Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Textured Christmas Tree Tape Mani!

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Good morning, readers! It's December, so you will be seeing a ton of Christmas themed nail art this month! Today's nail art is really fun and I think it is easy enough for anyone to do because it uses tape instead of hand painting any designs! I've used 3 of the new OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 polishes for this look.

This is how I did it:
  • First, I applied 2 coats of OPI Warm Me Up and topped it with HKGirl Top Coat to speed up the drying process.
  • Once that was completely dry, I followed this tutorial by Nailside for taping off the trees, except I just used striping tape to cut down on the steps (so I didn't have to cut my own strips).
  • Once the tape was applied, I took the corner of a makeup sponge and dabbed on OPI Kiss Me At Midnight (Liquid Sand textured polish for a 3D effect) within the triangle shape.
  • Then, I carefully peeled up all of the striping tape in reverse order of how I put it on the nail to reveal the abstract tree image.
  • Once those were dry, I got out my star hole punch (I bought it at Michaels craft store in the scrapbook section). You can see this tutorial here by Chalkboard Nails where she uses the same hole punch for her stars. I had to go out right away and buy it after her tutorial! 
  • I used clear scotch tape so I could see the placement of where the star would be on top of the tree. 
  • First, I cut an upside down V shape out of the bottom of the tape (so when I put it on my nail, the tape wouldn't be touching the textured tree).
  • Then, I used the star hole punch to punch a star through the tape right above the V. This way the star would be at the top of the tree!
  • Once I smoothed the tape onto the nail, I used the other corner of my makeup sponge and dabbed OPI It's Frosty Outside (another Liquid Sand textured polish) into the star shape.
  • Then, I slowly peeled the star tape back off of the nail to reveal the tree topper in place.
  • That's it! You don't want to top coat this look if you are using these textured polishes.

What do you think? I LOVE this mani, I've been wearing it since yesterday and have no desire to take it off any time soon. Plus, it was SO easy that it took less effort than other kinds of nail art on my non-dominant hand. 

Will you be trying it? Do you need a tutorial, or were my instructions easy enough? Thanks so much for reading!

Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 nail lacquer shades each feature OPI's exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Liquid Sand nail lacquers should always be worn without top coat. Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 is available now at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillards, JcPenny Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, Ulta and for $9.00($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

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*The polishes in this post were sent for me to review with my honest opinion.

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  1. This is such a fantastic look, I especially love the colors you used!

  2. Wow, this is great idea, love this combination of colors!

  3. Very nice! Love how great your tape manicures are! so inspiring!

  4. This is so cute, I especially love your color design. Tape/tree manis are so fun to wear!

  5. I don't do these type of manis so I had to read through it several times to figure out how you did it....but I think I figured it out!

    Looks absolutely fantastic!

  6. I love this! So pretty :)

  7. So pretty! Love that you made blue trees and not green :)

  8. great blog!!! cute photos!!!
    Can we follow each other via gfc bloglovin and g+?

  9. Super cute! And I actually love the way the textured polishes look on this!

  10. this is soooo beautiful! i love that you did this in blue!

  11. I love this soooooo much. I know we've seen this design a 1000 times, but it works SO WELL with the texture x