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Definition of Tape Manicure

  1. A tape manicure refers to a nail art technique in which tape is applied to the area(s) of the nail that aren’t intended to be painted. This is usually done once a base colour has been applied and allowed to dry, after which a second colour is only meant to go on part of the nail. The part that’s not supposed to get painted on is covered with tape. The second polish is applied, and then the tape is removed, revealing–hopefully!–a nice, crisp line. This technique can be used for colour blocking or to create something like a lightning bolt; for these designs, household tapes like Scotch or painter’s are commonly used. Alternately, actual nail art striping tape, which is very narrow, can be used to create thinner stripes and designs (or applied on top of the polished nails as a decorative accent).


Added to the Nail Glossary on November 10, 2016

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