The Tape Trick by TBD

After I did my recent half moon mani, The Beauty Department posted this. I am pretty sure I don't wait too long to pull the tape but maybe I do. Next time I'm going to do one finger at a time and pull it off right after painting.

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess
We get so many emails + comments regarding the tape mani. I’ve heard that many of you have trouble peeling the tape back without messing the mani. So here’s the simple trick!

  1. Paint your base coat and let it dry for a full hour. Remember– you never want to make the base coat too thick because the thicker it is, the longer it takes to dry.
  2. Take a piece of tape and blot the sticky side on your fingers and on the palm of your hand. When you do that, the oils from your hands stick to the tape making it significantly less sticky and easier to peel off the base coat.
  3. Paint your nail, wait about one minute and then peel. Personally I don’t like the polish to dry too much before I peel because it gets “stringy” when you peel it. On the other hand, you don’t want to do it right away because if it’s too fresh, it can run.
Another option is to use painter’s tape. It’s designed to be less stick and to not peel off the paint that you stick it to. This is just a DIY option! Good luck ladybugs!



  1. I like the black on black!

    1. I really like the silver one! I might have to try that soon :)


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