I have to give a shout-out to my my daughter. She hated my first attempt at a GLAM mani (it was red and hot pink). She steered me in a different direction. I used Morgan Taylor Night Owl, a super vampy purple creme, and It's My Party, a complex mix of fine and small glitters in a load of colors. I think I see light pink, magenta, gold, green, blue and teal. The overall look is a rose gold. It's really beautiful. [Morgan Taylor images]
This was really simple using tape. I started with a base of Night Owl (two coats). Next I taped off and polished a large triangle at the cuticle with It's My Party. I was going to stop there, but decided to keep going...so I taped off a second, smaller triangle inside the first and polished it with Night Owl. I used Morgan Taylor Need for Speed topcoat and tried to be patient between steps. Had I known I would end up here...I would have started with a glitter base and taped off a wide "V" shape, then polished over the whole nail in Night Owl. My accent finger is two coats of It's My Party over Night Owl. Great coverage with that glitter!
Tips for Making it Perfect
A high resolution digital photo isn't very forgiving...so being ultra-meticulous definitely isn't necessary. But if you're OCD about your tape manis like me, here are some tips:
- PRE-CRISS-CROSS THE TAPE: Normally, I tape off one side of a triangle and then the other. But with a dark base and clear tape, sometimes it's hard to get it centered and even. In this case, I just couldn't get it right, so I criss-crossed the tape before I put it on the nail. It was easier to center that way.
- SCOOT THE GLITTER: A glitter tape mani is tough. Any individual glitters that span across the tape and the nail are pulled up when the tape is removed, leaving an uneven edge. To fix it, I use an orangewood stick or a nail from my other hand to "scoot" the glitter into a straight line.
- FILL IN NAKED SPOTS: Getting the tape off quickly is important, so there isn't time for multiple coats of glitter - which can mean bare spots. After I removed the tape, I used a teeny nail art brush to fill in any naked spots and clean up any jagged lines. Yes this means placing individual glitters. I'm crazy, I know.
- TOPCOAT AND MORE TOPCOAT: I always use multiple coats of topcoat at the end of a tape mani. This smooths out the uneven surface. I hold my nails up to the light and add topcoat until the light reflection is straight (not disjointed). Usually it takes two coats, but sometimes three or four. In this case I used three.
My first exposure to Morgan Taylor was at Cosmoprof North America 2013. (I even met Morgan and Taylor!) I've always been struck by how sophisticated the line is...from the beautiful bottles to the refined colors. Don't get me wrong, it still includes plenty of fun, trendy shades and glitters too (see the latest collection here)...yet it all looks so cohesive and high end.
Morgan Taylor was previously only available to pros; but now anyone can buy them online from Loxa Beauty. Polishes retail for $8.50 each. Learn more at morgantaylorlacquer.com and follow Morgan Taylor on Facebook and Twitter for news and promotions.
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