Monday, 3 September 2012

Lightning bolt nail art

Happy new season everyone! Today I'm showing you the nail art I rocked for a good 5 days a while ago. I posted this on Instagram when I first wore it, but I've had such a backlog of nail photos that I haven't gotten around to posting it here til now... lucky there's Polish or Perish or I'd never post all the manis I do! ;)

I followed this tutorial by Nailside for this mani. Nailside is one of my favourite blogs for nail art designs - her bold graphic manis are right up my alley! This requires 2 rounds of taping.



Bottom to top layers (cuticle to free edge):
Base: Sally Hansen Black Out + Revlon Grape Fizz (purple flaky, smells like grape)
Middle: ulta3 Envy (rosy gold foil, very opaque)
Top: A-England Lady of the Lake (muted purple scattered holo - my first A-England, still haven't worn this on its own!)

While I love the crisp straight lines taping gives, it's a bit of a pain to cut up all the tape, and to wait for each layer to dry properly.

I've gotten the hang of tape manis now - the key for me is to paint each layer quickly and thinly with opaque shades, and pull the tape off towards the wet side.


Extra credit nerdery: Cutting the tape so you get the same angles is easy if you use high school geometry - "alternate angles on parallel lines are equal", so if you cut your tape diagonally to form a "Z", the angles (θ in the diagram below) will be the same. Who would've thought that would ever come in handy!

26 comments:

  1. I don't know how you manage to pull geometry into nail art! lol

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    1. Haha! I can probably pull science into anything... it's more of a curse than a gift I think :(

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  2. LOL at Glowstars!!! This is gorgeous no matter how you got it to look so perfect!

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    1. Thank you! I was pretty happy with this one!

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  4. You are amazing! If they'd put nail art in my highschool textbook, maybe I'd have paid more attention, haha!

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    1. Haha! I think I would've paid more attention too...

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  5. It looks very harry potter-ish. I like it.

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    1. Thanks! I thought it looked a bit space glam rock Bowie-like.

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  6. I didn't like studying geometry but I certainly love your nail art... LOL! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Geometry was my favourite, I loved drawing stuff in maths class! :) Maybe that's why I like geometric nail designs... hmm.

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  7. i love this look! and that bit of math :-P

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    1. It was very eyecatching, I couldn't stop looking at it! :)

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  8. This is gorgeous! I'll definitely have to try this. And love the geometry reference...even if I had to have my husband explain it to me!

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    1. I probably should've drawn something myself to explain it clearer, but I was in a rush! Next time I'll do a proper tutorial with a protractor haha ;)

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  9. Super straight lines! Can you stamp with Envy?

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  10. I LOVE the colors you chose, looks awesome

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  11. Oh my gosh hun, these are gorgeous!!!! What type of tape do you use?
    I was using regular (Australian) tape, lol. But now I've gone and got Scotch Magic tape instead, I'm hoping this works better and doesn't leave the marks that the other was using.

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