Today I will be showing you guys how to do a simple gold and black tape mani, playing with matte and shiny finishes.
All polishes used in this tutorial were provided by the wonderful Live Love Polish. They’re currently having a Black Friday sale from now until Monday Dec 1st. Don’t miss out! Today’s tutorial features LVX Alchemy. This is a gorgeous high-shine gold jam packed with shimmer.
The swatches below are taken under direct light so you can see it’s beauty. *_*. The formula is excellent, fully opaque after 2 coats with a top coat. (Top coat is really optional for this polish).
First, cover your nails with LVX Alchemy. Photo below is indirect lighting. (These are taken in a lightbox where the light source has been diffused.) Then cover your base with Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat. Let it dry for 12-15 minutes. It is very important that you let your base dry completely before applying tape. Otherwise, the tape will wrinkle what you’ve already painted.
Apply NailVinyls Straights a little bit away from the tip of your nails on all fingers except your ring finger. You’re welcome to using striping tape but I’ve found that NailVinyls works the best for me since it creates some of the cleanest tape manis.
Next paint a layer of China Glaze Liquid Leather over your taped nails. Quickly apply a layer of China Glaze Matte Magic from the base of your nailbed to the edge of the tape, leaving only the tips shiny.
Now using three slightly thinner pieces of NailVinyls Straights, place one piece roughly around the same location as the other fingers. Place the last two pieces close together but slightly further from the first piece like so:
Remove the NailVinyls Straights off carefully and swiftly within a few seconds of applying China Glaze Matte Magic. Allow your nail art to 10-15 minutes to dry before applying Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat so that the polishes don’t smear.
And voila! :-) I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Note: Although LVX Alchemy is similar to Julep Sienna (Swatches here), LVX Alchemy is a bit more saturated in color and Sienna is a more subtle gold. They don’t really replace each other but they would be good substitutes of each other for nail art.
Disclaimer: Colors on monitors may vary and affect the actual color of the polish. Products shown here were sent to Petite Peinture.