Thursday, February 9, 2012

tutorial :: zig zag nails

Remember our fancy nails from this photoshoot?
Well, today I'm going to tell you how to fancy up your own nails. You can do this with three different colours like Kaylah did in the photo above or two colours like I did.
The first thing to do is to rip off four or five pieces of tape. Grab some pinking shears and cut zig zags out of the tape. You can get two or three zig zag strips from each piece of tape and you will need one zig zag for each nail. A good way to cut to make sure your points line up is to lay the tape on one edge of your scissors like I did in the photo.
Once you have cut your tape stick it to the edge of a table and paint your nails the base colour. The colour you paint as the base will be the colour that ends up in the middle of your nails.
Wait until your base coat is very dry and then lay one of your zig zag tape strips across the middle of your nail.
If you are doing the two colour variation you can just paint all the way over your taped nail. If you are going for three colours you need to carefully paint one colour on the bottom of the tape and one colour on the top of the tape. To paint the bottom you can just start at the cuticle as you normally would and then stop once you are on the tape. For the top, just start on the tape and paint the end as you normally would. Make sure that you do not paint the nail polish on too thick or some may leak under the tape and look yucky when you pull it off.
I usually only leave the tape on for a few seconds after the painting is finished. Pull it off in one quick motion. Repeat the process for the rest of your nails. It is a good idea to let one hand dry before you work on the next hand to prevent accidental smudging.
Once all your nails are finished add a top coat and admire your beautiful fingers!

I love these nails so much and the colour possibilities are pretty much endless!
(c/o Kaylah)


ps. Kaylah and I each posted the same tutorial but pop over there to see her photos!


  1. Ah, these are amazing! Might give pastel coloured zig zags a go!

    L xx

  2. So stinkin cute! Think I'll do this today;)

  3. I'd love to say that I do this all the time, but I can't. What I can say i that I will be doing them all the time. I love them. And what a simple way to do it, who knew those many pairs of zig zag scissors that we've all got would ever come in handy.
    Great tutorial, I'm going to try them tonight.

  4. I love this so much!
    Great colours too

  5. The green ones look amazing.
    I'm suddenly cursing my job and their "no nail varnish" rule!

  6. i tried doing something similar the other day, but i ran into a small problem. my scissors wouldn't cut the tape. i was using the same type as you were. any tips/tricks would be helpful.

    1. Sounds like your scissors are not very sharp. That's the only thing I can think of!

  7. They look so beautiful...perfect thing to wear on nails! Thanks honey!

  8. I LOVE these!! I'm def going to try it! Brilliant!

  9. My view on zigzags have changed after watching Twin Peaks. When I see zigzags, my mind goes straight to the Black Lodge!
    That being said, I love the Black Lodge nails!!

  10. Awesome! The Twin Peaks ones are my favs :D

  11. Such a cute and easy way to do nails! I can't wait to try this. Thanks for the tutorial!


  12. Oh those are too cute!! I love the blues and the purples!

  13. SO CUTE! This is inspiring me...I just might have to do a nail tutorial sometime! <3

  14. Brilliant. Thank you for sharing. I may try this out tomorrow :)

  15. I love it! Makes me want to quit my job and find a new one where I can have multi colored nails... I miss nail art...

  16. Love this! So, so fun. I especially like the variations of the same color.
    Catherine Denton

  17. You guys are so super talented! Looks beautiful :) I want to try this!!!

  18. whoa! those are some serious nail skills!


  19. These are GREAT! Love your choice of colours too, especially the purples and white. I love fancy nail tutorials, and I am going to try these ASAP! I'll let you know how I get on :)

    Keep up the great work! Katie. xxx

  20. Oh this is cute. I really love the b&w zig-zag nails.


    Mine didn't end up as cute as yours and Kaylah's, but I'm still loving it! :)
    Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

  22. ohh so cute! i'm gonna try this later :)

  23. That is clever! Love it. I might have some zig zaggy scissors around to give it a try. :D


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