I’m continuing to experiment with nail stamping. This week, I did two manis where I did a glitter gradient effect, and a stamped design on the accent nail. Considering I’m still very much a beginner at this stuff, I’m pretty pleased at how they turned out!
This mani was done with an old polish in my stash as the base: L’Oreal’s The Temptress’s Power. It’s a yellowy gold with greenish shimmer. I used a multichromatic glitter for the tips– Digital Nails’ Serenity. The predominant color is a teal green, but it shifts to purple. Nifty! And then, finally, I stamped one nail with a Vivid Lacquer plate and AEngland’s Saint George. I really liked this mani– it was mesmerizing in person. If I had to do it again, I would have used a softer stamper, but for my second stamped mani, it’s not too bad.
And my latest manicure:
I started out with two coats of Sally Hansen Salon Manicure’s Fairy Teal. I probably could have gotten away with one, but I applied the first coat too hastily after my base coat (because this one stains), so a second was necessary. I glittered with a cheapo glitter, Sinful Colors’ All About Me, which is a gold with copper flakes. And for the design, I used a metallic copper, Zoya’s Penny. It actually looks more even in-person– since it’s metallic and not a special stamping polish, in pictures, it looks a bit thin, but it’s actually gawjuss, and the image transferred very nicely.
I am definitely loving stamping. I am still in the acquisition stage. I have purchased several plates from the Born Pretty Store and from MoYou London. I also have a few shades of Konad’s special stamping polish on the way, because I love how crisp they look in more experienced stampers’ shots. Oh, and some topcoats from Cult Nails— Wicked Fast, as I am almost out of Seche Vite (which is getting to the point where it’s shrinking… and you can tell in these shots!), and the wax topcoat, because OOH. This is so much fun!