Friday, July 11, 2014

Retro skittles

After last Friday's semi-fail with the stripes, I set out to make a better technique.  This is still far from perfect, but I'm slowly getting there.  I had always used french tip guides, but I heard that stripping tape was better.  It is tricky though.  First I have to say, do not buy the ones from Sally Beauty Supply, they are awful.  I bought mine at a local beauty supply and I heard that even ebay is better for this.  Ok, so I will explain what I did.  After 2 coats of jelly nail polish, I applied Seche Vite Topcoat to make it dry fast.  Then, I applied the stripping tape leaving some extra on one side of the nail so that I could pull later.  After making sure that it was properly stuck to all nails, I applied the white creme.  Mistake number one, is to pull while wet or tacky.  This is easy to avoid by either waiting for it to dry or by using drying drops, because 2 coats take forever to dry for me (well, seems forever).  Then, pull the tape fast.  Not carefully, just as fast as you would do with a wax strip.  This provides a cutting action.  Optional step, using nail polish remover (not pure acetone) and a thin brush, correct the mistakes and clean up.  Mistake number two, I applied the topcoat as I usually do and it created a fuzzy look, because the white sticks to the brush and even mixes/blends with the topcoat, so I ended up dragging it.  You want to use a fast-drying topcoat sideways, if your pattern is like this one.  If it's diagonal, then apply it in the same way, following the white lines, instead of going across them.  Then, after it dried, I applied more topcoat to the whole nail.  The red was still the trickiest one, but I will master this with more practice.  This concludes my first (?) tutorial, sort of.

Layering Order:
2 coats L'oreal Mango Mamma (index)
2 coats Nfu Oh JS16 (middle)
2 coats L'oreal Jolly Lolly (ring)
2 coats Jenna Hipp Pink Me Pink Me (pinky)
1 coat Seche Vite Topcoat
stripping tape application
2 coats Mac Vestral White
stripping tape removal
1 coat Seche Vite Topcoat (apply sideways)
Dior Gel Coat