Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Guest Post: Chetana of StyleCraze

Hey everyone! Today I have a very special guest post from Chetana, the Founder of StyleCraze - India's largest beauty network. Chetana is an aspiring makeup artist, and her speciality lies with colours and contrast. I'm happy to share this simple nail art tutorial from her!

Nail art is very easy to do and sometimes very basic things can create excellent nail art designs. One such thing is a scotch tape. It is not only great for arts and crafts but also works perfectly for nail art. In this post, I will show you how to create some cool stripes with the help of a scotch tape.

Step 1:
Remove traces of previous nail polish and shape your nails. Smoothen out the nail bed with a buffer. If your nails are brittle and prone to breakage, then apply a layer of base coat/ strengthening coat first to help it stay strong. This also keeps the nail healthy.

Step 2:
Apply the base shade on your nails and let it dry. This can be any shade as long as you choose a shade on which the stripes look prominent. Nude shades look great with any contrasting color!

Step 3:
Take a small piece of scotch tape and using a scissor, cut it into thin pieces. For nails of medium length, 3 or 4 pieces will do just fine. You can use narrower strips to make it look even beautiful. The number of stripes is up to you! But at the beginning, use minimum number of pieces so that you may practice before attempting with more than 4 pieces of tape.

Step 4:
Now put these pieces on the nails horizontally at equal distances. The more stripes you want, the narrower the gaps. The stripes could be thin or thick depending on your preference. Now after the strips are placed we will proceed with the next step.

Step 5:
With the tapes over the nail with previous nail polish, take the second shade of polish (blue) and apply it over the exposed areas of the nails. Use small strokes and try not to go over the tape. If you do go over don’t worry if the polish spreads over the tape. After applying the nail polish, keep it on for a while.

 Step 6:

After the nail polish dries, gently pull the strips out. Do this carefully so as to keep the nail art intact.

Step 7:
Apply a coat of clear nail paint to seal the nail art. Applying top coat not only smoothens out the nails over the uneven application of nail paint but also keeps the nail art intact for a long time.

Hope you liked my tutorial. Visit StyleCraze for more tutorials on how to do nail art at home.

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