Good morning! I am really pleased with the manicure that I am featuring today. I had been wearing butter LONDON Lady Muck for about a day or so and wanted to jazz it up a bit without getting rid of the color entirely. So I channeled Nailside and did a tape manicure!
This manicure is really eye catching. My boyfriend described it as "designery" and I can see where he is coming from. It's surprisingly easy if you have the right supplies! Keep on reading for the info. Swatch shots of Lady Muck can be found at the end of the post as well.
As with any tape manicure, you want to start by painting your nails a base color. I obviously used Lady Muck. Your nails must be completely dry before going on to the next step! If you don't want to wait a day or so like I did, you can use a quick dry topcoat like Seche Vite and give it a few minutes to set before continuing.
Next, you want to take striping tape and tape off random sections of your nails. Striping tape can be bought on eBay for ridiculously low prices -- as long as you don't mind waiting a few weeks for it to be delivered from China. I think when I got mine it was 10 rolls for $1, but it took a month or so to get here.
Here's a photo of what my nails looked like after I taped them off.
Then, you just need to paint over the nail completely with your second color. My second color is OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI? from the Holland collection. Slowly peel off the striping tape and you will be left with lines in the color of your base!
The hardest part about this manicure was peeling off the striping tape, and that wasn't even that difficult. It just got a little problematic when I couldn't remember which striper lines were on top of one another. I'd be peeling off a piece of tape, and it would get caught underneath another piece of tape that I had applied after it.
It was simple enough to work around, though; you just need to stop peeling a piece when it gets caught (leave it halfway peeled) and come back to remove it once the tape above it has been removed.
I've also got swatch photos of BL Lady Muck for you. It's a beautiful color, sort of a dusty blue gray with a very very fine silver shimmer.
As with the last butter LONDON I tried, the formula was excellent, and only required two coats. It went on very smoothly and cleanly. I didn't have to do any cleanup on this manicure, which is always quite nice. :)
I also had the chance to try the butter LONDON Nail Foundation base and Hardwear topcoat combination. As for the base, I haven't had any problems with chipping yet, though it's only been about two days so it's hard to say for now. It has a beigey color to it that is more opaque than other bases that I've used, and it dries semi-matte. The polish applied nicely over it. The topcoat was nice, too. It's billed as a quick dry, and while it's not as fast as Seche Vite, it was still surprisingly speedy. It also gives a really high gloss finish.
butter LONDON lacquers retail for $14 and can be purchased at butterlondon.com, or in high end retailers like Ulta, Dillards, and Nordstrom. Check their website for locations.
The butter LONDON products in this post were sent to me for review.