After spotting these gold striped nails on jewelry designer Anna Sheffield‘s Instagram, I knew I had to recreate it. All it took was a little bit of research online, where I discovered something called nail striping tape, which is the key to masking off the perfect geometric nail art and creating metallic lines without using polish. Have I been living under a rock?! The stuff is so easy to work with – just add top coat – and super cheap – about $2 for 10 rolls of multi-colored metallic tape that should last you a lifetime. This will be how I’ll be dressing up my nails this summer!

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You’ll need:

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Start with a clean manicure, free of any lotions on your nails. Find the beginning of the tape and align it with the very edge of the nail, just barely touching the cuticles.

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Snip the tape, leaving some slack. Continue making patterns on the rest of the nails. Use tweezers to help align the tape.

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Use nail clippers or cuticle clippers to cut the tape as close to the edge of the nail as possible. Press down the edges before adding a layer of top coat.

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Allow to dry.

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And there you have it – gold striped nails!

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(images by HonestlyWTF)