Nail It Magazine: Striping Tape Gradient Tutorial

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Hello!  I am SUPER excited to show you a tutorial today that I have done for Nail It! magazine.  I decided to do another gradient manicure, but this one is with an added stripy twist (plus some bling!).

Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

So, for this manicure, you will need:
  • White polish
  • Striping tape
  • Scissors
  • Polishes for your gradient (I have used China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle, Towel Boy Toy and That's Shore Bright)
  • Make up sponge dampened and squeezed out
  • Scrap Paper
  • Cotton buds
  • Nail polish remover
  • Top coat
  • Diamantes
  • Orange stick


Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

So, start off by painting your nails a white base coat, and make sure this is completely dry before you move on to the next stage.


Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

Cut yourself a large amount of strips of striping tape in advance, and then start placing it on your nails.  For this design I've started with a long strip down the middle of my nails.


Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

Next, I've placed more striping tape across my nails in a chevron pattern.  The only important thing to remember when you place the striping tape on your nails, is the order that you've placed it on, as you want to rip it off (eventually) in a reverse order, so you don't pull your design apart.


Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

Next, get your dampened make up sponge.  Paint your polish on in stripes across the make up sponge , and then stamp it on to a piece of scrap paper.  Bear in mind the length of your nails and the amount of colours you are using, to make sure you've got the right amount of polish onto your sponge.


Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine
Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

Next, stamp the sponge onto your nails. Don't do this too hard, if you do, the colours won't apply well, and you run the risk of getting tiny bits of the sponge stuck to your nails. I'd recommend sponging it on 2-3 times, quite quickly and fairly lightly.


Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine
Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

Also, move the sponge up a tiny bit for the second go, and slightly down a bit for the third go, again this will help the blending of the colours.  Keep going until you have a sufficient amount of coverage on your nails and the colours have blended nicely.


Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

Let your nails dry and then carefully (and quickly!) rip off your striping tape.  Make sure you do this in the right order so you don't pull your design apart.


Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

Before any tidying up; apply top coat to seal in your design, so if you do nudge it slightly during clean up, you won't be taking the gradient off, only a little bit of top coat.


Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

Tip a little bit of polish into the lid of the nail varnish remover and dip the cotton bud in. Use the cotton bud to carefully wipe off any excess polish on your fingers. Be careful not to wipe any of the polish off your nails. If you've got a thin paintbrush, you could use that instead to be a bit more precise.


Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine
Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

Now, this looks pretty cool as it is, but I thought I'd bling it up just that little bit more with some diamantes.  I applied another layer of top coat and then used an orange stick to position the diamantes into place.


Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

So there you go!  What do you think?


Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine
Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine
Striping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazineStriping tape gradient tutorial for Nail It magazine

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10 comments:

  1. Congrats on the publication, Claire! :)
    The look is gorgeous! It reminds of leaves! And the colours are gorgeous - you always come up with the greates colour combos! **

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  2. wow this gradient is awesome, nice colors :)

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  3. WoW I am so glad you get to do this for the mag :) Your realy deserve it becouse your work is so amazing :) keep up the good work :)

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  4. Loving it! So proud of you :D Keep on wowing us!

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  5. This looks geogeous. Where did you get the little gems from?

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    1. Thnak you! I got the gems in a wheel from eBay, they are normally £2/3 for hundreds of them. Also, it's worth checking out www.bornprettystore.com, they have loads of rhinestones and studs on their website... plus if you use code MXL91 you can get an extra 10% off. xxx

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