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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Makeup & Muses: Nail Art DIY

I believe I first spotted this nail art design on We Heart It, which then led me to someone's blog. It wasn't even my initial idea to do a nail DIY, but I was bored so I decided to try it out. 
Like these zig-zag nails, my last nail DIY--marble nails--also involved the use of tape. Here's what you'll need to get this look!

♥tape ♥scissors ♥paper towel ♥two contrasting nail colors

♥First paint your nails with the first nail color. I used a ginger-scented shade that I picked up from F21. Make sure you let your nails dry COMPLETELY or else you'll just have to start all over (like I did).
♥Next, use the scissors to cut a zig-zag pattern into the tape. I found out that the more cuts, the better. It will make the pattern on your nails look much cooler.
♥After you cut the tape, stick it on to the side of your hand and rub against it for a few minutes. This is so the tape isn't as sticky when you put it on your nails.
♥Once your nails are dry, place the tape halfway across your nail. You can choose to switch it up by putting the tape at the top, bottom or side of your nail.
♥Then take your second nail color (I used a Sally Hansen insta-dry) and polish the side of your nail that is not covered by tape. The beauty of the tape is that if you polish over it then the tape will act as a barrier.
♥Then pull up the tape from the outside edge and your zig-zag pattern will be revealed on your nail.
♥I used a paper towel to blot the tape after each finger so I didn't have excess on each nail.
What do you think?
Have you ever done a nail art DIY like this before?


caramellitsa said...

this is so cool! love the idea i ll try it too :)

MosaMuse said...

very cute! i would make a complete mess if i tried doing this!! but it would be fun to use some of my glitter polishes as an accent
enjoy ur day!

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Those are super cool!! My daughter would love them actually, must show her!! Hope you have a fab day! x

Pop Champagne said...

These are cool, reminds me of the song eye of a tiger, I guess not really the eye but the stripes? I dunno didn't have my coffee this morning so I'm going crazy hahaha

suburbanstylechallenge said...

Cute!! I may have to try this with some glitter polish! Pinning for reference :)

Bonnie said...

So pretty!! I wish I had your skills -- and patience.
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Emmy said... this DIY, Cheryl! My only problem is that I probably won't have the patience to let the first polish dry first:P

Tye said...

Nice loving these nails. They look pretty easy to do. Thanks for sharing! :)

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Chocolate Lover said...

:D Aww, that's so cool :D

Tanvi said...

So Cool!!! You are a pro! :D

Yes, we must do something for our birthdays!! You've got any ideas??!

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Jennifer Fabulous said...

You did this brilliantly! And so perfectly that you make it look easy. I swear I would find a way to mess it up in the first five seconds. Lol.

Jersey Blogess said...

very pretty - look simple to do.

Kimberlee said...

Well you know I'm a nail art freak so I love it ;)

Francesca R said...

You did a great job!! I love it!!


Love!!! You did a fabulous job! :) xoxo

Heather said...

OOOOOO how cool! never thought of doing this before. Def. going to give this a whirl.

Couture Carrie said...

Awesome DIY, darling!


Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Thanks for the idea Cheryl! You're definitely inspiring me to do a DIY manicure with a fun design!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

That's gorgeous Cheryl! The base color alone looks great on you. I love it. Girl, Sandy has some awesome stuff. She would love for you to do a post on her cards. I love them.

Balacom said...

I like this nails designs

Sharon said...

This so cool,love it hun x

What Sadie Did said...

LOVE it! You did a great job too. I love all the nail art that's trendy at the mo :)

Sadie xx

Sam said...

Hi sweety, thanks so much for your kind comment
I couldn't comment earlier because my internet was down, still sorta is.
Mine was yesterday, good to know you're also in Feb!

amy b.s. said...

i am loving this and can't wait to try it!

Mandy said...

Those look awesome! I don't know if I would have the patience to do my nails like that, but they look really great!

Ps. I love your pic for the Next Big Style Blogger contest. Totally voting for you :)

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Overlooking Mississippi said...

I like it! reminds me of chevron pattern :)

I have done the tape mani to do half/half blue/white polka dots on one side and it was so much fun!

Nicole said...

Gorgeous!! I admit, I'm a very impatient person - especially when it comes to nails, so kudos to you :)
Have a great weekend Cheryl

*Glam Chameleon* said...

Great idea hun, love the nails!! I think I'm gonna use tape more often!;)


Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

very artistic and fun. Nails are looking good. They would't look so good on my hands, though.
Wishing you a nice weekend, sweetie;-)

Rocker Chic said...

Cheryl you did a great job although I have never done this before you have inspired me to try.

Happy Weekend.

Jamillah said...

Um, hi! I love it!!! Will totally try it!

agnes said...

je trouve cela magnifique,et bravo pour le choix des couleurs

Swarnali said...

Hello Cheryl,
Have been following you for quite sometime but didn't comment (I don't know why!!)
Heard about this taping and coloring technique sometime back and was waiting to try out on my own. The one you did was super cool. I was planning to do candy nails with stripes but now am gonna try this one. Thanks :D

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