of fashion and beauty, with the odd lifestyle post, over at http://www.absolutebeaut.com. I’m
absolutely chuffed to be guest posting for Sabrina today. A Little Obsessed was
one of the first ever blogs that I started reading so to be contributing to it
today with a Manicure Monday post is super exciting.
Now, I’ve recently become
pretty addicted to eBay – especially a cheeky browse on the train to work on my
phone. Warning: this can become pretty dangerous for your PayPal account so I
wouldn’t particularly advise it, but there are so many bargains to be had!
Including 99p striping tape – perfect for all kinds of nail art, my favourite
being this technique, where you leave the tape on to create a super cute
contrast to the rest of your nail. It’s a little bit fiddly but once you’ve got
the hang of it, you can have this manicure down in 30 mins flat. So, here’s the
step by step…
After a base coat, paint nails with a sheer nude
shade. I used Ballet Slippers from Essie.
Take some masking tape, and place this across
your nail – about 2/3rds of the way down.
Then take a nail polish of your choice. I
thought a bright orange would look fab with the rose gold striping tape and
went with Hampton Court Palace Gardens
from Nails Inc. A cheaper alternative
could be the shade Mango from the Barry M Gelly range. Paint the end of your
nail and while still wet, remove the tape.
On to the fiddly part! (Quick side note: make
sure your nail polish is completely dry before you apply the tape, I love the 45 second top coat from Save the Nail to
speed it all up). Now, the easiest way I found to apply the tape was to cut off
strips that were longer than my nail, attach one end and then trim the other
end down to size before smoothing down the striping tape completely.
Paint over the design with at least two layers
of top coat to make your mani lasts and ensure that the striping tape stays
definitely one of those ‘I can’t stop staring at my nails’ manicures and I
absolutely adore this colour combo for the summer months. Having said that, I
think this design would look lovely using a more nude shade on the tip or even
red! Like I said, you can use striping tape to create all sorts of different
effects (have a quick Google), so I’d definitely recommend investing in some.
Totally worth the 99p 😉 I got mine here.
Manicure Monday feature – I’d love to hear what you guys think J