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Candy Cane Nails

The only nail art that I still wanted to do for Christmas was candy cane nails. If I had known the implications of my choice, I might have changed my mind! I thought doing one colour, taping it off and doing another would be quick and easy. Not so much. It turned out to be extremely time consuming and messy.


As usual I started with a base coat to protect my natural nails. I followed by painting all my nails with Sinful Colors Snow Me White. I top coated that with Seche Vite in order for it to dry as quickly as possible. Once it was dry I started taping my nails. I used 4 pieces of striping tape on each nail. I stuck two fairly close together on the top and another two toward the bottom. I painted over the striping tape with Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby one nail at a time and immediately after painting I removed the striping tape piece by piece with a tweezer. Once I was done I did another Seche Vite top coat. In some cases my lines weren’t perfectly clean and I tried to patch with white where the red crossed over. In hindsight I should have done this before I did the last top coat. I also noticed afterwards that not all my tape slanted at the same angle so some of my nails look different, but from a distance you can’t see any of that 😛 The result:




Overall I am happy with the result (despite the odd messy bit). My nails are really striking and I’ve received a lot of positive feedback. Everyone also immediately knew that they were meant to resemble candy canes 😀


The mess created while trying to obtain this look:




Very messy! Plus red is a pain in the butt to clean, but I managed and I like the result 🙂


What do you think of these nails? Would you rock it? The colour combinations are ENDLESS! You could wear striped nails all year round if you were inclined to do so 🙂 In future I might opt to do an accent nail or two instead of a full mani (cos I’m lazy like that!)