Scotch Tape Nail Art: 3 Easy Designs!

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Looking for some New Year’s Eve nail art inspiration? You’re in luck! Our resident nail art expert, FP Shani, demonstrates three awesome and easy  nail art designs using scotch tape!  I love the simplicity of these designs and how you can customize them using different colors for different times of the year (think neon for summer!). All you need is some polish and scotch tape!

Design #1: Chevron Nails

how to do chevron nails

how to do chevron nails

For our first design, chevron nails, you’ll need scotch tape and three different shades of polish.

how to do chevron nails

Start by painting your nails with your base coat. I chose Free People Nail Polish in “gun metal,” one of my favorite shades. Important: let the base coat dry completely before moving on to the next step!

how to do chevron nails

Use two pieces of scotch tape and place them over one of your nails so that all of the nail is covered except for a small triangle at the top. Make sure the tape is pressed down securely. We chose the middle nail on one hand and the ring finger nail on the other hand – you could do this on all of your nails if desired, but we loved just doing it on two nails to make it unique.

how to do chevron nails

Paint over the chosen nails with your second polish color – for this color we recommend a lighter shade like white so that the third color will really pop! Carefully remove the scotch tape to reveal the triangles.

how to do chevron nails

Again, it is important that you let the second layer of polish dry completely before moving onto the next step.

how to do chevron nails

Use the scotch tape and on the same fingers, place the tape on the nail to make a smaller triangle inside the white triangle.

how to do chevron nails

Add your final polish color on top of the white triangles – I chose Free People Nail Polish in “pink glitter” to add a little bit of sparkle. Remove the scotch tape to reveal the chevron nails! Finish by adding a clear top coat.

how to do chevron nails

Rings pictured: La Luna Ring, Enamel Triangle Ring, Sterling Silver Midi Ring.

Design #2: Cracked Ice Nails

scotch tape nail art

scotch tape nail art

Our second design is a little something we like to call “cracked ice nails.” You’ll need scotch tape, scissors, nail polish and a clear top coat.

scotch tape nail art

Cut three small pieces of tape and place them over your nail, using the corners to create a jagged edge.

scotch tape nail art

scotch tape nail art

Paint the nail with your color of choice, and carefully remove the scotch tape to reveal the “cracked ice!”

scotch tape nail art

scotch tape nail art

I love how unique this one is! I’ve never seen anything like it.

Design #3: Triangle Nails

scotch tape nail art

scotch tape nail art

The final design is simple triangles at the base of the nail -  fun way to add a subtle little pop of color! All you need is scotch tape, one shade of polish, and a clear top coat.

scotch tape nail art

Stick the scotch tape to your nails leaving only small triangles uncovered at the base of the nails.

scotch tape nail art

Paint with your shade of choice, and then carefully remove the tape to reveal the triangles.

scotch tape nail art

Photos by Julia and Brigette.

Which design to you guys like best?

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Comments

Eva -December 13, 2012, 7:56AM

very cute…love them all – but chevron is my fave!
have to get my hands on some scotch tape :D

Liv -December 13, 2012, 8:00AM

This is such a good idea! I love the cracked ice design :)

Sarah -December 13, 2012, 8:28AM

Beautiful! I definitely want to try the chevron and probably the triangle design as well!

Sarah -December 13, 2012, 10:04AM

OK I loved them so much I had to go ahead and try it out! Results were quite nice.

http://brownfinches.tumblr.com/post/37833644343/freepeople-diy-scotch-tape-nail-art-my

fp julia -December 13, 2012, 10:08AM

Awesome, Sarah!!

Stella -December 14, 2012, 6:48AM

Great nail art. I love to try this.

Jasmine -January 1, 2013, 5:42PM

I am looking forward to seeing more nail desines with scotch tape

Catarina -January 5, 2013, 2:30PM

and your rings are so much love.

jenna -September 11, 2014, 5:34PM

i wasn’t what i was looking for but it still worked so thankyou

jenna -September 11, 2014, 5:35PM

i mean it

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