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Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Tutorial: Candy Cane Stripe Nail Art

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I really wanted to post this Candy Cane Tutorial last week, but as you can see, it clearly didn't happen (I do sincerely apologize for that)! The good news, not only is this a super cute design for Christmas and Holidays, it looks great with any two colors all season long! Try black and gold or silver and black for New Year's Eve!  

Supplies I used: Nubar Sensual Red (red base color), Kiss Nail Art Paint in White (white stripes), Sinful Nail Art in Be My Valentine (matching red for correcting), Martha Stewart Sugar Cube glitter or any iridescent top coat for finishing.

If you don't own nail art polish, you can always purchase a striper paint brush from any craft store to use with your existing color collection.   

Step 1:  After applying a base coat, start with a red base color or any color of your choice. Let dry.

Step 2:  Using the nail art paint in white, draw a set of thin diagonal lines in the center of your nail like shown in above. Don't worry if your stripes aren't picture perfect! We'll be giving them a quick fix in Step 4.

Tips: If you have trouble drawing a straight line, try rotating your finger while holding the brush steady. Also, instead of a double line pattern, try mixing it up with thicker stripes and single lines!

Step 3:  Continue with the second set of lines leaving a nice gap in between each set. Remember, try to follow the same horizontal pattern for a more even and uniform look.

Step 4:  After you completed the third set of lines, let dry.

There's a simple way to fix your stripes without destroying the entire design. Just take the opposite color, in this case the red polish, and fill in the areas you want corrected. Or - and this is how I personally like to do it, take the red striper polish and make a clean sweep where it needs to be corrected.

Tip: If using both red and white polish to correct the stripes, be sure they are completely dry. You don't want the red and white mixing to pink!

Step 5 (optional):  At this point you can apply a top coat and be done, or if you really want to bring this candy cane design to life, add some iridescent glitter or a sugar-like top coat to give that sparkly effect.

What do you think of my Candy Cane Nails? Is this something you would try in the future?

(2) Comments

Jaime said on Dec 30th, 2011 1:16 am
I love this design! Thanks for the tutorial. I can't wait to try it out! :)

robin said on Jan 3rd, 2012 1:25 pm
I love this! Since I still have two more holiday parties to attend I think I am going to try it with black and either gold or silver...who knows this maybe perfect for Valentine's Day!

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