How to Create a Candy Cane Nail Design

Want to do something special and unique with your nails? How about a fancy nail design that is going to earn you envious looks from those around you. The candy cane is a famous, trendy yet so easy to make nail design that never fails to leave an impact. It couples up the cute and glamorous appeals and leaves with nails to be proud of. The most basic colours are white and red but you can try others and experiment to get the perfect look you are after. The best thing about it is that it is very easy and simple to make and does not ask for much technique. All you have to do is to get the materials ready and we will teach you how to master the art of candy cane nail design with our step by step guide in the easiest of ways. Do not complain when friends and family make you do their nails after you showcase the art. Let us get started with something interesting and fun.

Things Required:

– Small paintbrush
– Tape
– White nail polish
– Bright red nail colour
– Nail polish remover (to tidy up work)
– Clear polish


  • 1

    Wash your hands clean and wipe them dry on a paper towel. Now set to work. You have to create a solid base for the design. Apply a base coat of white polish. Let it dry well before proceeding.

  • 2

    Cut out narrow stripes from the tape. Two to three narrow stripes will be enough for a single nail, depending on size. These stripes will help create the candy cane design. The idea is to place the stripes diagonally on the nails in a manner that two or three thick are left to be filled by the red nail colour on each nail. Put the stripes and proceed.

  • 3

    Pick up the red nail colour and apply a coat of it over the nails. The stripes should be pressed down well.  It will naturally cover the areas you left bare from the stripes and will not affect those under the stripes. Let the red paint dry well before proceeding.

  • 4

    Gently pull of the stripes and you have your candy nail design. Apply a top coat of clear nail polish to preserve the design. The clear coat also gives the design longer life and makes it look refined. Use a cotton bud dipped in the nail polish remover to clear up work and give a neat look to the design. Additionally you can add more thin stripes of red colour using the thin brush. Dip the brush in the nail colour and use it to make diagonal stripes on the nails.

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