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PinspiratioNAIL – 80s Striped Tape Manicure with Revlon & Maybelline

If you look back on the ’80s with great nostalgia, as I do, you should have your DVRs set for the National Geographic mini-series The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us starting this Sunday, April 14th. Bonus: it’s narrated by my number one celeb crush, Rob Lowe. Though I’m still waiting for a “The ’80s” movie like the ones NBC produced for The ’60s and The ’70s. IT’S TIME NBC!


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In anticipation of the mini-series, I’ve been on a non-stop 80s pop listening spree on Spotify and thought some fun ’80s inspired nails would be perfect for my next PinspiratioNAIL challenge. I put my twist on a look I found on Pinterest using poppy brights from the Revlon ColorStay and Maybelline Color Show nail polish lines.

The Pinspiration: Something about the graphic lines and borderline neon colors Enamel Girl chose for this tape manicure felt very ’80s, in a good way. The hot pink and yellow is so Deborah Foreman in Valley Girl.


Image by Enamel Girl via Sandv75 on Pinterest

When it came time to select my colors, I decided to go on a slightly different route than Enamel Girl. I was debating back and forth between blue & orange and purple & orange when I realized, I didn’t have to choose. Why not use two colors, side-by-side for the base?

I used Maybelline Color Show Orange Fix and Iced Queen and since I would be polishing over them, accuracy didn’t matter so, I just free-handed it. Iced Queen is a deep violet creme and Orange Fix is a bright nectarine creme. Orange Fix is more sheer than I anticipated, so you can still see my tips after two coats but, again, it doesn’t matter since most of it will be covered.


After the polish was completely dry, I used thin nail striping tape, which you can find at beauty supply stores or on, to create the graphic lines. In a pinch you can just cut blue painters tape or Scotch tape but striping tape is best for consistency.


I applied a coat of Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Indigo Night on top and then pulled up the tape with tweezers while it was still wet. I’m in a serious love affair with the ColorStay line and Indigo Night is so pigmented, you don’t have to worry about  whether one coat is enough.


The look reminds me of the Max Headroom backdrop or when Kira and Sonny jump through the wall to talk to Zeus in Xanadu, with all the Tron-like neon lines. Can you picture it with me?

Revlon ColorStay Indigo Night and Maybelline Color Show Iced Queen and Orange Fix nail polishes are all core colors from their respective brands and available at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. For more info, visit and

Do you like my interpretation of Enamel Girl’s look? Would you try this yourself? What colors would use for a distinctively ’80s nail? Do you plan to tune in to The ’80s on NatGeo?

Also, follow my PinspiratioNAIL board on Pinterest and leave a comment on the look you would like to see me try next.

Disclosure: I purchased Revlon Indigo Night. Product samples were provided by reps for Maybelline. Affiliate links may appear via a third party link service. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. NailPolishFan says:

    I love the look. I don’t think I would try it myself though, I’m not good with nail art of any type, except maybe dots.

  2. Alice says:

    This is awesome! I wish I had the patience to do tape manis, I just always want to put the tape on too soon or take it off too soon and it always gets screwed up. BTW nice Max Headroom reference! We had a Max Headroom mug in my house growing up, and I never really got it until I watched a couple episodes years later haha.

  3. Ashley0107 says:

    This looks great, I like that it’s different from most stripe mani’s. I really need to pick up striping tape! :)

  4. Jessica says:

    I love this look and I definitely want to try it! I think it was a great idea to do the two-tone base.

  5. Florasol says:

    Would I? I WILL!!! :D

  6. Cool look! I’m really liking the hot pink…I’d maybe combine that with a bright orange or green. Rob Lowe is also my celeb crush, mmmm! :)

  7. Holly says:

    Love it! I never have the patience to do anything with striping tape! Usually just end up with it stuck to my finger tips and nowhere near the nail!

  8. These are really cool, I love the idea of using two base colours. Great for indecisive people like me :D

  9. I remember those halcyon days! I still have Max Headroom on VHS & I saw a pre-release of Xanadu in the theater. I’m so looking forward to this 80′s revival. I just wish I could wear spandex like I used to. LOL

  10. Jacquelyn says:

    I loved Max Headroom! Still upset it got cancelled. ;) Your nails(colors) look so much better than EG’s. May get some nail striping tape and try ur example.
    Pics of me in the 80′s show deep brownish orange polish. I am not a big fan of the 80′s,esp not the big hair.

  11. Linda says:

    To me, the colors that most represent the 80′s are hot pink, purple and turquoise. Also, when I think back to try and remember ‘the look’ of the 80′s I think back to the t.v. shows like Miami Vice and Dynasty. Maybe no one else is old enough to know those! LOL

    • Michelle says:

      I’m old enough to remember though I think of those colors as being more representative of Miami in general but definitely during the 80s.

  12. stephaniealicia says:

    I love this! Thanks for sharing. =)

  13. Victoria says:

    I want to get this polish now. It looks so fun and it just simple to do. I am loving the stripes and the bright colors are perfect for Spring Summer trend.