Whenever I add a little design to my nails I am so often asked this burning question: “HOW?!?!” (More frequently I hear “Oh, you must have so much time on your hands,” which, lemme tell ya, REALLY grinds my gears. But, anyway.)
I cannot stress enough just how truly easy it is to add a little oomph to your manicure. My secret weapon: Scotch tape.
This post features a very simple diagonal design, but with your trusty magic tape, you can create virtually any pattern you like!
For this design I used Milani Nail Lacquer in Black Magic and Creme Brulee, and Scotch Magic Tape. Don’t forget a good top coat as well! My favorite is Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails Strengthening Top Coat.
Step 1: Paint your nails a base color and let dry completely. This technique works best when the base polish is the lighter of the two. My base polish was the Creme Brulee, which usually takes quite a few coats until it is opaque.
Step 2: Cut a piece of tape about an inch and a half long. Apply the tape to the inside of your wrist. Yes, you read that correctly. When the tape is too sticky (AKA fresh off the roll), it can remove the base polish right off your nail. When you press the tape against your skin and gently remove it once or twice, your dead skin cells stick to the tape, making it less sticky! Gross, but genius. Try not to think about it too much.
Step 3: Apply the piece of tape to your nail. Use a tool like this to help gently press it down all the way to the edges of your nail.
Step 4: Apply the darker polish and IMMEDIATELY remove the tape. Carefully peeling the tape away while the polish is still wet will leave you with extra clean lines.
Step 5: Top coat! Make sure your design is completely dry before you apply top coat, otherwise the colors might drag into one another.