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Nail Art Stamp How-To

Here at She Said Beauty we love intricate nail art looks but we don’t always have the time to sit and paint them by hand. So just how can you get amazing nail art designs with minimal effort and time? We’ve found the secret, with an amazing invention – a nail art stamping kit! You may have seen them mentioned on nail blogs in the past and we’re going to show you just how easy they are to use.

You can buy a Konad Stamping Set from as little as £5 which includes a double ended stamp and a scraper. The image design plates can be brought separately from Funtica or in sets from Bundle Monster. Once you have your stamping set and plates you can re-use them again and again to create endless beautiful designs!

Prep your nails: file to one length, push back your cuticles and buff with a white bloc. Dehydrate your nails using a cotton wool pad soaked in nail varnish remover to take off any oils that may make your nail polish lift or chip. Next, apply a good quality base coat (we love Andrea Fulerton Triple Action Undercoat) and wait for it to dry before applying two coats of your chosen nail polish (we’ve used Ciate Cream Soda Creme Polish ). Make sure your polish is completely dry before stamping to avoid smudging your designs.

Now for the fun part! You need to do this bit as quickly as possible for optimum results and to stop your polish from drying out; once you have the hang of it you will be able to do all of your nails in just a few minutes. Start by painting over your chosen design with your stamping polish (we’ve used Konad Special Polish in Black) and holding your scraper at a 45 degree angle, scrape the excess polish off your plate so you are left with just the design imprint. Next, press your stamper firmly over the design to pick up the polish ready to press onto your nails.

Now the design has been transferred to the stamp you can carefully roll the stamper across your nail to transfer the polish onto it. Use your other hand to roll the stamper and place the design evenly onto your nail – a good tip is to line the stamper up at the side of your nail being careful to make sure it fits before rolling it over. It may take a bit of practice to get the hang of stamping but you will soon figure out the best way to use the kit on your nails.

You can stamp across all of your nails, but we’ve used our stamp to create an interesting accent for our black and white glitter manicure (we’ve used Pretty Little Nails Indie Polish in Video Killed the Radio Star). Wait until your designs are completely dry before you apply your top coat to avoid smudging (we love Nails Inc 45 Second Top Coat in Kensington Caviar).

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