Nail Arts Tutorial
Start with the base color you like (if necessary with a basecoat underneath) and let it dry completely. To speed up the drying process you can apply a fast drying topcoat. The one I sometimes use is Seche Vite, which enables me to place the tape strips on my nails after about 10 minutes.
Now cut some triangles out of tape to make the ‘explosion’ shape. The way I do it is by first cutting off a little piece of the tape roll which I then cut in half diagonally, like shown in the picture(s). Of course you can do the cutting before step 1, I personally like to cut the strips while I let my base color dry. But I have to be careful then, otherwise the tape might get stuck to my nails and ruin the polish. So admittedly, it is safer to start with cutting before applying the base color. However, if you’ve learned how to cut the tape without having it touch your polished nails, it can save you a lot of time.
Now place the triangles one by one, next to each other on one corner of the nail, in a slight curve. This will create the ‘explosion’ shape. It’s your choice to make the shape at the cuticles or the tip, however my experience is that it’s a lot easier near the tip, like shown in the picture. Because that way you’re polishing away from the tape, reducing the chance of polish seeping underneath. Also you don’t have to reckon with cuticles nearby. Make sure all the pieces of tape are completely stuck to the nail, if not use your finger or a tweezer to push them down and if needed reattach them.
Then apply your first layering color with a thin coat and carefully peel off the pieces of tape right away. Try to peel them off individually, if you can, because most of the time your design will come out neater this way. Then let the design dry for a while, use a fast drying topcoat to quicken the drying if needed.
When the polish is entirely dry, you can start the taping process once again with your second layering color. Only this time place the triangles a bit more towards the tip, covering up part of the first layering color like shown in the picture. Apply your second layering polish and remove the tape strips as soon as possible.
At last apply your topcoat, clean up and you’re done! Don’t forget to moisterize your cuticles afterwards, because the tape can really dry out your skin! Use this design for a full mani or cute accent nails. When you’re going for a full mani, you can do the design on different spots on each nail for a playful look