Nail Tutorial: Better Than Revenge


It's funny how much my perceptions of love have changed since high school. When I was 16, I dated a senior boy. I thought he was the coolest person in the world, with his car, skateboard, and popular friends. He eventually left me for another girl. Though I was crushed at the time, I now see it as a blessing in disguise. In celebration of my teenage years, I present to you, a nail tutorial for 'Better Than Revenge' by Taylor Swift:

The following nail polish colors: dark purple or black, gold, gold glitter, and magenta glitter.
Tape -- I used blue painter's tape because it comes off the easiest... but any kind, except duct, should work.

Nail polish recommendations: 'Lincoln Park After Dark' by OPI, a gold polish from Forever 21, 'Only Gold For Me' by SEPHORA by OPI, and a magenta glitter from Forever 21

1. Paint your nails with a dark polish.
2. Once the dark polish is completely dry (this is important!), follow these instructions:

Pointer finger (diagonal design): Place a small piece of tape diagonally on to your nail so that it covers the bottom left part (pictured below). Press firmly on the tape, making sure it seals any part of your nail that you aren't going to paint (do this for each design that uses tape). Apply two coats of magenta glitter, let dry, and slowly peel off tape.

Thumb and ring finger (explosion design): Using a piece of tape that is about 1 inch in length, cut 3 spikes, side by side. 

TIP: Since, I experienced some difficulty in cutting out such a small design with my huge kitchen shears, I realized that the best way to go about this is to cut while having the handles of the scissors closest to you at all times (see diagram). Place the tape on to your nail (see below for an example of a spike stencil), with the spikes facing your cuticle. Apply 1-2 coats of gold polish, let dry and slowly peel off tape.

Middle finger (partial glitter): Using a gold glitter, apply one coat in the shape of an L on to your nail. 

Click here for the 'Sparks Fly' nail tutorial.


Girlie Blogger said...

A very creative way to sparkle. Good job hon!

Mugdha said...

Wow, these look fantastic!! I love how each nail is unique, but in-theme too. And actually, I feel like it's kind of Lady Gaga meets Taylor Swift almost, which is neat too!

Megan said...

Love the name of your blog :) Very cute! I like the way you did your nails, so creative! I feel like I'd mess up if I tried this though!! :D Have a great week

Bonnie said...

Mmmkay, I may be slightly obsessed with your nail art. It's simple, which is great, but it looks super damn adorable.
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

love these nails, so fierce!
xo TJ

Jennifer Delle Fave said...

Fantastic blog!! :)

smk053078 said...

My reply isn't wrking on my blog...yes, the shoes are Missoni from Target and I use the iPhone app called Frametastic for my photos. Hope that helps! Thanks for the follow! Cheers!


Kerri said...

Wow! Those nails are awesome! Great job!

meghan said...

Wow. These nails are amazing! They must take a little while.

And about your comment on my blog...yup! I love lululemon. I wish it wasn't so expensive, but I've got a few pieces from there recently.

aki! said...

Love it. I think it's your punk-est look yet. And I haven't worked with tape in so long!

Alena: Oh, Its Just Perfect! said...

These look fabulous although I don't think I'm talented enough to do this myself!

briannelee said...

Your nails look so cool! Love the designs.

PS. Don't miss my bracelet giveaway :)

Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

Those nails are bad ass.


Linda said...

Oh my word, these nails are AMAZING!
Beautiful and inspirational <3
I love them!

You have an amazing blog, I'm now following :)
If you'd like, could you check mine out?

♥ Heels Are My Drugs ♥ said...

great idea!

i'm your new follower dear, can you follow me back? :)

Lauryn Clemmer said...

your comment on the glitter phone case made me bust up laughing.
have a happy week :)
{love} lauryn @