Striped Nail Art

Version 2 nail art stripe

 

You must try this at home!! 🙂 I stumbled upon a tutorial on how to paint striped nails. I would say it’s a level: medium. Not terribly easy, but even I, not the beauty expert, managed to get the hang of it.

Of course, you can try different colors, and go CRAZY!!! Give it a go!

 

Materials:

Steps:

Paint 2 coats of base color (in my case white)

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Take about 2″ of tape, and pinch the ends, so you have ‘handles’ to pull it apart. Press tape on your skin for a few seconds to remove excess adhesive so it’s easy to pull apart.

 

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Now fold the tape in half, and draw (using marker), several lines on the bottom (folded side) of the tape, as shown here.

Version 2
Using scissors, cut out the black lines completely, first vertically, then horizontally. I colored my tape pink, so you all can see it better.
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Carefully, unfold the tape. This is what it should look like. I did an extra one so I didn’t have to wait.
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Stick the tape onto the nail, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
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Apply a thick coat of black polish.

Carefully peel off the tape. And Voila!

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Here are a few Tips from ~4 hours of battling with this (I am yet to master the art of giving up while still ahead!). But in the end, I’m glad I stuck it out. 🙂

  • Use thicker, fewer stripes, if you’re a beginner like me.
  • Accent nail. Paint one nail per hand (and avoid frustration – yes, I speak from experience!)
  • Fold the ends of the tape to make is easier to pull apart.
  • No to top coat. I completely smudged mine after all the hard work. Time for a do-over!

I tried three different techniques with the stripe. Here are my results (top to bottom):

  1. Permanent marker. Worked IMG_0111 (1)well, but marker started to die out after a couple of nails. Also, it needed a second coat. Can mark fingers, but easily removable with nail-polish remover or rubbing alcohol.
  2. Regular nail paint. Worked BEST, as you can lay on a thick coat, to avoid having to do a second one. Tape dry-time sucks.
  3. I heart Nail Art Pen, by Sally Hansen. Complete disaster; it leaked, it got everywhere, no matter how well my tape was adhered. It’s really nifty tool, but totally bombed for this job.

Tutorial here. Video source: xoJahtna via YouTube — she’s seriously artistic!!!

#nailart #DIYnails #stripednailart #blackandwhitenails #stripednailpaint #nailpaint #SallyHansen #AccentNail

 

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