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Cute Nail Designs | Easy Nail Tape Art

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Want to try easy and cute nail design? Look no further – Nail tape is about to be your new BFF. In this tutorial, we’ll use nail tape to create a fishnet design. This metallic silver nail tape with a mint green nail polish combo screams mermaid, which is perfect for summer. Read below on how to turn your dull digits to into a mermaid mani!

How to Do Nail Designs Using Nail Tape:

Add a touch of sparkle to your normal nail polish routine with this nail tape tutorial.

Supplies Needed for This Nail Tape Art Tutorial:

  • Pastel polish of your choosing
  • Glitter top coat
  • Nail polish remover (hey, we all make mistakes)
  • Cotton balls or pads
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Metallic nail tape
  • Tweezers
You will need all of these supplies and digits to doodle on.
You will need all of these supplies and digits to doodle on.

Instructions for Cute Nail Tape Art | Tutorial

Step 1: Apply Pastel Base Polish

Prep your nails by washing your hands and cleaning off any polish you may have on already. Now that you’re squeaky clean, lets start painting these mini canvases.

Cover your nails with the pastel polish of your choice. I find that starting in the center of the nail and painting long vertical stokes covers the nails more evenly and helps with drying time. Let your nails dry before applying the glitter polish top coat.

Begin with the base coat
First, Begin with the base coat.

Step 2: Apply Glitter Top coat

Time to shine! Total déjà vu here; repeat step two with your glitter top coat. Allow dry time before continuing on to next step. Patience is a virtue!

After base polish dries, add glitter to enhance nails.

Step 3: Cut Nail Tape Strip and Apply to Ring Finger Nail

After your top coat as dried, set up for the nail tape detail. Here’s a tip – a regular scotch tape dispenser is a wonderful way to keep your nail tapes organized. How perfect is that?

Re-use an old tape dispenser to hold nail tape.
Nail design tip:  Re-use an old tape dispenser to hold nail tape.

First, cut off a strip of the tape longer than your nail actually is. The first line we make is the most important, as this design is all about symmetry. Start by laying the tape diagonally across the nail with your tweezers. This may take you a couple tries, which is why we want the polish completely dry before starting this step.

Cut strips of nail tape.
lay nail tape diagonally across the center of the nail


Step 4: Add More Nail Tape Stripes to Nail

Repeat the diagonal nail tape design above and below the first strip, all going in the same direction. If you want smaller fishnet details, space the lines closer together. I used three stripes, feel free to use as many as you like! Get creative!

Add more tape strips to complete the look.

Step 5: Create a Criss·Cross Effect with Nail Tape

Move on over to the right side of the nail. Repeat steps four and five. Remember to line up your tape from right to left diagonal. I used the tape as an accent design, however this design would look rad on two, three or even all five nails!

Repeat the diagonal tape stripping on the opposite side of the nail.
Complete nail tape design on both ring fingers.

Step 6: Cut Off Unwanted Nail Tape

Okay, now to discuss this hot nail tape mess we have. Clean up the nail but using your cuticle scissors to cut away any unwanted tape. Use your tweezers to remove the left over pieces. I also used the tweezers to press down the edges of the tape – gotta make sure this art isn’t going anywhere!

Smaller scissors work best for detail work.
lay tape diagonally across the center of the nail
lay nail tape diagonally across the center of the nail

Ta-da! The only thing left to do now is grab your swim suit and head to the beach, little miss mermaid! Want even more nail designs and nail art ideas? Swim around our site for more fun and easy beauty tutorials.

All Finished! Enjoy this easy and cute nail design!

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