DIY: Aztec Print Nails

Hi Everyone,

Something horrible happened to me, my long beautiful nails broke! I was actually really sad because I thought, whatever would I be able to do with the stubby “nailettes” I now have. I remembered that I get many people saying to me “I love your nail art but my nails are too short”, so I took this as a challenge and threw caution to the wind.
An Aztec/Tribal print design came to mind because my lovely friend Ronke bought me a nail art pen and I was excited to try it out. I’m also wild about prints and Aztec is one of my favourites.

Here’s what you need to create this nail design:

  • Base Coat and Topcoat (I used Model’s Own 3-in-1)
  • White Nail Polish (I used one from Dierli)
  • Any two/three bright coloured nail polishes (I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Brisk Blue, Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Diamonds and Rubies and Model’s Own Sun Kissed)
  • A nail art pen (Alternatively you can use a toothpick dipped in black nail polish)
  • Qtips to clean around your edges

  • Apply a base coat
  • Apply two coats of the white nail polish and let it dry completely
  • Apply one stripe of the blue nail polish across the nail horizontally, a little way up from the cuticle
  • Outline the blue stripe with the black nail art pen
  • Apply a diagonal stripe of the yellow polish on the tip of the nail and outline it with the nail art pen
  • Make upside down v-shapes within the blue stripe
  • Using a bobby pin dipped into black polish, create polka dots in any empty spaces on the nail
  • Finish off with a top coat
  • Clean up around your edges with a gtip dipped in nail polish remover as this manicure can get really messy

I followed these steps for my thumb nail but for the other nails I played around a little with the colours and the designs. Just have fun with it, it does not have to be perfect. 

So who says you can’t get nail art done on really short nails? I say you can! What do you guys think? 

Peace and Love, 



  1. Adaora
    October 15, 2012 / 4:23 pm

    With short nails? This is too too cute! My Nail enthusiast! DISGO.

    • October 15, 2012 / 5:34 pm

      Haha! Thanks baby girl 🙂

    • October 15, 2012 / 8:19 pm

      Oh wow..thank you! 🙂

  2. ibiayo(@odudubelubelu)
    October 15, 2012 / 7:19 pm

    Well, d way I smiled wen I read ur first sentence can only mean av had sum serious deep rooted jealousy abt ur long nails.. Lol. Dis rily does luk lovely tho! Wld defntly try them out.
    Oh btw, welcome to d 'short nails' club, we r soo glad to av u 😉

    • October 15, 2012 / 8:28 pm

      Lol..meanie! I love the short nails club though..everything is much

  3. funmi
    October 16, 2012 / 4:34 am

    Very nice. Wish I could make this design. Alas! Not permitted at work. Would try it when on annual leave though.

    • October 16, 2012 / 9:46 am

      Oh no! You can paint the rest of your nails one colour and have the aztec print on your ring finger though..that's a little not then when you are on holiday like you said :)))

    • October 16, 2012 / 9:49 am

      I would love to do your nails Samantha..haha..will check your blog out..Thanks..xx

  4. Anonymous
    October 16, 2012 / 8:33 am

    I was on #TeamLongNails cos you inspired me to grow mine but you're also rocking the short nails too. Me likely 🙂

    • October 16, 2012 / 9:50 am

      Thank you so much..I'm enjoying them short 😀

  5. October 16, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    Beautiful… I can imagine how much better they'd look from afar..

    • October 16, 2012 / 9:06 pm

      Thanks Stephy! xx

  6. Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    Pls do something on smoky eyes nw.

  7. October 19, 2012 / 12:06 pm

    Love ur aztec print nails 🙂 I got ridiculously long nails at one point (When i started my blog actually) and then they all broke, and my nails are short again lol 🙁 .. xx

  8. October 20, 2012 / 1:09 am

    This is so cute! I love how colorful & eye catching it is(: xoxo

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