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Friday, May 20, 2011

First attempt at tape manicure

So six degrees of Kevin Bacon, I just discovered Chloe's Nails and her awesome tape manicures. I was inspired by this one in particular:
St Patty Patchwork
I did so many coats, I really hope this holds up through the wedding I'm attending Saturday. I tried to complement the art deco inspired elements of my dress.
I started with one coat of SpaRitual LacquerLock bc, one coat of CND stickey bc, two coats of Essie Smooth Sailing (a cornflower blurple shimmer from the 2011 Summer collection), and one coat of Seche Vite. The first time I jumped the gun applying tape and it got wrinkly, so I waited a good half hour the second time. Then I applied a diagonal strip of tape to each nail and layered one coat of Illamasqua Boosh over the Essie and one coat of seche vite.

After that dried I used a second diagonal tape placement and did two coats of OPI Spark de Triomphe (a 2011 Serena Williams Grand Slam duo release - loads of silver glitter with larger subtle-y gold glitters) with another coat of seche vite. After that dried I finished with a coat of seche vite over the whole nail. For those not counting, that means my tips have 10 frickin' coats. It's definitely not perfect, and it was time consuming, but I am still into it.
These pictures were taken indoors using an artificial light source.

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