Tips and Tricks for Using Tape for Nail Art

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I’ve seen many people use tape when doing stripes on their nails and I decided to give it a try and see how well it really works!

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For this nail design I used Wall Street Pink by NYC (234). I found it at Target for $1.97!

I also used Tribeca Silver (292) by NYC, also at Target for $1.97.

The white stripes and top coat I used the same polish as I used for the let it snow nail art.  The white is a Sally Hansen White on and the top coat is inm’s Out the Door top coat for nails.

How To Use Tape:
1. Paint your whole nail the white color and let it dry. I put a top coat over the white as well and let it dry for several hours.

2. Cut tiny strips of tape and place on your nail where you want the stripes.

3. Paint over the whole nail silver and let it dry.

4. Take off the tape and paint a clear coat over the whole nail.

5. I used a pink sharpie to draw a heart on the top stripe to add a cute accent and tie in every nail together.

Now for some tips and tricks I learned:

Tip #1: Make sure the tape sticks everywhere, including the edge of your finger or the silver could get underneath. If this happens use a Q tip and wipe it off quickly and it disappears.

Tip #2: Don’t pull off the tape too fast! One of my sections of white completely came off when I pulled too fast and I had to then repainted that tiny section white again.

Tip #3: The way you cut the tape will be the size of the other color. I made my white stripes bigger, but if you want smaller just cut your tape to be in smaller strips.

Hopefully this tips and tricks help you get stripes that are simple and easy to do! If you try it and have any other tips and tricks feel free to comment! I would love to hear more ideas!

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Holiday Nails

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As you can probably tell, we love nails around here. Especially all the fun nails you can do based on the holiday. I have already changed mine multiple times and I know I wont have enough days to do all that I want. This design was soo easy though and did not take very much time which is perfect since there never seems to be enough time during the day.

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First, I always use a base coat. For me this is what helps my nails last and not chip. It also provides a nice smooth canvas on the nail.

Then I painted the first coat using my favorite white nail polish, OPI’s Alpine Snow. I love this color, it goes on smoothly and I only have to do one coat.
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I let this color dry and then I used OPI’s Fresh Frog of Bel Air. I am not sure if they make it anymore because it was part of the muppet line, but any green glitter polish will work. I painted a light blob on the bottom of my nail. It doesn’t need to look perfect and it is hard to mess up because you want them to all look a little different. I brought a small line of the glitter up my nail to add a little more glitter.

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After the green, I used China Glaze Pure Joy red and gold glitter polish. I know it would be a lot easier to use a red/green mix but this was all I had and I love the way it turned out.

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As we mentioned in the Let it Snow Nails the top coat is so important. Top coats work differently for each person, but my personal favorite is OPI clear top coat. It dries quickly and sets my nail so well.

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My last tip for you guys is drying your nails. I have tried so many products and I end up wasting a lot of money. While Essie’s drying drops are awesome, I go through that little bottle way too fast. My easiest trick is to fill a bowl with cold water and ice and hold your nails in there for as long as you can handle. It hardens the polish quickly. Let your hands air dry when done. Another trick is to wait 10 or so minutes and spray with cooking spray, sounds weird but it works wonders. Both of those trick have worked great for me and unless I find an easier method, I will stick with them.