I’ve never been a big fan of striping tape, mostly because I never really got the hang of it. It never leaves the clean lines I am hoping for, it’s really fiddly and forget about using the tape itself in a design. I find it always lifts and peels off the nail, despite top coat. But, because Fabiana set it as a challenge on Nail Art Nation, it’s back for one time only. I paired it with pretty polishes to make myself feel better, aka Holographic Lines.
Polishes and tools
My favourite base coat and top coat
Colors by Llarowe Chasing a Unicorn duo
Cirque Framboise, Concord, Royal Hawaiian, and Xochitl
Nail art brush
ILNP My Private Rainbow X
I might not have thought this through as much as I should. One of the other issues I have with vinyls and tape is that they pull off the base colour when you peel them off. In hindsight, using a base that needed four coats was just asking for trouble.
I think I got lucky though. I’m not sure if it was the tape being less tacky than vinyls, or the 30 minutes I waited after top coat before using the tape, but it didn’t lift at all. It’s a miracle I tell you!
After base coat (Nailtiques formula 2 today), I used 2 coats of the colour correcting base coat from the CbL duo. This one is really thick! Each time I use it I think I should add thinner. But then instantly forget.
After that I used two coats of the holographic bottle of the duo. Perfect polish, not too thick or too runny. After top coat I settled in to watch the second half of Supernatural!
Once it was all set hard, I admired it briefly and started cutting up pieces of striping tape. Always cut it longer than you need, it makes it easy to grab it with tweezers later to peel it off.
I was going to add more lines of tape, but kept it simple more for speed than anything. It was already getting a bit late!
I painted on blobs of the four Cirque colours to a damp latex sponge, and started dab-dab-dabbing over the tape. These polishes only needed two coats – win! Pull the tape off quickly when you’re done, to keep the lines neat. Also try to remember what order you put the tape on, to avoid mucking it up, unlike me.
To fix my mistake I used a small brush dipped in Framboise to fix the spot that pulled off. I used that same brush dipped in acetone to fix a couple of spots where the polish had bled. This was mostly right in the sidewalls of my nails where it’s difficult to make the tape lie flat.
Choose a brush that is no wider than your tape, so you don’t accidentally ruin your design.
After I was done, I added another layer of top coat. I took photos, but couldn’t decide if the CbL or Cirque bottle looked better (so you get both).
Then, I decided it wasn’t sparkly enough and added a coat of ILNP. And more top coat. And took more photos. However I now can’t tell which ones are the extra holo ones, so maybe it wasn’t needed after all…
I think that means I’m wearing 11 coats of polish now. A tenth of the way to polish mountain! It looks ok somehow. I will be disappointed if I get much tip wear with that much polish on!