I recently received a set of Nail-art Striping Tapes from the BornPrettyStore for review:
This set of twelve Nail-art Striping Tapes retails for $8.99 (with FREE international shipping) and can be purchased HERE (coupon code MARTAK31 gets you an additional 10% off of your entire purchase).
These are self adhesive strips (they have one sticky side to adhere to your nail) and can be used to design patterns on your nail or to highlight your nail art. Each tape is .01cm wide and each roll contains 4.5 meters (that is a LOT of tape)!!!!
While you do not get to pick your colors, the set comes with a lovely selection of shades: Gold, Pink, White, Deep green, Red, Deep blue, Neon Rose, Silver, Brown, Light blue, Green, Purple. It is important to note here that some tapes have a metallic foil finish, while others have a shattered holographic finish to them (kind of like a stained glass holo window ).
This is the first time I have tried the Striping Tape so you get to come along for my “first-attempt” ride.
I came up with two different looks. I will show you one today, and the other tomorrow (just so that this post doesn’t become super long… which it already is ).
Today’s look uses the Nail-art Striping Tapes to “highlight” your nail art/manicure:
Here is how to achieve this look:
1. Paint your nails with a base coat and base color. Make sure your polish is fully dry before moving on to the next step. I used two coats of Sally Hansen Wet Cement.
2. When your nail polish is dry, tape off a section of your nail using regular household tape.
TIP: I first place the tape on my hand so that it becomes a little less sticky (this helps to protect your base color when you go to remove the tape)
(I placed my tape on a diagonal… but you could place is horizontally or vertically… whichever way you like)
3. You can then paint the taped off portion of your nail or, as I chose to do, stamp the taped off portion of the nail. In this case I used Bundle Monster plate BM-201 and Sally Hansen Black Creme.
4. Slowly remove the tape from your nail (do not worry about any “mess” on your cuticles; that can be removed later with a q-tip and some nail polish remover):
5. Select a shade of Nail-art Striping Tape that you would like to use and cut a piece of the tape off of the roll. You want to make sure that the piece is longer than your desired length of the design. You can work with the tape still attached to the roll but I found it cumbersome to achieve accuracy with the roll dangling and pulling at the tape. Cutting a smaller strip off of the roll helped me achieve accuracy when placing the Striping Tape onto the nail:
(NOTE: the pink discoloration at the edge of the striping tape is not a defect… this was the beginning of the Striping Tape roll and each tip of the roll is a different shade to help you locate the start of the tape on the roll).
6. Press the Striping Tape into place (especially at the edges of your nail). Using cuticle cutters (or nail clippers – which is what I used) cut off the excess tape getting as close to the nail edge as possible (without over/under cutting the tape). You also want to make sure you don’t snip your own cuticles/nails in the process
7. Cover the full nail with a Topcoat to help protect the Striping Tape and to seal in your manicure.
* I really enjoy the selection of colors and finishes in this set. Even if I was really good at drawing lines (which I am not) I wouldn’t be able to find shades/acrylic paint with such a glossy and metallic finish… this is a really attractive feature of this set and is a really neat addition to my nail art accessories.
* for someone who enjoys color blocking but isn’t very good at painting straight lines (and my tape manicures tend to bleed color a little) the Striping Tapes are a great solution to cover any “ooops” spots and achieve that solid line look.
* I was quite pleased how flat the tape was against my nail. With a topcoat I could feel the edges of the tape but they were much smoother than I expected.
* I was able to get two days wear out of the Striping Tape (please keep in mind that as a mommy of three I constantly have my hands in the water). After two days the tape started to lift from the sides of my nails and eventually peeled off.
* Removal of the Striping Tape is VERY easy. It comes off just like regular nail polish with regular nail polish remover. I expected it to give me a little bit of a hard time (like glitter does, but it truly didn’t).
I hope you found my review helpful!!!
If you would like to pick up a set of these Striping Tapes you can do so HERE! And remember, coupon code MARTAK31 gets you an additional 10% off of your entire purchase.
I hope you tune in tomorrow for another Striping Tape manicure, this time using the tape to design a simple pattern on the nail
THANK YOU FOR READING!