Tape Manicure with Water Based Nail Polish- Geometry Polish Days

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Geometry Polish DaysTuesday Sept 4th, 2012

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?

Tape Manicure with Water Based Nail Polish

Tape Manicure with 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.)

 

Nails Painted with Acquarella Water Based Nail Polish in Dream Car

Nails Painted with 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.)

How to do a Tape Manicure- Filling in the Block of Color

How to do a Tape Manicure- Filling in the Block of Color

6. Before the block of nail polish completely dries, gently peel off the pieces of tape.

Triangle of Red Nail Polish on a Blue Background

Triangle of Red Nail Polish on a Blue Background

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:


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8 Responses to “Tape Manicure with Water Based Nail Polish- Geometry Polish Days”

  1. Nicole says:

    This reminds me of one of those patchwork crochet quilts – I love the sparkle-y tape!!!

  2. Michy says:

    Ooh, I just love the way this turned out. The base color is fantastic as well! Thank you as well for the pictures showing how to do it. Oddly, I never thought to stick the tape a couple times to make it less likely to peel off my base.

  3. It’s great that you’ve stepped into this event with water-based nail polish, brings more attention to them :)
    Nice idea with the holographic tape! And thanks for the tutorial.

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks! Polish Days are a fun way to connect with other nail polish bloggers, and spread awareness of water-based nail polish. I like your dot design and bling-bling accent.

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