March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Tri-tone Taping Manicure [Nail Art]


Happy Saint Patrick's Day! If you celebrated over the weekend, I hope you had an awesome and safe time!  I have a festive taping manicure for the day!



I really wanted to try and interpret this design by @kgrdnr on Instagram, but it wasn't gonna happen since my striping tape is currently at a friend's. I know that she free-handed her nails, but there is just no way I think I could do that successfully on my smaller nails! AND, I don't have a tiny clean-up brush to go in with acetone to fix up mistakes. (Yah, I still don't do that- I am a strange blogger, admittedly!)

So, I did the next best thing, and used French manicure guides to delineate some quazi-negative space, diagonally:


I'm pretty satisfied with how they came out! I chose my top two greens based on their ability to be nearly opaque in one coat, since the guides need to be removed while the polish is still wet.

Here are the polishes I used:


Illamasqua- Elope is the base color, with Zoya- Opal layered on top. (That is also the combo on the accent nail.)

Butter London- British Racing Green is the darker green, and Butter London- Squatter is the chartreuse color.



British Racing Green wasn't perfectly opaque, but I think it was saturated enough to get the point across!







In other news:  Ugh, Monday! Whyyyyyyy?!

16 comments:

  1. Great mani! Love the combination of the greens and your taping nails too :)

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  2. These nails are stunning! You are so talented!

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  3. This is pretty! I like the combination a lot!

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  4. Great polish choice and an eye-catching design, I love it!

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  5. Aw, thank you! Sometimes, I think I just get lucky! :)

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  6. Thanks! It might be fun with different colors/ flakies next time! :)

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  7. Yay! I think next time I'll try real striping tape for a thinner line!

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  8. I love the combination of finishes and colors, and the execution is flawless! (I can hardly do tapes manis, it always ends a mess hahah). Happy -belated- St. Patrick's Day! :)

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  9. Wait, how Do you clean up tiny mistakes then?? Tell me your secrets! I'm so bad with the tiny brush and end up making a huge gap on accident, so mentor meeee!

    Also, I've been wanting to comment on this since I saw it in our thread. So pretty and I love that you took the inspiration in a totally new and unique direction :D Also, how is the formula on Squatter? I'm desperately in need of something chartreuse-esque, but everything I find is all sheer and butt, waah!

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  10. Aw, thank you! Tape manis are somehow the easiest (still not cake) for me, but everything else is always super tricky!

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  11. Ummm, I don't really have secrets. If there's polish on my skin, like from wrapping the tips or something, I use one of those manicure corrector pens- I think I have the Sally Hansen on right now. If it's on my actual nail, esp by the cuticle, I am shit out of luck! If it's on the side, I just go in with my thumbnail quick-like. I try to just paint neatly in the first place, because I am mightily afraid of acetone.

    Squatter seems nice! I haven't worn it as a full mani yet, so I say this with like 70% confidence? It should be opaque in two coats, and didn't seem to pull or drag on me...although I think I've read 50/50 that some people think it's great, and some people encountered dragging? It might just depend how fast you can paint though? It is the most opaque lime green like that I have though!

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  12. Ah HA! I've been debating those pens, but wasn't sure if there was much of a difference over the brushes. I'll have to give them a try! Do you just use them to scrape or refill with non-acetone remover stuff? I use my thumb for the side too though, it's so much easier, because uggh acetone stop hurting me.

    Coolio, sounds perfect! Now if only it would show up on Ulta's website for the sale on Thursday, ahhhhhhh!!!!!

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  13. They usually come with a felt tip type thing with a couple refills. I don't think they'd be very good for polish on the nail itself. Pretty good for skin though!

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