How to: Stripes on nails

Thursday, 22 November 2012

How to: Stripes on nailsOver the last few weeks we’ve posted nail art styles and trends. But if you’re not sure how to paint those perfect stripes, Nail Magazine explains how it’s done.

What is the best way to make stripes on nails?

The best way to make stripes on nails is with a liner brush. You can find a striper/liner brush at some beauty supply stores or even your local craft store. The brush will have long thin bristles, and when you get it wet with paint it comes to a very precise point and is no wider than a toothpick and about two to three centimetres long depending on what brand or style you buy.

As for actually making lines, it’s pretty simple but takes a steady hand. First, take the lid off the paint and swirl the brush around the inside of the bottle, coating all the bristles evenly and making them all stick together and come to a fine point. I’m right handed, so I always start from the left side of the nail and work to the right. The pressure you use will determine how thick the lines will be. If you need more paint, just dip the tip of the brush in the lid of the paint bottle.

Written by Jade Sewell, this article originally appeared on Nails Magazine.


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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. Botes

    oooooh!!! gunna try this as soon as I get home

    7 years ago •

  1. Simone

    I love DIY nail art! I find that if you’re in need, sticky tape is also a great line guide

    7 years ago •

  1. Narisha Ramjugath

    love it gona definetly try it

    7 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    I love it m definitely trying it out

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Nail art is so in at the moment. Havent been brave enough to try it though, a classic french mani is more my type

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Tape does wonders too if you don’t have a brush

    7 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Looks funky! Like black nails with a white line down the middle.

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Looks cute for those who prefer to wear them like this.

    7 years ago •

  1. Zakeera Parker

    got to have a stable hand!

    7 years ago •

  1. Cat

    I’m not a fan of this look, the polka dots yes but not the stripes

    7 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Great tip…will give it a try this summer..

    7 years ago •

  1. Fuzzylilbunny

    A fun summer look that I’m definitely going to try out!

    7 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Thanks for the article, love nail art.

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    I’m liking this look… Different! Thanks for this tip!

    7 years ago •

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