Friday, April 16, 2010

ND5: Triple Scoop

When picking out the colors used for this nail design, the first thing that came to mind was Rainbow Sherbet Ice Cream. And what could be better than one scoop of three flavors mixed together? Why three separate scoops, of course!

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The colors used for this nail design (from left to right) were: Powerful Peach by Jessica, Sun Kissed by Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, and Green With Envy by Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear.

Step 1: Cut a thick strip of blue painter's tape that covers about one-third of your nail. Place the strip of tape diagonally across the nail, pressing down firmly. On each nail, paint the first color, immediately followed by the third color in the pattern, layering the colors on the nail in quick succession.

When done with the painting, quickly pull up the piece of tape in the same direction the piece of tape lies on the nail, following the angle the tape was placed in.

Step 2: Once Step 1 is dry, use two pieces of tape per nail to cover the edge of the top (first) and bottom (third) color, making sure to get as close to the edge where the middle color will be laid down, without leaving a gap.

Here is the final product, with top coat:

What do you think? Does this manicure/nail design make you think of ice cream? Or maybe it just screams "Spring"?

Thanks for looking. Bye for now.


  1. it looks delicious I want rainbow sherbet now.

  2. I did a similar mani without the tape. You're looks cleaner though. ;)

  3. I love the colors you picked!!

  4. Can I eat your nails?

    SO summery.


  5. I love your blog and this technique and the great fact that you explain how you do it. Thank you!

  6. @ANSTAH: These colors do look tasty together! I was thinking about Rainbow Sherbet the whole time I had this mani on. Alas, I never got the chance to pick some up, but I hope you did!

    @Skulda: Thank you. I do try to get clean edges with the tape (which is why I use painter's tape), but your design looks gorgeous anyways. Love the darker shades you used!

    @Crystaliciousss: Thank you! I wanted to center the mani around the colors.

    @Tierney: Thanks! I like them too!

    @Tiffani: Hah! Your comment made me laugh. Thanks for that. I was thinking of something summery for this nail design...and ice cream goes with summer (or any time really).

    @April: Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by to check out my nail designs.

    @Another Bottle of Polish: Thanks! That's kind of you to say!

    @Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes: Thank you, too! I just found your blog today, so I'm glad you stumbled upon mine as well!

  7. So pretty !!!I like your technique, I hope I can do it :)

  8. WOW that's a very pretty mani! You also have very beautiful cuticles too!

  9. It just amazes me how the blue tape doesn't stick to the polish?

  10. soooo cool :-)

  11. @nilgün: Thank you! I'm sure you'll be able to do it, too!

    @Juicy Nails: Thanks. :)

    @Musicalhouses: Why thank you! (I think I have horrendous cuticles, but thanks for the compliment. I'm glad they don't look too bad in photos!)

    Jackie S.: Hello again! If you look closely at the photo under Step 2, on the coral stripe of color on my middle finger (second from left) you can see a little patch that looks kind of rough? That's as bad as the blue tape gets if you let your polish dry, and a top clear coat takes care of that. But overall, I prefer blue tape because I haven't had it take off nail polish. (Congratulations on starting a blog, by the way!)

    Signe: Thank you. And thanks for the link - nice blog!

  12. Hi Cyan, thanks for following my blog. I've just added myself as a follower to yours too! I love how you use the painters tape to create all these beautiful nail art!

  13. Very pretty!
    great blog :)

  14. Omg don't make me hungry now! Looks really cute, you got a new follower :)

  15. Yummy yummy colors, thank god nail polish is not edible otherwise there colors are definitely for munching

    Excellent creativity, and superb manicure

  16. HI,new follower,and just found your blog recently. Could you tell me where to find the blue nail tape? I love your nail designs!

  17. I love this and the colors go so well together.

    If you get a chance, check out my blog. I would love some feedback.

  18. What kind of tape do you use for it? These nails looks great - so neat!
    my blog: :)

  19. I have to try this! I love these summery colors(;


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