I'm getting closer to catching up with everyone in the Nail Challenge Collaborative~ yay~
Today, I'm continuing with the second mani for the current challenge theme: pastels. I didn't really have something specific in mind, except for doing something that would involve striping tape. I have to admit that the mani didn't work out exactly like I had hoped, but I still liked it.
I started this mani with two coats of a sheer white polish by MNY, a discontinued brand. I didn't want it to be a stark white. Looking at it now, a stark white might have been better though. I let that dry over night, because I tend to be too impatient and ruin the base when applying the tape.
The next morning, I grabbed my favorite set of pastels - probably the first ever edition of polishes that I bought a whole set of - essence Blossoms etc. from spring 2011. My absolute favorite yellow polish was part of this collection and I'm soooo glad I bought a backup.
Before sponging those colors onto my nails, I applied the striping tape. That worked better then last time! The tape came of with ease and the taped lines were nice and crisp. I topped it with a generous coat of essence BTGN Top Sealer to smooth it out and make it shiny.
As you can see, the white underneath looks like a pastel itself. A stark white might have provided the better contrast here. But I'm not going to complain. This way, it's a subtle striping tape mani. To me it looks like a field of spring blossoms with a fence or something in front?
What do you think? What would you have done differently?
Thanks for reading!