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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spider-mani: The Metallics

Hey guys! Remember how I showed a nail art look yesterday inspired by and using the OPI Vintage Minnie Mouse collection? Well today, I have a tape mani that uses some of the colors from the OPI The Amazing Spider-man collection!

For this harlequin-inspired tape manicure, I chose to use the metallics in the collection.


I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. It is a nice color, very faintly grey, which keeps it from looking too much like you painted your nails with a bottle of white out (junior high, anyone?). I needed two coats for opacity, & it wasn't streaky, which is nice (and rare) quality in a white-type polish. Then, to speed the process, I added a coat of fast dry topcoat to set the base.

Then, I took striping tape, which you can find on eBay, and made an "X" on my nail. Using the three metallics, I carefully painted each one in a section and left the top section of the X blank. I removed the striping tape, and these lovely diamonds were left behind!


Let's take a closer look at the colors!

OPI Number One Nemesis is a sparkly grey little number with lots and lots of different bits in it. It is quite beautiful, I think. It can look green at times and my favorite part is the tiny gold flecks. I used two coats of the color for the density you see here.

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard is the green-gold duochrome color you see closest to my cuticle area. Duochromes are one of my favorite polish finishes... I just want to know the science behind them! I used two thin coats of JSTL for this look. Be careful with this one; while it is gorgeous like molten metal, it can definitely get a bit brushstrokey, more so than almost any of the other colors in this collection.


OPI Into the Night is a metallic blue. It is sheer, so you will need to build up a few coats if you want to wear it on its own. I personally had to use two coats for the coverage you see on this manicure. Into the Night is one of my favorites in this collection. I thought it would be brushstroke-prone, but it's surprisingly easy to work with.


A couple notes about this manicure. Striping tape is super skinny, so you have to be really careful that you don't paint over it into another section of your "X." OPI's ProWide brushes can be a bit difficult to control in this case, so all you have to do to fix that is turn the brush on it's side and use the corner.

I also want to mention that you want to get almost all of the polish off your brush before you go to paint your sections. If you leave too much on there, it can drip onto the nail, flood, and mess up your pieces.


I hope that you guys have enjoyed this harlequin-style manicure with the Spider-man metallics! Keep your eyes open for my two other OPI Spider-manicures in the future, where you'll get to see the colors that weren't used here!

This collection will be available in May and will retail for $8.50 per bottle.

Product samples provided to me by OPI.

53 comments:

  1. LURVE this!!!!! Got my stripping tape in the mail today. Can't wait to try it :D thanks Sarah.

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  2. YESSSS! Looks great!!! Isn't striping tape great?

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  3. OOoooh what an amazing name:"Spider-Mani" LOVE IT! X

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  4. Hi I'm your newest follower. Luveeeee what you did here. Up i go lurking your blog

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  5. this is so pretty! i love it! and will definitely try it out!

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  6. That is insanely pretty! I love how colourful and subdued it is at the same time. :)

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  7. It looks so great. I love the color combination.

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  8. WOW!!! This is SOOOOOOOOOO beautiful!!!
    I LIKE! I LIKE! I LIKE!!!

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  9. I love this! The colors, the design, everything!

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  10. I love it, this looks so great! good job! :)

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  11. Amazing! I love your nail art!

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  12. love it - how are you always soooooo neat!!! annoying. But good. Annoying, but i loves you xxx

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  13. If Marvel heros had manis, they would look like this. Badass.

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  14. This is fantastic! I can't wait to get these colors!

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  15. You come up with the most creative designs ^-^

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  16. OMGoodness, this is so fabulous!! Your work is really amazing, you are so talented!!

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  17. Pretty!! I just ordered a striping tape and I'm so glad!

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  18. Beautiful! A great design idea, too!

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  19. That's amazing! Those colours work really well together!

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  20. love it!
    I had white nails for a day or so last week, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them yet. And I totally thought of when it was 'cool' to paint your nails with white-out! haha

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  21. I really like this, and it seems simple enough to accomplish! I'm already thinking of all the color combinations I can do...

    Where do you get your striping tape from?

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  22. such a pretty way to wear white poilish!

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  23. LOVE! Harlequin anything makes me happy :)

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  24. This is simple but stunning! All the reviews I've read about My Boyfriend Scales Walls tells me I need it. A two coater white (or almost white) is something I definitely need!

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  25. Your design and colour choices were great. I've only started using striping tape and I tried this mani.
    Ended up looking more like an argyle sock design because I didn't check my colours first but still nice nonetheless.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. Thank you so much for that design!
    I had those colors so I decided to try it and it does look so so good!

    Thanks again, and thank you for all your great post!

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