Half Stars and Stripes Nail Art Step By Step

July 1st, 2020

July 1st, 2020

As this Saturday is Independence Day in the USA, we asked Remy Morris to create a stars and stripes look for your nails.  Negative space is a huge trend at the moment – there’s nothing fresher than a clear nail bed with a pop of colour or simple design.  See how Remy has combined these in her Nail Art Step-by-Step below.

She used CND Shellac for this tutorial but if you don’t have gel polish you can use any polish you like, just be aware that you need to leave normal polish to dry completely in between steps.


Step 1 – Nail Prep

Prep your nails by applying a dot of CND Cuticle Away Gel. Leave for a few minutes and gently push the cuticles back using a manicure tool; my favourite one on the market is the Ethel Manicure Multi Tool By Navy.

Scrub the nail pallet using CND ScrubFresh to get rid of any unwanted oils.  Give your nail a quick buff with a buffing file.  Then you’re ready to go.  Apply a thin layer of CND Shellac Base Coat and cure under a UV lamp for 10 seconds.


Step 2 – Half Stars 

Tear a small piece of kitchen foil off and use as your pallet.  Using a striper brush start outlining your half star design as shown in the image above.  Repeat twice curing for 2 minute.


Step 3 – Stripes


Using the striper brush and a steady hand dot a small amount of Shellac onto your brush and apply your stripes.  Don’t overload your striper brush or you will end up with lines that are too thick. 


Step 4 – Top Coat 

Apply your top coat.  I like to apply the CND Shellac Duraforce Top Coat twice, curing for 2 minutes at a time. 



Step 5 – Finishing Touches

Wipe the top of your nail with some CND d’sperse or some Isopropyl alcohol to remove tacky film left on the nail.   Finish it off with a small dot on each nail of CND Solar Oil Cuticle Oil and my favourite hand cream Tranquility by Vetivert & Co and you have your Simple Stars and Stripes!! 


Remy also makes custom false nails.  Check them out on her website.



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