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Zebra Stripes Tutorial: Nailing It

Operations associate, Loren, has a thing for nails—and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a weekly slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related. Check back every Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.

As some of you may already know, I’m Birchbox’s resident raver and this weekend I’ll be attending the Electric Dasiy Carnival here in NYC. A few months ago, I sported a neon zebra mani that was all the rage at Ultra and I thought this would be a great opportunity to do a tutorial on how to get these awesome nails. I know this look definitely isn’t for everyone, but it is something you can tone down depending on what colors you use. 

What You’ll Need:

Base Coat
Top Coat
White Creme Nail Polish
Base Color
Nail Art Polishes

Step 1: Like every proper manicure, make sure you choose a good base coat. This will increase the longevity of your mani and give you a nice, smooth canvas to start with.

Step 2: Because I’m using a neon jelly, I’m going to want a white base color. I’m doing two coats of Color Club Ghost of a Chance for a solid, opaque base. 

Step 3: Paint on one coat of the color of your choice. I want my mani to be outrageous so I’m using Spoiled Did I Dye It Too Blonde? which looks like highlighter yellow. 

Step 4: Once your base is dry (it may take a while for so many coats!) use a fine-tip nail art polish brush to draw diagonal lines starting from your cuticle all the way down to the tip of your nail. I’m using Color Club Art Club Duo in Blue Metal and Neon Orange. These lines shouldn’t look perfect, so this is a great design to do if you don’t have the steadiest of hands. You can choose one color or alternate between colors for a psychedelic look! 

Step 5: Finish off your zebra design with a top coat and you’re ready to go!


If this cocktail of colors is too bright for you, check out our blog for some great ideas on toning down the neon trend!

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