So it’s not breaking news, but nail art is in. In fact, the Spring/Summer 2012 runways were swimming with colorful varieties of nail art. From Aztec prints to minty stripes, artistic manicures are hot this season. But let’s get real, some of you (not including myself in this) may not feel comfortable sporting a crazy manicure. If this is the case, you’re in luck! I’ve come up with a fun (inexpensive) way to spice up your manicure for a day or two.
First of all, if you haven’t seen the amazing post from the beauty department about DIY Nail Stickers, you should check it out. If you’re like me and don’t have quite enough willpower to paint nail polish on tape, you can try the next best thing… washi tape! For those of you who don’t know, washi tape is brightly colored or printed paper tape that comes on small rolls. You can use it for just about anything (warning: once you buy it you’ll start putting it everywhere. My roommate currently replaced all of the magnets on the refrigerator with washi tape).
SO, if you want to sport a fun yet simple print without a long-time investment, try washi tape. It’s simple, first paint your nails with a solid color. I used Mint Sorbet by Sally Hansen (my drugstore version of Essie Mint Candy Apple). Next, select your print/color of wash tape. I chose neon pink but there are thousands of other options here and here. Pick your poison! Cut the tape into thin strips using good scissors. I suggest cutting different widths to add dimension to your manicure. Lastly, lay the strips on your nail. Use a wood cuticle push to smooth out any uneven areas. (NOTE: You may find it hard to lay the strips down on your opposite hand so it can be handy to have a friend or a roommate around!)
The tape will last for about a day and can peel off without damaging your nail. So give it a try, and let me know what you think!