My boys LOVE playing a game of checkers lately. While playing one day, I looked at the pattern of the board and the colors and thought how perfect it would be for a simple nail art design. So here is how I did it . . .

Step 1: Prep Nails

View my post on Nail Polish Prep.


Step 2: Paint Nails

Paint all of the nails with two coats of red polish. I used the Shellac color called, Wildfire.

Gel Polish: Apply two coats of red polish and cure in light (curing after each coat). Cure 2 minutes in the UV light, or 1 minute in an LED light. Waving Glory

Step 3: Checkerboard Pattern





Step 4: Apply Final Top Coat

Now apply your top coat. Make sure the paint is completely dry before adding top coat to help avoid smearing.

Gel Polish: Apply top coat, only after paint is completely dry, and cure 2 minutes in the UV light, or 1 minute in an LED light.


Step 5: Allow to Dry and Apply Cuticle Oil

Allow your polish to dry completely. Apply a cuticle oil just around your nails on the cuticle and rub into the skin.

Gel Polish: Remove sticky residue on top of nails with a little alcohol or polish remover and apply cuticle oil.Checkers Anyone?

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