Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Silver Tips

I had a few questions about how I did the tips for my Chanukah manicure back in December, so I promised a tutorial. Just to set the record straight, I did not freehand the lines, although I wish I was good enough to do that :D. I hope this tutorial helps those of you who wanted to try it.

- Base and accent polishes of choice. I used Ulta Wild Night for the base and Sally Hansen Celeb City for the tips
- Striping tape in any color (I bought mine on ebay, just search "striping tape" if interested)
- Scotch tape or painter's tape
- Scissors
Step 1:
- Apply desired number of coats of your base color
- Allow polish to dry completely!
Step 2:
- Once the polish is dry, apply a piece of striping tape a desired distance from the tip.
Step 3:
- Place a piece of scotch or painter's tape a desired distance from the striping tape.

Step 4:
- Paint the tip of the nail with the accent polish, making sure to cover all tape free areas of the nail
Step 5:
- Carefully remove the scotch tape

NOTE: Do not wait for the polish to dry, remove the tape right away.
Step 6:
- Remove the striping tape to reveal the double lines
- Add a top coat and you are done!

NOTE: when doing a full manicure, paint and un-tape one nail at a time. Doing multiple nails at a time will increase the chance that the polish starts to set and the tape will not come off cleanly.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. I would love to hear your thoughts or questions about it or if you try it! Also, let me know what you like/don't like about the tutorial so I can improve for next time :D

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)


  1. Looks good, I think I'll try that. :)

  2. Although some of the text is missing, I did understand your tutorial :)

    Lovely tips, I'm going to try it too sometime :)

  3. This is super cute! I recently got some striping tape, so I'll have to use it.

  4. I have ordered this tape from eBay once, but never got it.. I will have to do it again, this looks perfect, thank you for the tutorial :)

    I hope you don't mind me posting a link here, I just wanted to invite you to join my first nail polish giveaway :)

  5. I'm glad the tutorial was useful! I'd love to see your outcome if you try it :)

    @KimsKie, what did you feel was missing in the text? I would love to know so I can improve! :)

    @Let's polish some nails. I have already posted about your giveaway on http://giveawayland.blogspot.com. :)

  6. Great tutorial! You make it look so easy! Love the pics ~Alla

  7. I agree-you make it look SO easy! I need to get sdme of that striping tape!!

  8. I think it is easy, so make sure to give it a try! I'd love to see the results :)

  9. I never tried it with removing the tape immediately...great suggestion!

  10. I'm glad you found it useful. Let me know how it works out for you :)

  11. I just found your blog and I am already loving it! I love your step by step tutorials. :)

  12. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoy the tutorials! Let me know if you try one of them, I'd love to see :)

  13. I did something kind of similar but my stripes were a tiny bit lower on my nail and not directly on the tip. I polished my nails with the silver polish and a top coat...once that was dry I put two strips of striping tape on and polished the dark blue polish and removed the striping tape immediately. I only did the stripes as accent nails on my ring finger and thumb. I got a lot of positive feedback when I posted a photo on facebook. Love love love striping tape for doing tiny stripes like this.

  14. @Kellie, there is always more than one way to do it for sure! I think striping tape is so fun :)


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