Monday, July 8, 2013

Digit-al Dozen DOES Tape Week Day 1: Crisscross Texture Gradient!

Good morning, readers! It's Digit-al Dozen week again! This month's theme is Tape and I've had fun creating looks with different forms of "tape" this week and can't wait to show you. It's a bit of a break from the freehand art that is more common with Digit-al Dozen weeks but it gave me a chance to try some things I've been wanting to.

Today's post is my very favorite look for this week, so why not start out with a bang? You may have seen my preview on Instagram last week! Once I saw that Sally Hansen was releasing new Sugar Coats with shimmer, I ran right out to get them. Truth be told, shimmer/glitter textures are my favorite so I don't own the previous creme versions of the Sugar Coats.

I used 4 untrieds in this post so I am one happy girl. I've been really trying lately to use polishes I haven't before and nail art makes that so easy!

  • I started out with 2 coats of the gorgeous dusty lilac creme, Elevation Polish Tavan Bogd
  • Once that was thoroughly dry with a coat of Seche, I cut 60 pieces of striping tape... yes, 60! 6 for each finger. But it was SO worth it. 
  • I applied the tape criss crossed on the nail in almost of a quilt pattern.
  • Next, I painted thick stripes of all three new Sally Hansen Sugar Coats (Pink Sparkle, Treat-Heart, and Royal Icing) on a makeup sponge. 
  • I then dabbed the sponge down over the entire nail and repeated the process with more polish on the sponge until it reached the opacity I was happy with.
  • Then, with tweezers, I carefully peeled off each strip of striping tape in the direction of the tape to keep the lines clean and reveal the design. 

I wore this mani for a few days and only took it off for my festive 4th of July nails. I loved it so much!




What do you think of this look? I can't get over how much I liked it. Gradient, tape, texture, and the awesome contrast with the shiny base color make for an awesome combination. Thanks so much for reading! Come back tomorrow for Day 2 of Tape Week!



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24 comments:

  1. Wow! Really like this one: it is absolutely original and well executed! Thumb up!
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    1. Btw.... I gave a look to previous nail arts and I think you are gr8. New follower. ^___^

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  2. What can I say.........I LOVE IT ,!!!!!

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  3. I think my favorite part of this is that the polish underneath looks like a satin ribbon, so it totally looks like some kind of super cute ballet slipper!

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  4. Gorgeous. I can't believe how much you packed into one mani, and it looks fab.

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  5. Wow, I love gradient with textured polishes. In Combination with striping tape it's perfect.

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  6. I'm totally loving this and I hate textured polishes. Sounds like I'm one step closer to conversion!

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  7. Absolutely love this! The gradient is perfection and the texture is wonderful!

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  8. This is the awesome-est thing ever!!

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  9. Gawhhh! This is off the charts! It looks amazing! :)

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  10. This is drop dead gorgeous amazing beautiful need it nowwww omggg I can't stop staring at this!

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  11. waw i love it *instant follower* :)

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  12. The taping is perfect! And the gradient? Bah! A-mazing!

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  13. Gorgeous. You got yourself a new follower, a newbie nail blogger.
    Once again, gorgeous mani <3.

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  14. omg i LOVE this! i am obsessed with textured gradients!

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  15. This is amazing! Such a fun way to wear the Sugar Coat!

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  16. Imagine me with my jaw dropped and my eyes bugging out of my head - this is so so so pretty!

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