Monday, July 29, 2013

Mani Mondays: Striping Tape

If you follow me on Pinterest, you will see that I've been pinning nail art lately!  I'm still pretty conservative when it comes to my nails, but I do like to spice things up when I get a chance.
 
I recently ordered some nail striping tape and thought I would give it a shot.  I just did a simple two stripe accent nail for testing.
 
What you will need:
 
A complete/dry manicure (I painted my nails with a 'new' Covergirl Outlast shade, go-go-mango)
a top coat
a spool of nail tape
a pair of manicure scissors
  
 
Since I am a mommy to a beautiful 8 month old daughter, I don't have a lot of mani-pedi time. So this was a 2 night project :)  I painted my base color on the night before.  You don't need to wait 24 hours, just until your nails are completely dry. 
 
I painted one coat of Essie 3-Way Glaze top coat on my ring finger nail.
 
I pulled the tape across my nail and cut it on both sides with the manicure scissors. I got as close to the sides of my nail as possible. Using a small pair of scissors is definitely key!  Using the tip of the scissors, I pressed the tape to make sure that it sticks to the wet top coat.
 
Some people add another coat of top coat, but I didn't think it was necessary and it made the tape look kind of wierd.
 
Ta-da! Here's the finished product!  I definitely can't wait to do more with this stuff!


 
It's been a few days since I did this and the tape is still holding on well.  I did read somewhere that a little bit of nail glue would hold it longer and better.  I'll probably give that a try next time around.
 
I hope you all had an amazing weekend!  I know we definitely enjoyed the sun in SoCal this weekend.  Have a great week everyone!

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