Josh's parents bought me a fantastic nail stamping kit for my birthday, earlier this month. Here's how I got on with my first attempt!
I started off with a couple of layers of my favourite nude polish - Revlon's Grey Suede. Once the base was completely dry, I started with the fun bit - the stamping!
Now, if you're not familiar with nail stamping, you've got loads of designs imprinted into metal plates. You apply polish directly to the metal plate, scrape off the excess with the scraper [or you could use the side of an old loyalty/credit card] so that the nail polish is only left in the imprint of the design. You then use the rubber stamping pad to pick up the design, by rolling the pad over the imprint from one side to the other. You then apply the same rolling technique to your nail, aligning the design with the direction of the nail, then slowly rolling the design onto the nail starting from one side to the other. So, that's the theory behind it and here's how I got on...
I chose the gradient dotted design, thinking that something a little more simple might be best for my first attempt! There are some amazing designs in the set, some really intricate ones that I might be trying when my skills are more refined. The Sparituals nail polish I used was great, it didn't dry too quickly or slowly for the stamping to work. The hardest part I found was rolling the design onto my nail straight. It's surprisingly hard to get dots onto your nail in a straight line, but I soon got the hang of it and got a bit of a technique going. It's also good to note that you can scrape the stamp off your nail, with another nail, if you're quick enough before it dries!
Whilst this attempt isn't perfect, I love the effect of nail stamps. They make your nails look like they've been professionally painted, especially with some of the more elaborate designs. When really, you haven't spent that long doing your nails at all! This was definitely an awesome present and I can't wait to try out some more designs!
Have you tried nail stamping before? Have you got any top tips for making them look amazing?