Summer Fun Tape Mani

KBShimmer 24 Carrot Bold and Grayscale

Hello Everyone!  This is Crystal from Crystal’s Crazy Combos! I’m beyond excited to be guest hosting here on KBShimmer’s Blog!  Thank you to Jason and Christy Rose for having me here.  I thought it fitting to have a fun combo (like my blog name) featuring two of the upcoming polishes of the Summer 2013 Collection that release on 6/1/13.  The collection will also be reviewed on my blog soon!

Tape manis have always been so much fun for me!  I enjoy pairing a couple polishes, getting a fun look!  Today, I started with two coats of KBShimmer 24 Carrot Bold.  This picture was taken in my light box.

This is a bright neon orange with gold flecks in it.  It is a matte polish and applied perfectly!  The name is so cute too, making this a great polish to have for summer!  I have seen a lot of orange this summer, so I think that is going to be a popular color to wear.  This next picture is taken outdoors.

Close up.

 

 

I then added KBShimmer’s Clearly on Top top coat to 24 Carrot Bold.  I have found this to be one of the best top coats around!  I still love Wicked Fast by Cult Nails, but Clearly on Top is thicker and smooths out glitter better.  Seche Vite is a popular top coat too, but Clearly on Top doesn’t cause shrinkage and stays on a lot better for me.  I highly recommend it, plus the drying time is unbelievably fast.  Clearly on Top is perfect for tape manis, so you don’t have to wait as long to tape off.  This photo is in my light box.

This photo of 24 Carrot Bold was taken in the shade outside.

Close up.

I use scotch tape for my tape manis.  Any tape should work, and any kind, but I prefer the matte, clear finish.  I feel like it’s not as sticky, and I can still see it on the nail.

I usually use a decent size piece, enough to cover the nail diagonally.

I then apply the tape to my hand.  Yes, a little silly, but it helps remove the tackiness of the tape, so you’re not as likely to pull up the dry polish.

It should look similar to this.

It’s important to make sure your mani is dry, probably about 20 minutes if using Clearly on Top by KBShimmer.  Of course, the longer you wait, there is less of a chance for
smudges! If you are going to do a tape mani after wearing the polish for a day
or two, I recommend reapplying the top coat to prevent the tape from pulling
any of the original color with it!

 

The reason I like clear tape is because you can make sure the edges are flat against the nail.  I do each nail individually with tape, then apply the polish. Once applied, I remove the tape and move the next nail.

I’ve added Grayscale for the glitter over 24 Carrot Bold!  Here it is without a top coat.  You can slightly see the line of clear in the base of Grayscale.

I added a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to seal in the glitter.  I love this combo!  Both 24 Carrot Bold and Grayscale will be reviewed on my blog soon!

Close ups!

 

For fun, I added a coat of Wax That by Cult Nails to bring it back to all being matte!  This is in the sun.

And in the shade!  Love this!

Close up!

I hope you enjoyed this look at how to do a fun Summer tape mani using the new KBShimmer Summer Collection polishes!

Again, you can find me at http://crystalscrazycombos.blogspot.com/!

Have a great day!

Much Love,
Crystal

 

*The KBShimmer polishes were sent to me for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.*

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