Here are the basics of doing striped nail designs on your nails but you can get creative and design striped nails in numerous ways. For example, here is how you can have zebra stripes on your nails to complement your animal print outfit. Start by applying a white color to the nails and let it dry for 15 minutes. Once the white color dries you would apply another coating of white nail polish and let it dry. Finally, you would paint thin black stripes across the painted white nails and let dry. Finally, apply the topcoat.