Six Simple Stripe Nailart Tutorials


The wonderful thing about nailart is that you don’t always need specific nailart equipment to make your nails look striking.

The following six designs were achieved using only nail varnish and a reasonably steady hand. So if you’re a first timer, why not have a try at one.

Vertical Stripe Gradient Nailart Tutorial
Staircase StripesNailart Tutorial
One Diagonal Stripe Nailart Tutorial
Spiky Stripy Nailart Tutorial
Candy Cane Stripes Nailart Tutorial
Chevron Nailart Tutorial

A few of these were actually some of my very early creations – I’m sure you’ll spot which ones those are!

VERTICAL STRIPE GRADIENT NAILART TUTORIAL

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I love this design. It is so eye-catching with the faux highlight down the centre, and yet, deceptively simple to achieve.

You’ll need a base coat, top coat and two or three shades of the same colour, plus a white polish.

1. Paint your base coat.

2. Follow up with two coats of your darkest colour. I used Bewitching by Revlon.

3. Then choose your next lightest shade and paint a wide strip down the middle of your nail in such a way that two stripes of your darkest colour still show either side. For this I’ve used Fuscia Fever by Revlon.

4. Proceed with your lightest colour and paint a strip down the middle of your nail, slightly thinner than the previous one. I chose Sweet Tart by Revlon for this.

5. Take your white nail varnish, here I used White on White by Revlon, and, making your brush very wide and flat by dragging it along the rim of the bottle on both sides of the brush, take the thin edge of the brush and paint a straight line down the centre of the nail.

6. Seal with your top coat and there you have it!

Variations

a) If you have lots of colours of nail varnish then try a different colour gradient on each nail.

b) Try a gold or silver stripe down the centre of your nail for an extra sparkly finish.

c) Rather than having all the stripes as vertical lines on your nails, mix it up by having some nails with diagonal or horizontal lines for an added artistic flair.

STAIRCASE STRIPES NAILART TUTORIAL

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All you need is a base coat, top coat and three nail varnish colours.

1. Prep your nails with a base coat.

2. Give your nails two coats of your background colour, in this case Sweet Tart by Revlon. For tips on how to master a solid base check out How to Make a Manicure Last a Week.

3. Next, take your second colour – in my case Lilac Pastelle by Revlon and paint three vertical lines of different lengths, starting with the longest. It can be about three quarters of the length of the nail and should touch and be parallel to one side edge of your nail and finish at the tip. The second stripe should be in the middle of your nail and be shorter than the first stripe. The third stripe should be the shortest of the three and should touch the other edge of your nail. What you then have is a staircase of three steps.

4. Repeat the above step with your third colour. I went for a glittery gold called Sequins by Revlon but you could just as easily choose an opaque colour. With your third colour, each staircase step should be shorter than the one you are painting over.

5. Seal with a top coat and leave to dry.

There you have it – super simple but a striking finish.

Variations

a) Why not choose three shades of the same colour and begin with the lightest and end with the darkest so you have a colour gradient on your nail.

b) If you’re feeling daring then have a go with four or more colours on each nail so you still have three steps but each step is made up of multiple colours.

c) Alternate your nails so some staircases go down your nails and others go up your nails.

d) If you can make your brush have a thin edge, then try out more than three steps – you could have five or six.

ONE DIAGONAL STRIPE NAILART TUTORIAL

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All you need is a base coat, a top coat and two colours.

1. Lay down your base coat.

2. Paint two coats of your background colour – I opted for Frostiest Pink by Revlon.

3. Paint a diagonal stripe of your second colour beginning about half way along the edge of your nail and taking it right to the opposite corner. Here I’ve used Sparkling by Revlon which in fact needed two coats to make it sparkly enough. Then fill in any gap towards the edge and the tip.

4. Finish off with a top coat and wait until they’re dry.

So quick and easy but definitely eye-catching.

Variations

a) You could use three colours and paint a thinner second stripe on top of and parallel with the first so part of the first stripe is covered. If you then chose different shades of the same colour you would have a fun gradient pattern.

b) Try painting your stripe so that it finishes in the middle of your nail and do the same on the other side so that you end up with an arrow design.

c) You could paint polka dots along the edge of the stripe.

SPIKY STRIPY NAILART TUTORIAL

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For this one you just need a base coat, a top coat and any three colours.

1. Paint your base coat.

2. Follow with two coats of your background colour, in this case Bewitching by Revlon.

3. Using your second colour, I used Knockout by Revlon, paint a series of short diagonal stripes along the tip of your nail, each the same length. The effect will be a zig-zag pattern.

4. Repeat step 3 with your third colour using shorter stripes. I’ve used Pink Friday by OPI. Normally I wouldn’t recommend putting such a light colour on top of black, but this one is very opaque.

4. Top it off with your top coat and relax while they dry.

Who would have thought it was that simple?

Variations

a) If you have lots of colours you want to use then you could do one layer of zig-zag stripes but use a different colour for each stripe.

b) You could continue the short stripes along one edge of your nail as well, or even around the entire nail to give a spiky border.

c) If you used three shades of the same colour then you would have a gradient effect on your nail. Imagine using blues – it would look like waves in the sea.

CANDY CANE STRIPES NAILART TUTORIAL

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All you need for this one is your base and top coat and two colours.

1. Prepare your nails with your base coat.

2. Lay down two coats of one of your colours – in this case Pink Friday by OPI.

3. Paint two diagonal stripes in your second colour beginning in the middle of your cuticle. I went for Dreamer by Revlon.

4. Paint on your top coat and you’re all set!

Variations

a) If you can master a thin brush by making it flat and wide and using the thin edge, then try painting a third coloured line down the middle of each stripe.

b) You could do polka dots in a third colour along the background colour.

c) Bear this in mind for perfect candy cane Christmas nails and opt for red and white stripes.

CHEVRON NAILART TUTORIAL

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For this you need your base coat and top coat and three nail varnish colours.

1. Get your base coat down.

2. Layer on two coats of your background colour. I’ve gone for White on White by Revlon.

3. Next, using your second colour, paint two converging stripes starting at the edges and finishing in the centre. I went for Fearless by Revlon.

4. Repeat step 3 using your third colour, but painting thinner stripes nearer to the tip. I used Urban by Revlon.

5. Seal with your top coat and relax while they dry.

It’s so quick and easy but will have everyone wondering how you managed it.

Variations

a) You could go for more than two colours for your chevrons and start much further up the nail.

b) Why not do the same design but use a series of tiny polka dots instead of stripes.

c) You could make it a much deeper V shape and start at one corner of your cuticle and finish in the middle of the tip and then do the same from the other side.

I hope these six designs have inspired you to give nailart a go. There are so many variations for each one and I’d love to see what you come up with, so upload your photos onto Instagram and tag @tillynailart so I can check them out. Happy painting!

For a bonus seventh simple stripe design check out an Introduction to Nailart for my mod-inspired nailart tutorial.

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