Racing stripes

Monday, 1 October 2012

So many colours to choose from, so few nails. See the dilemma here… Well, if you get creative with your nail art, you can get a chance to wear most (if not all) of the hot new spring and summer colours.

Trawling the interwebs, we stumbled across a great way to wear two colours at once. Now I don’t have the steadiest of hands, so using cellotape is perfect for me!

Racing stripes

1. Apply two base coats and allow it to dry for at least 20 minutes. We love the fresh green of Sinful Colours’ Rise and Shine, R27.95.

2. With your cellotape, place a strip across the length of your nail. Place a second strip parallel to the first, leaving about a 5mm strip of nail open for painting. To prevent the cellotape from being too sticky (and lifting the great job you did on your base coat), press onto a tablecloth or onto your palm.

3. Then paint over the exposed part of your nail. Don’t stress if you paint over the cellotape, that’s the great part about it – you won’t mess up your base coat. I wanted to create a contrast between this season’s bright colours and another trendy one, so I used Maybelline’s Forever Strong in Purple Storm, R54.95.

4. Once dry, remove the cellotape to prevent smudging your new topcoat.

5. Finish with a topcoat like essence’s studio nails allround talent, R24.95.

You can give all 10 nails these funky racing stripes, or you can simply only concentrate on your ring fingers. It’s up to you…

All products are available at Clicks stores nationwide.

Written by

Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Lumkwana

    At least not a lot is required..ok

    4 years ago •

  1. JUST-Relax

    I usually just use a striper brush.

    4 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    This looks really good worth trying out

    5 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    Don’t like the stripe but I have tried spots and it looked quite funky!

    5 years ago •

  1. Cindy Ross

    This is really cute and easy to do. I will definetly try it out.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Very nice idea…i’m thinking of Black nails with a white stripe

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Going to give this one a try, But maybe with other colors. Red and black…. yes, that sounds like a plan.

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    love this also can do colour blocking with tape as it is really trending now with pastel colours

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    This looks FuN :D Spring and Summer Fun :))

    5 years ago •

  1. Noma

    Want to paint my nails blood red ….

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Beautiful bright colours for a hopeful summer!

    5 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    enjoy the exercise with the colours ladies. i’m just not into it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Nice idea.I love painting my nails and would love to try it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Charles

    The colours look very pretty together. Click here I come!

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Very cool. I am painting my nails pink for October :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Nice nail job,…never tried sinful colors…mint green color looks awesome…

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    The more reason to let my nails grow out! Also want to be daring a try something new!

    5 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    This looks quite cool, depending on the colours that you use.

    5 years ago •

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