Monday, July 23, 2012

Black and neon nails

I love browsing Pinterest and once I start pinning, I can't stop and before I know it, an hour has gone by but it's ok, I've found lots of inspiration!  This photo has never been far from my thoughts and ages ago I picked up some striping tape in Hairspray in Dundrum for €3, promptly lost it but found it again during the week.  So it was time to see if we could work it and because I thought it might be fiddly, I made Joanne be the hand model for today's nail tutorial.  Now, as I'm all for crediting your inspiration, I saw that it came from this website which is all in French and do you think I could find the exact post?  Nope.  But I did find some absolutely gorgeous tutorials that I fell in the love with....

So what do we need for our tutorial?  I totally forgot to include the black polish but yeah, any black one will do, I used Avon's Licorice from the Nailwear Pro+ range.  

First you paint each nail a different colour and let it dry.  This was my first attempt using the striping tape so I put a top coat over the polish just to make sure it didn't lift the polish but I don't think you'd need to do that.  I cut off little sections of the tape and made little designs with them on each nail, making sure to press down on the edges.

Next you apply a coat of black polish and we learned that it was best to do finger by finger, not allowing the polish time to set before peeling off the tape.  So basically apply a coat on a finger, immediately take the tape off and admire your beautiful nails!  I was ready to faint after doing the whole hand as each time I was taking a bit of the tape off, I kept holding my breath!

This is what you'll end up with.

Doesn't it remind you of when you were a kid, drawing your pictures with crayons, colouring over it all in black and then using a coin or something to scrape designs off?  If this does not remind you of that, you are making me feel old.

You can see the blue polish lifted a little bit, but it's not too bad.

This is a bit fiddly but I'm sure the next time I use the tape, I'll be able to work with it a bit easier.  We made a mess of Joanne's other hand as we used that as a trial run with silver on the nails and then black over the top.  We let the black polish dry a good bit and when we went to take the tape off, it all came up and I had the rage.  

But we're loving the black and neon nails!  What do you think?



  1. It totally reminds me of that - and it's gorgeous!

  2. This looks brill - and it looks like everyone could do it

    1. Thanks Mags, I'd recommend having a pal to help with the tape because it's so thin and fiddly but yeah, once you get the hang of it it's easy!

  3. Oooh I love this, the end result is amazing! Where'd you get the tape?

  4. Deadliest nails I've seen in a long time!

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks Dee, hope you're all sorted for the baby now!

  6. Gorgeous! Love your nail tutorials

    1. Ah thanks a mill Rachelle, you're very good, this was easier to photograph using Joanne's paws hehe


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