I loved all the patterns of Sally Hansen’s nail polish strips, but each time I wanted a patterned manicure it was at least $10. Pinterest introduced me to the wonders of nail stamping, so I recently decided to try my hand at it (pun semi-intended). I bought a set of Gals nail plates (the “princes” set) to test out and played around. It’s surprisingly easy to learn and looks fabulous. My first few attempts weren’t the best, but I figured out a few things to make it easier.
Obviously not perfect (I tried to fill in some empty space on my ring and middle finger, which ended up darker than I wanted… but oh well), but I enjoy it.
The above nail colors: base is Essie Tart Deco (pretty tangerine color) and stamping color is Zoya Valerie (on its own, a dark sparkly purple). I used Seche Vite top coat, which I recommend above all else. I tried to do stamping with a different top coat and despite letting the stamp dry for hours, the top coat I used smeared the beautiful pattern.
See? Gorgeous pattern, but it was so nice and crisp before the top coat and ended up blurry afterwards. The above manicure has the following colors: base is Sephora by OPI A-Ha! Moment and stamp is Sinful Colors Let’s Talk.
Point being… get Seche Vite top coat and have fun stamping! It’s a blast!