Layered Tips


Tools needed: scotch tape (recommended)

The great thing about this mani is that you can pick any colors, and I mean, any colors of the rainbow.

You could do different shades of one color. For example, if you are going to do three different shades of green, opt for light, medium and dark green polishes. This will help to define each color so that each shade stands out. You don’t want the colors to be so similar that they blend together. Another way you can choose is by having a basic polish, such as black or white, as your main color and find a metallic and solid color (which is what I did in the step-by-step tutorial below). Let’s just say there are many different ways you can spin this mani and it will look great.

I only suggest scotch tape for a very clean edge. Otherwise, if you have a steady hand, by all means, forget the tape.

Because I’ve done this manicure years ago, I have recreated the nail art design on my ring finger in a step-by-step tutorial. It’s easy:

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1. Start with a base coat to protect your natural nail bed.
2. Paint the entire nail with your base color.
3. Take a small piece of tape. Just on the tip of the nail, place the tape on one corner and lay it down diagonally.
4. Paint over the tape with a metallic polish. Once you’re done, quickly remove the tape before the polish dries. You should be left with a clean edge.

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5. I did this part without tape to show off, but by all means, put another piece of tape down but on the opposite corner, and diagonally lay it down.
6. Repeat step 4 using your third color.
7. Once the manicure is done, smooth out the nail art design with a quick drying top coat. This will make the nail look shiny and protect the nail, making the design last longer.

This nail design is simple and great for beginners since the only tool you’d need is some scotch tape. The only tip I must stress is to wait a long time, I’d say around 20 minutes (perfect amount of time to watch a TV show!), in between painting and taping the nails. Wait for dry nails each time you want to paint the tips. You’ll be happy you did!

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List of Products:
Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Base Coat
Butter London Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat
OPI Alpine Snow
nails inc. Baker St.

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