Summer, with its bold and bright clothing trends, is the perfect time of year to get creative with your nails. There are endless possibilities for two-tone nails that you can apply to either your hands or toes with some washi tape and a few easy steps.
|Choose from many two-tone nail ideas for summer.|
Use washi tape to create sharp lines.
This geometric nude + white pattern is an easy alternative to the usual American or French manicure, and it passes for a unique formal look. You can view this step-by-step geometric nail tutorial for a good reference to using the washi tape to create the nail patterns you prefer. You could also try this same geometric look in reverse with white nails and nude cut-out effect tips.
|Geometric nails add a sophisticated look to your hands.|
If you are in a bind for time, and want a quick solution for modern nails, just add a stripe down the center of your nails, no washi tape needed. This can work with any color combination you prefer. Whether it is jewel tones, complimentary colors, pastels, or maybe just black and white, this whimsical two-tone nail option is a great way to change up your look. Simply choose your two colors, paint the entire nail set in the base color, and let it dry. Add the second color with a thick stripe down the center. You can paint the stripe freehand down the center or use washi tape for precise lines. You could also do a triple thin strip or a double wide stripe idea. This passes as either a casual or dressed-up look.
Stirpes down the middle
Similar to the geometric nail tutorial, you can use nude and white for a variation from the standard manicure. Using a good nude base on your nails, use a toothpick or skinny paintbrush to dab the white color polish at the bases of your nail beds to create mini moons! This is look works really well for a more formal night out, and is a versatile option to pair with any color or pattern dress.
Get festive with a little blue and red nail polish in diagonal stripes. For this look, start with polish-free nails. Add your washi tape in a diagonal pattern to and put the blue polish stripe at the outer edges of your nails. Once that dries, remove the tape and repeat the process at the base of your nails with the red polish. This would be just the right two-tone nail look for Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July or Labor Day weekend.
Festive nails in red and navy make a fun holiday statement.
How about the ace of spades to inspire your next nail story? Paint your nails in white polish, and use a deck of cards as your guide to free paint hearts, diamonds, aces and spades. You can also use a toothpick to outline your suit shapes and fill in the rest with your brush. As an alternative to this look, try the spades and clubs in black. Either look makes a two-tone nail style to change up your everyday casual wear.
|Add whimsical diamonds and spades with red and white polish.|