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How to Do a Stripe Nail Art Design with Tape

Learn how to do a stripe nail design with tape from Megan Toth in this Howcast nail art tutorial.


So an easy way to do a nail design if you don't have confidence in your hand-painting skills, is to use tape. In the past year or so people have really gotten into this and it's because it's a very simple, easy way to do very clean, intricate designs or something very simple if you wanted.
Number one rule when doing a tape design is to make sure that your base coat is completely dry. It cannot be tacky whatsoever.

The tape you want to be able to push it down as hard as you can, because if you don't do that, the paint that you put over it will go under the tape, and it will leave a messy line and nobody wants that. So make sure that your base coat is completely dry, and then I'm just going to show you guys a really simple way to do a nice striped look on your nail.

I use painter's tape. I find that's the best. I'm sure you can use masking tape. I wouldn't suggest duct tape, that would be too much. Scotch tape even, would probably work. But we are just going to go ahead and cut some really thin lines with this tape and then set them aside. And try to make them as even as possible.

I'm going to go in a diagonal fashion across my thumb. Let me just cut maybe, seven or eight of these, as straight as you can. The great thing about using tape to do a design is that if you're not good enough at using your left hand when doing nail art, when you put tape on it you don't have to worry about that. You just paint over it, and the tape does the work for you. It's very lovely.

Okay, so now just take your tape and just lay it over. Like I said, I'm going to do diagonal. Push it down. Make sure that you get all the way to the edge of the nail and then, I just like to kind of squeeze in that crease right there. Just make sure you have it on there as good as possible. Then another one right next to it. You know if you mess up, you can always just take it off and put it back on again, simple as that.

You know I've also seen a lot of people use-- I'm not exactly sure what you would call them, but when you have a lot of papers in a binder and you want to reinforce the holes on the paper? Those little stickers, you can use those and put them on your nails. You can use any kind of sticker, I guess. Stars, whatever you want.

Have some fun with it, get creative. I mean go to, not just an arts supply store, but an office supply store. You can find lots of stuff to use on your nails. Okay, so we have our tape down in our diagonal fashion. Go over it again and make sure it's down as much as possible, so that no paint will get under there. We should just wear it like that, huh?

So I'm going to use black to put over this, because we're going for some '80's glam here. Then just go ahead and cover the nail, liberally. Sometimes you have to dab the paint on there to get it into all of the creases, just like stenciling.

There you go, that looks pretty good. Now I wouldn't suggest waiting for it to dry, you just go ahead and peel these off, one by one and, voila! Cover it with a nice top coat, and you have a wonderful little striped design using tape. It's as easy as that.

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