My latest Julep Maven Box arrived a couple weeks ago, and I fell in love with the two nail polish colors that I received: Tamara, a lipstick red, and Lorenzana, a taupey-gray. Both colors look great on their own, as well as together.
I decided to experiment a little and combined the two colors for some easy striped nail art.
This is about as simple as nail art can get. So even if you are nail polish-challenged like me, I’m confident that you can do it.
I have lots of polish, so I decided to use some other colors, too. Are you ready to get started?
- base coat
- top coat
- neutral nail polish
- 1 or more shades of nail polish for the stripes
- manicure clean up pen and/or orange stick
Left to right: Color Club Hot Tropics, Ruffian Fox Hunt, Julep Tamara, Essie Sunday Funday, Essie Tart Deco, Color Club Reign in Spain (part of a set), Piggy Polish All That Glitters; Front: Julep Lorenzana
I test a number of colors on a piece of white paper, so I could see what worked best together. I chose to use five different colors for my stripes, but this manicure would look just as pretty with one color.
Start by covering your nails with your base coat (I love Orly Bonder) and then paint your nails with a couple coats of your neutral color. The polish should completely cover your nails. Use your nail polish clean up pen or orange stick to fix any mistakes, and then wait for your nails to dry before starting on the next step.
I’m impatient, so I added a coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat to speed the drying process up.Once your nails are dry, add two strips of tape to each nail, leaving a narrow gap open between the strips. I used painter’s tape, but transparent tape (the kind used for wrapping gifts) would also work.
Note: I went a little crazy with the tape! You just need enough to cover your nails.
Have you ever attempted nail art?