Have a guess what happened when my striping tape finally arrived from the internet the other day. Go on, guess, it's like, totally the hardest thing ever because I'm not very creative. Turns out, striping tape is really good for doing stripes *gasp*. After a successful go with the tape and magnetic polish, I thought I'd try making nice, even stripes. After picking my colours (rainbow, of course) and my base colour being Essence Be Your Sunshine, away I went.
There were two things things a bit tricky about this particular set. The base colour was fine, of course, application was pretty decent for a yellow (notoriously streaky), only needing two coats for opacity. After a coat of Seche Vite was completely dry, I waited five more minutes (WAIT FIVE MORE MINUTES) and started on the tape. It's fiddly to get the tape to even, especially once you cut off a longish strip, but I found starting with a strip down the middle then metering out either side worked quite well. I did all my nails, then started on the colours. I initially used a fine brush but it was too much of a pain to clean after each colour so I just used the usual brush. I found that if you wipe most of the polish off, you won't get too much everywhere. A top coat, and voila!
The Verdict: I'm so happy with how this came out. It's the most entrancing mani I've done in a while that isn't sparkly. And yes, I tend to space out sometimes, looking at my nails, please no judging :)
- Base: Essence Be Your Sunshine, $1.99, Shoppers
- Mint: Urban Outfitters Smush
- Pink: Urban Outfitters Hot Tub
- Can't remember the others >.<