i’m feeling the two-tone nails at the moment, have you noticed? it’s the perfect solution when you just can’t decide on a colour. with summer finally here, i was in the mood for something light and fresh, and what’s cute than nautical white and blue?
add stripes to the equation, and you have yourself some seriously dainty nails.
i picked up this little trick for creating perfect, thin stripes a while back from a brilliant blog called the beauty department.
start with two coats of your base colour, in my case a pure, clean white. paint a piece of sticky tape with your complementing colour – i chose a pretty sky blue – and allow to dry completely so you can handle it.
i combined simple off-centre stripes with some cute criss-crosses. snip the excess off with scissors and file the edge for a clean finish.
finish with a top coat to secure the tape and prevent it from peeling. i won’t lie, it is so much easier if you have a friend handy to help you place the tape on your nail. i had a good few wonky attempts before i managed to get them straight one-handed.
et voila! stripey goodness, and no fussing about with messy nail pens and shakey hands.
grab a friend, and choose your favourite colour combo. if you want to go advanced, try lots of stripes, or criss-cross the whole nail to create a patchwork. once you’ve mastered stripes, get crazy with some cut-out shapes … and send us pictures of your results!