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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Matte Checkers

I did these nails a few months ago, but due to my serious lag in posting they are only appearing on my blog now =P. Alot of my friends post pictures of nails they find on the net on my facebook wall and ask me if I'd be able to do the same thing. Alot of the time it's something I've come across before and I jump at the chance to finally get around to doing these manicures. So one of my friends posted this Matte Checkered look and I was like "hells yea that's easy!"....and about 1/2 an hour later I posted my own picture of them haha. She actually thought I had re-posted from another nail blog and a few weeks later (while we were in Melbs actually) the other girls were asking me if I could do the same manicure for them and she was amazed that the picture I had posted was my own =P.

But seriously this is a reaaaaaally easy manicure as long as you have sticky tape and a matte top coat! You can create all sorts of designs with sticky tape seriously (One of the first manicures I posted was using sticky tape actually).

The key with sticky tape manicures is to make sure that the sticky tape is not too sticky that it rips of your base colour when your taking the sticky tape off. To combat this, just stick the tape to you palm about 5-10 times just to get rid of some of the stickiness.

When your cutting the sticky tape try cut as straight as you can otherwise you might have wonky squares.

^ Make sure the sticky tape is stuck down way more firmly than above =P

Make sure your base colour is COMPLETELY DRY before you stick the tape on - for the obvious reason to prevent you ripping off your base colour haha. I put a really thin layer of top coat over my base colour just to be on the safe side. I've used Ulta3 Midnight which is a reaaaaally dark violet.

So once you've placed the tape on your nail, paint a thick coat of your matte topcoat/second colour over the nail and take the sticky tape off IMMEDIATELY - this will make sure the polish doesn't dry over the sticky tape. If you leave it to dry with the sticky tape on, chances are you will take off more polish than required for the design or the sticky tape will break and get stuck there.

Make sure you do each nail ONE AT A TIME. I put tape on all my fingers on one hand, then I paint one nails and take off the tape, and move onto the next nail. I wait for them to dry a bit, put a layer of topcoat, wait a bit, then I move on to the next hand. I find this is the quickest way to get it done that ensures no smudging. I used Essie Matte About You top coat, but there are other matte topcoats out there =).


Hopefully I've inspired you to create a similar look maybe with different colours or designs =D xx


  1. Super cute! I love how simple it is but what a great, fashionable statement it makes.

    1. Oh thank you :) you should try it, very easy!


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