As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.
I’ll admit that I’ve done my fair share of scrapbooking, but I haven’t laid a hand on a pair of zigzag scissors in years. When I spotted a rack of funky scissors by an art store checkout a few days ago, I knew it was time to bring them back into my life. This time, it’s all about the nails.
For this unexpected take on a Scotch tape mani, gather up two polishes, a top coat, a roll of tape, and a pair of decorative scissors (mine have a zigzag/pinking design). For the best results, choose saturated polishes instead of sheer shades.
Paint each nail with your first color (I used neon pink China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy). Follow your polish with a good top coat. Now it’s time to wait. Seriously. It’s best if you can wait a full day before moving on (this would be a great way to kick a days-old mani up a notch), but give your nails at least an hour to dry completely. You don’t want to pull up tacky polish when you remove the tape.
Use your scissors to cut a design along the edge of 10 pieces of tape, and apply a piece to each nail. Press down firmly to get a close seal. Working one nail at a time, apply your second polish over the tape and exposed nail (I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy, which I just love). While the polish is wet, slowly remove the tape to reveal your design.
It’s no secret that I love Scotch tape nails, so I’m excited to add this scissor trick to my nail art arsenal. The best part? The end result looks so much harder to pull off than it really is!
Just can’t get enough nail art? Try these three office supplies-inspired designs you can do at your desk!