Nail Blog

  • Looking for Inspiration for DIY Nails? (11/8/2017)

    Doing your nails can be a calming experience, a chance to engage your creative side and focus on one thing. For me it is anyway…

    One of the most challenging things when creating new nail art is deciding which design to go for, which colours to use and how to do it – after all, there are so many options! Your nails will have to look like this for a week as well!

    Images and pictures of other people’s nails is often great inspiration in helping you to decide which design to go for. Personally, I don’t like to carbon copy the image exactly, but more use it to guide me and inspire me to create my own design.

    Here are all my nail designs to date (which I hope to update regularly). I hope you find something inspirational out of at least one design!

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    The first ever set I did, MoYou Croco Spark with Mood Indigo stamped over with MoYou Mandala plate 08.

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    Natural nails with MoYou Kaleidoscope stamping plate 12 as tips with MoYou White Knight and MoYou Henna plate 04 Black Knight stamp.

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    MoYou Mood Indigo with White Knight stamping Henna plate 01. Honolulu and Peach Tart for the thumb reverse stamp and Essie Matte About You top coat.

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    My first attempt at a friends’ nails with base colour MoYou Ginger Rust with Black Knight Mandala stamping plate 08.

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    Toe nail stamping with MoYou Midnight Madness, Mesa Sunrise, Key Lime and XOXO. Big toe stamped with Henna plate 01. See a step by step guide on how to do this here.

    Autumn nails with MoYou Cafe Au Lait base, Midnight Madness and Mesa Sunrise Stamps and Ginger Rust dotting. Plate used was Tropical 23. Learn how to do it fully here.

    My Changing Seasons nails with MoYou Cafe Au Lait as base and leaves stamping with Ever Green, Key Lime, Mesa Sunrise and XOXO. Plate was Tropical 23 again. You can learn how to do this one here.

    I did a variation on the changing seasons for my friends’ nails with MoYou Midnight Madness as the base and leaves with Mesa Sunrise, Key Lime and XOXO. You can see the step-by-step guide on this here.

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    This one uses MoYou Snowflake as the base with ombre stamping with Midnight Madness and Glacier using the Doodles plate 13.

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    My first of 3 Halloween special nails this year, MoYou Snowflake as the base and Black Knight stamping with the Mother Nature plate 04.

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    My second Halloween special was ombre nails with MoYou Snowflake and Black Knight as the base stamped over with Black Knight with Mother Nature plate 04.

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    For my final Halloween nails, and the ones I finally kept with for the 31st, I used MoYou Midnight Madness and Ginger Rust (my fave combination) with Mother Nature 04 again. (I think you can start to see the improvement from here on…)

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    After Halloween I switched to another autumnal theme with Mother Nature 04 plate and Cloudy Day, In to the Woods, Mesa Sunrise, Ever Green and Key Lime. Essie Matte About You finished the look.

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    Keeping with the autumnal theme I took inspiration from MoYou’s fox forest bundle and used Midnight Madness, Mesa Sunrise, White Knight and Olive Tree for this one, along with Flower Power 17 and Animal 12 plates.

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    I also took inspiration from Instagram’s Mausigrau and her MoYou bundle and used Olive Tree, Cloudy Day, Into The Woods and Mesa Sunrise with Animal plate 12.

  • How To Create An Ombre Nail Effect (10/23/2017)

    Ombré (literally “shaded” in French) is the gradual blending of one colour hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. – Wikipedia

    In nail art, an ombre effect can be achieved in a number of different ways to create different effects or looks. I will just go over the 2 most popular, basically the first creates an ombre with the base colour and the second uses the stamp to do it. It depends on what kind of look you are going for as they are both quite different.

     

    Ombre Effect #1

    This method uses a make-up sponge or ombre-tool with overlapping strips of polish which are then stamped over the nail to create a shaded effect.

    This is everything you will need to create this look yourself:

    • Base coat
    • MoYou cuticle guard
    • Colour 1 (in this case MoYou Midnight Madness)
    • Colour 2 (in this case MoYou Glacier)
    • MoYou Ombre Tool (or a make-up sponge)
    • Tweezers
    • Nail polish remover
    • Small brush

    Step 1

    Prepare your nails with a base coat.

    Step 2

    Apply the cuticle guard to stop paint from getting on your finger and to make it easier to clean up at the end. Apply more than usual, especially around the sides of the nail.

    Step 3

    Paint the nail polish onto the ombre sponge (or any other make-up sponge) and then dab this onto the nails. You can do this straight onto the nails and apply several coats OR you can first do a single base coat colour on the nail before doing one layer of ombre over the top.

    In this example, I used Glacier straight onto the nail first, waited for it to dry, then applied one coat of ombre.

    Step 4

    Remove the cuticle guard with tweezers and tidy up the nail with a thin brush dipped in nail polish remover. You can then either apply top coat or continue over the colour with a nail art stamp.

     

     

     

    Ombre effect #2

    This technique uses less paint, fewer layers and in my opinion, gives a brighter, clearer finish to the nails. It’s basically the opposite of #1, but is only suitable if you are planning to stamp your nails. It’s basically a shaded effect on the stamp. It works on small stamps and full nail coverage stamps.

    This is everything you will need to create this look yourself:

    • Base coat
    • MoYou cuticle guard (optional)
    • Colour 1 (in this case MoYou Key Lime)
    • Colour 2 (in this case MoYou Mesa Sunrise)
    • Colour 3 (in this case MoYou XOXO)
    • MoYou Crystal Clear Stamper and Scraper
    • MoYou Henna 01 plate
    • Tweezers (optional)
    • Nail polish remover
    • Small brush

    Step 1

    Apply base coat and allow to dry.

    Step 2

    Apply the base colour and allow to dry then.

    Step 3

    Create the ombre effect with the stamp by painting 3 colours onto the plate and blending when you scrape over. Pick up the paint by gently rolling over a clean stamper. Once picked up on the stamp, transfer the paint to the nail by pressing down firmly onto the nail.

    Step 4

    Tidy up the nail with a thin brush dipped in nail polish remover.

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    Step 5

    Cover the nails with a smudge-free top coat (MoYou top coat).

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  • 12 Things You Need For Successful Nail Stamping And Why (10/20/2017)

    So I’m pretty new to this nail stamping business myself. I only really got into it just before my friend’s wedding in August. I bought some cheap plates and a stamper off ebay, some nail polish from my local supermarket, tried it once, failed and almost gave up. I couldn’t understand why it didn’t work very well… Now, 3 months on (and several youtube videos later) I feel much more experienced – it didn’t take that long at all.

    Here I am going to pop all the things I have learnt and everything I have had to invest in to get my nails to the standard I am happy with.

    As you can probably see from my other nail art blog posts, I am NOT a professional, in fact, far from it. I do my nails as a hobby, and as I’ve already mentioned, have only been doing it properly for about 2 months now! But hopefully, this means more people can relate to me and also, not have unrealistic expectations. As with any skill, it takes lots of practice to get better at it! So get stamping!

    If you want 10% off at MoYou London website you can also use my friend-referral link!

    So as the titles suggests… What do you need to successfully stamp your nails? And, more importantly, why?

    #1 High Quality (and CLEAN see #10) Stamping Plates

    When I started getting interested in nail art I did what I suspect most people do and headed to places like ebay and amazon to get them as cheaply as possible. It’s understandable, when you invest in a new hobby you don’t want to splash out on the expensive stuff straight away just to find out you’re not that into it. But this is a false economy. In my scenario, I bought 10 cheap plates, a stamper and a scraper off ebay for about £5, yes, £5! But they were so low quality I struggled to do anything with them and nearly gave up with the idea of nail stamping altogether! What I would recommend is looking at one of the high-quality bundles, like one of the MoYou bundles which I went on to buy.

    So why does the plate quality really matter?

    Evidence #1

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    For me the difference between the quality of the plates is clear

    And the proof is in the stamping, I don’t think the stamp from the cheap plate is very clear, and that was the best design on the plate.

    For both of these pictures, I used exactly the same equipment and technique, but you can clearly see my cheap plates produced poor results.

    Why?

    There are many potential reasons:

    • The image isn’t cut deep enough, therefore not enough polish goes into the design to pick up, or the polish is then so thin that it dries too quickly for you to pick up.
    • The cheap plates are usually thin and flexible, so that when you scrape over the plate moves and distorts.
    • The patterns aren’t rigorously tested or validated. On the MoYou website you can see images of the stamps which the plates create, and you feel confident that they test every design to make sure it can even be stamped. On the cheap plates, there are some designs that are so fine and intricate they seem impossible to stamp correctly.

    Conclusion?

    Invest in high-quality plates at the start so that you enjoy the process of stamping from day 1 🙂

    #2 Opaque and colour-rich nail polish

    Another mistake I made initially is thinking that you could stamp with any nail polish. Unfortunately, you can’t.

    Evidence #2

    Both of these polishes are white, the one on the left is Maybelline Color Show in ‘Winter Baby’ and right is MoYou’s ‘White Knight’. The difference is obvious.

    Why?

    • When you scrape your paint over the design you are leaving a very thin layer of paint behind. If the polish is not highly pigmented this layer is too thin to create an opaque stamp and will simply not show up.
    • Equally, this thin layer is also prone to drying extremely quickly, so even some highly pigmented but quick-drying polishes will be hard to stamp as the whole process of stamping requires the stamp to remain at least partially wet.

    Conclusion?

    Invest in nail polish designed for stamping! Brands include MoYou, Konad, China Glaze etc. Although I have only ever tried MoYou as they seem the best value for money.

    #3 A clear stamper – more specifically, a Crystal Clear stamper

    When I bought my first cheap stamping set I got a free opaque stamper with it and wow, was it hard to use. I literally had no idea where I was putting my stamp and was left with wonky stamps or stamps which didn’t match from nail to nail. It was horrific and really put me off.

    After this, I bought a bundle from MoYou which contained a clear stamper and it instantly made a world of difference. Basically, a clear stamper means you can see all the way through the stamp to the design and ultimately your nail underneath.

    Although I liked this new stamper, I still missed my mark a lot, the clear plastic basically acted like a prism and distorted the light going through it making it seem like it was about to stamp in the right place, but actually, I wasn’t…

    So third time lucky, I invested in the MoYou Crystal Clear stamper and instantly fell in love. Not only is the stamping head clear, but the bottom of the stamp actually pops off, so there’s no plastic prism for the light to pass through. The stamp head is also nice and big allowing you to pick up lots of designs so you could technically do several nails in one stamp. It also comes in a nice box and has a pretty design.

    Evidence #3

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    Right>Left: Unbranded opaque stamper, MoYou Rectangular Clear stamper, MoYou Crystal Clear stamper with top and bottom lids off.

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    Honestly, I struggle to see any difference in how the stampers pick up the polish, they all do it equally very well. But that’s not the point here…

    …the reason I suggest a clear stamper is the ability to see through it. The Crystal Clear is the out-right winner for me.

    You can see how the Rectangular Clear stamper distorts the view in this image.

    Why?

    • Because otherwise, you can’t see where you’re stamping = a world of frustration
    • A clear stamper means you can see all the way through the stamp to the design and ultimately your nail underneath = perfect stamp placement
    • This is much easier especially for beginners

    Conclusion?

    Investing in a clear stamper like the MoYou Crystal Clear stamper or the MoYou SUPER clear stamper can make your life so much easier from the start, remove frustration from incorrect design placement and save you time overall.

    #4 A standard clothes lint roller

    Yep, you need a lint roller! I bought mine from H&M for 99p, but I’m sure they are cheaper elsewhere. I think also one of the mini ones would be cool, but I haven’t found one in any shops yet.

    Evidence #4

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    It’s hard to see on this image, but using acetone nail polish remover on this stamper caused parts to turn opaque 😦

    Why?

    • Because nail polish remover ruins stamps. You should NOT clean your stamper with nail polish remover, acetone or IPA. I did this with my first clear stamper and you can see the result of that in the image above.
    • The lint roller is used to clean the stamper only, it can also be used to remove parts of the design which are unwanted, or any excess paint which was picked up.

    Conclusion?

    Get a lint roller!

    #5 Liquid latex or a cuticle guard

    If, like me, you are a complete noob at nail painting, or if you have unsteady hands, or are in a rush, you are likely to get the base colour nail polish on your finger as well as your nails. Also, most stamps are larger than your actual nail and will often go over onto your finger.

    Most nail polish comes off your finger relatively easily with a bit of acetone or nail polish remover, but some dark, and especially the highly pigmented polishes (discussed in #2) are a nightmare to remove and can stain your finger terribly.

    Some techniques, such as ombre effect or nail dipping can also cover your finger in polish.

    Evidence #5

    An ombre effect is a surefire way to cover your finger in nail polish, the cuticle guard makes cleaning up so easy!

    Why?

    • For a quick clean up after stamping
    • To stop polish from staining your fingers
    • To give a neater edge to the polish

    Conclusion?

    Perhaps if you’re very skilled at applying nail polish and never get it on your finger you don’t need this (lol, who is?!). But I think this item is pretty essential. I bought, not surprisingly, the MoYou Cuticle Guard. I haven’t used any others, but this one works well and smells pretty nice too.

    And that leads me on to….

    #6 Tweezers

    You wouldn’t think you would need tweezer when doing your nails, but how else are you going to remove the fiddly cuticle guard?

    Why?

    • To remove the cuticle guard or any hairs or lint which stick to your freshly-painted nails.

    Conclusion?

    Any standard tweezers will do.

    #7 A good base coat

    Again, when I first started with this, I bought one of the MoYou Bundle starter packs and that was literally all I had. I never normally painted my nails, even with just a plain colour, so I had no base coats, no top coats, no nothing… The first time I stamped my nails properly they lasted hardly a day before the first chip!

    Nails are naturally covered in oils that come from your skin so are generally not very sticky. They are also more prone to staining than your finger as they’re actually more permeable than skin.

    Why?

    • To prime your nail, making a sticky layer upon which you paint your colour and stamp design
    • To extend your nail polish to about a week (now I use base coats and top coats together I usually last about 4 days with no chips whatsoever and about a week of them OK enough to keep on).
    • To prevent polish from staining your nails – which often happens with dark and bold colours (especially stamping polishes I recommend in #2)
    • Some base coats also have other benefits, filling in nail ridges for instance, promoting faster nail growth or strengthening nails and preventing peeling

    Conclusion?

    There are a lot of different base coats on the market, you should go for one which you think will suit your nails best, if they are ridged, prone to peeling or dry for instance there are base coats for all these nail ‘types’. I love the Jessica Reward base coat, made for normal nails, but I’ve since found that the Essie First Base helps prevent staining by navy blue a little better.

    I think you know what’s coming next….

    #8 A good (SMUDGE RESISTANT) top coat

    Please note the ‘Smudge resistant’ part of this point. There are so many great top coats that I’ve read about and have indeed bought, including the Essie Matte About You matte finish top coat (which is amazing) and the Jessica Brilliance high gloss top coat. BUT, and this is a big but, I’ve found that both of these great top coats smudge the thin layer of nail polish stamp. This literally defeats the point of using them to ‘protect’ the stamp!

    Therefore, I have bought the MoYou Top Coat which is even named ‘smudge resistant’. I’ve never had a problem with it. The only caveat is that, on its own, this top coat is pretty bland. It’s sort of semi-shine and the gloss finish fades after a day or so I’ve found.

    Why?

    • To protect the nail and stamp
    • To prevent chipping (now I use base coats and top coats together, my nails usually last about 4 days with no chips whatsoever and about a week of them OK enough to keep on).
    • To give a smooth finish to the nail
    • To add a different effect to the nail – i.e. Matte finish or high gloss finish

    Conclusion?

    Cover your nail art with a smudge-resistant top coat, like the MoYou Top Coat, before applying your favourite top coat to first avoid smudging the design and then to add an additional effect that you like, like a gloss or matte finish.

    #9 A high-quality nail polish remover and cotton pads

    If you enjoy doing your nails regularly then there is no avoiding the fact that you have to keep removing your old designs. Regularly using acetone-based nail polish remover can damage your nails and cause them to start peeling. One alternative is to use less-abrasive acetone-free nail polish, but if you followed my other tips and used a base coat, a high pigment colour and stamp followed by 2 tops coats, I’m afraid acetone-free remover just doesn’t cut it. You’ll be there all night trying to remove it with that, as I found out the hard way! Therefore go for a middle ground and get a high quality acetone-based nail polish remover.

    Why?

    • To remove high pigmented colour quickly and efficiently
    • To damage your nails less than using cheap remover

    Conclusion?

    Pay a little bit more for higher quality remover and your nails will thank you in the long run! I’ve found investing on a higher quality nail polish remover, like the Sally Hanson moisturising one or more recently the Zoya nail polish remover are good choices. You’re obviously going to need cotton pads as well to use the remover.

    However, one downside of having higher quality nail polish remover is that it often has extra oils and vitamins added to help soothe and moisturise your nails. when you use this remover to clean the nail polish off your stamping plates, it will most likely leave a thin residue once the acetone evaporates… therefore…

    #10 High purity isopropyl alcohol (IPA) or neat acetone and a lint-free cloth

    This is a type of alcohol-based cleaner which evaporates quickly and is very pure.

    Why?

    • If your nail polish remover leaves a residue on the plate after you wipe away the nail polish then you should invest in this to fully clean your stamping plates and get rid of oil and residue
    • If the plates are not clean the polish will not get picked up by the stamp as well
    • You can also use it (very sparingly – see point #9) to remove any oil from your nails before applying the base coat

    Conclusion?

    IPA can be bought off ebay for very little, so I’d say it’s worth investing in. Keeping you plates clean will help to prolong their life and the quality of the stamps they produce, so it’s worth it in the long run.

    #11 A small eyeliner brush and a small pot (or lid)

    Again, this goes back to #5, if you are not so neat when you paint your nails, you’ll have a lot of cleaning up to do once you finish. The cuticle guard can only do so much unfortunately and most of the time I have to use a small brush dipped in nail polish to finish it off.

    Why?

    • I’ve tried using cotton buds dipped in remover, but these are not as accurate and because they’re a little thicker can sometimes rub the polish off your nails.
    • I’ve also tried a nail polish remover pen from OPI, but this was expensive and the nib lost its shape and was badly stained by blue polish after only a few uses.
    • Therefore, its the best option when compared to remover pens or cotton buds
    • The brush can be easily cleaned and reused and has unparalleled accuracy because it is very thin.

    Conclusion?

    I bought a small eyeliner brush from superdrug, it works great! If you pour some nail polish into a small lid, it also helps.

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    #12 Kitchen roll

    Yes, you need kitchen roll! I place this over my glass board and underneath my plates.

    Evidence #12

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    You can see my excess scrapings here!

    Why?

    • To mop up an excess polish which might go over the edge of the plate or is left on the scraper. Once you scrape the polish over the plate you can wipe any excess off the scraper immediately.
    • To protect your work area from polish stains.

    Conclusion?

    A simple investment saves your clean-up of your work area once you’re done!

    I hope you find this useful, I know I would have done 3 months ago! If you have any of your own suggestions I’d be happy to hear them and could even add them to the list!

    To see how I put this list into action please visit my step-by-step guide section!

    Happy stamping!

  • Changing Seasons – Autumn Nails Variation (10/20/2017)

    So after one of my friends saw my new ‘changing seasons nails‘, they asked me to repeat the design for them, but with a focus on only the autumn leave colours and with a navy blue background.

    If you want to follow a full step-by-step guide, look at my step-by-step changing seasons blog. I followed the same steps as there but with just a few tweaks:

    • MoYou Tropical plate 23 – SAME
    • MoYou Crystal Clear Stamper and Scaper – SAME
    • Jessica Reward base coat – SWAPPED – for Essie First Base (better at dealing with staining that you get with dark colours)
    • Jessica Brilliance top coat – SAME
    • MoYou top coat – SAME
    • MoYou Mesa Sunrise – SAME
    • MoYou Ever Green – REMOVED
    • MoYou Cafe Au Lait – SWAPPED – for Midnight Madness
    • MoYou Key Lime – SAME
    • MoYou XOXO – SAME
    • MoYou Cancun Coral – ADDED – for more autumn colours
    • MoYou Cuticle Guard – ADDED – I used this to help with the blue stains on he finger
    • Nail polish remover
    • 99% IPA
    • Lint-free cloth
    • Cotton pads
    • Small brush
    • Lint Roller

    Step 1

    Cuticle guard around all nails.

    Step 2

    Essie First Base base coat (why?).

    Step 3

    Base colour – Midnight Madness

    Step 4

    To create a marble effect on the leaves dot on several colours of paint on the plate and scrape over 3-4 times with the scraper (changing direction each time) before picking up the design. You need to make sure you’re very fast as, if the paint dries, it won’t be picked up by the stamper very well. Once picked up, remove any unwanted sections with the lint-roller. All leaves used variations of:

    • Key Lime
    • Mesa Sunrise,
    • Cancun Coral
    • XOXO

    Step 6

    Remove the cuticle guard with the tweezers and tidy up the nail edges with a thin brush dipped in nail polish remover.

    Step 7

    Cover the nails with a smudge-free top coat (MoYou top coat) and allow to dry before applying the Jessica Brilliance top coat to finish (why?).

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    Nail Gallery:

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  • Changing Seasons – Leaves – Tropical 23 (10/17/2017)

    After my last attempt at autumn nails, I inspired myself to go one step further and perfect the autumn leaves design. This design is a fluid and transitional one, with a different stamp on each nail taking the leaves from green on the thumb to red/orange on the little finger – literally representing changing seasons.

    You should use a marble effect to create the leaf stamps and give each leaf a unique colour and style.

    I used the MoYou Tropical plate number 23 again, as this has several leaf designs and is a plate I already had, although the Mother Nature plate 07 is now firmly on my wishlist! You can use any pate which has a leaf design. Pair this with some natural leaf colours, I used the autumn colours I bought recently; Mesa Sunrise (a burnt orange), Cafe Au Lait (nude) and some older colours I had; Ever Green, Key Lime and XOXO (pink/red).

    This is everything you will need to create this look yourself:

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    • MoYou Tropical plate 23
    • MoYou Crystal Clear Stamper and Scaper
    • Jessica Reward base coat
    • Jessica Brilliance top coat
    • MoYou top coat
    • MoYou Mesa Sunrise
    • MoYou Ever Green
    • MoYou Cafe Au Lait
    • MoYou Key Lime
    • MoYou XOXO
    • Nail polish remover
    • 99% IPA
    • Lint-free cloth
    • Cotton pads
    • Small brush
    • Lint Roller
    • Why do I need all this?

    Step 1

    Prepare your nails with a base coat. I used Jessica Reward as it suits my nails (why?).

    Step 2

    Once dry, apply the base colour – Cafe Au Lait, or any nude colour. Make sure to paint the nail edge to reduce the risk of chipping.

    Step 3

    Allow to dry and now prepare the plate with IPA and lint-free cloth. If the plate is dirty the stamp won’t work as well.

    Step 4

    To create a marble effect on the leaves dot on several colours of paint on the plate and scrape over 3-4 times with the scraper (changing direction each time) before picking up the design. You need to make sure you’re very fast as, if the paint dries, it won’t be picked up by the stamper very well. Once picked up, remove any unwanted sections with the lint-roller.

    • Thumb uses Ever Green with some Key Lime
    • Index finger uses Key Lime with some Ever Green
    • Middle finger uses Mesa Sunrise, Ever Green and Key Lime equally
    • Ring finger uses Mesa Sunrise and Key Lime equally
    • Little finger uses Mesa Sunrise and some XOXO

    Step 6

    Tidy up the nail edges with a thin brush dipped in nail polish remover.

    Step 7

    Cover the nails with a smudge-free top coat (MoYou top coat) and allow to dry before applying the Jessica Brilliance top coat to finish. Applying the Jessica first without the MoYou smudge resistant one will smudge the designs!

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    Nail Gallery:

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    And if you’re really into matching like me, you can match your eye make-up to your nails:

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    This uses MAC Humid and Expensive Pink.

  • Multicoloured Toes – Henna 01 (10/16/2017)

    I find that toenail art can be a lot more adventurous than fingernails. Hardly anybody sees your toenails; especially if you live in the UK where it rains a lot! So you get to go crazy with colour or patterns that you just wouldn’t do on your fingernails.

    Here are my latest toenails using the new colours I recently bought from MoYou. I used an ombre stamp effect on the big toe, which basically means blending colours together.

    This is everything you will need to create this look yourself:

    • MoYou Henna plate 01
    • MoYou Crystal Clear Stamper and Scaper
    • Essie First Base base coat
    • MoYou top coat
    • MoYou Midnight Madness
    • MoYou Mesa Sunrise
    • MoYou XOXO
    • MoYou Key Lime
    • Nail polish remover
    • 99% IPA
    • Lint-free cloth
    • Cotton pads
    • Small brush
    • Tweezers
    • Lint Roller
    • Why do I need all this?

    The following steps and images show how you can achieve this nail design yourself.

    Step 1

    Prepare your nails with a base coat. I used Essie First Base as I find it’s the best base coat for preventing the paint from staining your nails. The MoYou Midnight Madness stains awfully otherwise…

    Step 2

    Once dry, apply the colour. I used a different colour per toe (and did the same colours on the same opposite toes). I used 2 coats of each colour, allowing the paint to dry between coats.

    Step 3

    For the big toe, apply Midnight Madness as the base colour, then create an ombre effect with the stamp by painting 3 colours onto the plate and blending when you scrape over. Pick up the paint by gently rolling over a clean stamper. Be fast and do not allow the paint to dry. Once picked up on the stamp, transfer the paint to the nail by pressing down firmly onto the nail.

    Step 4

    Tidy up the nail with a thin brush dipped in nail polish remover.

    Step 5

    Cover the nails with a smudge-free top coat (MoYou top coat), before applying Jessica Brilliance.

    The Completed Nails:

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  • Autumn Nails – Tropical 23 (10/12/2017)

    So with the weather definitely rainy and glum now, I decided to see if I could get my nails to blend in with an autumnal theme.

    I used (ironically) the MoYou Tropical plate number 23, as this has several leaf designs on it along with a couple of new colours I bought today; Mesa Sunrise (a burnt orange), Midnight Madness (navy), Cafe au Lait (nude) and accents of Ginger Rust (a green-gold colour). I’d say you could use any leaf design or plate, for me, an autumn design is more about the colours than the actual design.

    This is everything you will need to create this look yourself:

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    • MoYou Tropical plate 23
    • MoYou Crystal Clear Stamper and Scaper
    • Jessica Reward base coat
    • MoYou cuticle guard
    • MoYou top coat
    • MoYou Mesa Sunrise
    • MoYou Midnight Madness
    • MoYou Cafe au Lait
    • MoYou Ginger Rust
    • Nail polish remover
    • 99% IPA
    • Lint-free cloth
    • Cotton pads
    • Small brush
    • Dotting tool
    • Tweezers
    • Lint Roller
    • Why do I need all this?

    The following steps and images show how you can achieve this nail design yourself. I will just do my index and little fingers as examples.

    Step 1

    Prepare your nails with a base coat. I used Jessica Reward as it suits my nails.

    Step 2

    Apply the cuticle guard.

    Step 3

    Once dry, apply the base colour – Cafe au Lait, or any nude colour. Make sure to paint the nail edge to prevent chipping.

    Step 4

    Allow to dry and now prepare the plate with IPA and lint free cloth. If the plate is dirty the stamp won’t work as well.

    Step 5

    For the index finger I will be applying coloured leaves, first one in Mesa Sunrise then one in Midnight Madness. Apply the paint to the plate, scrape over and pick up the paint by gently rolling over a clean stamper. Be fast and do not allow the paint to dry. Once picked up on the stamp, remove any unwanted paint with a lint roller and then transfer the paint to the nail by pressing down firmly.

    Step 6

    For the little finger I will be applying coloured stripes, first one in Midnight Madness, then two in Mesa Sunrise. As before, apply the paint to the plate, scrape over and pick up the paint by gently rolling over a clean stamper. Remove any unwanted paint with a lint roller and then transfer the paint to the nail by pressing down firmly.

    Step 7

    Use a little Ginger Rust and a dotting tool for some accents on the nail.

    Step 8

    Remove the cuticle guard with tweezers and tidy up the nail with a thin brush dipped in nail polish remover.

    Step 9

    Cover the nails with a smudge-free top coat (MoYou top coat), before applying your favourite top coat.

    Try different combinations to create a nice look where every nail is different but all with the same theme!

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