My original post of this manicure was quite impressive to me at the time, as I was just getting into stamping. You can read all about it here. This time around, I wanted to follow the same theme but use different polishes and a different stamp image.
- Mundo de Unas Black (stamping)
- Essie Ballet Slippers
- Bundle Monster BM-211 (stamp plate)
I used my usual base coat to prep my nails and then I used 3 coats of the Ballet Slippers. I don't have many Essie polishes in my collection and there is a reason why. I've struggled with them. I don't find them to have even coverage. Even with three coats of this, I still have a VNL. It is a very pretty color though. I love the subtle pink and it has an appropriate name. Once that was mostly dry, I applied a layer of Seche Vite to harden the polish and prepare for the stamping.
I love this MDU polish!!! I used just a very small amount on my plate and scraped very lightly and slowly to get full coverage on the image. I waited a few seconds to pick up the image on my rectangle Messy Mansion stamper. The fact that this polish takes a little longer to dry really worked in my favor as I needed to line up the image with my nail carefully on each finger. I did one finger at a time so that I could clean up after the stamping as I have heard that this polish may stain my skin or cuticles if not removed quickly. Once all of my nails were done, I waited a good 5-10 minutes before adding my top coat. I used a "floating" technique to be sure not to smear the black. It turned out amazing!
Comparing these manicures, I can really see an improvement in my photography skills. I'm glad to see that, since I feel like I am still struggling to get it just right. It seems like I am on the right track!