1. Polka Dot Party Nails
With accent nails, aim for 2 on one hand and 1 on the other. Paint the black first and let dry, then with the back of an eyeshadow brush, carefully dot the white on top.
2. Random Chevrons
Paint the white background first and let dry. Then, cut small triangles from tape, framing them with straight tape pieces and filling in the center to make your chevron. Or, use a nail art brush and try not to jiggle!
3. The Half Moon
Paint the white first, and let it dry. Then, use circular stickers to block off the white, or a steady hand to paint the outline with a nail art brush and fill in the rest with black.
4. Plain Punctuation
For grammar nerds and English majors! This one can only be done with a steady hand and some patience. Try a toothpick for the dots and a nail art brush for larger symbols.
5. The Simple Split
Paint the nails white and let dry fully. Then use painter’s tape or a steady hand to create the diagonal design in black.
6. Dual Dots
Try these with a toothpick for the smaller dots and the back end of an eyeshadow brush for the larger
7. The Basic Border
A bit long to explain here, please check out the link!
8. The Black and White French
Paint your base black. Let dry, and with a steady hand apply a thick coat of white. If you need help, tape or store-bought French Manicure guides can help you keep your line on track.
9. The Dotted Ombre
Achieve this great look by painting your base color, letting it dry, and using a toothpick to stipple on the contrasting color. Go heavier on the dots at the nail tip, fading to smaller, lighter dots as you move toward the cuticle.
10. The Racing Stripe
Freehand this one with a nail art brush, or use tape cut into thin strips to paint your contrast color on.
11. The Jailbird
Try this one with a white base, then use thin cut strips of tape to block out stripes for the black accents. Let the white dry COMPLETELY before adding the black for a sleek and clean stripe.
12. Roll The Dice
Great for a night out in Vegas, or whenever you’re feeling lucky. Paint the white base, then use the back of an eyeshadow brush, or the tip of an old-school wooden pencil to make the black dots.
13. Line Up
Paint the white base, then use tape to block off alternating lines and clean triangles to fill in with black.
14. Beautiful Bows
These were probably done with nail striping tape, but you can achieve a more natural look (where the bows don’t end mid-nail) with a striping brush and a steady hand!
15. Color Blocking
Paint the lighter base first, and let dry. Then do two rounds of taping-off to fill in the black squares (bottom squares, then top. This requires 3 rounds of polish drying, so be sure you have some time on your hands. No pun intended)
Your nails don’t need to be THIS long to get the look. Paint the white base color, then use tape to block off 1/3, 1/4, or 1/2 of each nail for a varied and clean look.
17. Clean Chevrons
Paint the black base coat, then use masking tape or a striping brush for the white chevrons.
18. Open O’s
Use a toothpick to hand-draw these cute open O’s and dainty dots
19. The Simple Accent, AKA The Reverse Kendall Jenner
Self explanatory- and super easy!
20. Hot Cross Buns
Use a toothpick or striping brush for these easy criss-crosses
21. Elegant V
Paint your white base and use clean-cut tape wedges to block it out for your black top coat.