Thursday, 3 May 2012

How to create Pastel Stripe nails!

I recently posted about my favourite nail varnishes for spring and a lot of my lovely readers said they'd love to see a tutorial using all of the nail varnishes I featured as the colours complimented each other so well. I was going to create an 'ombre' type look using a sponge but considering it's quite messy, I thought I'd stick with something that was simple yet effective, also something everyone will be able to do. 
If you would like to create pastel stripe nails, then keep reading!

To create pastel you will need the following:
  • White nail varnish (I used 'Snow' by China Glaze)
  • Baby blue nail varnish (I used 'What's With The Cattitude' by O.P.I)
  • Mint green nail varnish (I used 'Re-Fresh Mint' by China Glaze)
  • Yellow nail varnish (I used 'Fiercely Fiona' by O.P.I)
  • Peach/Orange nail varnish (I used 'Peachy Keen' by China Glaze)
  • Baby pink nail varnish (I used 'Lovie Dovie' by Essie)
  • Thin nail art brush

You don't have to use the exact same nail varnishes as I did, you can use whatever nail varnishes you like as it will still give the same multicolour pastel stripe effect. Don't feel that you have to buy a nail art brush too as cocktail sticks work just as well but if you're wanting to buy a thin nail art brush, they can be purchased on eBay for as little as £2.00.

If you want to know how to create pastel stripe nails, all you have to do is follow my nice, simple steps! 

1.) Apply two coats of the white nail varnish to your nails. The white nail varnish acts as a base and it also makes colours stand out a lot more. 

2.) Using the baby blue nail varnish and a thin nail art brush, draw a stripe at one end of your nails.

3.) Using the mint green nail varnish and a thin nail art brush, apply a stripe directly next to the baby blue stripe.

4.) Using the yellow nail varnish and a thin nail art brush, apply a stripe directly next to the mint green stripe.

5.) Using the peach nail varnish and a thin nail art brush, apply a stripe directly next to the yellow stripe.

6.) Using the baby pink nail varnish and a thin nail art brush, apply a stripe directly next to the peach stripe. 

And we're done! It's as simple and as easy as that! Fun, stripey nails in a matter of minutes!

Video Tutorial:

I hope you like my pastel stripe nails, especially those of you who requested a tutorial using the nail varnishes I featured in my Top 5 Nail Polishes For Spring post.

If anyone has an questions or nail tutorial requests, don't hesitate to get in touch!

Many thanks for reading!


  1. They look amazing - sooo cute! Perfect for summer :) x

  2. these look really yummy excellent hun xxxx

  3. Love it, would look perfect for holidays!

  4. Oohh! I love this! Definately going to purchase a thin nail art brush to give this a go :D x

  5. Wow so cute! I love them, perfect for spring x

  6. this looks so pretty!
    mantenso xx

  7. Lovely nails Cole, you are very creative :-)

  8. Wow they are fab :D x

  9. these are so cute, wish my hand was that steady! xx

  10. I'm gonna have to try this sometime, it came out adorable!


  11. Love this look, thanks for the tutorial.

  12. OOOH these are so cute! They remind me of summer carnivals :) x

  13. there so pretty. im going to place a order on amazon for china glaze as you can get it for £5 so not to bad :)

  14. WOW! there absolutely beautiful I can't wait to try them. xx

  15. These are so cute! Where do you get thin nail brushes from? xx

  16. They're so simple but look amazing. I'll definitely be giving these a go, thanks! Fiona :)x


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