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From purses and shoes to stationery and iPhone cases, Kate Spade has monetized her brand with her classic and elegant signature black-and-white stripe design. I decided to pay tribute to the iconic pattern with this DIY striped manicure. For your own designer-worthy digits, check out the steps below.

What You’ll Need:

  • Two nail polish colors (I used Sally Hansen’s “White On” and OPI’s “Siberian Nights”)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Clear quick-dry top coat

The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of the polish color you would like for your base, then let dry completely.
  2. Cut thick and thin strips of tape and place them on your nails horizontally and vertically. Make sure the tape is secure and long enough to hang over the edges of the nail – this will make it easy to remove.
  3. Paint over the whole nail (tape included) with your second nail color.
  4. After your nails are dry, gently peel away the tape.
  5. Finish by applying a clear quick-dry top coat.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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February 25, 2013

paint splatter

Minimizing paint splatter is high priority when painting a house or room, but when it comes to this DIY paint splatter manicure, the messier the better. Show off your creativity using the steps below.

What You’ll Need:

  • White nail polish
  • Two contrasting nail polish colors (I used Milani’s “Fresh Teal” and Sally Hansen’s “Fuchsia Power”)
  • Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Plastic drinking straw
  • Clear top coat
  • Cotton swabs
  • Nail polish remover

The How-To:

  1. Paint on two coats of white nail polish and let dry completely.
  2. Choose the colored polish you would like to “splatter” on your nails first. Drop a small amount onto a paper plate, as shown above.
  3. Cut a straw in half and dip one end into the polish, making sure to coat the entire hole of the straw.
  4. Take a deep breath and blow into the straw. Don’t be alarmed if the polish gets on your skin – it happens.
  5. Repeat steps 2 – 4 with the second colored polish.
  6. Apply a clear top coat.
  7. Clean off the excess polish around your nails and on your skin with cotton swabs and nail polish remover.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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February 18, 2013