Here you can find an overview of all the tutorial posts I've done so far. You can click on a design to view the full tutorial. Also I would love to see your attempt on my designs, so feel free to leave a link to your creation in the comment section of the tutorial.

General tips:
  • For your base color you can use any polish you like, however one-coaters take less time to dry (which is especially convenient with tutorials for tape manis).
  • Your layering color can be either a one- or two-coater. Because you've already applied a base color, most polishes that usually take several coats to cover now will do with one thicker coat to cover.
  • It's not always necessary to start all over if you've messed up a design, often a little touch-up with a nailart brush can solve the problem.
  • If you want to use a matt topcoat, use a regular one underneath. My experience with matt topcoats is that they smudge a design very easily, even when it's completely dry. Applying a normal topcoat first can prevent that.
  • If you feel like a design is too much work or too time-consuming for a full mani, why not use it for an accent nail or two?

Tips for tape manis:
  • For my tape manis, all I use is regular stationery tape. But you might prefer something else, so just experiment with different sorts of tape to figure out what works best for you.
  • You might want to keep the cut strips somewhere other than the edge of your desk/table, to prevent them from getting stuck to the surface while you're busy. You do not want to have to peel them off with your freshly painted claws!
  • Apply your basecolor a day before to save some time. That way you can start taping your nails right away without worrying if they're dry enough.
  • Apply your layering color in one thin but opaque coat, this will create crisper lines.
  • When you're removing the tape strips, try to remove them individually, if you can, because most of the time your design will come out neater this way.
  • Using tweezers to remove the tape strips can prevent your freshly painted nails from getting smudged.
  • Moisturize your cuticles after you're done with your mani, because pulling tape off your skin so many times can really dry it out.

And above all: have fun and practice makes perfect ;)