How to apply stamping on nails
Is it possible to make a professional nail design with minimal time and money? Now you will have such an opportunity! :) After all, in today's article I will tell you how to properly apply stamping on nails .
What is nail stamping?
This is a nail art technique that involves transferring designs onto the nails using a special metal plate that is already engraved with finished designs. To transfer drawings, a special stamp is used (stamp) , hence the name "stamping" .
The nail stamping reminded me of the children's prints that were wildly popular in elementary school, and which were lavishly decorated with all my notebooks and notebooks! :)
What are the benefits of stamping
With this method of application, when creating designs for nails, you can achieve very clear lines and patterns that you are unlikely to be able to display with such precision by hand. Stamping is a worthy alternative to nail stickers. It leaves a lot of room for imagination, because you have hundreds of plates and thousands of different images to choose from. This is a simple technique that, if you really want to, you can master in a few hours.
A huge advantage of stamping over hand painting is that you can change the nail design very quickly, depending on your preferences and mood. And it won't take you much time and effort.
What you need for stamping
At the moment, there is a huge selection of ready-made stamping kits . And this means that the kit already includes all the tools necessary to create a manicure using this technique. Most often on sale you can find starter kits for stamping beginners.
Therefore, if you are an "artist" of a higher level, then it will be more correct to buy materials for stamping separately.
So, to apply stamping on the nails, we need :
Stamp. He's a stamper. Used to transfer images from the plate to your nails.
Plate with drawings. Special stencil for nails, various sizes, on which images are engraved. If your plate is new, it may have a protective film on it. Sometimes it can be difficult to notice it, but you should definitely remove it.
Scraper. We will need to scrape off excess varnish from the plate. If you don't have a special scraper handy, you can successfully use any plastic card.
Nail polish (for both base color and stamping).
Wet wipes. To clean the plate with designs during the stamping process.
Nail polish remover.
How to apply stamping on nails
So, it's time to get down to business! :) Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary tools at your fingertips.
1. First, coat your nails with a base color and let them dry completely. Remember that the base color should be either darker or lighter than the color you have chosen for stamping. Only thanks to the contrast will your drawing be noticeable.
2. Lay the stamping stencil on a flat, stable surface and apply a certain amount of varnish to the selected pattern. It is not necessary to paint over the entire drawing with a brush, as is most often advised on the Internet.
You can simply apply a sufficient amount of varnish to the top of the pattern, and the scraper will evenly distribute it. This will help you save a significant amount of varnish and the plate will not be too dirty.
3. Holding the scraper at a 45 degree angle, without delaying time, remove excess varnish from the plate. If you did everything correctly, then all the grooves of the pattern will be filled with varnish, and the surface of the plate itself will be clean.
Also, I want to note that even the direction in which the scraping is done matters. It is more convenient for someone to wield a scraper from oneself, but for someone it is the other way around. Therefore, if something does not work out for you, try moving the scraper in the opposite direction.
4. With a rocking motion, press the stamper against the plate in order to transfer the image onto the nails.
It takes a little practice to get the hang of doing it with one sure push. If you press too hard on the stamper, the varnish will flow out of the grooves of the stencil; and if you press too lightly, you will end up with glimpses of empty spaces in the design. Also, you need to be careful not to move the stamper while working, as the entire pattern will be smeared.
5. Select the correct position of the stamp to transfer the design to the nail. This is especially important for patterns that have a clear center.
Smoothly, but with sufficient force, press the stamper to one part of the nail, and with a swaying motion, transfer the pattern from the stamp to the entire surface of the nail. If the drawing is small, then you can press a little harder. But if the drawing is on the entire nail, you need to be more tolerant. :)
Again, do everything quickly! After about two seconds, the polish on the stamper will begin to dry out and the design will not transfer completely.
6. Before proceeding to the stamping of the next nail, completely clean the stamper itself and the plate from varnish residues. Make sure they are dry otherwise the image will be smudged. I usually wipe them off with a dry cotton pad and then blow them with air.
7. After stamping all nails, let it dry well and then apply a top coat.
8. Clean off any remaining nail polish from your skin with a Q-tip soaked in nail polish remover, a brush, or a special marker.
As you can see, stamping on nails is not so difficult, although it requires some practice and skills. I hope my advice will be useful to you in this! :)