Mani Upgrade with Geometric Glitter

Remember my manicure from my last post? It was a beautiful nude color from Julep called Lynne. I loved it, but it was time for some sparkle. I knew I wanted to use another color from my July Julep Maven Box called Yumi, so I ran a short poll on my Facebook page to determine what style I should do. The winning trend was geometric glitter, and I was excited to try it out. I’ve done a few other geometric styles, but I hadn’t tried it out with glitter before. It turns out to be just as easy, and it looks super fun!

 To get a geometric look, all you need is scotch tape and scissors! Simply cut small strips of scotch tape in any shape you want and place it on a completely dry manicure. You can do any design you want- stripes, diagonal lines, chevrons, etc. I like to do a different shape on each nail. Once the tape is on your nail, make sure it is pressed down so that no polish will leak through. Then, paint right over the tape with your new color. Make sure to take off the tape before the polish dries! For my mani, I used three coats of Julep’s Yumi. It is a beautiful, multi-dimensional glitter in a light pink base. It is very sheer so it is perfect for layering. It is also opalescent, so the colors shine in the light. It looks perfect with Lynne!

Above is a photo of my finished product! Notice how I used all different geometric shapes. I love this look! It is perfect for a mani upgrade because your nails will be already dry, plus you can cover up any imperfections with the new color. People will also be impressed with your nails, even though you know all you used was scotch tape. Have you tried out this trick yet? What colors did you use?

Macro shot of my thumb. Don’t you love this design & color combo?

P.S. Don’t forget you can join Julep Maven HERE! Enter code COLOR2012 to get your first box for one penny.


  1. beautifullyrandomlife says:

    The upgraded mani looks great!
    I’ve been using the scotch tape method for a while now and it works so well. Without it, my nails would be a mess because I usually do manicures like this.

  2. Evani G says:

    Love the swirls you created! I cannnnot get the scotch tape thing to work for me, maybe I need better tape? I like the color combo!

    • Adventures in Polishland says:

      Hmm… Here are some things I’m thinking. Are your nails 100% dry before you put the tape on? Do you make sure the tape has no air bubbles and it secured well so no polish leaks underneath it? Do you take the tape off before the second color of polish dries? This might help you, but let me know if you have other questions!

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