With Christmas just around the corner, I decided to create these simple candy cane nails.
|Candy Cane Nails - OPI GoldenEye / Opi The Spy Who Loved Me|
These nails were inspired by the Sephora ad that I saw through an email. If anyone knows how to get that bow, please leave a comment below :)
Duration: 45 mins - 1 hour due to drying and precision.
Step 1: Picking your colors.
I personally went with the same colors as the sephora ad since I already had those colors but I would think a shimmery silver and a shimmery red would go well together. For my nails, I used the OPI Skyfall collection, GoldenEye and The Spy Who Loved Me. The GoldenEye is a very unique shade and formula because it mimics polishes with gold foil in them. Overall, a very unique shade to the collection. You want to wait till the base layer (in my case , gold) to completely dry before you do the taping to avoid peeling the base color off.
Step 2: Tape and Scissors
Cut up your tape into very thin strips. Different widths will give you different sized stripes. Ultimately, what you are doing is blocking out the gold with the tape and filling in the open space with red creating that candy cane effect. A tip for this is to create some very thing pieces of tape to color block. The most difficult part is cutting the tape into tiny pieces
Step 3: Paint and peel
After you've cut up your pieces of tape, tape them over your nails like the image above. Try to get different widths between each piece to create a more candy cane effect. Once you've painted it, you want to peel the tape off before it even starts to dry to create a very clean line. The key is to take your tweezers and peel the tape back , you don't want to do this at an angle, you want to pull the tape exactly back and away from the nail. Pulling it off to the side may cause it to smear.
Step 4: Clean up
The last step is to apply a top coat, wait for it to dry then clean up any polishes that might have run onto the side of your finger. I typically use a q-tip for this.
This is definitely a nail tutorial that takes a lot of time because of the drying and precision required to create these color blocking but non the less this is definitely an easy nail tutorial that's perfect for the holiday!