Candy Cane Nail Art Tutorial

Well, it’s Dec. 21 here in Asia, and the world hasn’t ended. Phew! To celebrate , here’s a Candy Cane nail art tutorial!

This look is really fun and not too tricky. They key is to have a striping polish with a thin brush, or a cheap, thin brush you don’t mind sacrificing to nail polish or acrylic paint. I use Color Club Art Club Stripers. They’re good quality at a good price, and they have a pretty good variety of colors.


I used two colors of stripers, one in opaque white creme, a
nd one in red glitter. I also used my trusty topcoat, Seche Vite.

Paint the nails red first and let dry. Then, it’s time to get artsy! You can do just a single accent nail as a candy cane with the rest red or white,  or a candy cane pedicure,  or try it with a friend so you can do both hands!

Here are the steps:


Click to enlarge for a better view. Add a couple rhinestones or pearls if you want a little extra holiday cheer!

This is just a basic tutorial, by changing the width and amount of the stripes, you can get a variety of different looks.

Here’s a couple other versions I’ve done this season as well. Silver microglitter topcoats look surprisingly good too. By varying the width and amount of the stripes, the look is different.

Candy Cane Long

A series of thinner stripes and lots of pearls for some really festive nails!

candy cane santa

Here’s Santa, who somehow always sneaks into my suitcase when I visit my folks in the US. He’s an expert traveller by now.

If you give this look a try, send a photo and let us know how it went!


About nevertoomuchglitter

Nail artist. Wanderer. I'm a color-holic, in fact, it was my love of color that brought me to the nail art world. Well, that, and the fact I was too cheap to pay crazy Japanese prices for nail polish while living in Tokyo, so I had to start mixing my own. That's how NTMG began.
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