A little bit of sunshine in my hands – My Barry M Pick Me Up Nail Art (with scotch tape)

Today shall be a short post. Short but informative… I hope. I have been feeling a little blue this week. I don’t know if it’s the cold or the lack of sugar in my diet or what but ho hum, life goes on. Today I wanted to beat the blues so I thought it’s time to give myself some bright, happy nail art.

I started with my usual basecoat of Duri and two coats of Barry M’s Yellow 134. This polish is a bit streaky so you might need three coats but it’s a beautiful yellow that’s not neon or overly lurid so it’s fairly easy to wear.

After the polish has dried, get some scotch tape and with it still attached to the roll cut into the tape making uneven triangular slivers. Use small, sharp scissors and make sure to clean the tape shards off the scissors between snips.

Place the tape onto the nail and press down firmly to form a seal.

Paint a layer of your chosen contrasting colour – I went for Barry M’s Indigo 312 (though probably should have gone for the Cobalt for a brighter result) – all over the nail and don’t worry about how much you get on the tape. On layer will be sufficient for full opacity.

Immediately after painting, peel the scotch tape off carefully but confidently from the opposite edge you painted – so you’re peeling down the nail.

Repeat on all your nails and clean up any messy edges with polish remover.

You may need to fill in some spaces, which can be done free hand if you’re confident enough.

For my right hand I mixed it up a little and painted the cuticle/half moon edge instead.

This is the first time I’ve tried this and though it’s not perfect it’s worked pretty well. This would look great with a sky blue and grass green or any other contrasting colours.

I think I prefer the cuticle edge better but I can’t stop looking at either. And I just realised they look a bit like the old school Wolverine…

Will you give it a go?

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all the support and for reading and following. I’ll be doing more recipes, gift suggestions and of course beauty, plus everything else in the future and I’m hoping to add more videos… yeah… that’s right.


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15 thoughts on “A little bit of sunshine in my hands – My Barry M Pick Me Up Nail Art (with scotch tape)

  1. mskristiina says:

    That turned out really well! I tried something similar with tape and it ripped off all my polish. You’ve inspired me to try again!

    • Awesome! It’s really fun. I had a bit of snagging on the first nail I did but did a bit of a patch work job and that worked ok. I left my nails to dry a bit longer and it was fine after that. Can’t wait to see what you try!

  2. penguinspam says:

    This is so cool, love the colour combo as well! x

  3. I did a look similar to this for Halloween, with orange base and black for hair, but I did mine free-hand and I can imagine that this is SO much easier haha, because it became fiddly especially when doing the right hand. Can’t believe I never thought to do it using tape, because I also do my nails with tape 🙂 Ah well, definitely gonna give this a try!!

    Love the colours together too.

  4. […] love this colour and if I am feeling brave I might give this nail art a go that was featured on Thoughts in Little Boxes with the bright orange Ciate nail polish I received in my July […]

  5. Laura says:

    That’s great! I must try it! 🙂

  6. Juliet says:

    This is a really good idea… I love the idea of making a lightning bolt shape with tape! x

  7. xo says:

    Wow I love that effect! I have that yellow polish and I find it makes my hands look a bit grey and sick haha, but I think doing something like this would make it more wearable for me!

  8. hazyindublin says:

    That’s a great idea, will definitely try this at Hallowe’en with red and black 😀

  9. Skin Scrubs says:

    This is gorgeous! I bet it would look great with yellow/red, yellow/black all sorts of different combos!

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