Today is Geometry Nail Polish Days, organized by Polly Polish. There are many types of manicures that would fit the geometry theme, and I’m sure the other nail bloggers will have lovely creations. I decided to do a tape manicure using water based nail polish. I had so many fun ideas, but with limited time and supplies, this is what I was able to pull off. Maybe I will share some of my other ideas in later posts. If you are new to Pretty Painted Nails, you may want to read What is Water Based Nail Polish?
A tape manicure can be used to make blocks of different colors on your nails. Normally, you just use the tape as guidelines, but I wanted to put a twist on the tape manicure, so I also used colored holographic tape in my manicure. You can see how I made this design below. I know it is a bit messy, but in honor of the geometry/ back-to-school theme, it looks like an elementary school art project .
How to Do a Tape Manicure
1. Apply a layer of clear base coat. (I used Acquarella water based conditioner.)
2. Apply a colored nail polish. (I used two coats of Acquarella water based nail polish in Dream Car.)
3. Allow the nail polish to fully dry. This is key, to prevent the tape from peeling off the nail polish.
4. Apply two pieces of tape across the nail, leaving the block that you want to paint bare. You can use clear Scotch tape, but sometimes it is too strong and will peel off the base layer of nail polish. To make the tape less sticky, place it on your rist and peel it off a couple times. I used medical tape from my first aid kit, which lays flat on the nail and leaves a ridged pattern.
5. Fill in the block with a contrasting color of nail polish. (I used Keeki Pure & Simple water based nail polish in Cherry Pie.)
6. Before the block of nail polish completely dries, gently peel off the pieces of tape.
7. Allow the nail polish to dry.
8. You could cover the first block of nail polish with tape and fill in another block. Or you could use pieces of colored tape to add to the design.
9. Finish with a layer of clear top coat.
Here are the other manicures for Geometry Nail Polish Days: