Zebra-Stripe Your Nails!




In this instructable, I'm going to show you how to paint your nails with wild zebra stripes! Just a note: this is my first instructable :)

Step 1: What You Need.....

You'll need a Base Color, nail art paint, top coat, and (maybe) nail polish remover and Q-tips.

Step 2: Base Color

Paint on your base color. Make sure to let dry for at least 3 minutes. I had to put on 2 coats since this color isn't as pure. It's alright if you get a little polish on the edges. We'll fix that later.

Step 3: Making the Zebra Stripes

Now you're going to use your Stripe Rite. The super- thin brush will allow you to create thin lines.

Place the tip of your brush at the edge of your nail, gently glide the brush across your nail. Quickly lift up your brush to create a pointed end to your stripe. Again, if you get some polish on your skin, don't worry.

Let these stripes dry for about a minute. If you don't let them dry long enough, they will smear when you put the top coat on.

It may seem complicated, but after a little practice, making the stripes is very easy!

Step 4: Top Coat

Next stop- TOP COAT! 

Take your brush on glide over your top coat. Don't put too much pressure on your brush, or the stripes will wipe off.

Let your nails dry for 2 minutes or so.

Step 5: Clean-Up

Dip your Q-tip into the polish remover. Brush it on any excess polish.

Step 6: Finished Look!!!

Show off your crazy, wild nails to the world!



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    8 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    If I need a thin-tip, then i get a bottle of nail polish with a color good for almost everything (white, black, blue, red) then take some small scissors and snip off about half the bristles

    if you dont have nailpolish that already has a thin brush already, you can use a small detail paintbrush. It works almost as good.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    i've never been able to find a nailpolish with a thin brush , but then i tried my eyeliner instead and it works perfectly aswell aslong as you do the topcoat afterwards :)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I really like them - I tried to do stripes like yours, but it did not turn out so well.  I saw this instructable and went out to find some paint that would work the next day!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, I think I have the same exact green polish in my bathroom!
    I didn't know they made a nail polish skinny brush, and they don't sell them at my drug store. Could you just use the side of a regular black polish?

    I think they sell nail polish markers for really intricate work too.

    1 reply

    Several brands are starting to skinny-brushed nail polishes now. I used Stripe Rite, but I also use Art Deco by L.A. Colors. Amazingly, you can find them at some Dollar Tree stores and other dollar stores. They're pretty good quality too.
    For your other question, it probably wouldn't work the best to just use regular polish brushes. If you don't wipe of the excess nail polish enough, you might get a sudden blop of the nail polish instead of an intricate line.
    Oh, and, yeah, I've heard of the nail polish markers. I was kind of interested in them, until I looked at the price. They were around eight dollars each, so that wasn't going to happen!
    Anyway, I'm glad to see you were interested in my Instructable! I'll be making more soon, hopefully. One of which being... CHEETAH SPOTS! Stay tuned!