DIY Weetzie Nails

This one’s dedicated to all the dangerous angels out there.

When I imagine our girl Weetzie at the beauty salon gettin’ her nails did before hopping onto the back of My Secret Agent Lover Man’s motorcycle (which helps them dry faster BTW), I am pretty sure she’d be walking out with the latest and craziest nail design. For today’s Weetzie-inspired nails, I wanted to come up with a funky look that reflected all the pretty colors surrounding her every day in Shangri-L.A., like pink plastic flamingos on a rich green lawn with the bright blue sky overhead. Now I was not about to front like I knew how to draw an actual flamingo on my nails. I had to do something cool, but fairly easy. DAS RIGHT IT’S TAPE MANICURE TIME!

You’ll need:

  • A light, non-pastel pink shade. I used a nice bubblegum pink called I Pink I Can by Sally Hansen.
  • A non-pastel green shade, like Essie’s Mojito Madness.
  • A sky blue shade. I chose Revlon’s Coastal Surf.
  • A glitter top coat. Essie’s Set In Stones was my pick because of its differently sized silver specks.
  • Scotch tape. I used the Magic brand in my cute lil high-heel tape dispenser. They even have this divalicious one.
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Clear top coat (optional, but recommended)

1. Paint your nails pink the night before. I KNOW, I KNOW. You might get annoyed that this is a two-part process, but trust me, it’s going to be so worth it. You need the polish COMPLETELY dry in order to put the tape over it, and we don’t want to take any risks.

2. Cut two small pieces of tape and place them at opposite angles on your nail so the part that is left uncovered forms a V shape.

3. Using the green or blue polish (whichever you prefer to do first since you will be alternating), paint over the part that is uncovered. Make sure you don’t put a big GLOB of paint on there like I did a couple of times. You don’t need that much.

4. And now, THE BIG REVEAL. After about a minute, carefully and slowly peel back the pieces of tape and you will find a perfect pie of color.

5. Repeat for all fingers, alternating between green and blue. Remember to be CAREFUL. I cut my pieces of tape as I went along, because I’m a wild child, but you might want to cut them all beforehand.

6. Gaze in awe at the beauty bestowed upon your fingertips, and perhaps even sing “Part of Your World” with the lyrics changed to suit this situation: “Look at these nails / Aren’t they so neat? / Wouldn’t you think my nail game is complete? / Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl, the girl who has EVERYTHING.”

7. OOH BABY IT’S SPARKLE TIME! I debated whether or not I should leave these nails as is since I think they are pretty rad already, but then I remembered Weetzie LOVES sparkly thangs, so I topped off the manicure with this awesome silver glitter. And as I have preached before, glitter polish is also wonderful for hiding any mistakes.

8. Add your clear top coat (if you have it) and ta-da! Perfect sherbet-colored nails that Weetzie herself would think are slinkster-cool! ♦


  • Tyknos93 June 26th, 2012 11:17 PM

    I NEED this in my life. I can’t believe I haven’t read any Weetzie Bat books yet. This will be changing very soon.

    • mayaautumn June 28th, 2012 2:34 AM

      exactly what i was gonna say.
      i need so many books (like weetzie bat) and also a load of films that all the rookie staff recommend on here!
      also, I’ve been obsessed with nailart so much recently, so this post is perfect!

  • Aixa June 26th, 2012 11:19 PM

    This is so cute! I’m totally gonna do this <3

  • lylsoy June 26th, 2012 11:25 PM

    I love this! I loove to put a glitter coat on basically every nail polish I use, but i like it best with a kitschy blue or pink :*

  • kendallkh June 26th, 2012 11:59 PM

    YES. I love Rookie’s nail tutorials, and these are awesome. (Also, I apparently REALLY need to read Weetzie Bat.)

  • Susann June 27th, 2012 1:22 AM

    Super cool and cute! Who wouldn’t start singing “Part of your world” with nails like that?

    Fashion in Pepperland

  • June 27th, 2012 4:15 AM

    This is awesome
    trying it out today :)

  • Lucille June 27th, 2012 6:41 AM

    This is literally perfect!definitely trying it!
    xo, L.

  • Choconana June 27th, 2012 11:25 AM

    So you think you’re really needing to read Weetzie Bat books. Now, try to put yourselves in the place of someone who lives in a little city in Brazil, where there are no translated (or even original) Weetzie Bat books :(

    • julalondon June 27th, 2012 12:44 PM

      Just go on, some of the people out there ship everywhere! =)

  • keezey June 27th, 2012 12:55 PM

    Ahh!!! This looks so easy considering that I sometimes accidentally end up painting my knees instead of my nails! Thanks :)

  • all-art-is-quite-useless June 27th, 2012 1:25 PM

    I’m trying this with a pink base and an orange tip tonight!

  • GlitterKitty June 27th, 2012 3:06 PM

    I haven’t read Weetzie Bat yet (I will though!) but these nails are seriously awesome.

  • La Fille June 27th, 2012 4:14 PM

    This article came at just the right time! I had borrowed a copy of Dangerous Angels from the library yesterday. So far, I’ve finished the stories about Weetzie Bat and Witch Baby (who happens to be my favorite character).
    Now I have to try these nails. :)

  • HollieLillian June 28th, 2012 10:38 AM

    i’m skint because well, clothes exist, but I reeeeaaaaally need to read weetzie bat, pronto

  • bookworm123 July 1st, 2012 4:57 PM

    I still need to read Weetzie Bat, but I just did this to my nails after seeing it on Friday! I used different colors and longer triangles, but wicked cool! I am planning to try all the Rookie manicure DIYs this summer:)

    Also, my nail polish obsession has been successfully rekindled.

  • EvaLavender July 6th, 2012 6:45 AM

    Love to death!


  • vintageparadise July 6th, 2012 8:16 PM

    they’re so rad

  • catonthemoon July 30th, 2012 4:35 PM

    love this!

  • Frannie Lou July 30th, 2012 11:21 PM

    Ahhh I’m so trying this when I get the chance. My nails are pretty ugly on their own and they have an odd shape to them since I used to bite them constantly, but this’ll probably make them look as rad as it’s possible for them to look.

  • Frannie Lou August 5th, 2012 8:06 PM

    Ahh, I love this DIY so much! I loved the colors that you used in the tutorial but I also thought it was fun to think of other colors that would look good together for this…I didn’t have anything similar to the colors you used in the example and I didn’t really feel like going out and buying new nail polish specifically for this so I used a mint green color by Revlon for the overall nail color and a really cool lavender color from Essie for the little pie-shaped part and they look RAD. <3

  • jcmay96 August 22nd, 2012 5:21 AM

    Thanks for the easy yet adorable nail art idea!