Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Laser Tape Gradient

Good afternoon! Today I'm sharing a quick little post of a laser tape gradient manicure that I did this weekend. This look is inspired by a manicure that The Nail Polish Challenge did for the Cool vs. Warm nail art contest. Hers is lovely in shades of blue, be sure to stop by The Nail Polish Challenge and check it out!


I started with a white base -- OPI Alpine Snow, to be exact! Then, I added a coat of Seche Vite to speed up the dry time.

I took pieces of striping tape and placed them over my nails in random patterns. Then, I made a gradient of American Apparel Office, American Apparel L'Esprit, and Zoya Audrina and sponged it on top of the tape. When I removed the tape, this was left! Pretty simple, really!


I wasn't sure about putting such a highly pigmented shade of pink with the two pastel colors, but I actually really loved the way it turned out.


I made an American Apparel polish purchase a week or two ago, and have been really impressed with the quality of their polish. I only owned one before and hadn't used it much in nail art. The formulas are thick but not clumpy... think "rich" instead! I've used L'Esprit the most so far (the purple in the middle) and can tell you that it's a lovely one coater with great control.


Special thanks goes to @hillarykozuch on Instagram for Zoya Audrina, which I won as part of a prize package in one of her contests. :)


Hope you guys are having a nice Tuesday! Thanks for reading! <3
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41 comments

  1. "Pretty Simple" to you is "Impossible" to me:) Looks beautiful!

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  2. so pretty, looks great with the pink tips :)

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  3. this is gooorrrge. i've thought about doing something like this before but gradients still frighten me for some reason haha. i too am quite taken with the rich pink combined with the pastels. nice one bro!

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  4. This looks great ! I'm currently thinking of doing an inverted gradient laser mani, so gradient first then tape and go over with white... soon...

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  5. SO pretty!! Love the tape and gradient together :)

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  6. Gorgeous! I love the combination of colors you used for this gradient. I can't believe I still haven't purchased any striping tape!

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  7. This looks amazing! The pink gives it that extra umph! I love AA cremes personally, they're my favorite and usually one coaters. Their others, like metallics and stuff are ok.

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  8. Color combination is AMAZING.
    Xo, http://missycosmeticos.blogspot.com.br

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  9. This is beautiful! I love seeing these manicures even though I doubt I could pull it off.

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  10. this looks absolutely wicked! Perfect Gradient. Love love LOVE!!

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  11. Amazing! How are you so perfect at manicures?! Haha ;-)

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  12. Very pretty! Love everything about it!

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  13. Excellent call with the bright pink! It's still smoothly blended with the rest of the pretty gradient, but especially with the white lines left by the tape, it gives the tips a little something extra and awesome. :D

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  14. Love the colours you chose for this mani :D

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  15. They remind me of ballet slippers the way the lines are formed :) Very beautiful

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  16. Love these, so retty i love the effect and the color choice! Excellent job. :)

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  17. Oi Sarah!
    Olha eu de novo babando nas suas criações lindas!
    Estou participando de um desafio e a próxima mani é usar a cor rosa. estava em dúvida mas já sei, vou fazer gradiente :D
    E seu blog ficou lindo dessa cor. Será definitivo ou apenas para o outubro rosa?
    Beijos, diretamente do Brasil ;)
    http://ficadikmabe.blogspot.com.br/

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  18. The colors transfer so softly into each other, very pretty!

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  19. This is so perfectly beautiful! The colors you chose are exquisite and they blended in so well.

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  20. Gorgeous Nails!

    Dont seem simple at all.



    >>Doing a jewelry giveaway on my blog. Check it out!<<
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  21. Great colours. I will have to try this.

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  22. It turned out awesome! I would LOVE to see your blog "rejects"! :D Love that pink too, btw!

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  23. This is so pretty. I have a mani in my photo folder using this technique it is scheduled to post on Friday. Do you mind if I let it post? I would hate people to think I am a copy cat.

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  24. i never thought to combine tape nails with gradient, i have to try this!

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  25. how did u do that i think its neat

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