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There is something about women with tasteful nail polish. You always get a mental picture of them 4-inch heels, rushing to their high-rise offices with a view, closing deals and getting a promotion. They eat salads for lunch and sushi for dinner. Come the weekend, they’ll be on a private jet with their friends off to Barbados with their leather monogrammed luggage. Like their nails, they have a perfectly manicured online persona with tens of thousands of followers. Nobody could hate them because they’re still nice and in touch with reality no matter how perfect their lives are. Everyone from high school still loves them because they would always remember how she was ready to extend a helping hand, even in French manicure nails.
That’s the power of well-manicured nails. In the last ten years, nail art has invaded the mainstream. No longer exclusive to edgy teens and cool alternative girls, everyone is going crazy and crazier. When French manicures was a sign of poise and elegance, bright lime green nails can still grace the nails of our favorite socialites. Long nails are no longer icky, but fashionable and tumblr-worthy.
Colors are not just the focus of nail art. Glitters, decals, stickers, rhinestones, feathers, and lace, whatever you can get your hands on. But lately, another niche opened in the nail art market: nail stamping. Yes, you read that right. Quite clever, really. Instead of drawing designs on your nails, you stamp them on. You apply a base color on your nails. Then take another polish with a thicker formula and spread them on a template engraved with the design. You scrape off the excess polish and pick up what is left with a stamp. Then you transfer the design on your nails and seal it with a top coat.
Konad Nail Art Stamping Polish
Konad nail lacquers are go-to for nail art and stamping. Their thickness and viscosity are in stark contrast with ordinary nail polish and other new nail stamping polish brands. Their shade of black is their bestseller, followed by white. This black opaque stamping nail polish creates quite the popping contrast even with other darker colors such as navy blue, red and dark violet. The swirls and patterns of the stamped pattern are picked up nicely by this black nail polish and transferred pristinely over to the nail. Nail stamping takes practice and care to perfect, but with this black nail polish, you get there easier with the awesome formulation. If you are an avid nail art fan, you may suggest your favorite nail salon to stock up on these.
BMC Creative Nail Art Stamping Polishes – Essentials: Primary
Because the world is a colorful place and we can bet that you have a colorful life, too, why not try this BMC polish set? It comes in a set of five delightful plain and metallics that vibrantly show over any base color.These polishes can also double as your base color, but everyone really does love them as art over the base. Called by Bundle Monster as creative art polish, and aptly so, you can go crazy with them as you like and they guarantee that it will always look stunning. This cruelty-free brand gives us the shades Angelic White, Noir Black, Iced Silver, Liquid Gold, Royal Blue, and Crimson Red. Angelic White stamps well and is pigmented enough even under one swipe. Noir Black is a very good and truly opaque, it can be swiped once as a base and you would not need any more layers. Iced Silver has good color payoff and looks just like a thin-tipped sharpie was used on your nails. Liquid Gold must be the best polish in the set because of it just incomparable. Royal Blue and Crimson Red stay true to their name and are pleasingly vibrant. This set has all the basic and favorite colors of nail stamping lovers.
Konad Nail Art Stamping Polish in Silver
Metallics never go out of style, and this silver shade from Konad shows great in just one coat. It is that thick! Room for error in nail art and stamping is not high, frequent mistakes means wasting nail polish and stamping nail polish are not exactly the cheapest to purchase. With Konad, you get less mistakes because of the sharp transfer of images and patterns that can be attributed to their dedication to producing bestsellers. The silver polish can be used alone or mixed with clear or other colored nail polish. Ordinary polish can become a vivid metallic stamping nail polish with this staple. With just one bottle, you get so much mileage, that is some value for your money. Get ready to feel young and free with nails that speak volumes.
Konad Nail Art Stamping Polish
Another metallic from Konad but this gold shade is subtle and not too in-your-face. If you like doily patterns that are not too loud or would like a nice peek-a-boo glimmer when out in the sun, you must purchase this gold lacquer. Although if you want a standout design with this gold; you may want to pair it with black, reds, and blues. The color is so lady-like it might want to make you throw a manicure tea party with the Konad stamping polish in gold as the center of attraction. Still made with the same silky formulation as all other Konad stamping nail polish, it is five times heavier and thicker than any other nail polish even of the stamping variety. Since we’ve featured three bestselling Konad shades already, you may want to check on other Konad colors or buy them as a set. They also have regular nail polish that can be used as your base color, and other functional nail polishes.
BMC Creative Nail Art Stamping Polish
Bundle Monster’s other bestselling set comes in Electromagnetic, Optical Illusion, Visionary, Wavelengths, Seeing Rainbows, and Chromo. With names straight out of a physics textbook, these polishes are nothing but acceleratingly fun. These colors will pick up easily with no mess nor streaks on a silicone stamper. The bronze, chrome, blue, and purple are all highly pigmented and will show vibrantly on any base while the pink and copper may only work for lighter or mid-range colors. Like the Essential: Primary, these can be used like regular nail polish as the base, which may work well for pink and copper if you are not getting a huge color payoff.
There is a good reason for manicures to be considered an art form. So much time and creativity are put into ten of the smallest canvas. You may be surprised to find out that in some places a nail art will usually run 100-200 dollars and no one bats an eye. Thousands upon thousands of websites, social media pages, and Youtube channels are exclusively dedicated to nail art. And what we learned from all these is actually quite informative. We can foray into the world of nail art with enough to know what we want and what to expect.
Nail stamping may be one of those nail art forms that we definitely want to try doing ourselves. Designs which were close to impossible to replicate (read: non-dominant hand) are now very easy to get. Details such as fine lines are delicately imprinted and busy patterns make fun impressions. It is relatively easy and is a good hobby to pass time. Can any nail polish work for nail stamping? Well, yes and no. You can use any nail polish as the base or background color. But when it comes to the design transfer, you need to use a nail polish that is very thick. Some use a matte formula which normally has a very heavy formula. While others use nail polish that is quite old and dried off a little, these are usually quite hard and no longer malleable enough to spread. To get the best result which is good color pay-off and a smooth transfer with no smudging, you need to use a special nail stamping polish. We cannot recommend using vibrant colors enough and to match colors that would show off the others’ shade.
Along with building an arsenal of the best nail stamping polish, you must also get other things into your collection. A silicone stamper to pick up and transfer designs, without which there is no stamping at all. A template is inexpensive and can come in a variety of designs; this is where you would paint your polish to take the form of the engraved picture. A scraper removes excess polish on the template. This is an important tool that must not be overlooked but can be replaced by thick plastic cards such as old ATM cards. Nail polish remover is used to remove remnants of polish on templates so that you can start on a new design. Clear and colored polish will both serve as the base and top coats.
Nail stamping is a fun and easy way to do manicures with art. You do not have to think hard about designs nor have an ultra-steady hand because you already have templates. To be able to transfer designs successfully, one must make sure the nail polish used for stamping is very thick. Some products which specialize in stamping nail polish are Konad and Bundle Monster. They are the top-selling polishes that have the best consistency, color, and longevity.