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, 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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  • January 20, 2013 10.58 am

    Very cute nails.

  • Ana at January 23, 2013 02.20 am

    This is such a beautiful design! And it can be adapted to so many other color schemes! You did a phenomenal job. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this! I’m pinning it! ~Ana

  • Katherine January 25, 2013 12.21 am

    Hey Chelsea I’m deeply Inlove with this but can you PLEASE do a tutorial on how you did the heart clear and so clean and perfect ?

    • Pamster February 01, 2013 06.30 pm

      Yes please a tut on the heart! I totally can’t figure this stuff out on my own! Just getting into nail art and never had an art class in my life

  • Kelley February 03, 2013 11.28 pm

    I’d also love to know about the heart! I use striping tape, but I’ve never done a clear design in the middle of a nail before. How is it done?

    • admin February 05, 2013 04.16 am

      I just draw the outline of the heart on my nail before applying any polish, and then use a paintbrush to paint around it 🙂

  • Danny February 11, 2013 06.50 pm

    Wow! This looks so awesome!!

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