If you like the look of nail art but aren't very artistically inclined, I offer you a simple solution: nail stamping. Nail stamping is an easy way to transfer designs onto your nails and it's actually really fun to do. Even if you are artsy-craftsy, nail stamping allows for intricate and delicate patterns that just aren't possible to create freehand. This is a great technique to use on kids, too!
I got my nail stamping tools from Born Pretty. They have lots of fun designs including florals, lace, hearts, stars, graphic patterns, and so much more. Some templates are designed to cover your entire nail, others just the tips or to add a single flourish. The plates and stamping tools are pretty inexpensive so you can try them all! The possibilities are endless...
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The full step-by-step how-to for this nude and neon floral nail art is after the jump.
Neon + Nude Nail Stamping Nail Art
For this nail art tutorial, you will need:
Base coat (I used Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat)
Neutral or nude polish (I used Essie Polish in Spin the Bottle)
White polish (I used Essie Nail Polish in Blanc)
Neon orange polish (I used Essie Nail Polish in Saturday Disco Fever)
Top coat (I used Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat)
Nail art stamp template (I used Born Pretty's Lovely Star Flower Pattern)
Nail art stamping set (I used Born Pretty Nail Art Stamper with Plastic Scraper)
Cotton balls or pads
Nail polish remover
Orangewood stick, nail polish clean-up pen, or nail brush
1. After shaping nails and pushing back cuticles, wipe each nail with nail polish remover using a cotton ball to remove oils and debris. Apply a base coat to all nails.
2. Apply two coats of your base color.
3. Now, wait for that to dry completely. They need to be completely dry to the touch before proceeding. This should take about a half hour.
4. Now the fun part! Apply your white polish to the template.
5. Hold the scraper at a 45 degree angle and firmly drag it over the pattern to remove the excess polish.
6. Firmly press the stamper over the design, using a rolling motion in one direction. You will need to work quickly here so you may want to practice a few times on paper before stamping your actual nails.
7. Immediately roll the stamp onto your nail, again applying a fair amount of pressure, to transfer the design onto your nail. Repeat on all nails.
Note: If you work fairly quickly, you can do 2 or three in a row but you will need to periodically clean the stamper, scraper, and template with a cotton ball and nail polish remover.
8. Now stamp all nails using your neon orange polish.
I used two different florals patterns. One for the white at the base of my nails and the other for the orange at the tips.
9. As you can see in the previous pic, the stamp will get on your fingers and leave a mess. Go ahead and clean that up with a nail polish touch-up pen, a nail brush dipped in polish remover, or an orangewood stick wrapped with a little cotton like I'm doing here.
10. Apply a top coat to all nails and you are good to go!