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Thumb Print Tutorial

2 Dec

This was seriously so much more difficult than you would have imagined.  Stamping your finger print on paper with ink is child’s play.  Getting a print where just the ridges showed up, not so easy.  I did try this with ink.  It looked okay, but you couldn’t put a top coat over it.  The top coat would basically eat the ink and it would disappear.  I knew that was too easy.  I read where someone simply painted polish on their finger, stamped it on a paper until they saw a good print, them stamped it on their nail.  I tried that and still, it wasn’t what I was looking for.  Here’s the ridiculous explanation of how I achieved this look.
Obviously you need to choose a base color first.  I went with Orly Green Apple.  I love this bright green color, but it stains the crud out of my nails.   Let this coat dry.  Now the ridiculousness starts.  I hope I can make this make sense to all of you.  Get a non-acetone nail polish remover and wet a cotton ball.  Swipe it over your starting nail a couple times to make it sticky or soften it, I guess.  That probably doesn’t make any sense.  You want the nail polish remover to just eat at the very top of the polish, which will leave it sticky to the touch.

Now on the finger or thumb that is going to do the stamping; dampen it with the same cotton ball.  Damp, not wet.  Take your stamping polish and brush it over the dampened part of your finger.  Not too thick, not too thin.  Try to get even coverage.  Brush back and forth until any thick spots are spread out.  Now here’s the crazy variable; blow on the polish for 25ish seconds.  You want to almost dry it.  About 25 seconds was the magic number for me.  Your lung capacity may dictate a different number for you.  Now firmly press your finger to the nail that you made tacky earlier.  I started on one edge and slowly rolled my finger so I could cover my entire nail.  If your nail was sticky enough and your stamping polish was just the right amount of dryness, your finger should be sticking to your nail nicely as you roll it.  Clear as mud?

If your stamping polish was too wet you ended up with more than just the ridges stamped on your nail.  If it was too dry, you likely ended up with spotty ridges stamped on your nail.  If either of these is the case, this is where you go back to your cotton ball and clean off only the stamping polish.  This is why it’s important for you to use non-acetone remover; it will easily remove the stamp, but will take a bit more elbow grease to take off your base color.

Now if you ask me, it’s important to top coat this with Seche Vite and only Seche Vite.  I’ve tried many top coats and so far Seche Vite is the only one that doesn’t smear my nail art.  This print is made up of such intricate details that it will look totally muddy if you use a top coat that smears.  Go ahead and try whatever top coat you want, but be forewarned, it might ruin all your hard work.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I know this was the most precise tutorial you’ve ever read, right?

Splatter Tutorial

29 Nov

When I guest posted over at Nailed: A Nail Polish Blog last week, I promised a tutorial on how I did my splatter nails.  Well, here it is!

First paint your nails your chosen base color.  I painted my nails white.  I didn’t worry too much about them being super opaque because it was going to be covered up.

I dripped my colors into my palate.  I used a regular old fountain drink straw cut into thirds (just so I wasn’t wasteful.)  I taped my fingers off like I would for a water marble.  I didn’t want polish splattered all over my hand so I took a latex glove, cut the finger tips off and put it on.

To keep the splatter from getting all over the place, I took a small cardboard box and kind of cut it open so I could basically put my hand in it (like a back drop.)  Actually getting the splatter to hit my nail was the hard part.  You can see from the box that there was plenty of splattering going on, but my nail is such a small target that I kept missing.  I did find it difficult to actually get the polish to splat off the end of the straw.  Quick, powerful bursts of air seemed to work the best.  It seemed like I wasted a lot of polish to try to get my nail covered.  I’ve since tried the splatter again with a coffee straw and didn’t really notice much improvement.  Like with my water marbles, while the polish was still wet I took the point of my shish kabob skewer and ran it all the way around the edge of my nail to get the polish that was flooding the sides and cuticle of my nails.  It helps with the clean up.

When I took off the tape I wasn’t sure I was actually going to post these pictures.  What a mess.  I got out my trusty cotton swabs and acetone and started cleaning.  Once I got a top coat on it I was pleasantly surprised.  I really quite like it.

See all the purple at the tip of my index finger?  That’s where a giant glob of polish landed on my nail and I tried to fix it.  The giant purple spot on my pinkie is camouflaged a bit, but that’s where I accidentally blew the straw right out of my hand and it hit my nail.

Precision is not a word I would use to describe a splatter mani.  Although messy, this was a pretty easy mani to do.  Leave a comment if you have any questions, tips of your own to add or if I’ve missed anything.

The colors I used for this mani were Sinful Colors Snow Me White, WnW Buffy the Violet Slayer, Orly Terracotta and Sinful Colors Happy Ending.

Share the Love Wrap up

25 Nov

Good morning and happy Friday!  Are you Black Fridayers?  I’m not.  I would rather pay more money than camp out in the cold so I can fight crowds for door busters.  No thanks.  So today marks the end of Share the Love.  I’m really happy I joined this small group of ladies in this experience.  Again, thank you Amanda for putting this together.

To finish off the week I was trying to think of something fantabulous, but I couldn’t get this mani out of my head.  I have been wanting to try thumb print nails for a while now.  I’ve played around with it different ways to do this, but failed a few times.  I just wasn’t getting the result I wanted.  I don’t know why I wanted to try this so badly, but I just kept coming back to it.  After painting my thumb and stamping it on a piece of paper about 30 times, I found the formula that worked best.

Despite finding the best method, I still redid each nail about 5 times.  I’m not sure what I think about the results.  Can you tell it’s a finger print?  My base color was Orly Green Apple and I used Sally Hansen Black Out for the stamping.

I did think of another possible way to do it that I might try and see if I can get better results.  If I figure out a way to get good results without redoing each nail a bunch of times, I’ll post a how-to.

They’re kinda CSI.  Do you think you would ever try thumb print nails?

Day 12- 30 Days of Untrieds: Orly Green Apple

12 Nov

Orly Green Apple:  I was sorta disappointed in this polish.  I didn’t shake it, yet it was bubbly and definitely needed 3+ coats to be fully opaque and not streaky.  It is a pretty green though.  I don’t like Orly brushes.  They’re too small for my taste.

UPDATE:  When I took this off my nails were really yellow.  I had used a base coat, but there was still bad staining.

Check out all the others who are joining in:

Taylor at Nailed to the T
Jamie at Nails Adored
Shaina at Haute Lacquer
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Carly at Lacquered Lover
Thalie at Glazed Talons
Jacki at Adventures in Acetone
Sarah at Lucky Lacquers
Alyssa at Always Polished
Rachel at Cherry Glam Girl
Caroline at Good Lack, Nail!
Caitlin at Something Creative
Ashley at Follow the Yellow Polish Road
Amber at The Polished Momma
Andrea at Addicted to the Allure of Beauty
Ingie at Limited Addiction Nails
Lindsay at Nailtopia
Alexandria at Je T’aime Lacquer
Chelsea at Pretty and Polished
Natalie at Gems in a Bottle
Gwen at Pudgy Nails
Caroline at Shadow’s Nail Art

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