi Klum on how to pull off an animal print dress.

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