Continuing to prove that nail art doesn’t need to be difficult, I asked Nidia from Lit From Within to recreate a nail look with a tutorial. For this nail art how to, Nidia took inspiration from A Nail Addict Named Sonia @badgirlnails.
First, paint your nails with a fun glitter. Go as blingy as you like, but if it’s textured, you’ll probably want to put down a thick topcoat before moving on with this look.
When you’re using striping tape, you need to wait for your base layer to be *completely* dry. You can’t fake this step. Use a fast drying topcoat if you want to hurry the process a little, but putting tape on wet polish means that the polish will stick to the tape. The key is patience!
Next, apply the striping tape in the pattern desired. I’m doing accents on my ring and thumb, so I put the striping tape in a fan pattern for those, and more of a diagonal pattern for the others.
After you’ve secured the tape (especially in the corners!) it’s time for the coordinating polish. Apply it in one thick layer, making sure that it’s in all the nooks and crannies of your design.
As soon as you’re done with one nail, gently pull off the tape. Don’t let that polish dry, or it will come off in weird chunks!
I like to clean up at this point. My trusty $1 ELF concealer brush dipped in acetone is perfect for this.
A topcoat fixes most mistakes, smoothes out the layers, and gives you a sticky surface on which to stick your rhinestones. Use a little on the end of a dotting tool to help you move the rhinestones into place. If you want the stones to stick better, apply another coat of topcoat over the stones.
And, you’re done! This is a great technique that can be used to create lots of different looks. Use a base of neons under a coat of black, and you’ve got a laser light show! Change the direction of the tape and add studs to the center, and you can create a quilted look.
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