Leopard nails: the Konad way!
Yep, in case you 've guessed it from the photo already, this will be another celebrity-inspired look for you: leopard-print nails, mimicking those of Katy Perry.
Or.. not exactly.
You see, Katy Perry herself had tweeted a photo of her Minx nail job sometime ago. Now, I 'm sure you all know what this Minx business is about: it's basically a (quite costly) method that uses an adhesive overlay to cover your nails and, to my knowledge, is salon-exclusive.
However, I 'm not even sure if there is a beautician near me that knows how to apply these, and in all honesty, I wouldn't shell out the 40 euros or so that this costs, in order to get metallic nails, unless it was a very (and I mean very) special occasion!
So, I went for the second next best thing: Konad (the first next best thing would probably be those nail wraps that are becoming all the more popular lately, but sadly I have to order them online).
Yes, I know, it lacks Katy's metallic finish, but it's still a pretty decent result (minus lightning bolt ring, how cool is that?).
- 2 coats of Illamasqua Victory
- Konad plate in M57
- Konad's own black nail polish for stamping. However, an intense, opaque black creme would work too.
Now, I have to admit, it took me a couple of mani's to get the hang of Konad-ing, I couldn't get the stamp to stay put and not bleed while applying the top coat. But, patience is key here, meaning you have to make sure that the stamp-layer is completely dry before adding your top coat (and the base nail polish should be dry before you add the stamp as well).
I guess this is why Konad's own nail polishes are the best to use for stamping: they dry really quickly in an almost rubbery texture, therefore eliminating smudging, as well as the time it would take for a normal nail polish to dry!
If you 're having trouble with Konad stamping, check out Asami's amazing post, and don't forget to follow her blog if you're into nails and nail art!
Have you tried Konad-ing yet? What plates are you using (I need ideas)! :)