I really love doing my own nails. I like the whole process of putting on something fun to watch and then buffing them and painting them. I also love doing nail art which means that I either have to shell out a lot of money at the nail salon, or I learn how to do it myself. I found Moyou London and their nail stamps and I’ve been a fan ever since. The plates are reusable, you can use your own nail polish (so long as it’s highly pigmented) and they’re always coming out with new stuff. I have several plates from them and consider it as self-imposed rest because I can’t do anything until my nails are dry.
Summertime is TONS of fun not just for the warm weather, but because you can use really bright fun colors for polishes. Today I’m going to show you how to get a fun summer look using a couple of techniques as well as a nail plate and stamp from Moyou, and you know it’s good because they’re not paying me to say anything. I am using some Amazon affiliate links which means if you like what you see and you click and buy from them, I get a small commission (thank you!).
So to get these nails I first shaped my nails and painted them with an O.P.I Ridge filler which is so worth it. Ridge filler will make the nail polish you put over them go on smoothly.
Once the ridge filler is dry, I painted my nails with two coats of light blue.
Then I take paint several squares (the size of my nails) with top coat on a silicone mat that will allow me to paint separate colors on the design. The mate I used can be found HERE. Once the squares are dry, I took O.P.I (white) and used the stamp ( called Moyou London Sailor 19 ) and nail plate to lift the design and stamp it down on top of the dry clear coat on the silicone mat.
After the designs have been stamped on the dry overcoat you can paint it. I have a small brush that I use to dab colors on. You don’t want to actually “paint it” because dragging the brush across can smudge the stamp. I used light pink (O.P.I.) for the shells and Coral (O.P.I) for the starfish.
After the paint has dried I carefully lifted the clear coat off the silicon mat and place it on my nail. Press it gently down and make sure there are no air bubbles. then I use some nail polish remover to take the excess away. Next, I just seal up the design with a quick swipe of clear coat (don’t press too hard or you can smudge the design), and you’re finished! I hope you really enjoy this look.