Konad Stamping Nail Art

Nail painting being my thing, I fell in love with the Konad Stamping Nail Art the minute I saw it – at one of those stalls along The Walk at the Curve.

Bought a starter set for RM76, which is definitely not cheap, but I found out that they sell their stuff online too at a slightly cheaper price so at least I’ll be able to stock up on colors =)

1. Stamp and scraper.
2. Special nail art polish (you can’t use ordinary nail polish apparently).
3. Nail art template (engraving).
4. Special nail art top coat (to make it look 3D konon).

And here’s how to stamp your nails:

First of all, you MUST start off with nicely shaped nails, otherwise it’ll just look messy and amateurish. For those of you who usually can’t be bothered to file your nails, WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU THINKING?

(My poor nails have turned yellow from all the cheap polish I use sobs)


Paint your nails with any regular nail polish, making sure it’s nowhere near the same shade as your stamping polish color. I find that solid colors work a lot better than shimmer/sparkly polish as the nail art doesn’t have to compete to stand out.


Select a design you want and, very quickly, paint over it with the stamping polish.


Make sure you have a really thick coat of polish or else you’ll lose the detail of the template. Now is not the time to be stingy, people.


Using the scraper, quickly and smootly scrape away all excess polish from the surface. They advice using a 45 degree angle, but wtf how to measure angle? Anyhow also can la.


The remaining polish left in the crevices of the template will form your nail art.


Here’s the tricky part.

Use a smooth, QUICK, pressing motion to roll the stamper over the template. The stamping polish will then adhere to the stamper with the design intact.

If you haven’t been firm or quick enough, the design will only partially adhere, or you may find that some small details have been lost.


With the same rolling motion, press the stamper over your nail to transfer the polish. Note that the design will be in a mirror image (duh) and that you have to be a bit careful about where you place the bulky stamper. As you can tell, I’m still a noob at this.


You MUST clean the template every time you use it. Just splash a few drops of nail polish remover onto the template and use the stamper to swipe a cotton pad over it instead of using your fingers, so you don’t accidentally get gunk on your nails.


Lastly, paint a thick layer of top coat to supposedly 3D-fy the design. I don’t find the 3D effect particularly amazing, but it does serve to intensity the color and make the design stand out.


And there you have it.

This actually took me several tries before I had the technique worked out, so if you don’t get it right the first time, don’t fret.

But if you do… haiya my coordination memang sucks anyway.


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