Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tutorial: Mummy tape mani




Hi everyone, my second tutorial! This time it's another simple, easy-to-achieve look: the mummy pattern. The mummy tape pattern is basically just placing tape strips of any size underneath each other, preferably a bit diagonally. This creates a funky design which looks a lot like wrapping ribbons, hence 'mummy'. So the good thing about this look is that you don't have to be precise in cutting your strips or placing them, but also it's perfect if you want to keep that lovely shade that's grown out or has tipwear.



So start with the base color you like (if necessary with a basecoat underneath) and let it completely dry. This can be one that's yet to be applied or one you're already wearing.
On the picture I'm wearing OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui that I applied the day before I shot this picture, as you can see there's a tiny bit of tipwear.





Now take a little piece of tape and cut it in strips lengthwise. You can make very wide strips, or thin ones, parallel or divergent, just cut a bunch of each to create a playful design.
After you're done, place the strips one by one on the nail, each time using a different size or shape. You can leave space between two strips for a continuous stripe, or let them touch each other slightly at the side of your nail to create triangles.
To solve the outgrow or tipwear of your old mani, leave those parts uncovered like I do on the picture. Later they'll be revarnished, which will make them disappear. This trick will also work with VNL! Just leave your tips uncovered.

Then apply your top color and remove the tape strips as soon as possible, do these things at one nail at a time to prevent the top color from sticking to the tape, otherwise it could get peeled off when removing the strips.
And if you plan to cover up the worn-out spots of your old mani, I'd recommend to use an even more opaque top color, or the spots will still be visible.
Finally apply some topcoat, clean up, et voilà!



Finally some useful tips:

  • For my tape manis, all I use is regular stationery tape. But you might prefer something else, so just experiment with different sorts of tape to figure out what works best for you.
  • For your base color you can use any polish you like, however one-coaters will allow you to place the tape much sooner because those are usually fast drying. Of course you can also quicken the drying of polishes that require several coats to cover, by applying a fast drying topcoat. (I use Seche Vite). 
  • Your layering color(s) can be either a one- or two-coater. Because you've already applied a base color, most polishes that usually take two coats to cover now will do with one.
  • Though I mention cutting the tape strips as step 2, I admit it is safer to cut before applying the base color. However, if you've learned how to cut the tape without having it touch your polished nails, it can save you a lot of time.
  • You might want to leave the cut strips somewhere else than the edge of your desk/table, to prevent them from getting stuck to the surface while you're busy. You do not want to have to peel them off with your freshly painted claws!
  • Apply your top color in one thin (but opaque) coat, this will create crisper lines.
  • When you're removing the tape strips, try to remove them individually, if you can, because most of the time your design will come out neater this way
  • Using tweezers to remove the tape strips can prevent your freshly painted nails from getting smudged.
  • It's not always necessary to start all over if you've messed up your design, often a little touch-up with a nailart brush can solve the problem.
  • If you want to use a matte topcoat, use a regular one underneath. My experience with matte topcoats is that they smudge the design very easily, even when it's completely dry. Applying a normal topcoat first will prevent that.
  • Moisterize your cuticles afterwards, because the tape can really dry out your skin!
  • You can practice this tutorial on your old mani that you applied a day (or more) before. If you succeed, you've got yourself a fresh mani, otherwise you were going to remove it anyway!
  • If you feel like this design is too time-consuming for a full mani, you can also use it for an accent nail (or two).
  • Have fun and practice makes perfect ;)


    I would absolutely love to see your attempt on my design, so feel free to leave a link to your creation in the comment section!


    Polishes I used in this post are OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui and China Glaze Adore.

    27 comments:

    1. Lovely combination! I like it a lot!

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    2. I love these mummy tape manicures you do, they look extremely flattering on you :)

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    3. I just did a taping with my first matte color. I think I might pick up a matte topcoat to play with my other polish. Good tip about putting on a normal topcoat first!

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    4. Thanks for the amazing tutorial! I often try manicures like this one, but I always mess it up :P From now on I will follow your advices :)

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    5. Very pretty nails (: I don't know what I do wrong, but I've failed my tape manis every single time I've tried to do them. Maybe I should try once again :D

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    6. Thanks for the tutorial, very good! :)

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    7. Great tips and tutorial! I'll have to try this manicure soon, I really like it! Thank you.

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    8. Super leuk :) Ik heb 'm uitgeprobeerd, en naar je tutorial en je site gelinkt in m'n laatste post. Keep up the good work!

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    9. i would be interested to see how it looks with the crackle by china glaze as that topcoat! i think i'm going to try it! :D

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    10. thanks sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for making this tutorial I have been trying to figure out how to do this for AGES! As always keep up the fantastic work <3

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    11. Thanks for a great tutorial! Just what I needed :)

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    12. Hi Jamie, heb een eerste poging gedaan.

      Omdat je hiernaar benieuwd bent en we links mochten plaatsen, voila: http://www.beautygoddess.nl/nailz/my-first-mummy-mani.html

      Ben benieuwd wat je ervan vindt en misschien nog tips hebt ;-) !

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    13. Je heet Jane ipv Jamie... snap niet waarom ik dacht dat je Jamie heette! Sorry, zal nog wel niet helemaal wakker zijn ;-)

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    14. Wow this is amazing! Definitely trying this! xx

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    15. I did it :D http://www.dottiek.com/2011/07/notd-metallic-purple-party.html xx

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    16. I tried my hand at it too http://thenailsibite.blogspot.com/2011/08/mummy-manicure.html

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    17. used your tape to get another couple days from this mani! http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_7hDT4CN86Q/Tmq-V7lw-PI/AAAAAAAAAYE/J-ITbA8U0Cg/s320/291217_822368599822_25112449_39342388_1735709_o.jpg

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    18. My attempt at your mummy tutorial!
      http://i55.tinypic.com/v3g9aa.jpg

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    19. i will try this nail art hihihi thanks for the idea, i always love your designs! :D

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    20. I tried this and found that it works even better with painters tape instead of regular tape. My regular tape would rip in half and then my nails would be donezo /: just a suggestion if you have painters tape laying around :)

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    21. @Anonymous: Thanks for the suggestion :) I actually tried painters tape once, but it gave me less crisp lines than cello tape, also I found it to be a bit too sturdy to lay flat on the nails. But perhaps mine's a different kind? Because it does work for a lot of other people. Thanks for leaving your tip though ^^ It might help other readers that have the same problem as you did.

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    22. cool idea! i try this tomorrow!

      just need a cherrish red color^^ black is always at home

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    23. So I've been wanting to try this for ages and finally did it last night! What do you think?! http://quartkneeex3.blogspot.com/2012/02/mummy-mani.html

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    24. i love it! but i can`t seem to make it right, i guess it's the tape...

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    25. You are very creative. I just started following you... I am new to the blogging world but I cannot wait to try out some of your creations. Great tutorials.

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