Lit from Within: Curvy stripey nails

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Curvy stripey nails

Today I have a nail art look inspired by Beautylish .  All it takes is some tape, and some scissors.  The fancier the scissors, the fancier the mani.

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Firefly.  I like thinking of my followers as 'Fireflies' because, ya know, we're Lit From Within, and so are fireflies?  Get it?  I knew you would.

This is a pretty little copper/gold/pink multichrome.  I like it when drugstore brands start catching up to the trends we like in Indies.
Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Firefly

I got these little craft scissors in the scrapbooking section of Target.  I know there are lots of different kinds, with many different cuts.  This one makes a wavy line.  I just cut both sides of the tape to have the wavy pattern offset.

using scrapbooking scissors and tape to make a template

I only cut one piece of tape, and then used it for each nail.  I would put the tape in the center, and then paint the top part of the nail with L'Oreal Royally Yours, and the bottom half with Essie Avenue Maintain.

tape mani with Sally Hansen, L'Oreal, and Essie

The L'Oreal probably wasn't the best choice for this nail art, as pastels tend to be finicky, and in order to get adequate coverage, I had to lay it on thickly.. which distorted the nail art.  The Essie was perfection. Using topcoat did help to smooth down the polish.  This is one coat of Seche Vite.

tape mani with Sally Hansen, L'Oreal, and Essie

Here's the bottle shot!  L'Oreal Royally Yours, Sally Hansen Firefly, and Essie Avenue Maintain.

bottle shot:  L'Oreal Royally Yours, Sally Hansen Firefly, and Essie Avenue Maintain

Is it worth getting some craft scissors to make a curvy mani like this one?  Would you rather do it freehand?


  1. Nice manicure! Love the curvy shape to it :)

  2. Love the color choices! I would have never thought of using craft scissors for a curvy mani, that is such an awesome idea!

    1. Not my original idea, but I love it, too. If you try it, I hope you'll post your mani on my Facebook page!

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    1. If I can do it, you can too! If you try it, I'd love to see your mani on my Facebook page!

  4. Your mani looks amazing. How did you get the tape to sit still? I've tried before and got polish all over the place.

    1. Thanks, Nilda! You have to make sure that the base layer of polish is Super-duper dry. Take the tape and put it on your hand a couple of times to take some of the stickiness off. When you put it on your nail, make sure it's tucked into the sides of the nail bed so you don't get lifting at the corners. And, when you're all done, you can fix most mistakes with a small nail art brush or cleanup brush! Please let me know if I can offer any more help, and I'd love to see your mani on my Facebook page. :)


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