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Manicure #006: Tape Happy Two

Today’s manicure is brought to you by Big Spender (Essie) and Mint Apple (Sinful Colors). I had originally planned on doing more with it but the Mint Apple proved difficult. It’s hard to explain but it’s one of those polishes that just ends up really thick, even with just one coat. Because it was so goopy (new word time!) I knew that unless I let it dry for a few hours or a day it would end up peeling off with another layer of tape. Oh well, it looked good anyway, right? I wish I had cleaned it up a little better though. I was working with regular light and didn’t have the overhead on like an idiot so I missed a few things that I never saw until after the photos were taken. Ah well, such is life. Try to imagine this mani without the crappy cuticles and random spots of polish!

This manicure and the last both used Scotch tape. I don’t know why but that’s my favorite kind of manicure to do right now. It’s so fun and easy, not to mention it’s really a quick way to achieve perfect lines (which is good for someone who is so picky like me). Obviously this particular mani isn’t 100% perfect but that has more to do with me being a newbie than anything else. I have confidence that once I get a little more practice I’ll be able to do something damn near perfect… or I hope so at least!

Manicure #005: Tape Happy

This manicure comes to you courtesy of lots and lots of clear Scotch tape. Anyone can do this kind of manicure as long as you’re at least somewhat patient. The hardest part is waiting for a layer of polish to dry before using the tape. If you don’t wait long enough and you put some tape down, it can easily pull your polish up and totally ruin that nail to the point where you will have to start over entirely. This happened to me on one nail so I quickly realized it’s best to be safe and let everything dry 100% before moving on to the next step.

As you can see in the following pictures I messed up a few parts. Once I did the final layer of my middle finger (the aqua color) I made the mistake of using a topcoat too quickly and it spread that aqua color to the base of the nail. There’s also my thumb where I somehow ended up with a little of the orange in the grey. I decided it was best to leave it instead of trying to paint over it with more grey because it would have made my nails look, well, lumpy.

What I used:
Audacious Asphalt (Maybelline)
Siren (Revlon)
Club Prive (L’oreal)