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Phillip Lim-inspired nail design

Kara Endres is a graphic designer, illustrator and fashion blogger based in south Florida. She showcases her DIY skills on her blog, Sprinkles in Springs, as well as shopping guides, trends, fashion inspiration, illustrations, and nail a...

A colorful gradient design

One of Phillip Lim's resort 2014 prints incorporates an organic vertical section of stacked colors with a black outline and crosshatch. We're going to show you how to translate this fresh and artistic fashion look onto your nails.

A colorful gradient design

Phillip Lim-inspired nail design


  • Essie's Butler Please and Lovie Dovie
  • SinfulColors' Innocent and Pull Over
  • Sephora by OPI's Hi Def
  • China Glaze's Liquid Leather
  • Orly's White Tips
  • Scotch tape
  • Small paint brush

A colorful gradient design



Base coat

Start with a white base coat to make your blank canvas.

A colorful gradient design



Place tape vertically on your nails to create an imperfect section to fill in your colors. You can do one or two of these per nail.

A colorful gradient design


Add color

Starting with orange, make a few abstract strokes on the bottom of the nail. Keep adding colors upward until you go through all of them. You can leave some space at the top or bottom of a few.

A colorful gradient design


Remove tape

After the colors are dry, remove the tape.

A colorful gradient design



Using the small paint brush, outline the color blocks with black. The lines shouldn't be perfect; they should have character. You can add lines at the bottom of the color blocks and on the side also. See the runway image for more fashion design inspiration.

A colorful gradient design

A colorful gradient design

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Photo credits: Phillip Lim
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