16 September 2013

How To: Striped Nail Art

It's not often I get nail inspiration from a piece of clothing, but the other day I was browsing ASOS, which is definitely a normal, daily occurrence for me. Well, I came across a gorgeous shirt, with a pattern that I thought would make a really cool nail art look. Not to brag or anything now... I'm not one of those girls, but it did turn out pretty well and I had to show you. Now I will warn you, it is quite a time consuming look, it took me 3 whole episodes of Gossip Girl, but it was definitely worth it. Ok so I'm now going to stop rambling and just show you haha...

Stripes Nail Art
Essie Midnight Cami Nail Polish
Blue Essie Nail Polishes
Nail colours I used |
 Base Colour | Models Own Blueberry Muffin
Stripes | Essie Midnight Cami
Layered Stripes | Essie In The Cabana, Essie Rocked The Boat, Essie Butler Please, Essie Avenue Maintain, Essie Bikini So Teeny.

Nail Art
Other Tools |
Striping Tape
Nail Art Brush

First things first I applied my favourite base coat which is the CND Sticky Base Coat, definitely a must have in my opinion if you're after longevity. I then applied two coats of Models Own Blueberry Muffin. For me the next step is the most important, if you want your stripes to look neat. Leave your nails to dry for at least an hour, overnight would be best but they need to be completely dry. I then cut my striping tape so that each piece was the right length for my nail, and gently apply. I then painted two thin coats of Essie Midnight Cami over the tape. I waited about a minute and carefully removed the tape, if your base is completely dry it shouldn't pull of any of the colour underneath. Lastly I painted on random strokes, using a nail art brush. The selection of colours I chose were Essie In The Cabana, Essie Rocked The Boat, Essie Butler Please, Essie Avenue Maintain and Essie Bikini So Teeny. Wait 10-15 minutes then apply your favourite topcoat and, Tadda! you are finished.

I'm really happy with how they eventually turned out, it took blood, sweat and tears (not literally) but they were definitely worth the hard work.

Let me know what you think, have you used striping tape before? How did you get on.

XOXO Claire


  1. How pretty! Great job, I do nail art too and know how much effort and time can be put into it and this looks detailed, you can just sort of get in the zone with it can't you :) xx

    1. Aww thank you, I definitely find watching TV helps me concentrate. I was close to giving up after the second nail but I'm so glad I didn't :-)

  2. Sweet design! :)


  3. I love all of those Essie colors! You did a really good job on your nails, they look very pretty. :)
    Mia xo


    1. Thank you so much, Essie is definitely becoming the brand I turn to more often than not :)

  4. I love the idea of layering some other designs over the top of the stripes :)

    Ria x

    1. Thank you, I'm thinking of doing polka dots next :)

  5. Loving your wonderful collection of blue Essie nail polishes. Essie is the best nail polish brand.


    1. Thank you, I would have to agree they have such an amazing colour selection, my own is getting quite out of hand haha


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