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Friday, February 20, 2015

Makeup and Muses: Nail Tape Mani

Initially, my plan for this design was to create a negative space manicure similar to this one that I absolutely adore, but sadly, that didn't happen. I was hoping to use nail tape to create the negative space, but that's easier said than done. But, I still had nail tape lying around so I opted for a simple nail tape manicure instead.

First of all, nail tape is a bit of a bitch to work with. It's not easy finding where it starts after you've set the reel down for a while. Also, if you don't apply it completely straight, then it will look like a total mess when you remove it (hence, why this is no longer a negative space mani post). But, I was able to get a lot of colors for chump change, so at least I can try, try again until I 100% succeed. But it does look like a Tiffany & Co. box.

Basic Steps

  1. Apply Sally Hansen nail thickener as base coat (let fully dry)
  2. Apply 2 coats of Sally Hansen miracle gel in B Girl (let fully dry -- for real)
  3. Add strips of nail tape in the color of your choice, and in the design of your choice
    1. I decided to double up on the tape so that it looked bolder
    2. Also, I stuck with horizontal lines since this was my first time using nail tape
  4. When applying the tape, you can follow the simple rule of "measure twice, cut once" or you can choose to wrap the tape around and then cut afterward
  5. Apply Milani color statement top coat 
For this, I used Sally Hansen nail thickener, Sally Hansen miracle gel in B Girl, nail tape that I found on Amazon, and Milani color statement top coat. You can remove strips of the nail tape just by pulling it off, or you can choose to cut off strips with scissors. See more nail designs I love on Pinterest!

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