Recently when browsing Born Pretty Store, I saw that they now offered chevron striping tape. I’m a huge fan of chevron nail styles, so I went ahead and picked up a roll to try out. This is the first mani I’ve use them on!
I started off this simple design with two coats of Color Club – Angel Kiss. I topped all of my nails with a coat of Seche Vite and allowed it to dry completely. Nothing is worse than pulling striping tape or a vinyl off and taking part of your manicure with it, so this is an important step.
Next, I cut nail length strips of the striping tape for each nail. Unlike traditional striping tape, the chevrons are on a backing. You can either peel the chevron sticker from the center and use it alone, or you can place the strip and remove the chevron center if you want to paint on the chevron. I used the former method because I wanted my base to show through. Getting the chevron off the backing is a bit tricky because they are pretty small. I did have to use tweezers.
Like striping tape, the chevron was sticky and also very flexible, which is very helpful for laying the shape down flat on curvy nails, which I really liked. I had to readjust a couple of them slightly for better placement and they still had great sticking power.
Once I had all of my chevrons placed I worked nail by nail. I started with my pinky and painted two coats of My True Love Creations – Foresta Lumina. I immediately removed the chevron tape with a pair of tweezers while the paint was still wet so that any pulling would be minimized. I then continued on and did each nail in the same manner. Once all of my nails were done, I topped them with one more coat of Seche Vite.
Here is an oops! I forgot to paint my tips with the Foresta Lumina 🙂
- Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
- Color Club – Angel Kiss
- My True Love Creations – Foresta Lumina
- Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
I found the tape to be a little bit harder to work with than vinyls as far as removing it from the backing, but getting good placement was a lot easier because it lays down more smoothly. You get a ton on a roll, so it is certainly a very affordable option if you like doing vinyls and I do have plans to use them again!