It's Double Challenge Friday! For the last week as well - the Girly Girl Challenge finishes today! Sadness. But for now, here's this weeks 31DC, hosted by Rambles of a Polish Addict. The theme this week is stripes.
I figured I would use striping tape for this - no way am I attempting freehand stripes! I've used striping tape a couple of times before, but always in a slightly random fashion so I didn't have to be too skilled or accurate! This time I thought I would test myself a bit, and try pinstripe nails! Eeek!
I am ridiculously happy with how these turned out! I know they aren't all 100% straight and even, but they'll do! They'll definitely do. I love them! I even wore them to work, because I couldn't bear to take them off (which is a major no-no, but as I was the only person there, it was irrelevant!)
I started with a base of OPI Alpine Snow (which is getting ridiculously low - it's now just below the bit that says Vernis a Ongles - Esmalte de Unas, so even getting it out of the bottle is an artform!). I then topped it with Seche Vite so I didn't pull any off with the tape. Once this was dry and settled, I cut strips of striping tape, and taped all my nails (well, I did just one first, to check that it would work. Then I did the remaining nails together). I painted a coat of W7 Black on, and I waited about 20 seconds before peeling the tape off.This seems to be a crucial stage - leave it too long, and you get little tails of polish sitting in your stripes. But if I do it too quickly, the wet polish seems to start to pool in the stripes a little.
So, after last week's fail (the technique, but not the manicure lol), I class this as a definite success! Be prepared to see more pinstripes! (Seriously, like, next week)
Be sure to check out everyone's stripy nails!