(I used wet n wild megalast Sugar Coat for the base, and Candy-licious for the accent)
pair of scissors
Being an applied science major, I’ve always had a soft spot for graph paper. I think it’s pretty in all of its rigid grid-like glory (nerdy much?). This is the look we’re going for:
I started off by painting a single coat on a strip of tape. I was ok with a slightly streaky/less opaque finish since these strips were ultimately going to be layered on my nail. While waiting for the polish on the tape to dry, I gave my nails two coats of a base colour.
Next is the fun part! Cut the painted tape into little strips. These will be used for making the gingham pattern on your nails. Before moving on to the next step, make sure your base coat is fully dry (I usually wait about an hour, just to be safe).
The great thing about using tape is that if you accidentally lay a strip down crookedly on your nail (which I managed to do a handful of times), you can easily peel it off! Trim the ends of the strips just slightly shorter than the length of your nail and press down firmly on your nail.
Seal the design with top coat and you’re done!
I got a rebellious and did a simple striped pattern on my other hand. :) Let me know if you tried out this tutorial!