After being inspired by my good friend and fellow blogger Caitlin, recently I have been making good use of striping tape in my manicures. I love the way it makes your nails look more interesting, and you can use it in really creative ways. Using it is something I initially struggled with, but now with practice and some research I have some advice that I can give to you!
First things first – I found that you can only really layer darker colours over light – it wouldn’t be successful to paint your nails dark blue and try to do white over the top. So, paint your base colour, and wait for it to dry. To speed this along, I always use a quick drying top coat such as Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. If your nails aren’t dry, the striping tape can ruin them, and that’s just upsetting.
I find it easier to lay it on the nail and then cut it, as opposed to trying to maneuver tiny pieces of tape. Cut long strips of tape – considering how cheap it is, don’t skimp! You want to sure there is plenty of tape for you to hold on to for removal. Fiddling about to peel off tiny bits of tape is time consuming, so just make it easier for yourself.
Stick the tape firmly to your nail, because you don’t want polish seeping underneath it. If you’re laying tape over tape, try to remember the order you put it down in, this will become important at removal. I wait very briefly for the polish to begin to dry and remove the tape. Remove the tape starting from the last layer you put on – I learned this lesson once I messed it up by pulling from the bottom first. Once the nail is slightly tacky, I use a top coat. I’m always wary of smearing the polish by applying it when it’s totally wet.
An alternative use can be using the tape itself on your nails as part of your manicure. I tried this with my Harry Potter manicure but it peeled off the following day. My advice would be to use a thicker topcoat over it, something like NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat, rather than a quick dry one that is thin.
Striping tape can be purchased from Kmart in New Zealand for $4, with the questionable name of stripping tape, or online from Born Pretty Store for as little as 99c (plus shipping)
I hope that my tips were useful for you – striping tape is a great thing to include in your manicures once you’ve got the hang of it.
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