Thursday 23 January 2014

Tutorial Thursday: Pink Checkers Stripe

Hey everyone! Because this week's Tutorial Tuesday was done by the lovely Amelia (see here), I decided I'd post my usual tutorial today instead! I'm so excited to show you this design, after seeing this image by Madeline Poole on Instagram I just knew I had to recreate it. The design itself is pretty simple but I think the simplicity is what makes it stand out so much. I definitely got a lot of comments on my nails whilst I was wearing these, and as they're so easy to do I think I'll be recreating them with quite a few colours! 

I didn't actually intend to do this design in pink, I had meant to do it with a nude base, but for some reason I picked up the pink and painted my nails with it without even thinking, and I didn't want to remove it after that so I just decided to go with it. I'm so glad I did because I think it works really well with the pastel colour. I guess my hand knew what I wanted more than my head! Tutorial will be after the jump.

The base for these nails is OPI - Mod About You, then I used striping tape from Born Pretty Store, MASH - White, and MASH - Black, but you can also use acrylic paint if you'd prefer! Then I finished off with a coat of Seche Vite

Step 1: Paint your nails with your chosen base colour
Step 2: Apply two strips of striping tape to the centre of your nail
Step 3: Paint in between the strips with the brush from the white polish
Step 4: Using a small brush and black nail polish or acrylic paint, paint on the black stripes leaving equal gaps for the white. You can either do this step with or without the striping tape
Step 5: Remove the striping tape. If you left the tape on when applying the black, do this very quickly or the black will be stringy and will ruin the design.
Step 6: Once your design is dry, finish off with topcoat to seal in your design.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments!


  1. This is so cute, I love it!!

  2. It looks great.
    But I think I'm not fast enough for it - mine would definitely become stringy.

  3. Love this design! Looks amazing with the pink too :) xxx

  4. So simple and cute. Great tutorial!

  5. Love the pink color and perfect painted nails. Love it.

  6. i love the colors, very pretty :)

  7. I'm IN LOVE with this design ! It's so simple and beautiful. I will definitely try it.


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