UNT: Peel off base coat, Sun Envy top coat
Collection: Sonic Blue
MoYou: Black stamping polish
Barry M: Matte top coat
Tools: Clear jelly stamper, Random stamping plate from Amazon, Gold nail foil & foil glue, Detailing brush
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I recently purchased this gorgeous royal blue shade from Collection and I obviously had to create a nail art using it, because look how amazing it is!
Initially, I had no idea what I was going to do, but I know I wanted to do some stamping (I’m seriously lacking in stamping plates). To find out what stamping will look like over this stunning Blue, I needed to do a few tests on paper before I did them on my freshly painted nails (normal people would prepare beforehand).
I painted on one coat of the blue polish and began stamping on a number of designs with contrasting colours. This is a great way to experiment with various designs before you go ahead and put it on your nails (I don’t always do this, though). I mean, I should really have some photos here to show you the process but my brain didn’t think about it at the time (bleh).
So couple of months ago, my best friend bought me a whole bunch of nail foils to help me feel better about a shit situation (take note people, this is how you friend). I haven’t used them much and I have no reason/excuse why. So I decided I will use a gold foil because gold and royal blue go so well together, you just can’t go wrong.
I still wasn’t sure what kind of design I was going to do ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ so I stamped a random one on using a black stamping polish (these are super opaque and come out really well).
To make sure the design was positioned the same on each nails, I used my clear jelly stamper.
The most tedious and time consuming part of the entire nail art is of course applying the foil glue.
I blobbed a bit on some paper, and used a small detailing brush to brush it on over the stamped area.
Note: Use a brush you don’t mind ‘ruining’. The glue doesn’t come off easily so the brush I used is now specifically for foil glue. You can also use a toothpick for this.
When the glue had ‘dried’ (became tacky/clear), I then pressed on the the gold foil onto my nail making sure every part that had glue on was covered. Finally, I removed the plastic sheet to reveal the stunning design. I used the end of an orange stick (you can use a toothpick for this part, too) to clean up the edges gently.
As you may (or may not #newb) know, most top coats dull nail foils. I know that Picture Polish have made a top coat specifically for use on foils, but I don’t have it so I left it as is. Unfortunately, this doesn’t protect the foil from turning to crap if you want to wear it for longer than a few hours.
I did however, add a matte top coat by Barry M. to see what it would look like, and it looks pretty damn good.
Here’s a macro shot of my nail without any top coat (I forgot to take one of the matte version, oops)