Leadlighting: if you haven’t heard of it, it’s a great technique to make beautiful multicolored nail designs with stamping as an alternative to the time-intensive stamping decal. As far as I know, the ladies at Messy Mansion were the first to do this (or name it leadlighting). You stamp over a light polish base, then use jelly polish to color in the negative space.
I actually only have one jelly polish, so I made my own! The lovely Jacqui at CraftyNail suggested this to me after I envied her leadlighting mani using OPI Sheer Tints. I basically mixed my existing creme polishes with a little bit of top coat to make the pastel jelly. I think I probably should’ve added more of the top coat since mine is still fairly opaque, but I think it came out alright!
Index: Essie Mint Candy Apple with a dot of Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow
Pinky and Thumb: Polish My Life Pink Sandals – a new one for me… it’s a beautiful pastel baby pink with a perfect formula. Goes on perfectly easy in 2 coats and is stunning!
- Base of Formula X White Matter
- Stamp: Konad Black stamping polish, Messy Mansion MM20
- Leadlighting colors: Essie Mint Candy Apple, PML Pink Sandals, Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow
Here’s another pic:
I really want the rest of the pastel collection from Polish My Life now! There’s a gorgeous purple, blue, and peach I have my eye on. Now I need to save up (since I just splurged on some of the I Love Nail Polish and Colors by Llarowe summer collections)!
Here are the rest of the Nail Challenge Collaborative May Skittlettes: