DIY Gold Striped Nails

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)

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46 Comments

  1. Mira wrote:

    Omg it looks so stunning. I can’t wait to try this 😀

    xx Mira

    http://www.glamdevils.com

    5.27.14
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  2. Elisa wrote:

    I really love them!! Great DIY!!! *_*

    Elisa x
    My Fantabulous World

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  3. Lauren wrote:

    I’ve got some striping tape but I can never get it to stick very well, this looks great need to try again
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

    5.27.14
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  4. Rachelle wrote:

    So cute and easy, love this one.

    xo
    PinkSole

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  5. Elle wrote:

    so cute, and it would look awesome with white polish, I’m gonna give this a try pretty soon.

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  6. Andrea wrote:

    Love this DIY <3 so cute!

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  7. Maggie wrote:

    I can’t believe how simple this is! And it couldn’t be more chic!

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  8. Oh wow this is way beyond perfect. Definitely going to be doing this.

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  9. I love this, a real lot!!! So good!

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  10. Denisa wrote:

    Great idea.. I like it. xa

    http://www.fashiondenis.com

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  11. Jasmine wrote:

    Does anyone know if this works on gel nails?

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  12. Love the nails <3

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  13. This is so pretty! And something I could definitely do… Thank you for the idea! x

    5.28.14
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  14. christy wrote:

    These are soo beautiful.

    http://christycee.blogspot.ca/

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  15. This is uber cute!!

    6.2.14
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  16. Gina wrote:

    Where can you buy the metallic tape?

    6.7.14
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  17. Obsessed. Have been looking for a great tutorial on how to do these. Thanks for the tips!

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  18. Dee wrote:

    Wow, I love this! Definitely going to give it a try.

    -Dee from http://www.daundra.com

    6.12.14
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  19. Helen wrote:

    I tried this last night and the gold tape is already coming off — any tips on how to make it last and look good?

    6.26.14
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    • Erica wrote:

      @Helen did you put top coat over the tape? If you did and the tape is coming off, you might want to try an extra coat of clear top coat. Also maybe try trimming the tape just a hair before the tip of the nail so the tape doesn’t snag and peel away. Hope that helps!

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  20. Very sweety ^_^

    7.15.14
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  21. Geraldine wrote:
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  22. Maisy wrote:

    Can’t wait to try these, they look so so pretty! :).

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  23. Jasmin wrote:

    I always love to make my nails look gorgeous. Recently bought a Nail Art Rhinestone Pack http://www.trend-labs.com/i/B005C1C02S and it gave my nails the most gorgeous look ever 🙂

    10.3.14
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  24. zen wrote:

    The tape brings me right back to my childhood! Should totally do a DIY tutorial based on stuff we played with in our childhood for hapinesswherever.wordpress.com Love this tut!

    10.10.14
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  25. Sarah wrote:

    Hi! love these! what color was your base coat/manicure? love it! and how many coats?

    11.11.14
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  26. Stephanie D wrote:

    So cute!!!

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  27. Marie wrote:

    I wonder if you could use this application on the eyelids not directly along to line them but maybe just across? Looks so pretty on the nails =] http://www.mingleandmansome.com

    7.8.15
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