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This Week’s Nails – My First Attempt at Nail Striping

I thought it was time to try some new nail art and dip my toes into the world of nail striping tape! I bought mine for a few quid from ebay and received several rolls in a variety of colours.


There are two main uses for nail striping tape – you can either cut pieces to size and use them on the nails, sealing the look with a top coat, or you can stick them on, paint nail varnish over the top and peel them off to reveal a design.

There is a real trend for ‘negative manicures’ at the moment where most of the nail is left natural with a pop of colour either on the tips or cuticles. I decided to use my nail striping tape to create a horizontal and vertical negative manicure…try saying that after a few glasses of wine!

Starting with clean, bare nails, I cut four pieces of striping tape and placed them as evenly as I could across my nail. I knew I could only do one coat of nail varnish so chose a darker, well-pigmented shade in the form of OPI’s A Grape Affair.


I applied a generous layer of this deep purple colour then waited a few seconds and peeled off the striping tape whilst my nails were still wet et voila…


I managed to do my whole left hand with ease but knew the challenge would be doing my right!

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For some reason, I found it much easier applying the strips in a vertical design and managed to do my right hand with relative ease. It was a bit more fiddly being right-handed but not so onerous that it would put me off trying it again.

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I was really pleased with the results of this and am looking forward to experimenting with my many rolls of striping tape soon!


About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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