Hello! I have an exciting post for you today, well, the first in a series of posts that I have been working on for Salons Direct. They have very kindly provided me with some fabulous China Glaze polish, and the challenge to create them some nail art, and here is my first creation.
To start, I decided to go all out with a striping tape gradient. I haven't done any tutorials for AGES now and I realise I need to rectify this, and I've done a few of these manicures and thought it'd be helpful to explain exactly how I've done it.
So, to create this look you need:
- White polish base colour
- Striping tape
- Three colours for your gradient (I've chosen Flip Flop Fantasy, Heli-Yum and Concrete Catwalk)
- Make-up sponge, dampened and squeezed out
- Scrap paper
- Top Coat
- Cotton wool and nail polish remover for clean up
Next, you need your striping tape. What I tend to do is cut loads of strips of striping tape before I start, so it's all prepared, and stick it loosely around the base of a mug, so it's there to just grab a piece as I'm going along. Stick the striping tape onto your nails, I've gone for the same kind of square pattern on each nail, but this part is up to you. Just make sure that you remember to a certain extent what order you've stuck them on, as you want to remove them later in reverse order to reduce and chances of pulling/ripping the design. Also, make sure the tape is hanging over the edges/side/base of your nails, so you've got something to grab onto when you need to remove it.
Once everything is prepared, get your sponge (make sure it is damp), a piece of scrap paper, and your three polishes. Paint a stripe of each polish onto the sponge, sponge it once onto the paper, then a couple of dabs onto your nail. (For a full tutorial on gradients, take a lookie here). Repeat this process until you've done all your nails, and they are blended in nicely.
The good thing about putting a gradient over striping tape is that it dries pretty quickly. Once you are happy that it's all dry, carefully use tweezers to pull off the striping tape quickly. As I mentioned before, try and pull off in a reverse order to how you put the tape on. Once you've taken all the striping tape off, apply a top coat. I do this before I tidy up the rest of my nails, so that the design is completely sealed in.
Then, use a cotton bud (or thin paintbrush) and polish remover, and tidy up any stray polish (in my case, a lot!) around your fingers. Take extra care around your cuticles to remove the polish without taking the design off your nails. And there you have it, striping tape gradient done!
If you do give this a go, please feel free to share with me on my facebook page.
As a final sum-up, here's a little picture tutorial!
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*The polishes used in this post were provided to me by Salons Direct