Nail Art Tutorial: Candy Cane Striped Nails

Give your clients a sweet surprise – a peppermint mani! Click through to see nail tech Amy Morphey show you how to create these gel polish stripes and snowflakes.

Supplies needed:

  • manicure tools
  • dehydration (I use cnd scrub fresh)
  • NSI Cleanse
  • orange wood stick
  • striping brush
  • red gel polish (Bluesky 40521 )
  • green glitter gel polish (Bluesky XSJ23)
  • top and base coat gel polish
  • nail art pens (optional as you can use the gel polish)
  • UV or LED curing lamp

Step 1: Fully manicure and dehydrate the nail plate. Apply one coat of Bluesky base coat and cure for 10 seconds.

Step 2: Apply a thin, even coat of red and cure for 2 minutes.

Step 3: Apply a second even coat of red and cure for 2 minutes.

Step 4: Apply top coat and cure for 2 minutes.

Step 5: Remove tacky dispersion layer with NSI Cleanse.

Step 6: With your striping brush or nail art pens create diagonal pin stripes across the nail.

Step 7:  It is actually easier to gently move the client’s nail rather than the brush.

Step 8:  Repeat to create a fuller candy stripe. If you are using nail art pens allow to completely dry. If you have used a gel polish, cure for two minutes.

Step 9:  Decant your green gel polish — Bluesky XSJ23.

Step 10:  With your striping brush, place a green stripe after every third white stripe and cure for 2 minutes.

Step 11:  Repeat a second coat of green and cure for 2 minutes.

Step 12:  Apply a top coat and cure for 2 minutes. Remove the tacky dispersion layer. Done!

You can also add a snowflake on the accent nail. One good plate for this is Bundle Monster H01.

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Also see these other holiday tutorials!

[Courtesy of Amy Sarah Morphey]

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