Rathy

Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial

It’s that time of year. Lots of festivities and holiday cheer! And what better way to dress up your holiday nails than with some candy cane stripes. I keep imagining that they smell like peppermint. :) Click on the more link for the full tutorial on how to recreate the look for this holiday season. All of the polishes used are available at Live Love Polish!

Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial

Paint a base layer of white. Here I’m using Color Club French Tip, which is a nice opaque white that goes on with just two coats.
Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial
Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial

Make sure to apply a top coat over your base before your next layer.
Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial

For this nail art we’ll need some nail vinyls or striping tape. If you haven’t tried already, check out NailVinyls™. I love the way they mask your nail designs and keep the lines clean.
Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial

Place your nail vinyls like so. Creating a pattern using thick and thin stripes to mimic a candy cane design.
Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial

Use a red polish like Color Club Reddy or Not (which is a superb bright red) and paint over your nail vinyls.
Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial

I ended up leaving on the nail polish till it dried a little but not completely. With a tweezer I slowly pulled away at my nail vinyls so that it comes off without stripping the polish.
Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial

Repeat this for all of your nails. Clean up any messes around the edges with a brush and some polish remover. Then apply a fast top coat like Seche Vite from LiveLovePolish.

NAIL ART TIP: Instead of painting the top coat the usual way, I painted my top coat in the direction of the diagonal stripes to avoid streaking the red polish onto the white. This will minimize any colors from picking up and going where they’re not supposed to!

Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial
Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial
Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial
Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial

Petite Peinture: Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial

Products used: Color Club French Tip, Color Club Reddy or Not, NailVinyls™, and Seche Vite Top Coat
Polishes were provided by LiveLovePolish, a new online shop for nail polish carrying some of the best nail polish brands including China Glaze, Color Club, NCLA, LVX, Models Own, RGB, and more.

Disclaimer: Colors on monitors may vary and affect the actual color of the polish. Products shown here were sent to Petite Peinture.

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6 thoughts on “Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial

  1. Teresa Loop

    This is adorable!! I may have to give those nail vinyls a try. I just recently bought things to do stamping on my nails, wanting to try that too!

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    1. RathyRathy Post author

      Thanks Teresa! I don’t think I’ll use anything else now that I’ve tried nail vinyls. They really keep the polish from seeping underneath and messing up the design. I’ve done a little bit of stamping but I’m not very pro at it yet. Good luck with your nail art! :up:

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  2. Cat

    Hi Rathy, you have some really helpful tips in your tutorial that can be applied to other mani designs, too. Thanks for the inspiration and I keep thinking I would be sniffing my nails, too, to see if they smelled like peppermint!

    Reply
    1. RathyRathy Post author

      Haha. Thanks Cat! I’m glad that some of my tips were helpful! Appreciate your comments. Don’t forget to keep coming back for more designs and tips! :)

      Reply

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