Sunday, 16 June 2013

Gold, silver and black, using Scotch tape

 I have recently been experimenting using Scotch tape (seen right) with nail varnishes. I first saw this in a magazine (I cannot remember which magazine or article name).  I was bought it for my birthday from here though I know it was on sale at the time.

Scotch magic tape works as a barrier (similar to using masking tape or similar when painting walls) to stop nail varnish touching that surface. This is great for creating straight lines and squares but you can also cut waves of tape to create even more intricate designs.

Before posting this blog I had only used scotch magic tape twice before, I would recommend some practice using this tape and getting used to how fiddly it can be, even cutting several strips of tape the same width can be challenging!!

I decided on the colours gold, black and grey. I am not sure where the inspiration came from for these colours as I tend to use brighter colours but I do think these three colours go well together. To the right I have shown 3 pictures of what the nails can look like with the magic tape on. The nails do look awful, messy and patchy, as long as the nail not covered with tape is painted, you'll get the results you want.

I would advise to cut the strips before you prepare your nails as normal, and apply a clear coat and your base colour/s of choice. I personally found this easier to do one hand at a time. When using the scotch tape, I would also recommend to put the strips on your hand to lose some of the stickiness, I did not the first time and ended up with small holes of no nail varnish on my nails!! Once the tape is on the nails, make sure it's pressed firmly down so no nail varnish can run underneath it. Apply the other colour/s over the spaces of nail without tape on, make sure you get into every gap! Once the top colour/s have been applied, while wet, take off the tape and leave the nails to dry.

To the left are the results I got from using scotch tape. There are so many designs that you can try, I am looking forward to using it more often in the future!

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