Nail Art

Stripe Ombre Nails

June 3, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I saw the above set of nail polishes and ordered it. I thought the range of green colors was really pretty. :) The bottles are pretty small and tiny, though.

I was inspired by a manicure I saw on Pinterest and decided to do a stripe ombre design using striping tape. I wasn’t familiar with striping tape until a couple of weeks ago, too. I ended up ordering some from a seller on Amazon. It came super fast! I ordered and it arrived 2 days later! :)

So first I painted my nails with China Glaze White on White and applied a topcoat (Seche Vite). Then I cut strips of the tape and applied four to each nail. I pressed down the edges really well, and then carefully painted each of the five colors from the ombre set of polishes. I then removed the tape revealing the white polish underneath, and then applied another layer of topcoat.

NOTE: I painted one full nail at a time and removed the tape while the polish was still wet. There were a few spots where the surface of the polish had started to dry and dragged when I was pulling the tape off (see the ring finger?). I think I need to practice with the tape masking technique a bit more to master it. :)

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  • Kathy Camasso June 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Very cool! I think I’ll need to find some of that tape (unless you have a substitute suggestion!); I found a sort of french manicure on Pinterest using black polish with a Matte finish for most of the nail, leaving the top edge shiny; FINALLY found the matte top coat! Can’t wait to try it out! Have you used (or seen) the matte finish yet?

    • kristina June 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Yes, I’ve used Essie Matte About You in the past. It was nice, but I like my nails glossy. :)

  • Kathy Camasso June 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Wow, just saw the inspiration photo! That’s a lotta stripes!!!

  • Emily Reece June 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Ooooooooh, super cute! I am so in love with those colors.

  • Lisa June 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Those colors look fantastic on you.

  • denise hickenbottom June 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I love your nails I also got striping tape from amazon but I have a real hard time using it. your allot braver than me I would never try both striping and different colors of polish. snaps to you! *denise*

  • jessica June 4, 2012 at 7:19 am

    love this look…will need to try out soon!

  • Megan June 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I love this! I am definately going to have to get some of that type.

  • Kalyn June 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Whoa that is amazing! LOVE this!

  • Susan Todd June 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    How do you keep your cuticles so pretty??!??? Mine are a mess lol. Any help/tips are appreciated! Thanks

    • kristina June 5, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Lots of moisturizer and cuticle oil. My cuticles love it when I use them consistently. :)

  • Inoka June 5, 2012 at 8:24 am

    This might be my favorite one! Absolutely beautiful! I need to buy some striping tape!

  • Amanda June 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    That looks amazing!

  • Sally June 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Amazing! I’m so impressed that you can do both hands so well. I’m thinking MAYBE I could do my left hand but my right would be frightful!!
    Really love the colors – you may have inspired a card!
    :-)