6 December 2011

Candy Cane Nails

When it comes to nails, I like to stay simple and tend to wear neutral colours that will match any outfit I wear. However, I also like to follow the funky trends, take it up a level and experiment with a little quirkiness. Christmas is a great excuse to do so and in this tutorial I have taken inspiration from the good old, traditional candy cane design and I'll guide you through a few step-by-step instructions as to how you can recreate it for yourself!

Here's what to do:

Step 1: Apply base coat, followed by two coats of white nail polish. Depending on the varnish you are using, you may possibly need three coats. Here I used OPI Alpine Snow.

Step 2: Next take a nail art brush, these are available from most beauty supplies. If you are unable to get hold of one, they are also available on eBay for next to nothing, if all else fails, you can use a small, fine painting brush. 
Dip the end of the brush into a bright red nail polish, here I'm using OPI Big Apple Red.

Step 3: Starting on the little finger nail, paint a thick diagonal line from the top right hand corner.

Step 4: Leave a gap, then follow with 3 thin lines underneath. Continue this process down to the base of the nail. Copy the design on to each of the other nails. On the following nail, I like to start the other way round with the three thin lines at the top, just to give it some variation. Once all nails are complete, leave to dry and apply a top coat. You may find if they haven't had enough time to dry, the top coat will make the red bleed onto the white, don't panic though, I feel this gives even more of a realistic look as you can see from the candy canes below some of the red colouring has smudged.

Okay, so it's not perfect but it was fun to do. Change it up to whatever you find easiest, if the thinner lines are too tricky, try painting all thick lines, if you want to add some green lines into it, add some green lines into it, this is just a basic tutorial. I'm right handed, and I must admit, when it came to doing my right hand, it was difficult, but take your time, have fun with it and if needs be, ask someone to help!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I have a few more ideas which I'd like to get out there before Christmas, although it seems to be creeping up almighty fast, I'll see what I can do ;-)



  1. OMG they are soo cool. i havent got a steady hand though so mine would be messy. these look ace though, especially holding the candy canes!

  2. Wow Jessica your nails look a-mazing, so pretty I will definetly be trying this out :)

  3. Aww these look gorgeous Jessica!

    Much Love,

  4. This is such a lovely idea! It looks fabulous. Thanks for posting this, you've inspired me :)

  5. ohh these nails are so pretty and totally look like candy canes! you did a great job!

  6. The design looks so realistic! Blends in nicely with the candy canes you're holding :)

  7. Lovely!
    I don't think I have enough control to paint such thin lines freehand!

    now following!



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