You will need
- Base coat
- Black nail varnish
- Matte black nail varnish or matte top coat
Use a base coat to protect your nails. I use OPI Nail Envy Matte, which can also double as a matte top coat.
Paint two coats of glossy black nail varnish on all your nails.
You can either leave it to dry COMPLETELY without a top coat, or add a fast drying top coat which should speed up the drying time but still leave it for a while to let it dry hard.
Cut up your Sellotape to make two equal rectangular strips. Place one on the bottom half of the nail, the edge ending in the middle and one on the top half of the nail, the edge ending in the middle but protecting the other side of the nail. Do this to all your nails, make sure the bottoms are all protecting the same side and the tops are all protecting the same side.
Paint the unprotected nail with matte nail varnish.
Allow the matte nail varnish to touch dry, then remove the Sellotape while its not hard dry to prevent chips coming off.
This is a great way to jazz up a plain black nail you've had on for a couple of days before a night out.