12/1/14

12 Days of Festive Nails - Day 1: Candy Cane

Welcome to day one of my holiday series: 12 Days of Festive Nails. 

Every other day until Christmas I am going to be showing you how to accomplish some easy nail art ideas and share some of my favourite colours for this time of year. Are you ready to get cheery, joyful, merry and bright?! Fa la la la la la...la la...la...la!


For this candy cane look I used two slightly different techniques. Here's what you'll need:


Some clear scotch tape, a pair of normal scissors, a pair of nail scissors, some red and white nail polish and a top coat. 

Technique #1:



I started by painting my nails red and white, alternating with each finger.


I took a few pieces of tape and made thin cuts vertically. Then I took each small piece and laid them diagonally across each nail that had white polish on it. I spread them out as evenly as possible to create the same size "candy cane" stripe. I also pressed down firmly to ensure each piece of tape adhered to my nail - this will prevent bleeding. 


I took the same red nail polish I used from before and painted over the tape like I would normally. Then I waited for it to dry completely before peeling off the pieces. 


I had a little troubles with paint peeling in some areas (possibly because it wasn't dry enough) so I went back in with a white nail striper to touch it up a bit. But I'm really pleased with the final look and I think it's so cute and festive!

Technique #2:


I found Technique #1 a little tedious...especially since I have basically zero patience and it was torture waiting for the nail polish to dry. So I decided I would attempt a different way of achieving this look. I started by painting a section of the clear tape using red nail polish. I still had to wait for it to dry but at least my finger wasn't suffocating. 


Once it dried completely, I cut small strips and used tweezers to help apply the tape directly onto each white nail with even spacing.  


I took a pair of nail scissors and cut the excess around my nail. 


A thick application of top coat finished everything off.  


Above is an image of the two techniques side by side. On the left is Technique #1 and on the right is Technique #2. Both had some pros and cons: For Technique #1, I ended up with some jagged edges and for Technique #2, I noticed the paint colour began to peel away from the tape after a little while. 

In the end I have to say that despite it being time-consuming, I really liked the way Technique #1 turned out. 

Give it a try and let me know which method worked best for you!

xxx

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