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.