This is a guest post I did for the blog ThatGeekOnline, but that blog no longer exists so here is the post.
I’m Chantal from Chantal’s Corner and I’m excited to be a guest for Katie today as part of the Canadian Beauty Bloggers‘ monthly guest posts. The theme this month is pastels so I decided to do some nail art using pastel colours.
I’ve been wanting to try making my own nail art decals for a while (by colouring in some stamping) and after seeing this quick how-to on @rafinail’s Instagram I knew I wanted to try it, so here is the result of my first attempt!
These are all the products I used for this design:
- OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
- Crabtree & Evelyn “Peony” as my base colour (2 coats)
- For the stamping:
- Konad white stamping polish
- essence “blow my mint” (green)
- essence “lovely lavender” (purple)
- essence “blooming tender” (peach)
- Sinful Colors “Cinderella” (blue)
- Revlon “771 Clear” (to coat)
- BornPretty Stamping Plate 07
- Pure Color Nail Art Pen #10 (to paint the stamping)
- CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat
To try and save time I worked on my decal in between applying coats of my base colour. First I did my stamp in white, then applied my base coat on my nails, then put in some purple on my stamp, then applied my first coat of base colour, then added some green on my stamp… you get the idea. 🙂
Here’s a closer look at the decal.
Since this was my first time doing this technique I had a little hiccup I did not foresee. Once I put the stamp decal on my nail it scrunched near the cuticle because of the curve in my nail, then as I was fixing it I pulled the decal closer to my cuticle (it was initially a bit closer to the edge of the nail). The more I tried to fix it, the more I was stretching it out and it started to rip, so I just left it as is, squished it down with my finger to seal it in place and I was done! Thankfully I did not destroy it.
I take my nail pictures in a light box and while it works great for dark colours, it washes out light colours. I have yet to find a fix for that (since I’ve been wearing dark colours all fall and winter). So I took a picture in natural light in my living room (I do my nails at night so natural light is not an option – I took this picture the following day). Here’s a better look at the end result – this is how the colours look in real life.
This was my first time trying this technique and I LOVE how it turned out! I’m definitely going to be doing more of this in the future. No need to have design skills, just find a stamp you like and paint it in, voilà, nail art done! 🙂
Is this something you would try?
Thank you Katie for letting me take over your blog today!
– Chantal 🙂