Pink and Black Colour Blocking Tape Mani

by - Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I was reading an article on Psychology Today about what I'm going to call "The Pink and Black Dilemma." (You can read it here if you are inclined - it's not too long.) It's the idea that we express our emotions in colour a lot of the time, and that the unique combination of pink and black is something that young girls in particular use to express being girly (pink) yet serious (black) at the same time. Think Avril Lavigne, or pink accessories with black skulls on them.

Here's a quote from the article that illustrates the idea:
"In my experience, pink and black together represent a dilemma for young people. How can I be girly and fun and silly while also being deadly serious and angry about so many things in my life? How can I enjoy my life now while knowing that one day I'll die? How can I manage to stay innocent when part of me wants to know everything? How can the pink part of me co-exist with the black?" - Luxmoore, Young People Up Close
Like the article says, this isn't an easy dilemma to resolve. I have so many thoughts on this idea, but this is a nail blog not a psych blog... So on to my fun and girly yet mature and serious mani! :) Hahah.


I started this mani with 3 coats of Sinful Colors Easy Going as the base, and then taped off some art deco-y blocks of space with striping tape. I filled in the spaces with Sinful Colors Black on Black, China Glaze Life is Rosy and China Glaze United. It was challenging to get the right amount of polish so that you would only need one coat for full opacity, and yet not so much polish that it would pool and flood over the tape.


Pretty good for my first attempt at this kind of mani! I'm pleased with it. I really love these colours together, even though for some reason CG's Life is Rosy photographed weirdly (see my swatching post for a more colour-accurate pic).



And there we have it! Overall I'd say I'm a pretty good balance of pink and black in my life... What about you? :)

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10 comments

  1. Interesting article. It talks about young people but I think as adults do the same, I know I do my make up different depending on my mood.
    Love the color and texture combination! =)

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    1. Totally! I do the same with clothes. When I feel blahhh it's all black and grey and white. When I'm in a good mood or trying to trick myself into a good mood, it's brights and patterns. :) Colour = an awesome way to express mood to others without saying anything.

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  2. I never thought I was trying to convey that I was serious yet girly when I mixed pink and black! Interesting...I love the way this looks :)

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    1. Thanks!! And yeah, I hadn't directly thought of it before but it makes sense to me. :)

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  3. Awesome color blocking nails! :)

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  4. wow this is perfect, my favorite colour block design I have seen in a while.

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    1. That's so sweet! Thanks!! :) I really like how the colours go together.

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  5. This design looks amazing! Wish my colour block mani would look this perfect. x

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    1. Thanks so much! :) Yeah, I was worried my lines wouldn't be crisp when I took the tape off but it all worked out!

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