Midweek Manicure / All Different, Sorta the Same

I hope everyone’s week is going swimmingly so far. I almost can’t believe we’re half way through January. I need to get it together and start a workout regimen again, in keeping with the same New Years resolution I’ve had for the last million years…

In other news, this week’s manicure:

Nude and Black Mani

I decided to do something a bit different this week, meaning I did something a little different on each nail, no pattern repeating on either hand, except for the double nail stud design, one of those on each hand (but on different fingers!).

I used:

  • Jafra – Perfect Nude (base color on all nails, a really nice peachy-beige color which I think would work well on all skin tones, which is not always the case for nude shades)
  • Generic Black striper polish (you could also use black acrylic paint and a thin brush for this)
  • Black Nail Rhinestones
  • Nail Tape (to mask off parts of my nail to create the various designs)
  • Scissors or cuticle nippers (to cut the tape to the right lengths)
  • Base & Top coats to start and finish the mani

Black and Nude Nail Art

After the nude polish was dry (as in, let it dry for about an hour so that you don’t chance pulling up any of the polish when you start to tape off your designs). Using nail tape cut at various lengths, I laid it across my nails in various patterns – creating triangle shapes, stripes and so on – and used cuticle nippers to cut it down, if needed. In most cases I just made sure it was strongly stuck to my nail, but it was ok if the ends of the tape were long enough to hang over the edge of the nail or onto my skin. Since this was a fairly tedious process, I only used it on about 6 nails, and kept the patterns fairly simple. Then I just painted between the lines with the black polish, pulled off the tape (do this almost immediately) and my design was finished. On 4 nails, I used either one or two black rhinestones. I ended up with a sort of art-deco nail art project.




Midweek Manicure // Stripes with Tape

My first mani using nail tape! I kept it really simple, just using the tape to make horizontal stripes on my nails, but I really like how it turned out.

Nail Tape Mani

I used:

Nail Tape Striped Mani

After my base coat and two coats of color were dry, I cut strips of nail art tape (a little longer than the width of my nail), laid them on, and used cuticle nippers to cut them to size.

What do you think? I love the nice clean lines that the nail tape provides. Any ideas about what else I can do with the tape? I’m eager to try out all sorts of stuff!