Step 1: Prep Nails

View my post on Nail Polish Prep.


Step 2: Paint Nails

Paint the middle fingernails with two coats of white polish. I used the Shellac color called, Cream Puff. For the ring fingernails I just did a glitter nail. (As I did here.) Paint with one coat of top coat polish and dump Martha Stewart craft glitter on wet polish and then cure in light. I used the color Sapphire. Paint the other fingernails with two coats of red polish. I used the Shellac color called, Wildfire.

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


Step 3: Stripes

For the stripes, I just used some red and blue paint to do some simple stripes on my middle fingers.

Note: I did all the nail art with acrylic craft paint. . . Some polishes can dry almost transparent which makes the image hazy and you won’t get the wow factor you are going for.


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 and cure in UV light for 2 minutes 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.