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Julie Kandalec Shares How To Create This “More is More” Nail Art

Julie Kandalec Shares How To Create This “More is More” Nail Art

07.14.15

By semick

How many neons have you stockpiled in your nail polish arsenal this summer? Too many to count? If you’re looking for a fresh, fun way to use them, take a cue from celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec. She created the nervy nail art for Nail It!’s July/August 2015 cover and for our neon trend story, “Age of Embrightenment,” on page 46. If you’re craving this insider’s intel on how she created some of these designs, you’re in luck! We’ve got the lowdown for a few of her boldest looks, such as this “More is More” reverse French design.

 

(Check out Kandalec’s how-to on her “Turned Up” design, and keep an eye out for one more neon nail art how-to, plus Kandalec’s guide to shopping nails in Japan and her top neon tips!)

1Age-of-Embrightenment-1_Nail-It-Mag_0715Check out the July/August 2015 issue to see all of the nail designs up close!

 

What You’ll Need:

+ White polish
+ Black polish
+ Hot pink polish
+ Striping brush
+ Striping tape
+ Top coat

  • Step 1

    Step 1: Paint the nail with two coats of white polish. Allow them to dry. Using a striping brush and hot pink polish, draw an arc where you would create a French tip.

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  • Step 2

    Step 2: Fill in the bottom half of the nail with hot pink polish. Allow the polish to dry thoroughly.

    SLIDE 2 OF 5
  • Step 3

    Step 3: Cut four strips of striping tape. Create a crisscross across the pink section of the nail. Tip! To decide tape placement, start the striping tape where the pink begins at the side of the nail. Then, apply two shorter strips of striping tape on the white section of the nail. The strips should butt up against the pink.

     

     

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  • Step 4

    Step 4: Using a striping brush and black polish, outline the crisscross only. Allow the design to dry.

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  • Step 5

    Step 5: Remove all of the striping tape. Using a striping brush and black polish, paint little chevrons within each section of the crisscross. Allow the design to dry and apply top coat.

     

    Photos: Christine Blackburne

    SLIDE 5 OF 5
  • Step 1

    Step 1: Paint the nail with two coats of white polish. Allow them to dry. Using a striping brush and hot pink polish, draw an arc where you would create a French tip.

  • Step 2

    Step 2: Fill in the bottom half of the nail with hot pink polish. Allow the polish to dry thoroughly.

  • Step 3

    Step 3: Cut four strips of striping tape. Create a crisscross across the pink section of the nail. Tip! To decide tape placement, start the striping tape where the pink begins at the side of the nail. Then, apply two shorter strips of striping tape on the white section of the nail. The strips should butt up against the pink.

     

     

  • Step 4

    Step 4: Using a striping brush and black polish, outline the crisscross only. Allow the design to dry.

  • Step 5

    Step 5: Remove all of the striping tape. Using a striping brush and black polish, paint little chevrons within each section of the crisscross. Allow the design to dry and apply top coat.

     

    Photos: Christine Blackburne

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