Another striping tape mani! I like this one a lot better than the first manicure I did with striping tape. For this one, I did accent nails, doing the ring, pinky, and thumb on my left hand, and my right index and pointer fingers. I really loved the way this turned out, but sadly, it didn’t last too long.
I started three coats of Essie Allure on the diamond nails, and then painted the rest in China Glaze For Audrey. Then I put striping tape in a grid pattern over Allure and painted a thick coat of For Audrey on top, before removing the tape.
There are definitely some imperfections, but I think I’m getting much better at using striping tape, and I really loved how this turned out! I especially love how the sheer base makes the diamonds look like they’re floating, an idea I got from this tutorial from Mr. Candiipants (who is amazingly awesome!). In fact, my original idea was to do zig-zags instead of diamonds, but I couldn’t paint straight lines with my left hand to save my life. So I went with the tape.
Sorry this is a little blurry, my camera battery died right after this was taken, and while I was searching for the charger, I chipped my ring finger really badly. So this is all I have.
I really loved wearing it for all 20 hours it stayed on – the diamond fingers had about six coats of polish, so I knew it wasn’t going to make it very long. But I had fun with it anyway!