A lot of people are fascinated by the nail designs I shared on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and are interested to know how they’re created. For majority of the designs that look complicated, I can create them in less than 30mins. While I’ll keep posting videos and tutorials on my social media channels as inspiration to creation of your own unique design, for beginners, there are some must-knows to start off nail stamping and I am going to lay them out here.
- Choosing the right nail stamping kits
To practice nail stamping, you will need a stamper, a scraper and a stamping plate. I suggest Konad Nail Art Double Ended Stamper and Scraper for beginner since the stamper head is flexible and can mold itself onto the nail to ensure a proper image stamp. Also, the double ended stamper with 2 different head sizes is perfect for new starter to practice stamping on different nails.
Recently one of my students introduces me this transparent nail stamper that allows you to look through the stamper and check out the result of your image while stamping. I think this is a great tool for beginners too!
For nail stamping plates, it’s important to choose images that are more abstract and free form, since it’s harder to make straight lines and single images work when you’re just learning to stamp. If you are serious about nail stamping, getting a whole set of plates like this one is a good idea. I personally prefer smaller plate since it’s easier to clean and handle.
- Look for good stamping polish
Polishes that will cover your nail with one coat will stamp well. You can also choose metallic, matte or neon polishes as they make your image stand out perfectly.
Metallic stamping polish – Click Here
Neon stamping polish – Click Here
Matte stamping polish – Click Here
Another trick to choosing polish that is good for stamping is to look at the brush – if you can’t see the brush through the polish, it means the polish is opaque enough to stamp.
- Keep your nail stamping kits clean
A lot of beginners missed this step out and jumped to a conclusion that they got a stamper set that didn’t work. To make sure the stamper picks up images accurately, I will first use acetone to clean the silicon head to make sure it doesn’t contain any oils, moisturizers, dusts or residues. You can also use sticky tape for the same effect. Cleaning the stamp after each use is of course a must, but cleaning before use is equally important.
- Control time & strength
The key to successful nail stamping is time & strength. To get an accurate pattern, we’ll only need a thin layer of polish, which also means that the pattern dries out quickly on the plate or stamper. You need to be quick in the whole process, and don’t go any longer than 15 secs from adding polish to stamping plate to scraping and stamping it on nail.
For strength, you have to pay attention to how hard you scrape, how hard you press to pick up the image and how hard you press to leave the image on nail. When it comes to scraping, I suggest users to scrap as hard as she can. Then use medium strength to pick up and stamp image on nail. Do not press stamper too hard on plate or nail because chances are, the design will smudge.
Your turn now! Nail stamping is fun and the design you can create from this single technique is unlimited. Start your practice now and you’ll be able to manage the technique after 5 or 6 trial.
Finally a video that show you step-by-step guide to nail stamping. Enjoy~~