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DIY Nail Striping

Published 03/26/2014 by

This season’s nail game is all about DIY striped nails. Whether you like your stripes on the vertical, horizontal or diagonal (or all of the above) this DIY nail art is both fun and easy to do with ready-made striping tools that can be found at your local drug store. With the season (sort of) in bloom we’ve cooked up some stripe-sational designs inspired by our SS14 product lineup.

 

The Nautical Stripe

What you’ll need:

- Base coat and top coat

- White nail polish. Used here: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On, $2.49 at Target.

- Blue striper polish. Used here: Sally Hansen Striper in Blue, $3.99 at Target.

 

How to do it:

1. Apply your base coat and allow it to dry.

2. Apply two coats of your white polish. Make sure each coat is relatively thick or else it’ll look streaky, allowing nails to dry between coats.

3. With your blue striper, carefully paint 4 to 5 vertical lines on each nail.

4. Allow nails to fully dry. Spray a bit of hairspray on your nail before applying the top coat. This will help prevent the blue stripes from smearing.

CIS-DIY Stripe Nautical 1

 

CIS-DIY Stripe Nautical 2_shoe

Inspired by the SLEPSKI. Shop it here. 

Shop the Stripe Trend

Shop the Stripe Trend

The Tribal-Bright Stripe

What you’ll need:

- Base coat and top coat

- Coral nail polish. Used here: Essie in Tart Deco, $8.95 at Trade Secrets.

- Lime green nail polish. Used here: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Lickety-Split Lime, $7.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart. DIY Tip: If you don’t have the steadiest hand you can use a striper polish instead, or if you prefer a thinner line.

- Black nail striper. Used here: Sally Hansen Striper in Black, $3.99 at Target.

 

How to do it:

1. Apply your base coat and allow it to dry.

2. Apply two coats of your coral polish.

3. With your lime green polish, paint a vertical line down the center of each nail.

4. With your black striper, paint three diagonal lines on both sides of your green line.

5. Spray nails with hairspray to avoid smearing. Apply top coat.

CIS-DIY Stripe Bright 1

 

Call it Spring's BRATNIK

Call it Spring’s BRATNIK

 Inspired by the BRATNIK. Shop it here. 

Shop the stripe trend

Shop the stripe trend

The Pastel Stripe

What you’ll need:

- Base coat and top coat

- Light pink nail polish. Used here: Essie in I Am Strong, $8.95 at Trade Secrets.

- Baby blue nail polish. Used here: Essie in Mint Candy Apple, $8.95 at Trade Secrets.

- White nail striper. Used here: Sally Hansen Striper in White, $3.99 at Target

 

How to do it:

1. Apply your base coat and allow it to dry.

2. Using your pink polish, paint half of your nail on a diagonal. Start from the upper corner of your nail to the lower corner. Apply two coats.

3. Repeat step 2 with your baby blue polish instead, filling in the bottom half of your nail. Again, apply two coats. DIY tip: If your lines are perfectly even don’t worry! The white striper will take care of any unevenness.

4. With your white striper, draw a diagonal line down the center of your nail where both colours meet. The white stripe will cover any unevenness and finish the look.

5. Spray nails with hairspray and apply top coat.

CIS-DIY Stripe Pastel 1

DIY extra: If you just can’t seem to master striping nail polish then try nail striping tape instead. Available in a wide range of colours and textures, you can find striping tape for a less than the cost of a latte on Amazon.

Call it Spring's SCHANDEL

Call it Spring’s SCHANDEL

 Inspired by the SCHANDEL. Shop it here. 

Shop the schandel

Shop the schandel

Get creative with any of these designs or create a design of your very own. Show us how you striped your nails on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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