31 Inspired Days of Nail Art- Tape Mani!

Hey There Polished People!

Today we bring you our tape manis. :) Cynthia and I were talking the other day about how all the interesting fall collections seemed to come out during the summer. We were reminiscing out the China Glaze On Safari collection and I vowed to pull those colors out and use them now that they’re in season. :) So today’s nails use a base of ChG Desert Sun. Let’s see how I used tape for my mani today…

Tire Track Striped Nails

How To Get These Nails:

  1. Use your base coat. Do yourself a favor and never skimp on this step. It’s healthier for your nails, adds strength, keep them from getting too stained and provides a nice, smooth base for your polish. You can use any clear nail polish for base coat, you don’t need to buy anything fancy.
  2. Paint your nails with 2 coats of ChG Desert Sun.
  3. Apply one coat of Seche Vite and allow your nails to dry thoroughly.
  4. Cut thin strips of tape, or you can use pre-cut straight french manicure guards. I used blue painter’s tape.
  5. When your nails are completely 100% dry apply the strips of tape to your nails horizontally and evenly spaced apart (see upcoming picture).
  6. Using a black striper or black polish and a striping brush, paint stripes from your cuticle to the free edge of your nail. Get them close to one another but try not to connect all of them (see picture below).
  7. Remove the tape carefully. To be safe, you should remove the strips after each nail, but with a striper, the paint is usually a little less flexible and you may be able to wait till you’re done with one hand before removing it.
  8. When the stripes are dry, apply a coat of Seche Vite, let that dry, then apply one last coat to make sure everything is nice and smooth.
  9. Show your friends! :)

Important Tips for Tape Manis

  1. If you use scotch tape, make sure to stick it to the back of your hand a time or two to remove a little of the stickiness.
  2. You MUST use some sort of top coat. I could NEVER do a tape mani without Seche Vite, but even if you don’t want to use that, you definitely need something to make a perfectly smooth surface to stick the tape to and peel the tape off of.
  3. Only stick tape to completely dry nails. The tape WILL peel your polish up and you WILL wish you’d followed this step. :)
  4. Make sure your tape is pressed down well so you don’t get any seepage under the tape. If you do, you may be able to use your clean up brush dipped in acetone and gently clean up your lines. You will only be able to do this is you’ve used a healthy layer of top coat. This is another reason to always use top coat before you place the tape.
  5. Only paint one nail at a time and then immediately remove the tape whenever possible. Waiting too long will cause the polish to pull up and may ruin your design. Sometimes if you’ve had to wait too long you can apply one more coat of nail polish or even some clear nail polish (not quick dry though) and remove the tape with no ill effects.
  6. Make sure your nails are all the way dry before you add topcoat. Sometimes a tape mani can get a little thick and the last thing you want to do is go through all the trouble and then smear your design.
  7. Never skip top coat. Like I said above, they can get a little thick and your topcoat will smooth it all out.
  8. Don’t get discouraged, the possibilities with tape are endless. If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments, tweet me or find me on Instagram and ask. :)

Don’t you think these kind of look like tire tracks? Have you dug out any of your “fall” polishes that came out in the summer? Do you like doing tape manis? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to click that button below to see the other ladies’ awesome tape manis. I know we’re gonna have some Halloween flavor today… look at the preview pics and you’ll see what I mean. Thanks for reading and till next time- Happy Polishing!! 

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16 thoughts on “31 Inspired Days of Nail Art- Tape Mani!

    • Yeah it does look a little tribal. Speaking of, I’m kinda freaking about the tribal day coming up in the challenge. I don’t know how to do tribal!! I should have saved this! Haha. And using tape does give you nice clean lines like stamping. Before I had my stamps that was as creative as I could get. :)

      • I bought this Wah Nails book that the Sammersaurus recommended and they have a tribal tutorial. Do you want me to scan it and send it to you as a reference? It would be tomorrow because I’d have to bring it to work and use the scanner here, but it would not be a problem!

        • Oh my gosh that is too nice Lesley. You don’t really have to do that. I can probably just check out other people’s nails and think of something. I don’t want you to have to bring it to work and scan it in there and everything. But thank you! I really appreciate it.

    • Hmmm idk about the jack o lantern. Maybe they look different where you’re from.

      JK! That’s funny though, it’s funny how things remind people of different stuff. In actuality these don’t really look like tire tracks but they just made me think of them! Haha. Thanks!! :D

    • That was very sweet of you, thank you again!! :) I hope you get stamping figured out. It’s so fun and I know you can do it. Just don’t give up. :) I don’t know where I think of things like this. Some ideas I get from Instagram or twitter or other blogs but like this one I just saw my striping polishes there and was like hmm that might be fun! And went for it. I have lots of disasticures but a fair amount of good ones too! Thank goodness for that!! Haha.

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