Sunday, 26 January 2014

Navy Seal

A central triangle across the whole nail is a fairly traditional nail design and there are endless variaties. I hadn't done any like this for ages so decided to give it a go. We won a new navy polish in a Rimmel competition recently - Navy Seal and I have been itching to try it out. The name of the polish actually inspired me to add some stripes across the designs giving it an almost nautical look. The pattern also reminds a little of very simplified sails (if you look at it upside down)!

Base: Models Own - Blueberry Muffin. Centre: Rimmel - Navy Seal*
I achieved this geometric design using scotch tape and striping tape. Although it seems fiddly, using tape is the best way to get really clean and crisp lines which will make a world of difference to your design. Once your base colour is dry, start by applying scotch tape to the sides of each nail, widening at the cuticle and meeting at the tip. Then apply two pieces of striping tape horizontally across each nail. Once the tape is in place just paint the polish over the top. Quickly and carefully peel the tape away and voila, perfect nails! 
Some tips for using tape:
  • Wait until your base is fully dry - I often use a fast dry top coat to speed up the process and protect the base polish
  • Cut up all your tape before you start painting, scissors are an enemy of wet nails!
  • Apply a thin layer of your feature colour to prevent is spreading or smudging
  • Remove the tape before the polish dries - this stops it peeling away with the tape
  • If possible remove each piece of tape individually to avoid smudging
We would love to see some of your designs created using tape, please share with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!
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  1. This is such a great combo! Congrats on winning Navy Seal - it looks like such a great colour! I agree, it does look like sails! :)

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