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