NAIL HOW TO: Peek-a-Boo Red Nail

By Lauren Salapatek | 11/13/2012 3:32:00 PM


Learn how to create this peek-a-boo red nail with silver stripes, black boxes and yep, you guessed it, a slight shade of red hidden in-between.

CND SUPPLIES: Shellac Base Coat; Shellac Colors: Cream Puff and Fedora; Additives: Bright Red Pigment; Shellac Top Coat and CND UV Lamp.

ART SUPPLIES: 99 percent Isopropyl Alcohol, Striping Tape, Detail Brush


Step 1: Prep the natural nail.

Step 2: Apply a thin layer of Shallac Base Coat and cure for 10 seconds in the CND UV Lamp.

Step 3: Apply a thin layer of Shellac Cream Puff and cure for two minutes.

Step 4: Use striping tape to block off the design by placing three vertical stripes equally spaced down the nail. Then apply stripes from the left side to the center on a slight diagonal, and repeat from the right side to the center. The left and right should meet in a point at the center.

Step 5: Apply a thin layer of Shellac Fedora over the entire nail leaving one square empty. cure for two minutes.

Step 6: Dip the tip of a Gel oval brush into Bright Red Pigment and brush on to the white square. Remove striping tape. Use a detail brush moistened with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol to clean up stripes if needed.

Step 7: Apply a thin layer of Shellac Top Coat and cure for two minutes.

Step 8: Wipe with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol to remove top film.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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