When I saw an article on Liquid Palisade, painter’s tape for nails, I thought this product was made for me. I am by no means a nail artist. As much as I try to avoid my cuticles, I am happily surprised if my left hand comes out clean. And my right hand is pretty much a crapshoot. That’s why I don’t mind paying someone else to do it for me. But Liquid Palisade (available here) gave me hope that I could do it myself and save some money in the process.
Step 1: Paint a thick coat on and around your cuticles.
Step 2: Wait until the paint turns dark purple.
Step 3: Paint your nails with two coats (or more) of the color of your choice.
Step 4: Before your nails are completely dry, use a pair of tweezers to peel away Liquid Palisade.
Step 5: Clean away any excess paint around your nails with acetone and a brush.
The results were a bit of a disappointment. Yes, peeling away the latex was fun. But my nails were not nearly as clean as I thought they would be. Like I said, I am not an expert at applying polish and I certainly do not have a steady hand. But I thought that was the point of Liquid Palisade. I had a lot more cleaning up to do afterwards than I thought I would. I feel like I could do just as good a job without the latex border. Plus as I applied the latex around my cuticle, it kept clumping together. I think it just hardens that quickly.
If you want to create cool nail art like stripes or ombre designs that require a messy sponge, this may work for you. It would also be a good buy for those who already have a steady hand and are pros at painting their nails. But for the less coordinated, I say skip it.
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