33 Day Challenge - Day 3 - Tape Mani

Friday, 27 September 2013

It's Day 3 of the 33 Day Challenge and the theme today is "Tape Mani".  Now this is one of my favourite types of manicure, and I do loads of them!  So, today I've chucked in a little tutorial for you too.

I've been working with Salons Direct to come up with some nail art and tutorials using China Glaze nail polish and today I've used Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy Toy to create a gradient over some striping tape.


China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy ToyChina Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy Toy

So for this manicure, you will need:

Start by painting your nails a white base colour.  You need to let this dry completely.


China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy ToyChina Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy Toy

Then use striping tape to position onto your nails.  I've gone for a mixture of diagonal and straight patterns, but do whatever you feel you want here.  It's easier if you've pre-cut the striping tape so you can just then put the pieces onto your nails, rather than try to cut them as you go along.


China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy ToyChina Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy Toy

Use a make up sponge and create a gradient pattern over your nails.  (If you need some tips here, I did a gradient tutorial a while ago).  I've gone for a mixture of directions just to mix it up a bit.


China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy ToyChina Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy Toy

This should dry pretty quickly, but once you've finished sponging, leave it five-ten minutes, and then quickly rip off your striping tape.


China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy ToyChina Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy Toy

Now, apply a top coat (be careful not to drag too hard over your nails, otherwise this will smudge your design).


China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy ToyChina Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy Toy

Use cotton buds and nail polish remover to remove the polish that's on your fingers.


China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy ToyChina Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy Toy

And finish with a final layer of top coat.  I've added a little flower onto one of my nails just to finish it off nicely.


China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy ToyChina Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy Toy

And there you go, tape mani, done!


China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy ToyChina Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy Toy
China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy ToyChina Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy Toy
China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy ToyChina Glaze Highlight of My Summer, Too Yacht To Handle and Towel Boy Toy

Anyway, I hope you've found this tutorial useful!  If you do give this a go, please feel free to share with me on my facebook page.
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*The polishes used in this post were provided to me by Salons Direct

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20 comments:

  1. i love this mani the colours are fab thanks for sharing xx

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  2. I absolutely LOVE this! I can see it with so many color combos, it makes me dizzy!

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  3. The colours are absolutely gorgeous!

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  4. The colours are beautiful, the manicure looks really lovely! :-)

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