Colourful stripy nails tutorial

Friday, 20 September 2013

Shall we have a tutorial whilst it's Friday?  Why not!  This is something I did a while ago and I hadn't got round to posting, but today is as good a time as any!  Basically, what we've got here isn't a striping tape gradient, it's a stripy, colourful mismash, and it's pretty easy to do.

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For this you will need:
  • White polish
  • Striping Tape
  • Five different coloured polishes (try and pick colours that are quite opaque in one coat)
  • Make up sponge ripped into small pieces
  • Scrap paper
  • Tweezers
  • Top coat
  • Cotton buds and polish remover
So, start by painting your nails with a white base colour.


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Once your base colour is dry, gather together the polishes you are going to use for your manicure.  I'd line them up, with the lids unscrewed, and have your dotting tool and five pieces of dampened ripped up make up sponges ready, so that you don't have to try and get them all out once you've put your striping tape one.

So, with your striping tape, again it's helpful to have loads of strips already cut up and prepared, and then just position them on your nails, I've gone for a random diagonal pattern, but do whatever you like here.  Stick 4-5 strips on your nails, so you'll have a good amount of white lines poking through afterwards.

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Take your first colour, I've started with the lightest colour, so it'll be easier to cover over if required.  Take a small dampened piece of make up sponge and hold it using tweezers.  Blob some polish onto a bit of scrap paper, then dip the sponge into the polish, press once onto the paper to sponge off any excess and then sponge onto your nails.  I've positioned this in different places on each nail.

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Do the same with the next colour.  Don't worry about getting polish over your fingers, this can be tidied up later.

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Keep going, and keep using a slightly darker colour each time.

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I've used really bright contrasting colours, but you could stick to all the same colour but different shades; whatever you fancy.

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Keep going until you have covered all of your nails.

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Now; give this five minutes or so to dry (it should dry pretty quickly as it's been sponged on).  Then, carefully and quickly rip off the striping tape.  One thing to remember here is to remove in the opposite order to which you positioned the tape onto your nails, so remove the last one you placed on there first, so you don't pull or rip your design.

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Now; apply top coat.  This will seal your design before you tidy up.

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Next, to tidy up, use a cotton bud soaked in nail polish remover to dap off the excess polish around your nails.

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Job done!  Pretty cool, right?

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