Opinion – Let’s talk about Liquid Nail Tape

It’s something I see more and more cropping up on my newsfeed. On Facebook, on Instagram there are numerous posts of people getting totally excited over this new product.

If you’ve not heard of it before, it’s a product that you can use to either paint on the skin around your nails before doing sponging nail art or create nail designs. Once it’s dry and you’ve done your art can just peel it off your skin/nails.
I’ve seen these products range in price from £6.50 to £14.50 for 30ml.

Sounds amazing right? No need for using tape all over your fingers. So what is it made of? PVA glue. No, I am not kidding you.  It’s this stuff!

Known as Craft glue, Artist’s masking tape, Elmer’s glue. That’s what’s in these products. Okay so some of them are dyed but this is essentially what you’re playing for. The stuff you used to paint on the back of your hands as a kid and wait until it was dry so you could peel it off.

This stuff is cheap. You can get a whole litre for less than a fiver and even the cheapest version of liquid nail tape I can find has an over a 200% mark up. That’s right you’re paying a 200% mark up for PVA glue, which is most likely also slightly watered down.

So the alternative is to create your own. I used an old nail varnish bottle and filled it almost to the top. I then mixed in a little bit of water to thin it out a little. I now have my own liquid nail tape.

If you want to use it as tape for nail designs, just use one of your nail art brushes. Make sure you wash it out before the glue is dry and there you go. Liquid Tape. No incredible markup!

So I hope I saved you some money and gave you a good tip!