Sunday, May 20, 2012

glad in plaid!

Good afternoon darlings!

Today I have a really fun tape technique to show you. Instead of using tape to create relief patterns, you use the tape to make your own nail stickers!
I saw this cool mani on The Beauty Department, which is a really fun site that I am guilty of stalking.


Can you spot the tape? Haha! The trick is to paint some tape, let it dry, and cut it into shapes to put onto your nails. It helps you create super even and straight lines, which is a good thing for me because I am awful with a striper brush.


I broke up the intensity of the plaid with a solid accent nail, which I think looks pretty cute!


I took a whole bunch of pictures of this mani because I was really proud of it!

It can be kind of difficult to cut the tape into small pieces so take your time, and then once on the nail, use cuticle nippers to clip the edges. I also used a file to smooth the edge of my nail a little, to stop the tape from hitching.


The polishes I used are:
Urban Decay - Superfreak (gold)
Urban Decay - Woodstock (pink)
OPI - Fly (teal)
Essence - You Belong To Me (light blue/green)
The base color is a light gray franken I made.

What do you guys think of this fun way to use tape? I think I'll definitely be trying it again!

41 comments:

  1. I love the look. do you know how long the tape stays on the nail?

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    1. With a good coat or two of topcoat, you should get normal wear from the mani! So long as it's sealed in there, it should be fine. But if you don't seal all the edges it does peel pretty quickly.

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  2. I also saw this post of The Beauty Department (you're definitely not the only one guilty of stalking their website!) This looks great! :)

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  3. I love this! I also would like to know how well the wear is on this, since I know that normal striping tape tends to peel off really easily.

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    1. as i just commented above, it wears well so long as you seal it well with topcoat and don't leave any hitching edges.

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  4. beautiful comb of colors!!! And beautiful work!

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  5. Looks great! This must have taken you forever!

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    1. it did take some time! but the crisp lines were worth it :)

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  6. It looks amazing, but I don't think I have the patience to cut the tape for both hands. I'd probably cave and haul out the striper in desperation!

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  7. I love the colours used!!!! Verrrrry pretty! (:

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  8. It looks lovely! Does the tape come off easily when you try to remove the mani? I have to try this some time. :)

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    1. yep! it all kinda smeared off with the remover and i picked off the large pieces.

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  9. The plaid looks so cute! I would totally try this technique over trying to get it perfect with line brushes.

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  10. It looks amazing! I absolutely love your mani!!

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  11. This is great! I tried making stripes with tape the other day, it didn't turn out too great. I'm so going to try this. And kudos! You did a great job, love the color combination.

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  12. ugh this is too freaking cute!!!

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  13. can't wait to try something like this it looks so awesome!!

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  14. I saw this on The Beauty Dept as well! It's such a fun mani, you did an amazing job! I would love to try something like this soon!

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  15. This looks great, Rebecca! I've been meaning to try this too, its awesome =]!

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  16. Beautiful job! I love all the colours you used. :)

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  17. I love the colours you chose - they work so well together!

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  18. Wow! I'm definetly gonna try this ... This looks amazing! You did an awesome job :)

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  19. I love this! the perfect straight lines made easy.. great idea! And the mani is goregous!

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  20. I saw this on Beauty Department too! I've yet to try it but now I definitely will!

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  21. Wow! Wow! Wow! its beautiful plaid nail <3

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  22. This looks great! I saw when they posted that tutorial and I thought "That's cheating!" But I like what you've done much better than what they did

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  23. These are just fab! I have to look up the tutorial!

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  24. Love the plaids!
    I read and also find guilty stalking The Beauty Department! LOL
    gonna try this technique soon too!!

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