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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Let it Snow Nail Art

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I’ve always loved doing my nails in a fun, new and unique way.  The trouble with that is I would look at people’s nails and immediately think “I could NEVER make my nails look that good!”  Over the years though i’ve learned that nail art is not as hard as it looks, if you use the right tools.

Today I will be showing you how I did my “Let it Snow” nail design.  I have an obsession with polka dots, especially on my nails and they are so easy to do just by using everyday household items.

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  • Any Light Blue Nail Polish….I used Essie Turquoise and Caicos (752) and I LOVE it (bought at Target)

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  • White Nail Polish….I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White on (300) and I LOVE it because you only need one coat and for the color white I think that is pretty impressive.  I bought this at Target as well, but I couldn’t find it on the website but it is also on Amazon for $4.61.

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  • Top Coat: This is the most important part!!! I’ve learned that the brand of the color nail polish doesn’t matter as much as long as the top coat is excellent.  So I normally buy cheaper nail polish but buy a more expensive top coat (still only $5) because it is worth it.  I use INM Out The Door Top Coat For Nails which I found at Sally Beauty
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  • Pencil and Pin: This is how I make my polka dots.  Place the pin in the eraser on your pencil and it makes an easy tool for making small dots on your fingers.

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Step-By-Step:

  1. Paint all your fingers blue, except your two ring fingers which you will paint white
  2. Dip your pin into the white paint and begin to place polka dots on the blue nail polish
  3. Paint over with a top coat on all your fingers
  4. To make the snowman you will need to wait until your top coat is dry.  I waited about twenty minutes or so just to be positive that I wouldn’t ruin the paint.
  5. Using the black sharpie draw a hat and two eyes on the white paint.  Using the orange create the nose and then place six smaller dots for the mouth.  Yes you read correctly…..USE THE SHARPIE TO DRAW ON YOUR NAILS!!! How easy right?!
  6. Wait about an hour and then you can place another top coat on the sharpie.  Be careful to wait long enough or the sharpie will begin to smear and it will ruin your work.

There you have it!!!! A really easy and cute way to make your nails stand out for the holiday season! I’ve received so many compliments and can’t wait for you to try them out as well! Good Luck 🙂