Monday, April 21, 2014

Mani Monday with Tiffany

Happy Easter to all the Glitter and Gloss readers!  Hope ya'll had a fantastic Sunday with your loved ones.

I'm going to be up front about today's mani.  I wasn't loving it.  I wore it for maybe 24 hours and took it off.    My plan A was a bust.  So this was plan B.  My stamping skills have clearly digressed since I have had no practice in a while.  However, I did get a few compliments so maybe one or two of you will like it too!

For this mani you will need a white base polish, five color polishes of your choice, plastic wrap, black stamping polish and all the other usual suspects (like acetone, cleanup brush, etc.)

As I did not get nearly enough pictures for a good tutorial, there is going to be a lot of explanation.  I apologize.  I forget to take pics!  Before you start, cut up the plastic wrap into strips or squares, just big enough to ball up and cover one nail.  Do 10 (duh).

1. Paint a base coat of your choice on your nails.  I used Nail Envy Matte.
2. Paint 1 or 2 coats (depending on coverage) of your favorite white polish.  You don't need the white base to be perfect since you will be mostly covering it up.  I used 2 coats of my favorite, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.
3. Here you have a couple of choices, wait a while for the base to be completely dry and continue with step 4, or use a fast-dry top coat (I used Seche Vite) to speed up drying time and continue with step 4.
4.This is where I should've gotten more pictures  You will want to do this part one nail at a time.  Choose one of your color polishes and paint one coat over the nail.
5. Immediately after, while the polish is still wet, take a piece of the balled up plastic wrap and press it on the nail and lift it off.  The plastic wrap will lift off some of the wet polish.  I generally just have to press it to the nail one time, but if it leaves too much polish you could dab it one more time with the plastic wrap.
6. Repeat step 5 on the other 9 nails, using a different color polish for each nail.  (I used the same 5 colors for left hand and right hand).
7. Use a fast-dry top coat to smooth out the surface and dry fast for stamping.
8. Use your black stamping polish and BM315 to stamp the image on all nails.  Try to get it horizontal - I clearly failed at that.  I think I got 1 nail (on the other hand) horizontal.
9. Use a fast-dry top coat AGAIN to seal the design and ...dry fast.  And you're done!

It sounds a little complicated it but it's not so much.  Especially if you don't do the final stamping step.  I really do love a plastic wrap mani but something about the colors in this one didn't exactly appeal to me during wear.  You could use any combination of base colors and top colors.  The top colors that I used are from thumb to pinky: Zoya Shelby (not pictured), Essie Playdate, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Buttercup, Color Club Evolution, Butter London Trout Pout.   

See you next month!

LOVE these, Tiffany!!

So, what are YOU guys rocking on your nails? Link up below, and I'll pin my favorites!

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