Our very first feature is from Bethany of @housewifenails. She created this beauty with our Wishing for Fall collection which is available now. To recreate this awesome Fall design just follow the steps below!
- Apply a base coat to avoid staining.
- Paint half of your nail with one color and the other half with the next in line. It's okay if they overlap!
- (Optional) Apply a liquid latex barrier around the nail to protect the skin.
- Using a makeup sponge, paint half with one color and the other half with the other color to match your already half and half nail. Be sure to overlap the two colors! This will give you the best blended transition between colors. Dab over top of the matching colors on your nail and repeat the process until the color to your liking.
- Fun tip: to deepen the individual colors, paint directly on the nail edge (not in the middle where you're working the gradient) with the polish in between dabbing, then when you dab, you'll mostly be working the blending, not the opacity.
- Peel of the latex barrier and clean up around the cuticle line with a clean up brush dipped in pure acetone.
- Seal the gradient with a quick drying top coat!
OK, so everyone else in the nail world may have already been doing step 2 but this is new to me! I've still been painting a white base coat and then sponging whatever color I wanted over it (insert palm to face).
Because I've known Bethany for a year now, I knew she would have some tips and tricks up her sleeves when it came to stamping. I for one have a horrible time stamping, even when it is a polish everyone else can stamp with. Does this sound like you to? Well, here are Bethany's steps for stamping that will hopefully help us out...
- Choose a stamping polish that will show up well over your base color. Thicker, more opaque creams tend to make the best stamping polishes.
- Clean your stamping plate with a q-tip dipped in acetone to ensure a clean pick up of the image.
- Prep your stamper by cleaning the top with tape.
- Apply a generous amount of polish to the image you plan on transferring to your nail, and scrape lightly across to move extra polish off the plate. This will leave polish behind in the etching. Scraping too hard will cause lines, so be sure to use the appropriate amount of pressure!
- Working quickly, gently (pressure matters here too!) roll your stamper over the image to pick up the polish. Repeat the rolling motion over your nail to transfer the image with the most ease. Some stampers will work fine stamping straight down, but I've found that I get the straightest lines using the rolling motion.
- Fun tip: if any polish ends up on your skin, just use the same tape you cleaned your stamper head with to remove the polish. It's much cleaner and easier than acetone!
- Seal with a quick drying top coat.
Let me just say, I'm glad I asked her! I knew about positioning and pressure, but prepping the stamp head? Maybe now I can use all those plates I have stacked up! Now if I could stop it from smearing? Hopefully we will find out from another feature another day.
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