How to Get the Most Out of Nail Tape

If you’ve ever painted your own nails at home, then you know just how difficult it can be to make the polish look professional. Add a nail design into the mix, and things just get even harder, especially if you don’t have a steady hand or much artistic ability. Doing your nails at home is a great way to save money, but it can also be hard to make your nails look good. If you are struggling to do your nails, you need to try using nail tape to help you! 

Nail tape might just be the answer to your prayers because it can help with so many different aspects of doing your nails. In this article, we will talk about the different uses of nail tape, and why using press-on nails (like the ones from Clutch Nails) can make your life easier.

What is Nail Tape?

Nail tape is a special tape that is specifically used to assist with your nails, from design work to nail application. Different brands create nail tape and market it as tape that should only be used on your nails. 

But we will let you in on a little secret: you can use regular tape that you have lying around at home, and it will work just as well. With the exception of applying fake nails (you might try double-sided tape instead), the regular tape can work great for helping with nail designs and keeping your skin free from polish. 

What Are The Different Uses of Nail Tape?

As you’ll see in the next few paragraphs, there are quite a few uses for nail tape. It can pretty much be used in almost all aspects of doing your nails, from design to the application of fake nails. Before we dive into the three best and most important uses of nail tape, there’s one use to consider that you might not have thought of before. Nail tape can help keep your painting mess-free, and it can help make the nail painting process easier. 

Think of nail tape as a barrier for your nails. You can line the skin around your nail so that it’s covered. Then, just start painting! It will be much easier because you won’t have to worry about getting nail polish on your skin. Once the polish on your nails dries, simply remove the tape, and voila! A perfect manicure, with minimal work required. Now that you know one secret use, let’s take a look at some of the other things you can do with nail tape. 

Nail Art

Nail art is the most popular use for nail tape. People love to use tape to help create cool and unique designs that would be almost impossible to do by hand. The options are pretty much endless with what you can create, which means you can have a lot of fun with nail tape. 

People like using tape for color blocking and line work. For example, you can cover half your nail with tape and paint the exposed half one color, and then remove the tape and paint the other half another color. 

Nail tape can also help with a perfect French manicure design. Simply cover the tips of your nails with tape, and paint the exposed part of your nails with a light pink or tan color. Then, after the polish dries, you can paint the tips of your nails white. You can also apply tape on certain angles to create interesting linework on your nails, which can look really cool with different colors. You have a lot of options to choose from! 

Striping Tape

This is similar to using polish to create nail art, but it’s not exactly the same thing. Instead of being used to help create a design on your nails, striping tape is actually used in the design! This is a special type of tape that usually comes in metallic or fun colors, but you can find any color that you want. The options are pretty much endless when it comes to using this tape on your nails. You can really go wild with it and try different designs. 

Using striping tape is easy to do. You will just need scissors and tweezers to help with the application process. First, you will want to decide on your design. Typically, people like to do straight lines that create angles on their nails, but you can make the design as creative as you want. It also works great for stripes, creating a plaid pattern, or creating a French manicure look. 

Once you have the design figured out, simply take your scissors and cut the amount of tape you need. Then, get to work on your design, using the tweezers if necessary to help with the application and fixing the tape. When the design is on, smooth out the tape and press it down for a few seconds to make sure it sticks. After the tape is secured and you are happy with the layout, apply a clear top coat to seal everything in and prevent the tape from peeling off. 

Apply Fake Nails

We know what you’re thinking: don’t you use glue to apply fake nails? Yes, the most common way to apply fake nails is by using glue, which also helps to secure the nails the best. But what some people might not know is that you can actually use tape to apply your fake nails. It’s important to note that tape will not last as long as glue, and it will not be as secure. It is more common to have nails fall off when using tape instead. 

The two biggest benefits of using tape to apply your fake nails are that it’s good for temporary nails, and it is less damaging to your nails than glue. For example, if you have a Halloween costume or an event where you’re dressing up and want your nails to coordinate, the tape would be a great option for you. If you have a really crazy design that won’t match your everyday look, try using tape so that you can quickly remove your nails after the event. 

When applied and removed properly, glue is safe to use. But if you’re just looking to quickly try out a design, then the tape is the way to go for fake nail application. And if you’re someone who doesn’t remove their fake nails properly (like ripping off the nails instead of soaking them), then you should definitely consider using tape in order to prevent damage to your nails. When fake nails aren’t removed properly, it can cause breakage and cracking in your nails. 

After you figure out what technique works best for you, it’s time to get you some fake nails to work with. Clutch Nails makes the best press-on nails you can find. We have tons of styles, colors, and nail shapes for you to play with. 

If you want the look of using nail tape without actually having to do it yourself, try out our Feline Fine nails, which feature a black tip on a pale pink base. These long, square-shaped nails will look gorgeous. 


Tape might just be one of the most underrated tools for doing your nails. You can use it to create incredible designs when doing your nails at home or to actually apply your fake nails instead of using glue. And don’t forget to try out some striping tape to make the geometric designs of your dreams! Just a little tape goes a long way, and it can help with pretty much every aspect of doing your nails. 

Painting your nails at home (and doing designs) takes a lot of time and effort. If you want an easier way to have salon-quality nails at home, then you need to start using press-on nails from Clutch Nails. In only 10 minutes or so, you’ll be able to have flawless, straight-out-of-the-salon nails. We have designs for everyone, ranging from edgy and dark to pink and girly. There are multiple reasons why press-on nails are a better alternative to manicures.

They save you money because they are reusable and cost only a fraction of the price of a manicure. They also save you time because you don’t have to drive to and from your appointment, plus the time spent in the salon. And, they are way better for your nail health than acrylic and gel manicures. So, make things easier on yourself and save time and money by using press-ons instead! 


How to Use Striping Tape to Create Nail Designs | LoveToKnow

The secret to using tape in nail art | SheKnows 

Tips on using striping tape with Gelish/gel polish | Salon Geek 

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