Be Retro Yet Fabulously Modern with This Tape Mani!
I am happy to share that Whispered Inspirations has an official nail artist, Susana, who will be sharing swatches, looks and tutorials for all of you to be inspired!
She achieved this particular look by using OPI’s Suzi’s Hungary Again from the Euro Centrale Collection, Stand By Your Manny and Alex by the Book from the Modern Family Collection. What I love about this look is that it’s somehow nostalgic, modern yet retro.
Things You Will Need:
- OPI Suzi’s Hungary Again (Euro Centrale Collection)
- OPI Stand by Your Manny (Modern Family Collection)
- OPI Alex by the Book (Modern Family Collection)
- Your favorite base coat.
- Your favorite top coat.
- Silver nail tape.
- Clear tape. (Scotch Tape)
Time: 15-30 mins
Let’s Get Started!
Prep, Apply Base and Polish!
Begin with pushing back your cuticles or trimming them, if needed. File your nails to your desired shape and then apply your favorite base coat. When ready, apply two coats of OPI Suzi’s Hungary Again from the Euro Centrale Collection.
Take a small piece of tape and before applying to nail, press against skin to remove most of the glue from the tape. Apply the tape in a diagonal manner, make-shifting a triangle, leaving the rest of the nail covered by the tape.
You’re On Your Way!
Prepare your entire hand this way, make sure you are pressing the tape against your skin. If you do not do this, you risk peeling or damaging your nail polish coats.
Do It By the Book!
Apply two coats of Alex By the Book from the Modern Family Collection. Wait until polish is completely dry before you attempt to remove the tape.
Wait and Remove.
Make sure whenever you apply polish and tape to wait until it is completely DRY when you remove it. If you remove too early, you risk blotting or both colors running into each other, which is a big mess you’d want to avoid!
Criss Cross or Triangle!
When the first triangle has dried, you can follow that triangle to make a criss cross to make a triangle in the middle of your nail. When you are applying tape, you can alternate placing tape at the bottom to make a triangle and the top to make a triangle–every other nail. As you can see in the picture, the colors are alternated. The third color in this look is Stand By Your Manny from the Modern Family Collection. Depending on the pattern you have chosen, you may have to criss cross to achieve 3 different colored triangles.
Once your nails are finished they will look like the picture above, in order to complete the design and have a clean finished look, you will need to add nail tape to the design. The above nail tape is a silver color and can be purchased online or your local nail polish store.
Dazzle and Make it Shine!
As in regular tape you pull the the tape and cut small pieces long enough to cover each separation of your triangle design. It really is very easy! Once your nail tape is applied make sure to clean up any excess nail polish that may be around the cuticles and add your favorite shiny top coat.
Now you are ready to rock with your RETRO FAB manicure!
For more looks and designs, please visit Susana’s Instagram for inspiration, here. To find out more information about the collections used in this tutorial, please visit OPI.com and look under Modern Family and Euro Centrale or you can always reach out to @OPI_Products on Twitter!
Do you like trying new nail designs?
Let me know, til next time–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.