Start off by applying a base coat, this will help keep your nail healthy and stop yellowing. I'm using the Beauty Secrets base coat.
Step 2: Base Color
Next apply your base color. This will be the background color in the cheetah print. Im using Essie "Mint Candy Apple". This color is a pretty light blue. It takes me 3 coats to get it fully opaque. Different colors and brands will vary in coat 'usage'.
Step 3: Spot Color
The next step is to find a sepratae piece of plastic or paper to put nail polish onto. I like to use a paint palette when I do my nails, but i used paper for this tutorial. This color will be the spot in the cheetah print, here I'm using white. If you choose to do colorful cheetah print, it looks best when you have two different colors for the base and cheetah spot, but keep the outside brackets black or white. If you do three different bight colors for the spots, it tends to look sloppy.
This next step is easier than it looks. You don't need to have perfect spots, it looks better when they're different. Dip the dotting tool into the polish you are using, and place it on the nail and a circular stippling motion. I looks best when the dots come out looking like little clouds.