Easy Nail Art Designs Using Tape

If you’ve been following nail trends lately, you’ve probably noticed lots of geometric nail art. If you’re wondering how they get perfectly crisp lines and flawless patterns, the execution probably involved something as simple as tape. There are many ways to make nail designs using tape, and here are some of the easy ones to make at home, so you don’t have to go to the salon!

Tips for Using Scotch Tape for Nail Art

Before proceeding to the nail art tutorials, here’s what you need to know first:

  • You don’t need to buy fancy nail tape for making nail art – just go to your crafts supplies and get some scotch tape, and you’ll be ready to go. The scotch tape makes a nice, straight outline so you can paint nail colors freely. You can also use craft scissors with designs to make other patterns in your nail art.
  • When using scotch tape, you have to wait for the base coat to completely dry before applying it to your nails and paint using another nail polish color. Or you can do a tape manicure on the second day. Just enjoy plain manicure on application, and make nail art the next day to make sure the base color won’t be ruined.
  • It’s also essential to take off some of the stickiness of the tape by putting it on the back of your hand – or any part of your body – so that it won’t peel the base coat when you remove it.
  • When applying tape as a guideline for painting nails, make sure you apply it firmly to the nails before painting so that there will be no gaps left. The polish of the second layer must not run underneath the tape.
  • For the second layer, it’s best to use a polish or color that would do the job in one coat.
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OPI Nail Polish Base Coat
Basecoat and topcoat
OPI Nail Polish Top Coat
Essie white nail polish
Eternal 5 Nail Polish
OPI Nail Polish Basecoat and topcoat
Gold/Silver Rolls Striping Tape Line Nail Art
Essie Black nail polish
Sally Hansen Mega Strength Gold nail polish
One Spangled Nail Art Basecoat and topcoat
Checkered Nail Art Basecoat and topcoat
Essie Nail Polish White
Essie Nail Polish Black
CANARY Kids Craft Scissors Scallop-edged craft scissors
Dotting Pen Tool Nail Art
OPI White Nail Polish
Lace Nail Art Basecoat and topcoat

 

Easy Nail Art Designs Using Tape

Two-tone Diagonal Nail Art

This is one of the easiest nail arts you can make using tape. With tape, you can make a simple yet strikingly impactful art on your nails. You can use two contrasting colors, two analogous hues, a neutral color (white, black, grays, or browns), and a more striking color or monochrome for a subtle effect. You can also play with textures and finishes, like, for instance, the same hue, but one has a matte finish, and the other is glittery.

What you need:

Directions:

  1. Start by applying a base coat.
  2. After your base completely dries, apply the first colorfully to the nails. Let dry.
  3. Apply tape along with the nail on your desired diagonal angle.
  4. Apply the other color to the exposed part of the nail.
  5. Remove the tape slowly while the nail paint is still wet. Let dry.
  6. Apply top coat to protect.

Two-tone Stripes

Wonder how people can make striped nail art on their own? They probably use tape! Try this nail art on one to two fingers as an accent for your manicure.

What you need:

Directions:

  1. Apply the base coat and let it dry.
  2. Apply the first colorfully to your nails, and let it dry completely.
  3. Cut up thin strips of scotch tape and apply it to your nails to form stripes. Whether it’s diagonal, horizontal, or vertical, the style is up to you. You can also play with the thickness of the stripes, or you can keep it the same width all throughout. Rub the tape hard to make sure it stays in place.
  4. Apply the second layer while the tape strips are still on.
  5. Carefully but quickly remove the tape strips to reveal the color underneath. Let it dry.
  6. Finish it off with a topcoat.

Colorful Geometric Manicure

If you want to make nail art that includes fun geometrical shapes, why not make your own nail stickers using scotch tape? You can cut perfect-line strips, triangles, and circles to have a fun geometric manicure. Do it for one or two fingers per hand as an accent to your otherwise plain white manicure!

What you need:

Directions:

  1. Apply a base coat to your nails and let them dry.
  2. Apply white nail polish on all of your nails. Use two to three thin coats to make sure the color is opaque enough to be your “blank canvas.” Let it dry completely.
  3. Apply the nail polish to the scotch tape that’s hanging by the sharp end of the tape dispenser. Use whatever color you want – mix and match colors if you want. Paint your first color along the width of the tape and make a rectangle. Keep a space before painting another part of the tape with a different color. Let it dry for 30 minutes.
  4. Cut strips, triangles, and circles from the painted tape strips. At this point, you must have at least a plan in your mind about the design you would like to make.
  5. Stick your cutouts immediately to your pre-polished nail to prevent dust and debris from sticking to the sticky side of the tape.
  6. Secure the nail art with a good top coat.

Golden Striped Nail

Sometimes, all you need is a touch of gold to make sure your nails are perfect for your next formal event. If you’re attending a traditional wedding, a gala, or a job interview – here’s a simple yet elegant-looking nail art to try.

What you need:

Directions:

  1. Apply a base coat and let it dry.
  2. Apply dark nail polish on your nails.
  3. Once the nail polish is dry, place a gold striping tape near the tip of the nail.
  4. Clip the excess tape off each side.
  5. Finish with a top coat to secure the tape.

One Spangled Nail Art

Make a spangled accent on one nail for easy nail art that adds a subtle touch of elegance to your nails.

What you need:

Directions:

  1. Apply a base coat and let it dry.
  2. Apply gold nail polish on your two ring fingers, and apply black for the rest. Let it dry completely.
  3. Cut very thin strips of scotch tape, then place it on the gold-colored nail. Start with one strip down the center, then place two strips diagonally on the right and left, and the other diagonal strips for the far left and far right. Make sure all the strips intersect at the base of the nail to form a spangle like a ray of sunshine.
  4. Rub the tape strips a little hard to make sure all strips are completely sticking to the nail.
  5. While the tapes are in place, polish with black top color.
  6. When you’re done, remove it immediately to reveal the gold lines underneath.
  7. Finish it off with a topcoat.

Checkered Nail Art

Checkers anyone? Treat yourself to a pretty fun and simple manicure that comes with a big impact! Use black or white and pair it with another color of your choice to make a striking checkered pattern.

What you need:

Directions:

  1. Apply a base coat.
  2. Paint your nails in white or black. Let it dry completely.
  3. Add two strips of scotch tape placed perpendicularly (one straight vertical placement and another straight horizontal placement) so that you will leave ¼ of your nail exposed.
  4. Paint the exposed part of the nail with the other colored nail polish. Pull the tape off carefully right away to reveal a solid square.
  5. Do steps no. 3-4 for the rest of your nails. Let the polish dry completely.
  6. Add two strips of tape again perpendicularly – but this time, cover the part you already painted to expose the opposite quarter part of the nail to make a checkered pattern.
  7. Repeat step no. 4 and let it dry.
  8. Finish it off with a topcoat.

Lace Nail Art

Here’s a design that deviates from your usual straight-lined, geometric designs. If you want delicate, feminine, and chic nail art, add some lace design to your nails!

What you need:

Directions:

  1. Apply a base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply your color nail polish.
  3. Once the colored polish has dried, cut a scotch tape using scallop-edged craft scissors.
  4. Place the tape to provide a scalloped pattern by the edge of the nails. You can do it diagonally by the third of your nail or at the tips – wherever you want to add the lacy edge.
  5. Paint the non-taped part with white nail polish. Remove the tape carefully while the paint is still wet.
  6. When the white polish is dry, use a dotting tool and your colored nail polish to make dots around and inside the curved areas of the “lace.” This is to make an illusion of holes in the “lace,” so don’t use another color for dotting.
  7. Let dry and finish off with a topcoat.