31 Day Nail Art Challenge,  Manis,  Step-by-Steps

How-To: Cartoon-ish Plaid Manicure ~ 2016 31 Day Challenge Highlight ~ 500+ followers on Instagram??!! ~ Kawaii Collaboration on Instagram

Good morning, all! Today, I’m throwing back to my 31 Day Challenge from last year with this really cute and bright matte manicure for any season. Let’s get started!

Below is a polishes/tools list and a step-by-step. In this steps, I have the color palette that I chose in the details, but you can swap them out for any color scheme you’d like. Enjoy!


Polishes/Tools I used to create this design

OPI: Natural Nails Basecoat *Although this link is to this basecoat in the Nail Shop, it says it’s currently unavailable. There are other fantastic basecoats in the Nail Shop, however!

Orly: Cali Swag  *Obviously, I had to get this ☺

Covergirl: Nemesis

Sinful Colors: Endless Blue

Seche Vite: Dry Fast Topcoat

Sally Hansen: Big Matte Topcoat


Step 1:

Apply a basecoat to protect your nails from stains; let dry 3-4 mins.

Step 2:

Paint your nails two coats of a hot-pink polish, letting dry 2-3 mins in between coats; and let dry completely 5-10 mins.

Step 3:

Using a maroon or burgundy polish and a striper, nail art brush, or toothpick, create a 3×3 grid over your nail; you can space the horizontal lines up or down the nail depending on your preference; let dry 3-4 mins.

Step 4:

Now use a striper, nail art brush, or toothpick, create another 3×3 grid with a navy- or dark-blue polish OR a few line in between the maroon ones.

Step 5:

After letting the nails dry completely, 5-8 mins, apply a fast-drying topcoat.

Step 6:

After letting the first topcoat dry completely, 3-5 mins, apply a matte topcoat to finally protect your pretty plaid mani.


This mani is really cute and you can totally customize it! Share your re-creations with #threesixtynails and #threesixtynailsNBfeature on Instagram!

Before you go, I just wanted to take a quick second to say THANK YOU so much all my followers on Instagram for getting @threesixtynails to 500+ followers!!! It is happening so fast; it’s already at 530+. ☺ I’m hosting a Kawaii Collaboration to celebrate, so if you’re on Instagram, check out the initial collab post to join!

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– Cali, host of threesixtynails

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