Hey everyone. Happy Friday! When I’ve seen double stamping on the internet I never really liked it. It just looked messy to me. Then Manic Talons did a double stamping mani that had me itching to try it. You can see her post by clicking here. I have also been wanting to do something inspired by Spring which has finally dawned here in South Africa. Let me show you what I came up with.
I started off with a Tip Top Nail Chic Strength and Vitality base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 4 coats of Revlon Sheer Sweetie on all of my nails excluding my ring. This polish is very aptly named. I need 4 coats to reach any sort of opacity. I started off with a thin coat and realized I would need to paint subsequent coats thicker if I did not want to end up painting a million coats. 4 coats is still a lot, but I really wanted a soft off white, neutral base for my nail art so I carried on painting. On my ring nail I painted two coats of a silver mini polish with no name on it from L.A. Girl. Over the silver I painted two coats of Sinful Colors Full Spectrum glitter. Full Spectrum is a very pretty glitter with large baby pink hexes and regular holographic glitter particles. Once my index and middle nails had dried sufficiently I used Tip Top Liquid Envy (green) and the left hand image on PUEEN 46 to stamp. I followed that up by stamping with essence sweet surprise colour changing polish (pink) over the green stamping using the top image of PUEEN 39. I added a green and pink rhinestone to my thumb and pinkie which I purchased from Born Pretty Store. You can buy them here. Don’t forget you can use my affiliate link in the sidebar if you are not registered and use the 10% discount code to get a discount on non sale items. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite. The results:
I am totally in love with this mani! I had to try a few different pinks to find one that was opaque enough to cover the green, otherwise it just looked like random lines everywhere. I think that is the key to double stamping (in my novice opinion!). If you’re not stamping with similar shades and you want you want to create a “background” the polish you stamp over it needs to be opaque enough to cover the stamping underneath. I know that I have been posting a lot of stamping manis. Since I got my new stamper it is ALL I want to do. It is the quickest and easiest way for me to achieve an intricate design on my nails which looks like it took ages to do. Still less of a “cheat” than stickers though because it does take practice and skill to get stamping to look decent. I wasn’t sure about the glitter nail for a while, but I like it. This mani needed some sparkle! Someone said the stamped nails look like porcelain. They really do!
In the photo I am holding my favourite hand moisturizer at the moment. Rain Aloe & Avocado Hand Butter, you can find it in their online shop here. It costs R75.00 for 75ml and I use mine multiple times a day. I have a pot in my handbag, on my desk at work and at home. Yes. I love it that much. I got my first pot in the Durban Polish Party goodie bag that I won and have been hooked every since. At first I didn’t love the smell, but I’ve actually grown to like it.
What do you think of this mani? Do you like it?