Thursday, 31 May 2012

Laser (Disco, Moonbeam?) Nail Art Tutorial

Today I have a tutorial for the 'Strobe Lights' part of my Disco Mani from earlier in the week. I suppose you could also call them Lasers or Moonbeams. Ooh, I like Moonbeams - the Moonbeam Mani has kind of a ring to it, don't you think? Although I don't think Moonbeams come with a neon option! Can you tell I'm just typing as I think tonight?!


You Will Need

Laser Nail Art Tutorial from The Nailasaurus

Bright colours for the 'lasers'. I'm using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Brisk Blue.
Black nail polish. I use W7 Black.
Clear top coat that's fast drying. This one is Cult Nails Wicked Fast.
Striping tape which you can get on eBay or from online nail art supply stores.
Tweezers. These are optional but I find they come in handy at a few points in this technique.

The Fun Part!

Step 1
Paint on your bright base colour and make sure it is completely dry before moving on to the next step. I normally use a thin coat of quick drying top coat at this point to speed up the process. If your base coat isn't dry, it will peel off with striping tape later on.
You can stick with one colour for every nail or be a bit adventurous by mixing and matching!

Laser Nail Art Tutorial from The Nailasaurus


Step 2
Cut a few lengths of striping tape about twice the length of your nail and place them where you want your lasers to be. You can use tweezers for extra precision. Make sure the strips are stuck down right up to the edges of your nails so you get a crisp line. 

Laser Nail Art Tutorial from The Nailasaurus


Step 3
One nail at a time, paint your black polish all over your nail and move straight on to step 4.

Laser Nail Art Tutorial from The Nailasaurus


Step 4
While your black polish is still wet, carefully remove the striping tape one strip at a time. Use an up and backward motion - I hope I'm explaining this clearly enough but I'd describe it as pulling the tape back on itself. Basically, just pull it off in a straight line and you should be safe. This is a step where tweezers might come in handy for a bit of extra grip on the fiddly tape. We're nearly done!

Laser Nail Art Tutorial from The Nailasaurus


Finishing Up
Wait for your black polish to dry and add a top coat to smooth out any bumps and make your mani last longer. Don't be impatient like I was and apply your top coat too soon else you'll end up with smears.
To clean up around your cuticles, take a small paint brush and dip it in to acetone or nail polish remover before running it around your cuticles to remove any unwanted bits of polish and leave you with a crisp edge.

Laser Nail Art Tutorial from The Nailasaurus

Ta-Dah!
All finished! I want to see you all rocking this mani at every disco you attend henceforth!

Laser Nail Art Tutorial from The Nailasaurus

41 comments :

  1. Your tutorials are always so good, thank you! I need to get some striping tape soon son I can do this.

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  2. Ahh I need to get my hands on that striping tape, I really want to try this! Thanks for another great tutorial :D xoxo

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  3. I'm doing this as soon as my striping tape comes in the mail :D

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  4. gorgeousss! really need some striping tape

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  5. So cool, will try this soon:)

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  6. I am in love with this and need to try it this weekend. Thanks for another great tutorial!

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  7. This is nail art that even I can do! Haha I think this is a great way to wear a bunch of different neon colors :)

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  8. Awesome mani! Gonna see if polished, thinnly-cut tape will also work!

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  9. What a great and very helpful tutorial. Thank you! :)

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  10. I love this tutorial, thanks for posting it. I can't wait to try this look :)

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  11. Your manicures are always so neat! Looking gorgeous as always.

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  12. Another great tutorial, as always. Thanks for this!

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  13. These are wonderful! Thanks for posting!

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  14. Very neat and easy. Must try this.

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  15. I tried to do this but can't do it. I never have patience to cut the tap for all the nails :) You did it perfectly.

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  16. Love the tutorial! This would look great with a neon gradiant underneath. Must try!

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  17. I know what you mean about being impatient I do it all the time on my nails. Nice nails though!

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  18. Wonderful tutorial! It's nice to see a creative yet simple striping tape mani I can try out. As always your swatches and manis are perfect!

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  19. thank you... the one thing i need to get is tape..

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  20. absolutely gorgeous :) love all your tutorials

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  21. I loved it. Your tutoriais are Always great Thanks for sharing your knowledge :D

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  22. Where did you get your striping tape from? The only ones I can find are fancy metallic ones?

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  23. I would like to know that as well. Love the tutorial! Very detailed and clear pictures!

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  24. hello! can i know whr you get your striping tape and what is the width of it? I saw many are 0.1cm but yours does not seem like it. TIA ~

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  26. i really want to try this! first...i need patience lol

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  27. Just echoing the question about where you buy your striping tape. Looks awesome!

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  28. I love this! I've got my eye on some gold striping tape though...

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  29. So cool! I must buy some striping tape and try this mani. Thanks for the tutorial ;-)

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  30. Yes! I tried this look for school today and i got so many compliments.

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  31. Love this! would it still work with a semi bumpy glitter under the black?

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  32. It might not be as precise, but if you can't find striping tape you can always use plain tape. Just cut it into strips. I use tape for all kinds of different nail art. Works great.

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  33. That's so fab! I have fallen in love with this site! x

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