31 Inspired Days of Nail Art- Stripes!

Hey There Polished People!

Do you find it interesting how different people perceive your nails? For instance, sometimes I will do a design that just doesn’t turn out as I expected and I’m feeling very disappointed by it (but, notice, not disappointed enough not to post it! haha) and then everyone loves it. Also- sometimes I do a nail design that I’m really just patting myself on the back about and I just really think I’m something special because of it and then I show my husband by literally shoving my hands in his face saying “look at my nails!” and he’s like “huh… interesting.” Now, as a guy who is much more interested in mowing the lawn, chopping wood, making a fire, brewing beer and having anything to do with basketball, I don’t expect him to “oooh pretttttyyyyy” me to death but when he likes something he at least says, “Those are nice.” These nails I’m about to show you are a good example of nails that got an underwhelming response. I thought these were, like, blow-my-mind awesome and he was just like “ehh… that’s different.” What a turd! On Twitter Wes from Polish Me Manly and Fitzy from Lacquer Lad were both fairly impressed though so yay for that. These dudes have taste!  😉 Let’s see my nails and you can be the judge!

Stripe Inlay Nails




How To Get These Nails:

  1. Start off, as always, with base coat.
  2. Paint stripes on top of your base coated nails using a striping brush in the following colors/order: ChG Exotic Encounters, Sation Rock A Guy Blue, ChG Desert Sun and ChG Jungle Queen. Make the stripes whatever size you are comfortable with but try to keep them fairly consistent for best results. Also, you don’t need to worry about getting all the way to the edges because you’re going to cover the edges up anyway. 
  3. Once you have stripes all the way to the end of your nails, use the final color to wrap your tips. I ended with ChG Desert Sun so I used that brush to wrap my tips.
  4. Apply a coat of Seche Vite and allow your nails to dry completely.
  5. When your nails are absolutely 100% dry, cut a small piece of tape about 1/2 the width of your nail and place it down the middle over the stripes. Do this for each nail.
  6. Make sure your tape is pressed all the way down. If you see air bubbles in the tape you’ll have to smooth it out before you apply the paint in the next step.
  7. When your nails are taped off, use ChG Elephant Walk to paint the tape-free sides of your nails. Make sure the coat is opaque, and then remove the tape right away.
  8. Use your clean up brush dipped in acetone to clean up the lines and your cuticles.
  9. When the grey polish is mostly dry, apply a final coat of Seche Vite (two if it’s still bumpy) and voila! You’re done!! 😀 Enjoy these nails and see if people are impressed by YOUR nails. 😉

Ok so it’s time for the moment of truth… How did you all like them? I got the idea from Chalkboard Nails. She did hers for the rainbow day in the 31 day nail challenge and I just loved the combination of the stripes with the solid sides. I decided to do mine in a fall color scheme and I think they turned out pretty darn good! Do you think Wes and Fitzy are right or do you side with my husband? Tell the truth!  Haha. And- don’t forget to check out everyone else’s nails by clicking on the button below. As always, thanks for reading and till next time- Happy Polishing!!! 😀 

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14 thoughts on “31 Inspired Days of Nail Art- Stripes!

  1. I LOVE IT because it is so different!! But the colours don’t work for me, not because they’re ugly because they’re not. I think bright summer colours would be more me but yours is more soft fall.
    I think you did a great job! True story

    • Thank you!! I get you about the colors. My style is more like all neon all the time too! Haha. I’m trying really hard though to be kinda seasonal. I may let myself do a super bright mani tho one of these days. 🙂 I could use a little brightness! 😉

  2. I think I agree with vonimoller’s comments about the colors. However, I like that they are different and I think they are a unique idea…kind of like little graphic paintings on your nails!
    Isn’t the effect of people’s reaction to your nails funny? When they say out loud that they don’t like them, you’re like, hey!, I tried so hard, these are my babies, what the hell? and then when they compliment them, it’s like *aaahhh* (angels singing) and you feel extra special. 😉
    Where did you get your Sation(s)? I think I recall seeing that Cynthia sent it (them) to you?

    • I’ll have to do some bright colors in the spring 🙂 I really liked this look too. And it was a little time consuming since I did so many colors but not too bad! 😉 And yeah you’re right whenever people comment on them positively I’m like yayyyy!!! (Shouted half like Oprah half like angels singing) and then when they don’t like them, like Daniel although he DOES like them but just is kinda like hard to impress these days, I’m like womp wommmmp! I don’t really care like I like the critique and all but still I’m kinda like awww MANNN!! Haha. 🙂

  3. LOL @ “What a turd!” I don’t think I had really seen something like this before. I think it’s interesting and maybe I would be more into them if the colors were different, but I do like the idea. I’m gonna have to check out the rainbow version. So I still haven’t done my challenge nails and it’s 2:30…grrrr!

    • You always do your nails late!! Haha. I HAVE to do mine ahead of time or else they just turn out horribly. I really like your stripe nails. Like I LOVE them!! They’re like a mod looking gradient. Anyway- they’re cool. The rainbow ones of these are very cool. I’ll be doing something similar to this w different colors for sure in the future. 🙂

    • Thank you!! See this one I thought was like absolutely mind blowing (well, sorta) and then everyone is like “we don’t like the colors” haha. You just never know!! ;p

      • See, that’s why you have to be all negative like me so that you’re ready for bad comments and when you get so-so comments, you’re actually happy. lol I’m kidding…I don’t really do that. *shifty eyes* Well, I am kind of super critical of everything I do so I guess nails would be included.

        • I am too. I am totally the worst. I’ll try your negative approach but when I end up in a deep depression you better pull me out w funny stories and tales of your world travels. Jk- but I’ll still take the stories! 😉

  4. I absolutely love this!!!! I love the colors and the design!
    Haha that happens to me too…I’ll have a mani that I think is “eh” and everyone ends up really liking it! Then I’ll have a mani that I love and everyone is just “eh” about it haha

    • I know isn’t that just too weird! And sometimes I even kinda hate something and then when I post the pics I’m like hey- that’s pretty good! And unfortunately it works the other way too! Haha. Thanks!! 🙂

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