Beauty

Washi tape nails

To give you a heads up, this did not turn out as well as I had planned. But! I learned a lot of lessons for next time.

I wanted to try putting washi tape on my nails so I could have fun, intricate patterns without the cost of a professional manicure. I absolutely love Jamberry nail wraps but they aren’t cheap either. So here’s my experience:

First, I picked out a pattern I liked.

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Then I fixed up my cuticles, nail shape and cleaned them with rubbing alcohol.

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I bought this Sally Hansen Gel Polish kit at Walmart a while ago and I use it quite a bit. It makes your manicure last about 2 weeks with normal wear.

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I stuck a chunk of tape to my nail.

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I traced my nail as best as I could with a pencil.

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I cut off the excess tape. Here are the stickers for my left hand. Yes, I used a lego lid to store my tape while I worked.

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This part took quite a lot of patience. Here are all my stickers finished:

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Next, I painted on my base coat. I’m using an LED lamp so my nails needed to cure under the lamp for 30 seconds after each coat.

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All set.

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Now to place them straight without messing up my base coat was difficult. And since nails are curved, there were a couple folds in the tape. This made the tape stick up in places. I feel like next time I would cut the tape slightly smaller than my nail and that should help.

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Top coat! This makes it look shiny and more purposeful. It worked better on my nails where I cut the tape narrower than my nail.

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I don’t know about anyone else but when I do my own nails, I definitely have favourites. My pinky and ring finger nails worked out very well. My index fingers were both awful.

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They looked ok but they felt funny. I was distracted by them all afternoon. I was playing with my daughter an hour later and one peeled off. I ended up pulling them all off and it didn’t take much effort. I might do this again but with one accent nail and I would try cutting them out differently. All in all, an interesting project that I will tweak later on.

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