Friday, 31 August 2012

Rainbow Road

Hey guys, sorry it's been awhile since my last post, I got caught up completing a brutal data analysis assignment and I used my lack of free time as an opportunity to let my nails breath for a few days. Unfortunately, a couple of them also took this opportunity to break, so you'll have to forgive me for the assorted nail lengths.

So, new design! This one was inspired by the Rainbow Road track in Mario Kart on N64.

I even have a tutorial for you guys (two in a row, lucky you!). To do this simple tape mani you will need some striping tape. I got mine from a seller on ebay, search 'striping tape' and a whole multitude of colours will come up. You can use any colour you want for this purpose, I've just used green because I happen to have two rolls.

Step 1: Apply your protective base coat, then select four or five colours and paint stripes across your nails. I've used (from tip to base) China Glaze's 'For Audrey', OPI's 'No Room For The Blues', 'Do You Lilac It?', 'Are We There Yet?', and China Glaze's 'Fuschia'. Don't worry if your stripes aren't perfect!

Step 2: Once your colours have dried completely, take your striping tape (I recommend pre-cutting some strips before you start painting your nails) and place the strips onto your nails. Press them down firmly so that you won't get any leakage under the tape.

Step 3: Taking a black polish (I've used China Glaze's 'Liquid Leather') paint your whole nail. Don't worry about covering the tape.

Step 4: About 20 seconds after applying your black polish carefully pull the tape off (I found using tweezers helped). If you're lucky it will leave nice clean lines.

Step 5: Apply your clear top coat and you're finished.

So there you have it! Super easy, if not maybe a little time consuming. You could of course simply paint your nails one colour rather than four or five before applying the tape to save time.

I have mid semester exams plus another assignment due over the next couple of weeks, so I can't promise regular posting. However, I got some nail mail yesterday (woohoo!) so I now have a few indie polishes from Gloss 'n Sparkle that I need to try. I'll no doubt be checking them out over the next couple of weeks since applying glitter polishes isn't overly time consuming. Sorry for those of you who prefer nail art to polish reviews, I generally try to keep reviews contained to the reviews section of my blog, but I promise I'll be back to my arty ways in no time!


  1. This looks so good! I definitely have to try this out some time :) best of luck with your assignments and midsems! I've got mine coming up too :(

    1. Thank you, I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out :)Uni is depressing isn't it? Haha. Good luck to you too!

  2. Hi! I just found your blog, I love it :)
    Thanks for a great tutorial, it looks amazing.
    Goodluck with your exams!!! :)

  3. Love it as well as the theme - you can't go wrong with Mario Kart! :) thanks for breaking down the tutorial into easy steps - I am going to give it a try one day! :) good luck with your uni work. :)

    1. Thanks! I've had so many compliments on these ones and people asking where I got them done (they're always in awe when I say that I did them haha).

  4. Yay! An awesome design that I might actually be able to do! *bounces excitedly*

    (also, Rainbow Road was a NIGHTMARE level)

    1. I used to LOVE the rainbow road level. I just didn't like that it was the longest though considering there's not much scenery lol. Let me know if you try this mani!


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