Candy Cane Stripes | Nail Art Tutorial

candy cane stripes nail art tutorial

Want to know how to create this nail look that’s perfect for Christmas?

Find out here and follow our 7 step tutorial to easily paint some candy cane on your nails!



The products we used to create this look:
Nail polish and nail art tools
1. Vitamin Base Coat – Natural Collection
2. French Manicure Long Lasting – Collection – French White
3. Quick Dry Nail Colour – Natural Collection – Mulled Wine
4. Quick Dry Nail Colour – Natural Collection – Champagne Shimmer
5. Flat Drawing Brush
6. Dotting Tool
7. Dotting Tool

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Now lets show you how we created this candy cane nail art!

christmas nail designs

step 1

First of all it is important to make sure your nails are clean and ready to be painted before we start, so we need to do a little bit of preparation. If you have nail polish on already, you will need to take it off with some nail polish remover. After this is done, I usually wash my hands just to ensure my nails are completely clean.

Then it’s time to tidy your nails up a little and to shape them to how you want, using with your file. Also, if you want make your nails appear longer – you can push back your cuticles. If you place your hand in some warm water for a few minutes, it will help soften your skin making it easier for you to do this.

Once you are ready, you should apply a base coat to your nail as this will protect your nails from being stained but also will make applying your nail polish much smoother. We used the Vitamin Base Coat (1) to do this.

christmas nails

step 2

Once your base coat is dry (this shouldn’t take too long), we can start moving on to the more exciting parts – deciding what colour you want your nails to be! For this look, we decided to have a white base colour as this will make it easier to paint the red stripes on! So, we painted ours nail with the nail polish in the colour French White (2). We applied 2 coats as this made sure the nails were covered well.

We recommend you apply two thin coats rather than one thick one as the thicker the coat, the longer it will take to dry!

red candy cane nails

step 3

Once the white nail polish is dry, the real fun begins – time to start creating the stripes! First of all, we have to plan where we want them – we used the tape technique to make it easier to paint on the thicker stripes for this look. To do this, we cut thin lines of tape and placed it over the nail to cover that area. This will stop the nail polish covering that bit of the nail. It is important you make sure your nail polish is dry before you place tape over your nail as this could take your nail polish off!

Once we were happy with the placement of the tape, it was time to paint on the stripes! We decided to use the gorgeous red colour (3) for the stripes for this nail look. When painting it on, it doesn’t matter if you get some of the nail polish on the tape. Once you are finished, gently take off the tape.

If you don’t have any striping tape or stencils, it’s okay, you can use tape instead! You can see how we used the tape technique in our tutorial for the Stripe and Flower Nail Look.

candy cane stripe nails

step 4

Next, we decided to add some thin lines in the space between the stripes. To do this, we used the flat drawing brush (5) with the nail polish in the colour Mulled Wine (3).

candy cane nails

step 5

Now it’s time to do the stripes to your other nails. Remember, don’t paint them on your ring finger – that nail is for the candy cane!

candy cane christmas nails

step 6

Now it is time to paint the red outline for the candy cane on the ring finger! To do this, we used the dotting tool (6) with the nail polish in the colour Mulled Wine (3).

candy cane nail art

step 7

Now it’s time to add the final touch to this look – some gold dots on the ring finger nail! To do this, we used both ends of the dotting tool (7) with the nail polish in the colour Champagne Shimmer (4) to paint on some big and small dots.

When you are happy – apply a top coat to finish the look off.


And that’s it! How cute is this candy cane look?! Perfect for everyday wear with it getting closer to Christmas! So, if you are getting into that Christmassy mood – why not have fun and paint this look on your nails to show everyone!

Now it’s your turn! Have you created this look? We’d love to see it – tag us on Twitter and Instagram!




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