5/25/12

Memorial Day Nails Using Striping Tape (Mini Tutorial)









Striping tape is an easy way to create designs on your nails.  I recently ordered a set of 10 different colored tapes.  They arrived yesterday and I could not wait to do something with them.  Since we are celebrating Memorial Day here in the U.S. this weekend, I decided to go with a "red, white, & blue" theme.

First I did 2 layers of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish in the color, "Thinking Of Blue", a perfect navy creme:

 After this dried to the touch (about half an hour), I began placing my tape.  It is best to wait for your polish to be somewhat dry so that you have the ability to re-position it if need be.  Leaving enough extra room on the ends to play around with, I cut off a piece of the tape and placed my red stripe:

Once you like how it's positioned, press down on it so that it is flat, paying close attention to the sides of your nails- you don't want those lifting!

When your happy with your tape/stripe, cut off the ends.  Using cuticle nippers proves to be the easiest way to do this since their slanted edge allows you to get close to your nail without actually touching it:

I did the same with my white and blue striping tape, then topped it off with my new favorite top coat- Cult Nails "Wicked Fast":



There are my patriotic nails!  What do you think?  Have you used striping tape before? Some of the other colors I got are silver, 2 different golds, purple, green, turquoise and pink. I love how super easy the tape is to use and to create even lines!

9 comments:

  1. i love this!! so perfect for this weekend

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  2. This look has it all: understated yet edgy, sophisticated yet fun....and patriotic! I've never used these tapes before, and before I saw your creation, I wouldn't have even known where to start, lol! And that blue!!! Gorgeous swatches, Maribeth!

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    1. Thanks Eugenia!!! I had the urge to do it on all of my nails, but the desire for the 'understated' look won :)

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  3. Wow those look so great! Are those tapes inexpensive? :)

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    1. I found mine on ebay and they were VERY cheap- $2 for the set and free shipping!

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    2. whoa baby that is cheap! :) I went to the Sally Hansen display near me and couldnt find this colour ugh :(

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  4. I'm in love with striping tape! This is so simple and elegant and pretty :)

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    1. I'm obsessed with it!! Hahaha Thanks :)

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Obsessed?