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Showing posts with label Tape Manicure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tape Manicure. Show all posts


3 Easy Beginner Nail Art Designs for Prom

Prom season is here and today I want to share with you three quick and easy designs that anyone can recreate. I know this post is a little late for some but you can also rock these designs in other variations any time of the year!

I promise this is easier than it looks! If you're just starting out with nail art and are not comfortable with drawing letters, skip the black letters and just use any dotting tool to create the word "PROM" with polka dots.

Here is a quick tutorial on how I achieved this look:


First Striping Tape Design: Divided Gradient Stripes

Happy 12/12/12 Day!

Obviously not as exciting as 11/11/11 was for most people but whatever, it's the last "repeating number date" in a while so I plan on enjoying it.

Actually, let's do something random to..."celebrate" I guess. For each 12, I'll tell a random fact that relates:
12- The age I was when I went into middle school, oh the memories.
12- The number of pages I have on my blog (errm, some are hidden).
12- The number of black shirts I have in my closet...that's right, I counted.

Alright, now that that's done, moving on to the manicure!

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Candylicious, Finger Paints Chrysanthe-Mum's the Word, and Zoya Breezi as the gradient. I sponged on each color onto my naked nail. I let that completely, 100% dry then took striping tape and laid down the pieces to create horizontal stripes across the entire nail. I painted diagonal sections of black (acrylic paint) and nude (Zoya Avery) over the tape. After letting it dry a bit I removed the tape and slapped on some topcoat.

Let me know if you guys would like a tutorial on this design, words are sometimes hard to follow.

P.S. Make sure to enter for Day 1's prize in the 7 Days of Christmas Giveaway!
*Zoya Avery provided for review


Gradiance Week | Gradient Squares

Good morning!

For Day 4 of Gradiance Week I'm sharing this design that I quickly created. I was trying to get into the "fall mood" with more fall toned colors, I think I succeeded!

These colors remind me of the desert, the sand especially. I don't know, that's all I think of when I see this design!

For this manicure I used China Glaze Below Deck as the base. I created the gradient effect with a sponge, China Glaze Desert Sun, and China Glaze Kalahari Kiss. Then I took my nail art brush and Essence Grand-PliƩ in Black created the "square" shape. You could also use tape and only tape off the squares. I finished off with top coat to blend the gradient and leave a glossy shine.

So that's it! This is one of those manicures that anyone could do, even if you mess up it's easy to go back and fix those errors.


Gradiance Week | Centered in Stripes

Welcome to Day 3 of Gradiance Week!

Yesterday's design was the epitome of summer, so of course I had to use more fall-ish colors for today's design!

Today's design is inspired by a design of Sarah's (Chalkboard Nails) that I instantly fell in love with! I've had it bookmarked in my mind for a while now. The only difference between hers and mine is that I chose to do a gradient along with stripes, I also opted out of tape.

For this manicure I used China Glaze First Mate as the navy blue base. Using a sponge, I created the gradient of China Glaze Exotic Encounters and China Glaze Sea Spray. Taking my nail art brush I created stripes going across the entire nail with Zoya Evvie. The panels of black were created with a black polish and nail art brush. You could use tape for the last two steps but I chose not to.

This is by far my favorite gradient color combo, la la love!


Gradiance Week | Sponged Stripes Deux

Happy Black Friday!

Anyone going out/went out shopping today? I'm more of a low key, pajama loving, online shopping kind of girl. Cyber Monday, now that's what I'm excited for!

Today's design is long overdo. I've been wanting to recreate this manicure from a post I did two summers ago but just now got around to doing it.

 I'm also starting a new series, about a week long, called "Gradiance", the word gradient and radiance combined. I've been loving gradients so much lately, so why not?

For this manicure I used Zoya Marley as the light purple base. Then I freehanded the stripes (which I do for most of my stripe designs) but you could use striping tape or regular scotch tape (just cut to desired size). I used Wet N Wild Bite The Bullet for the stripes. Lastly, I sponged on Zoya Monica (which is stunning). I finished off with top coat.

That's it! Easy as pie. Speaking of pie, how was your Thanksgiving?
*Zoya Monica and Wet N Wild polishes sent for review


Burst-ed Accents

Hello lovely readers!

I actually did today's manicure while I was eating breakfast,yes I know...multi-tasking at it's finest.

I've already done a Thanksgiving design (which you'll see either Wed or Thurs) for you guys, it's pretty detailed and time consuming so to offset that I want to post more simple designs throughout the week. This literally took no time at all and was really fun to create!

For this manicure I used China Glaze Re-fresh Mint as the pretty mint base. Then I took a sponge and sponged on Barielle Do Unto Others, diagonally, coming from the top left corner of my nail (closest to my cuticle). For the accent fingers I took my nail art brush and Zoya Shelby (my favorite pink!) and created stripes that extend from the top left corner of my nail to the bottom right corner. You'll notice that the stripes get larger as they reach the bottom, this is what creates that "bursting" effect. As always, I finished off with top coat!

This is a fun, cute, and simple design that would be great for nail art beginners or even if you've been doing nail art for years. Be sure to let me know if you try this design, or any of my designs, out; email it to me or post it on my Facebook!

*Zoya and Barielle polish sent for review


Feeling Citrus-y

Happy Father's Day!

I really didn't have any type of inspiration for this manicure except for the colors. I wanted to use colors that I don't normally use or don't normally use together. I always feel like I stick to blacks, whites, and blues too much!

I went to my stash and picked out these three colors and immediately had this idea! I like to incorporate different textures in my designs and different lines too. I absolutely love the scalloped edges mixed in with the straight edges!

I could only get one good picture of this manicure before the sun was gone. :(

For this manicure I used Zoya Creamy as the bright yellow base. Then, using the brush that came with the polish, I created the section of Zoya Rica. Afterwards I took my nail art brush and Zoya Arizona (my favorite polish at the moment) and I created the same type of "section" but I made it larger and coming from the opposite direction. The scalloped edge was created using a dotting tool. All I did was dot half of the polka dots on the edge. 

This manicure reminds me how much I love Zoya Creamy, my bottle is more than half way done...I'm thinking it's time for a new one?


All Plaid Out

Good morning readers!

Today I'm showing you a design that was inspired from Rebecca Likes Nails. A couple weeks ago she posted this plaid design and I just fell in love with it. I fell hard! I hardly comment on blogs anymore now a days (I know, horrible :( ) but I do read all the blogs I am following through Google Reader. But I took the time to leave a comment and tell her how much I love it!

If that doesn't show how much I love this design, I don't what does...

For this manicure I used Zoya Farah as the base. Using a nail art brush I create stripes, in a random pattern, with Rimmel Peppermint (minty green), Zoya Shelby, Orly Easel Come, Easel Go! (silver), and Zoya Arizona. I used Rimmel Peppermint for the ring finger.  

This is actually the second attempt at this manicure. I first did this manicure with a patchwork design on the ring finger but I thought it was a little over the top so I went back and changed it to a plain color. 

I used the same exact colors for this ringer as I did for the plaid. I did the standard patchwork technique (you can do this with or without tape) and then I took my nail art brush and added nude inserts with Zoya Farah.

Which version do you prefer? Solid accent or patchwork accent?


Invisible Girl Palette

Hello loves!

About two weeks ago I started reading the book Invisible Girl by Mary Hanlon Stone and ever since I got it I have been in love with the cover.

I really love the colors orange and blue together.

I know they say "don't judge a book by it's cover" but...the cover is so pretty.

Is it wrong that the cover is one of the main reasons why I got the book?

Since I'm pretty much obsessed with the book,  I finally decided that I'll use the colors as inspiration for my next design.

For this manicure I used a white cream polish as a base. Then I took my nail art brush and Essence What Do U Think? to create the orange slanted French tip. Again, taking my nail art brush, I used Zoya Kristen to create the angled blue stripe that goes across the entire nail and meets up with the orange tip. The last step is optional. I added a beige stripe (Zoya Kennedy) within the white area of my nail to represent the shorts the girl is wearing on the cover.

I did all this without tape but you could obviously use tape for sharper, cleaner lines. I personally prefer to freehand since it's quicker and more convenient for me. 

I'll be back later this week for a very exciting (at least for me) design! I spent almost three hours perfecting it, so I can't wait to share it with you guys!


Puzzling Pieces

Long time no see!

Well I'm back today now that I've found some inspiration for nail art.

I'm sure some of you have seen this design floating around Pinterest but for those who haven't I got the idea from Nail Polish Wars. Her blog is amazing so check it out if you're not already following her!

This manicure is just...ugh, it's so brilliant! It's also so simple that I think I'll try different variations in the future. Love this.

For this manicure I used Fingerpaints Easel Come, Easel Go! as the silver foil base. Then, following Nail Polish Wars tutorial (minus the tape, I freehanded), I created each section of the puzzle pieces using the following colors: Zoya Robyn (blue), GOSH Miss Minty (mint green), and Wet N Wild Candylicious (pink). I finished off with a shiny, fast drying top coat.

Before I removed this I decided to see what it would look like if it were bordered in black. This was obviously just for fun so it turned out kind of messy, lol.

I bet it would look cool with white, or with a design on top. If you ever try it, let me know. I'd love to see it!


Not-So-Classic Ruffian

Thank goodness for Pinterest because otherwise I would have never found this gorgeous ruffian nail design to do.

I made this pin about two months ago and I finally got around to doing it yesterday.

This design was originally created by Madeline Poole and was posted on her Tumblr.

And if you want to follow me on Pinterest, my name on there is scadet.

For this manicure I used Zoya Tru as the base. I then took my nail art brush and free handed the crescent moon things using Zoya Avery. The dots you see are actually individual glitter pieces that you can find in any craft store. I applied them using an orange stick that had a bit of tacky top coat on the end. I smoothed everything out with a thick coat of Seche Vite.

Simple, not-so-classic, and gorgeous.

*Zoya polishes were sent for review


A Twist on The Patchwork

Hello lovely readers!

Ever since I first found Chloe's Nails blog I was instantly obsessed with her "patchwork" manicures. Every combination, every color she all was pure perfection.

Well, it has been a long time since I've seen anyone replicate her unique tape manicure until I saw this picture on pinterest...

Need I say more?

For this manicure I used China Glaze Pelican Gray as the shimmery gray base. Pelican Gray is definitely a must-have in any collector's collection! I actually freehanded this entire manicure since I was too impatient to use tape. I used Zoya Bevin (green) and Zoya Kendal (lavender) for the sections. For the stripes and polka dots I used the same colors I just listed as well as Zoya Breezi (blue) and a white cream.

I think it turned out pretty well! I'm loving my shorter nails if you can't tell. They'll probably be like this for a while. It's nice not having to worry about them breaking all the time.

Anyway, let me know what you think in the comments!
*Zoya Bevin and Kendal sent for review.


Funky Checkers

Another Monday means another PAA theme! This week we created tape manicures.

The weeks are just flying by, it feels like Wednesdays turn into Fridays and Saturdays turn into Mondays. Seriously, it's crazy how fast things are moving!

For this manicure I used Love Polish's Checkered with a Twist" tutorial to help me create this look.

The placement of the tape really confused me at first, but her tutorial is really great so it shouldn't be too hard to understand.

For this manicure I used Nicole by OPI Light a Candle and Zoya Marley. I did half my nail in each color, just like Love Polish's first step. Then I applied one coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat to speed up the drying process. After about 30 minutes I applied the tape, like Love Polish shows, and painted over it using Zoya Jem to form my first set of checkers. Then I laid down my second piece of tape and painted over that using Rimmel London Black Satin. After I completed all the steps and fixed any mistakes I applied another coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.

Like I said, this was really hard for me at first but Love Polish's tutorial was very helpful and explained everything really well.

She has one of my favorite blogs and her tutorials are all amazing. I definitely recommend checking out her blog, especially if you love tape manicures.

I just came back from Sally's Beauty Supply about an hour ago. They still have a lot of Fingerpaints on clearance for $1.99 and also they have a coupon out where you can get a free Fingerpaints polish with any purchase.

Just thought I'd let you all know, have a great day!


Geometric Tips

My Internet at home is back to normal. And normal means it works but goes on and off every once in a while. Our AT&T service sucks. I don't know why we put up with it.

Haute Lacquer now has over 350 followers! I know that number might be small to some of you with over 500 or 1000 followers but it means a lot to me. That's over 350 different people who are interested in my blog. I can't wait for these packages to finally get here (waiting for two more) so that I can FINALLY post the giveaway as a big thank you.

Now onto the good stuff. Here's a design I created while my Internet was down.

For this manicure I used S-he 471 as the blue, foil base and Funky Fingers Baby Baby Baby as the blue, scattered holo base for my ring finger. Once it was dry I taped diagonally on one side of the tips of my nails and then painted over it with Rimmel London Black Satin. I waiting for that to dry and then taped it off again, this time painting over it with Funky Fingers Baby Baby Baby. I finished by adding a line between the two colors.

By the way I got a few Funky Fingers in the mail on Monday (Golden Coast and Sand and Stilettos are the other two). Traci from The TraceFace Philes sent them to me and just look at this cute pink bubble wrap!

I love it!


Zig Zag Tape Mani

I'm obsessing over this manicure! In fact I don't think I've ever loved a manicure as much as I love this one! I love it so much that I changed my blogger picture to this as well as my Facebook and Twitter profile picture. I knew I would have to attempt this design after I saw it on Forever the Ugly Duckling's blog. Also, check out her blog, her designs are always impressive.

I think this mani turned out great but it took forever! It was so difficult for me to cut the tape properly. I wish there was a tutorial on it or something because it kept ripping. And then it was hard to remove the tape since sometimes it would rip while on the nail and I'd have to restart. After a few tries, I finally came out with a good result.

For this manicure I used China Glaze Pelican Gray as the base. I applied a coat of Seche Vite to all the nails, waited for it to completely dry and then applied my tape. I made sure to apply the tape directly in the middle so that each color would come out even. With the tape still on I applied Zoya Charla closest to my cuticles and Zoya Robyn on my tips.  I then removed the tape and applied another coat of Seche Vite.

Here's how I cut my tape for anyone wondering. All I did was draw out the zig-zagged lines and then cut it out carefully. I also stuck it on my shirt before I applied it to my nail so that it wouldn't be crazy sticky and take the nail polish off.

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