Color Block Nail Tutorial

Posted on February 20, 2012 and tagged DIY

This has to be my favorite color combo I've done on my nails ever. And it's all thanks to this photo I saw on a Design Sponge Sneak Peek.

I've put together this short little how-to for you! I hope you like it!

Stuff you'll need:

  • 2 colors of nail polish
  • painter's tape
  • top coat

FYI, I used Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Mellow Yellow and Essie's Mod Square. It took me a really long time to find this color combo since yellow and pink are sort of a weird pair, but this technique looks great with basically any combo. Pick two different shades of pink for a more subtle look.

Step 1 Paint your nails with the first color. It's best to use the lighter color first since the darker one will cover it easier. Also, please excuse those cuticles. They need professional help.

Step 2 Let it dry completely. I'm bad at waiting, so I made a cocktail!

Step 3 Cut strips of painter's tape and place it diagonally accross your nail. You should only do one nail at a time. Some people use regular clear tape for this kind of thing, but I find it breaks a lot on me.

Step 4 Paint over the end of your nail with the second color and peel the tape off right away in one quick motion. Don't let it dry before taking the tape off, this is why you should do one nail at a time.

Step 5 Let your one hand dry before tackling the other. Then, apply a generous top coat to protect your hard work.

Join me on my new site! Let's Go