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Black Rainbow Stripes

Hello, all! Happy Mother’s Day! I’ve been working on perfecting “tape manicures” where you tape off sections of the nail to create crisp, clean lines. It’s a bit tricky to master and I’m still working on it. Anyhow, today I thought I’d do a base painting of a rainbow gradient, apply some tape strips, and then paint black over it all. Really cool masking technique and I have to credit all the amazing inspiration I’ve been seeing on Pinterest. :)

How to do this manicure:

  1. First of all, pick a movie to watch because this takes a while. :)
  2. Paint two coats of white polish (China Glaze White on White). Let dry completely. Not just “to the touch” dry, but more like “I’m going to go do the dishes” dry. Bone dry.
  3. Create gradient nails using rainbow colors and this sponging method. I used four colors and a vertical gradient. I used a bunch of colors from Zoya: Kristi, Pippa, Breezi, and Mira. Let dry completely.
  4. Cut 2 thin strips of tape for each nail and set aside so all are ready before moving on to the next step (I placed them on the top of nail polish bottles with the ends coming off so I could grab them easily). I used regular scotch tape, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
  5. Working on each nail one-by-one, apply the tape strips. Be sure to press firmly, especially at the sides next to your cuticles. Paint black polish over entire nail. Immediately remove tape strips (removing them immediately helps you get crisp lines). Move on to next nail.
  6. Let all nails dry for 3-5 minutes. Finish with topcoat (Seche Vite).
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Rainbow Chevron Nails

Supplies

Green polish (China Glaze Gaga for Green)
Yellow polish (Zoya Pippa)
Orange polish (Zoya Arizona)
Red Polish (Zoya Kristi)
Konad Special Polish in Black
Bundle Monster Plate BM-201
Top Coat polish (Seche Vite)

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Paint green polish in one corner of nail and up the side. Paint a second coat if needed. Let dry.
  2. Paint yellow polish diagonally across nail, overlapping green polish. Paint a second coat if needed. Let dry.
  3. Paint orange polish next to and overlapping yellow polish. Paint a second coat if needed. Let dry.
  4. Pair red polish next to orange polish to finish nail. Paint a second coat if needed. Let dry completely.
  5. Stamp chevron pattern in black polish. Apply top coat.
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