Here’s another great way to use your OPI Sheer Tints…
Start with a white or light neutral base color. Then do some nail stamping over top. When that’s dry, light sweep some OPI Sheer Tints over top of your stamps to get this awesome effect! One of the cool things about Sheer Tints is that they are so translucent you really don’t need to be neat or accurate when you apply them. Yet the finished product makes people go “hmmmm how did you do that?”
What I’m wearing:
♥ I used OPI’s My Vampire is Buff as my basecoat
♥ Then I did a gradient using a makeup wedge and a creamy teal called On The Go by Caronia
♥ I stamped over my gradient with Butter London Royal Navy and 4 different full-nail designs from my Bundle Monster BM-404 plate
♥ Lastly I applied quick-dry Seche Vite topcoat over all my nails. The navy Butter London didn’t smudge at all. 🙂
The idea for this color combo has been swirling around in my head for days… and I see why. I love how the colors look here! The cream, teal and navy look perfectly Mediterranean together I think. I hope you like it too!
Don’t forget to check out all the other entries for N.A.I.L.‘S gradient theme! And feel free to join in since the inlinkz are open for the whole month of February!
Today I’m wearing some more Moon Sugar Decals! These are a cute dreamcatcher design that come 33 to a sheet as shown here. BTW, did you see that I’m having an international GIVEAWAY where one lucky winner will get a $20 gift certificate for moonsugardecals.com ? Get on it!
For this look I painted my nails with OPI My Vampire is Buff and I did a wood grain accent nail using my MoYou London nail stamping plate. Then I put dream catcher water slide decals on the other nails. Don’t know how to use water slide decals? Here’s a step-by-step that I put together: DECAL TUTORIAL. I followed the same application process for these dream catcher nails, except I also applied a very light layer of clear nail polish before sticking the decals on. You don’t need to do that though. They stick well enough from the clearcoat that you put on afterwards, but I just felt like trying it a different way.
I also used a dotting tool and some Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint to make some simple turquoise dots. It only took a minute to place the dots, but they really transformed the manicure. It gives a Native American feel I think.
I hope you like my nails and good luck in the giveaway! With a $20 gift certificate you could probably buy about 5 full sheets of decals! If you win…. which designs would you pick from their catalog??? I really like their sugar skulls, but I also have some of their lotus flowers that I haven’t tried yet. I got the lotus flowers from Julie at Short & Sweet in Texas. We purchase different decals online and then mail each other little samples. Julie and I are like an after-school-commercial… COLLECT THEM ALL, TRADE THEM WITH YOUR FRIENDS! LOL
♥ If you place an order on moonsugardecals.com make sure to use my crafty coupon code 20OFFCN to save 20% off your order!!! Code 20OFFCN is good til Feb 21, 2014.
I love nail stamping with my Konad, Cheeky and MoYou plates… but sometimes a solid-colored stamp is just too boring for me. I’m always looking for fun ways to complicate a simple stamp manicure. Then it hit me: why not do a dotticure, then stamp over top of it!?
I like the end result! It has a sorta country-appeal to it. Kinda like shabby chic wall-paper or something. It didn’t take long to do, especially since my MoYou XL stamper is soft and squishy so I don’t need to press very hard. Which means my underneath layers of polish don’t have to be dry when I stamp. That saves me a lot of waiting/dry-time. I hafta say, since I got my MoYou stamper- I haven’t even touched my old Konad one at all!
Here’s what I’m wearing:
♥ Sally Hansen Maximum Growth – as my basecoat
♥ OPI My Vampire is Buff – three coats
♥ AVON Ruby Slipper & AVON Garden Green w/a dotting tool – for the dots
♥ Black Konad polish and my MoYou London Festive 03 plate – for the stamping
♥ Seche Vite – as my topcoat
When I topcoated my thumb it seemed very prone to smudging. So I had to really slather the seche vite on super thick as to not drag the brush across my design. I hate how stamping smudges so easy. I’m wondering if different polishes smudge differently? I dunno, but Konad polish surely smudges! I SHOULD DO A SMUDGING EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT BRANDS! I’ll put that on my blog to-do list.
Only two days left til Christmas!! You ready for it??? Tonight we just need to make a big batch of cookies and then we are all set for the festivities!