November 21, 2010
Have you ever seen nail art inspired by a cereal box? Well you’re about to.
I think this guy’s a fan.
Here’s the overall shot. Sidebar, I like cats.
Now before you start pointing out that Tony is a tiger and my nails are leopard print, let me just say … shut it. Here’s the close-up:
How did I get such wickedness on ma nails? The Konad Stamping Nail Art system! I happened upon this stuff at one of those mall booths, my terminator-style shopping radar spotted the leopard print plate from 5 feet away at which point I had no choice but to zero in for closer inspection. My having walked away at that point would have been like telling a clown not to be a creepy bastard. Anywho, let me show you some pictures of the Stamping kit.
First, the plate itself.
You’ll notice traces of black nail polish. This is ‘special’ nail polish from Konad which is formulated to be much thicker than you average bottle. I’m not sure if I just got up-selled – hard – or if a thicker formulation is legitimately necessary. I’ll test it out with a regular polish at some point to find out. Here’s a picture of the teeck (say ‘thick’ like a frenchman) polish.
Finally, this is what the stamp looks like. You have a large and small pad on either end. It also comes with a squeegee to wipe away the excess nail polish after you’ve brushed it onto the plate.
Now that you’ve seen all the tools, I’ll go over the steps briefly. First you have to have a fully dried base coat, I’m wearing Essie Mini Shorts. Then you brush your teeck nailpolish onto the desired pattern on the plate and quickly wipe away the excess with the mini-squeegee. Lastly, you use the stamp to transfer the nail polish print from the plate onto your nails. Overall, I found this stuff really easy to use. The only blip came when I put a top coat on and the pattern streaked a bit. I think the key to avoiding streaking is to use as few strokes as possible as to avoid dragging and loosening up the black polish.
If anyone reading this goes out and tries Konad, send me pictures!