Color street nail hacks: 8 amazing tricks for stunning nails

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Looking for some color street nail hacks? I hear ya. It can be a little tricky to get the hang of using these nail strips, but once you know a few tricks, it’s easy breezy.

Here are my top 8 color street nail hacks:

  1. Make your own french manicure tips
  2. Add cute details with mini punchers
  3. Hack for covering regrowth
  4. Color street nail hacks; cutting strips in half
  5. Hack to get a darker color
  6. How to fix chips hack
  7. Braided nails hack
  8. Cold hands hack

Make your own french manicure tips

This first hack will let you turn any color street nail strip into french manicure tips.

Omg, you can create such cute and unique looks with this hack!

Here’s what you need:

  • A circle hole punch in size 5/8ths of an inch
  • A nail strip in a color you want to use for your tips.

The perfect size hole punch for this hack is 5/8. You can get a hole punch in this size from Amazon.

Take your chosen nail strip and place it into the hole punch. Leave the plastic on and hold the hole punch upside down when you do this.

The reason you want to hold the hole punch upside down is that there is a clear window underneath which means you can see exactly how much you are cutting off.

This allows you to get the exact size and shape you want.

Place the tip where you want it and punch.

Then remove the plastic from the front and back and apply as normal.

I love this hack because it’s cheap and easy and it gets me tons of compliments every time!

Add cute details with mini punchers

This next hack uses mini punchers to add super cute little details to your color street nails.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 color street nail sets (so you can create contrast)
  • A mini hole punch in the shape of your choice

This hack is amazing because the possibilities are endless.

I tried it with a tiny star hole punch and it turned out great!

But you can use hearts, butterflies, flowers, leaves, umbrellas, teddy bears, bows…did I mention the endless possibilities?

Here’s how to do it.

  • Apply one set of color street strips as a base
  • Take your second set of nail strips and your mini hole punch
  • Cut out some shapes from the second set of strips (however many you want)
  • Remove the plastic – this is a little tricky but you can do it!
  • Apply the cute shapes over the first set
  • add topcoat to seal everything in

Color street nail hack for covering regrowth

This is a great hack for changing your nails up a bit and/or making your color street manicures last a bit longer.

What you’ll need

  • Nail strips in either the same or a different color to the set your wearing
  • A circle hole punch in size 5/8ths of an inch

When your regrowth is showing you can use the 5/8 circular hole punch to make reverse french tips!

Just cut out the french tips as I explained for hack number 1, but this time cut twice so that you end up with little half-moon shapes.

You’ll have to play around to get the sizing right, but believe me, it’s totally worth it!

Once you have all your tips cut out, remove the plastic and apply over the regrowth at the cuticle and voila – no visible regrowth.

You could also use a complimentary set to the one you have on to create a gorgeous half-moon mani!

And no need to get the nail polish out for another week!

Don’t forget to file down any wear at the tips and throw on some topcoat for extra protection.

Color street nail hacks – cutting strips in half


This next hack is for those of you with wide nails.

You can also use this hack if you only have narrow strips left.

What you’ll need:

  • A nail strip that’s too narrow for your nail and a second one in the same color
  • Some good scissors (straight ones not curved nail scissors)

Basically, if the nail strip is too narrow for your nail, take it and cut it with scissors straight down the middle.

Then apply one half to the left edge of your nail and the other half to the right edge.

This may be enough to cover the whole nail. But if you still have a gap in the center, take another whole nail strip and place it right down the middle covering the gap.

That’s it!

Hack to get a darker color

This is one of my favorite color street nail hacks.

Color too light? Or just want to change things up a bit?

Here’s a great little hack to make your color street nails a darker shade.

What you’ll need:

  • All you need is 1 full set of color street nail strips.

What to do:

Simply double up the strips – it’s that easy!

Adding 2 strips to each nail will give you an overall result that is a shade or two darker.

It’s so simple but so effective.

How to fix chips hack

Chipped a nail? Not to worry!

Here’s a quick and easy way to fix that pesky chip.

What you’ll need:

  • A nail file
  • A color street nail strip in the same color you have on
  • Scissors

What to do:

The first step is to take your nail file and very, very gently try to smooth out the chip as best as possible.

This will help the repair look seamless.

Next, cut a small piece off your color street nail strip.

Make sure that the piece you cut is big enough to cover the chip and that you cut it out while the plastic is still on.

Remove the plastic and apply the chunk of nail strip over the chip and a little bit over the surrounding area.

Seal with topcoat.

Braided nails hack

Bored with your color street nails? Why not add a cute accent nail with a patterned design?

Here’s how you can create your own braided nail design using color street strips.

Take a nail strip in a base color you like and apply as normal.

Take a second nail strip in a complimentary color or nail art design and cut it into small rectangular strips. Think striping tape sized or a little thicker.

Then stick the small strips you made in an overlapping pattern, laid diagonally.

Cold hands hack

Color street nails and cold hands don’t mix well.

cold hands

Of course, you can easily warm up your hands under warm water.

But if you use hot water to warm up your hands, your nails will expand. This can lead to cracked nails, so it’s not ideal.

To avoid your nails from getting all brittle and icky, here’s a quick hack to keep your hands warm.

What you’ll need:

  • A heating pad

What to do:

Put your heating pad on a low to medium setting.

Place your hands on it for 5 minutes.

Apply color street as normal.

Final thoughts:

Color Street nail hacks are easy to learn and can be executed with limited time, effort or money. These hacks may seem minor but they have the power to make your nails look polished without sucking up too much of your precious time. If you’re looking for new ways to jazz up your color street manicure, try these awesome hacks and let me know how you get on!


How do I cover regrowth?

If you have regrowth showing, you can either cut a small piece of nail strip to cover it or use a mini hole puncher to add a small design over the regrowth.

How do I make a darker color?

To make a darker color, simply double up the nail strips. This will add an extra layer of color and result in a shade or two darker.

What do I do if my nails are too wide/narrow?

If your nails are too wide, you can cut the strips in half and then apply them to each side of the nail. If your nails are too narrow, you can remove the excess using an orangewood stick or cuticle pusher.

Can I use these hacks if I have short nails?

Yes! These hacks are perfect for short nails – they’ll work just as well for you as for your long-nailed friends!

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  • Phoebe Meadows

    Phoebe Meadows is a self-proclaimed nail addict, always on the lookout for the latest trends and techniques. When she's not creating stunning nail designs, you can find her researching the latest nail care products or experimenting with new techniques.