Tuesday Tutorial – Triangles with Tape! *pic heavy*

Here’s my second Tuesday Tutorial for you, for the mani I did with Zoya – Dove last week.

First up, a collage for anyone in a rush (or with a huge screen!)

Steps 1-3Steps 4-6Steps 7-10

You will need :

  • 2 nail polish – I used Zoya Dove and China Glaze For Audrey
  • 1 foil + glue – or a third polish colour, if you don’t have foils – I recommend a metallic
  • striping tape, or another tape – some people use normal sticky tape without any issues
  • top coat – well, you can’t do nail art without a top coat!

Base colour first...

For my full swatch post of Zoya Dove, click here. I wasn’t so impressed with the formula, but it is a great base colour for nail art!

Cut 20 pieces of striping tape...

IMHO this is by far the best way of cutting lots of little bits of striping tape! Just tape it across your fingers and cut through. Of course, be careful not to cut into your hand ! You need 20 pieces per hand.

...place some of the striping tape on the nail in a cross shape...

I portioned off less than a quarter for this look. I think on shorter nails, you can place the centre of the cross about half way down the nail, it should look fine !

...add some more horizontally...

This bit is a little more fiddly. If you swear, don’t forget to put a pound (or Euro, or dollar) in the jar… It’s worth taking the time to get it right, though! Do aim to get them totally horizontal if you can. Some of mine were angled a bit towards the tip, my nails were very sharply curved that day and I couldn’t avoid it.

...fill in the small triangles with foil glue...

If you don’t have foils and glue, go ahead and paint the triangles in with your third nail polish colour.

...when the glue is transparent, press foil into the small triangles...

Some people advocate letting the polish dry completely, but I say pull it off whilst it’s still wet! It’s the only way I’ve found to get clean lines 🙂...remove the horizontal pieces of tape to leave small metallic triangles...

Now you just have the first set of tape left. Don’t worry if you have made a bit of a mess on your cuticles, the normal clean up will look after that !

...fill the large central triangle with your third colour...

In retrospect, I could have used a more contrasting colour. But I like the soft look of these two together, so never mind 🙂

...remove the striping tape whilst still wet to leave clean, straight lines...

Yep, I already talked about the striping tape thing. If you get good results letting the polish dry first, do go ahead. I’m only showing you how I did it 🙂

Step 10

The advantage of foils is that they won’t drag when you top coat them, but they might go crackly, especially if you use a fast dry. With the triangles positioned at the tip, drag should be minimal anyway, but you may as well let it dry anyway… Don’t risk ruining your hard work !



Yep. I’ll flag this post pic-heavy, huh !


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15 thoughts on “Tuesday Tutorial – Triangles with Tape! *pic heavy*

  1. Lisa N. says:

    Great manicure! I really need to get myself some stripping tape to make more nail art designs 🙂

  2. Katherine Buchanan says:

    fantastic – and you make it look so easy! love your tutorials!

  3. Craftynail says:

    I love your tip on how to cut the tape! I need to try that (cuz if i kept a jar it would be overflowing with coin!) Lol!

  4. Kitsu says:

    They look fantastic! Love the colors and design and everything! And I’ll definitely have to keep your tape cutting trick in mind.

  5. Elise G says:

    What an amazingly helpful tutorial! Do you order your tape online or is it sold retail? I’ve never seen it in stores before.

    • I’m so glad you like it, Elise!
      I ordered my tape at naildelights.com , they are based in the UK but offer free delivery worldwide from a very low price! But nail striping tape can be found in lots of online stores 🙂

  6. […] Nail Tutorial: Triangles with Tape by Brijit’s Digits […]

  7. […] ages ago and never got around to doing. I’m happy with how this turned out on my nails, but Brijit’s original really puts mine to shame. If you remember back to stripe day, I had just gotten my first set of […]

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