Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so it’s time for me to start doing some nails! I was cleaning up my nail painting area the other day and I found my striping tape so I was excited to use it. Striping tape is tons of fun to use and is actually pretty simple once you get the hang of it. If you’re a bit nail art challenged when it comes to painting straight lines this is a great way to get the same look! The only downside to it is after a day or too the tape will start lifting at the sides 🙁 Anyways…on to what I used!

As you all may or may not know…I am absolutely obsessed with Julep. I love their monthly nail polish subscription program and they have the best colors! I thought these 3 colors (Ellen, Lauren, and Carrie) worked perfectly together for Valentine’s Day. And if you’re interested in becoming a Julep Maven click here!

To do this mani, I started painting the squares with my nail art brush (the link directs you where to purchase them!). I’ve tried tons…and tons…of different nail art brushes and this one is my favorite by far. The length of the bristles is perfect and makes for easy painting (not to mention a set of 3 is only $2.72 on amazon!). Another tip: put the polish down on foil when painting to keep it from drying out too quickly. Anyways, for this design you don’t need to worry about making super straight lines as you’ll cover it up with the tape in a bit!

Most importantly…let it dry. I know, I know, you want to put the tape on now and finish the design but it makes it so much more difficult if the polish is still wet. When you’re laying down the tape you’ll probably have to lift it up to reposition it, and if the polish is still wet it will mess it up!

I got the striping tape here from amazon.com, you get 10 different colors for $1.60! I cut off 1 inch strips of the striping tape and placed it onto my nail. To trim off the excess tape I used cuticle nippers.

Top coat time!

 What are your thoughts about striping tape?

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