Follow the Trend With Colorblocked Nails!

One of the hottest new trends this spring is colorblocking, but not everyone knows how to put it together for clothes.

Why not try it out on your nails instead? You can keep it simple within the same color family or go bold and crazy—whatever suits your mood!

Step 1: Get Your Supplies Together

To start, make sure you have all of your supplies handy. For this manicure, you will need three different nail polishes (make sure that at least two of them are thick enough that they can cover the base color), Scotch tape, and a fast-dry topcoat like Seche Vite. For this manicure, I used two colors from the new Minnie Mouse Collection by OPI, If You Moust You Moust and The Color of Minnie, along with my favorite silver nail polish, Stardust by Deborah Lippmann.

Step 2: Paint a Base Color

Start with your favorite basecoat and paint your nails the base color. I find it’s easiest to use a crème polish for this step, and it’s best if this is the lightest color of the bunch, since it doesn’t need to cover anything else. Then top with a fast-dry topcoat.

Step 3: Start Taping

 Next, pull off a small piece of Scotch tape (you won’t need more than an inch at a time) and put it against your hand and pull it off several times until most of the stickiness is gone. This will help make sure the polish doesn’t pull when you start applying the next color. (If you are dressing up a current manicure, this is where you will start.)

Once your base layer is dry, it’s time to start the colorblocking. I like each nail to be unique, so I tape each one differently. Remember to make sure the tape is lying down flat so the polish doesn’t seep underneath and that the tape is at an angle so that it will eventually form triangles.

Step 4: Apply the Second Color

Carefully paint your nail so the exposed part is your second color and make sure to paint over the tape so you have clean lines. It’s best to work quickly and with your second most opaque color for this layer.

Step 5:Remove Tape to Reveal Precise Triangles

Wait about thirty seconds after you paint over the tape and carefully pull the tape up to reveal a clean little triangle! Now each nail might be a different shape, depending on how you taped them up originally!

Step 6: Marvel at Your Work

At this point, your nails will have two out of the three colors done, so it’s time to add your top coat again. While your nails are drying, you might want to start sticking more tape against your hand for the next round.

Step 7: Tape (Again) and Paint (Again)

Now it’s time to tape off the last part of the color block. Like you did for the first part, you’ll want to tape your nails at an angle to make the last triangle on each nail. On a few nails, you will need two pieces of tape to make the triangle in the middle, so be careful to make sure everything lines up with the colors you have already painted.

Step 8: Paint the Last Color and Finish

Just like before, paint over the exposed part of your nail and the tape to get the third part of your color block on. Once it’s painted, wait thirty seconds and then pull it off to see the amazing color block you just created! Add a topcoat and you are finished!

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