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Dec 03 2012

What are You Doin’ New Years…New Year’s Eve?

I have been experimenting with striping tape, as well as Scotch Tape, to create nail looks these last couple weeks.

I have been a bit slow to adopt to using striping tape. By itself, I find it lifts easily, even under my favorite top coats. And I find striping tape to be potentially annoying to work with. Sometimes It doesn’t want to lay where I want it and it’s thin and wiley and it exasperates me. But then I see a finished mani and I am blown away how cool my nails can look with just these little bits of thin tape!

My favorite mani, by far, has been this one I did with Zoya Ziv as the base and Zoya Storm over it. It’s all sparkle, flash and bling – perfect for the holidays! When I saw this on my hands the first thing I thought of was a kiss at midnight on New Year’s, in a cocktail dress, with a glass of champagne in my hands!

I did mess up a bit while pulling the tape off my pinky, so the polish smudged, but otherwise, I was really happy with how it turned out.

Check it out:

I blurred out that last pic a bit to show you the holo beauty that is Storm!!

Here’s how I did it:

  • Applied one coat of base coat.
  • Applied two coats of Zoya Ziv.
  • Applied one coat of top coat.
  • Let the mani dry thoroughly.
  • Adhered striping tape to my nails in the pattern I wanted, taking care to make sure it was longer than my nail bed – the better to pull it off my nail when the time came!
  • Painted two coats of Zoya Storm over the dry mani and tape.
  • Waited a few minutes, then carefully removed the striping tape from my nails, revealing the patterned design!
  • Added one coat of top coat to seal it.

And ta-da! A beautiful mani. When I use striping tape I tend to give an hour or more for my base mani to dry before I stick tape to it.

Have you tried the nail art trend of tape striping?! What do you think about it?! Share your thoughts below!

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