Jul. 31.

NOTD: Pink & Red Striped Mani

Stripe Manicure ThumbnailAfter seeing some pictures going round on Twitter (Karen from Lovely Girlie Bits has ones that spring to mind) I got around to thinking about a bit of nail art so simple, even I couldn’t mess it up. After all, it’s just nail polish & sticky tape. HOW HARD CAN IT BE?

The answer is, not hard at all. I mean, I have the whole solid colour on nails thing pretty much set, and I have been using sticky tape since I was too young to remember, so this was easy as pie… (Must not make self hungry…)


The ingredients are simple: Basecoat & topcoat of choice (the first one out of my box was Sally Hansen Double Duty), two or more colours (I used 2, but I imagine you can do more, and it will just give more variety) and sticky tape (Hairspray do a nail striping tape specifically for this. I didn’t have any, so I got a spare roll of electricians tape and channeled my inner MacGyver)

I’m hoping I don’t have to explain how to paint nails (basecoat, colour, topcoat, y’know), so the method is: Lay down the base colour (this will be the colour of the stripe) and let dry. Add tape in whatever design you want (vertical, diagonal, horizontal) and gently press down, so it is flat on the nail, but will not disturb the base colour too much. Paint over the whole nail in the top colour and let mostly dry before peeling off the tape (I read that if you leave it too long you risk the polish flaking as you peel it off) and finally topcoat it to seal all the edges. Finally admire your handywork.

Just in case you don’t understand what kind of end result to expect, have a look at the picture of my nails below. I used Rimmel 60 Seconds polish in Shocker for the stripe, and China Glaze Ruby Pumps (one of my all time favourite polishes) as the top.


Cute, no?

So there you have it, one simple striped mani. Think you would give this one a try yourself, or would you recommend different colours. Let me know. I always love to hear from you.


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