Thursday, October 21, 2010

Guest Polisher - Icicle Nails (and a How To!)

Hello fellow nail polishers!  I’m Cyan from Blue Tape and Nail Tips.  My blog focuses on the use of blue painter’s tape as a tool for nail art and designs, and Brooke has given me the wonderful opportunity to share that with you today.

Let’s get started!


I’m calling this nail design “Icicles” because the silver stripping over the blue shades remind me of pictures of icicles dangling in groups from rooftops during the wintertime.


To start, you’ll need three different colored polishes for this nail design.


The colors I used for this manicure are Orly’s Dazzle for the silver stripes, Zoya Jo for the first blue shade, and Sally Hansen Pacific Blue for the other blue shade.  Zoya Jo is the lighter of the two blues so I used this for the bottom color to layer over.  If you’re going to layer polish, it’s always helpful to go from light to dark, using the lightest color first and topping it with darker (or more pigmented) shades.



Step 1 is to simply lay down your first color.  This is two coats of Jo by Zoya followed by a coat of quick-dry topcoat.  (The topcoat isn’t a must, but it helps speed up the process and seals in the color.)


Next, cut a piece of blue painter’s tape so there is a relatively straight edge on one side.  Whether you choose to cut the tape lengthwise or widthwise along the roll, make sure that the piece of tape is long enough to surpass the length of your nail.


Now with the piece of painter’s tape you’ve just cut, lay down the straight edge against your nail at an angle, so the bottom half of your nail is uncovered.  Making sure the edge of the painter’s tape the second color of nail polish will go against is pressed down tightly, paint the bottom half of the nail with your second shade.  (I used Pacific Blue by Sally Hansen for my second shade). 

After you have painted your second color on, quickly pull up the painter’s tape following the direction the line of painter’s tape takes, before the polish dries.  If you leave the painter’s tape on too long, the polish will start to get tacky and may create ‘strings’ of leftover polish that will cling to the tape as you pull it up and leave unwanted little trailing lines of polish on your nails.


Now that you know how long your pieces of painter’s tape need to be to fully cover the length of your nails, you will need to cut out about 5 strips of painter’s tape for Step 3.  The actual number of strips of tape needed for each nail will depend on the length of your nails and the width you cut each small strip of tape. Each strip of tape I cut was almost 1/8th of an inch thick.


Start with placing one strip of tape above the middle line where your first and second shades of polish meet, and then put a second piece of tape below this line, leaving a gap in between the two pieces of tape.  This gap will be your marker for the distance between all the other pieces of tape you will be laying on your nail as well, covering your nail with tape strips until there is no more room for more pieces of tape. 

Make sure to press down so the edges of each tape strip adhere to your nail, and then paint away using your third color choice!



And this is the final look!  What do you think?  If needed (or wanted) you can add a top coat here.  I used Orly Dazzle as my third layering color, which left the stripes looking both smooth and jagged from the small particles that make up the polish – just like icicles are both smooth and jagged. 

A fun idea might be to try a matte polish for the final stripes, or even a matte top coat.  Have fun with this design!

So what do you think of the finished product?  Would you try this look?  Have you ever used painter’s tape for nail designs before?  Even if you don’t try out this design, I highly recommend the use of painter’s tape for nail designs.  The likelihood of the tape sticking to your nail polish (and thus ruining your manicure) is lessened with this wonderful tape.

Well, thank you for stopping by and taking a dive into the world of nail polish and painter’s tape!

Thank you so much for guest blogging, Cyan!!  Visit Blue Tape and Nail Tips to see Cyan's amazing Starburst nail design (along with a how to!), among other gorgeous designs (you have to see the Shooting Star mani!).  Thanks for reading!

16 comments:

Jamie K. said...

i need myself some painter's tape! do i get it from DIY stores? :/
thank u for this awesome post! and thank u Babbling Brooke ;)

pkbmum said...

Love this manicure, it is just so pretty. I need to find me some of that tape here in the UK. xx

Ivania santos By DIAMOND said...

AMAZING!!

great work :D

Skulda said...

This is great! I would definitely try this out. :D

Jenny said...

This is a great idea, I had not thought of painter's tape for creating that straight edge. Thanks so much!

Lois said...

what a great mani! I love it so much!

JQ said...

Awesome! And it would look so cool with the matte like you suggested. hmmm...

Enamel Girl said...

love it! i'm going to try the matte look!

Toesthattwinkle! said...

this came out awesome!

Fey (TheNailExperiment) said...

So cool! I always check her blog for ideas!!

kittypolishnbags said...

I love how this turned out! Beautiful!

Ivana said...

I really like this! Great job!

Freshie said...

I think blue and silver go together so well and this looks amazing and really "wintery"

♥ Starryxuan said...

So pretty! going to try it out! :) Thanks!

fierce nails and beauty said...

awesome tutorial...thanks for sharing.

Ps your nails look FAB!!

Zara said...

I love this! This would be a great non-traditional holiday mani.

 
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