So I’ve invited the lovely Brijit from Brijit’s Digits to write a guest post for me this week as I’ve been in and out of uni trying to get my last piece of coursework finished before I leave!
She’s been an absolute life saver and written me a great tutorial that you should all try out (I’m going to try this as soon as I finish the 31 day challenge!) Enjoy!
Last week, poor Soph had a camera mishap and lovely PocketmoneyPolishes stepped in. Well, Soph was also kind enough to offer me a guest post this week 🙂
I didn’t want to waste it, so I came up with a special spring-time tutorial just for you 🙂 you’re welcome…
You’ll want to grab 3 nail polishes (2 cremes and one metallic, which needs to be a good one-coater) and some striping tape (or scotch tape) for this. I went for spring pastels, you can, of course, choose whatever floats your boat !
I chose two Essie cremes – Nice is Nice – a pretty lilac creme – and Bikini so Teeny – a dusty pale blue with a bit of silvery shimmer. I alternated these on each finger, to mix it up a bit. You might prefer to do all the same, or an accent nail. Don’t worry if you have a bit of VSL (Visible Smile Line), you’ll be covering your tips anyway 🙂
Wait for it to dry. No, really, it could go horribly wrong otherwise. This is an easy tutorial, but needs a bit of patience.
Grab your striping tape next, and place it along your tips in a chevron shape. I decided to face the chevrons different ways for different nails, to keep it fresh. You can follow roughly the line of your tips, but you’ll add the second creme next, so be generous – aim to portion off about a third of your nail at the tip end.
I highly recommend, when using striping tape or scotch tape, to get some of the stickiness off of it first by sticking it to your skin and unsticking it a couple of times. That way, if your polish isn’t 100% dry, you might still be lucky, and it might not rip off the polish…
Next, take each nail at a time, put a thin but opaque coat of your metallic polish on the tip down to the striping tape. Then pull the tape of straight away to leave a beautiful, crisp line. Everyone seems to do it differently, but I find that pulling the tape off before the polish dries gives me a better line. I used Magical by China Glaze for this step. It’s hard to describe, something like a pale pinky-silver metallic
Nice job, huh !
Let it dry again. Good things come to those who wait, I promise! Now all you need to do is put some more tape on your nails, following the lines of the first lot. Like this :
Now, use the other creme to paint the tips again. So on nails I used the blue creme for the base coat, I used the lilac for this last step. And vice-versa. If you get it wrong, just swipe it off quickly with a cotton pad and try again. Since you let everything else dry, it shouldn’t mess up the rest. Again, nail-by-nail, I recommend taking your tape off as soon as your polish is on, before it dries. One thing’s sure – don’t wait for it to go tacky, it will gloop everywhere !
Then a good coat of top coat – I use a quick dry because I’m that kinda gal ! And you’re good to go :
I hope you enjoy ! I’d love to see the colour combinations you pick 🙂
A big, big thank you to Soph for having me!