Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tutorial Tuesday: Striping Tape and Gradient

Today I would like to share with you a tutorial for the technique used to create the striping tape and gradient manicure yesterday. If you read my spoiler alert at the bottom of that post, then you were probably already expecting this. It is a manicure that I think looks complicated, but is actually pretty easy to make. The fun part is experimenting with colors and tape placement for endless manicure possibilities. If you have not tried this technique yet, I hope this will encourage you to try it...


  1. Apply desired number of coats of base color and allow to completely dry
  2. Cut and apply pieces of striping tape in a desired pattern
  3. Paint a stripe of each gradient color directly onto makeup wedge or sponge
  4. Gently tap the sponge over the nail moving it slightly back and forth to blend the gradient
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 by applying more polish to the sponge and gently tapping on the nail  for a second coat of gradient. This helps build color opacity for the gradient
  6. While the polish is still wet, carefully remove the striping tape one piece at a time
  7. Using a Q-tip clean the cuticles of excess polish.
    Tip: clean up any fine details with a brush as demonstrated here
  8. Add a layer of top coat (or two if the sponging is bumpy) and enjoy! 
As always, please let me know what you think of this or if you have questions!

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

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  1. Beautiful manicure and great tutorial. Thank you :)

  2. thanks for the great tutoial and beautiful mani!

  3. Thank you very much ladies! I'm glad you like this tutorial :)


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