Happy Mother’s Day! I’m bringing some bright neon floral nails for Mom with this manicure so let’s get started!
I’ve been using a lot of foil lately, so I wanted to try my hand at combining foils with stamping, something that I’ve only done one other time. I picked this pretty shimmery magenta one from a batch I bought from eBay a long time ago, and then I picked colors for my manicure to go along with it.
For the stamping, I chose the rose design from the top row, 2nd from the right from the Valentine’s Day BP-L001 plate from Born Pretty Store.
To make the decals, I applied some HK Girl Top Coat from Glisten & Glow in rectangular sections on top of the silicone Lotus Mat from Bundle Monster and allowed it to dry completely. I then used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in Purple to transfer the image from the plate to the patch of dried top coat and quickly rubbed the foil over the stamped area. If you are not quick enough, the foil will not stick to the image, and you will have to try it again. This is definitely not an easy process, and you can see that my bottom two tries were more successful than the top two tries. Practice makes perfect!
I further prepped my decals by lifting them up gently with a pair of tweezers, and then I cut them down to the size of my nail with a small pair of nail scissors.
I used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in Purple for my thumb, index, and pinky fingers and decided to paint my middle and ring fingers a bright neon yellow color. Because neon formulas tend to be sheer, I applied Neon Base Coat from Formula X before applying 2-3 coats of Yellow Polka Dot Bikini from China Glaze on top. This was allowed to dry completely before setting the pre-made decals with another layer of HK Girl Top Coat underneath them.
A layer of water based base coat from Born Pretty was applied on top to seal the foil in place.
You can still see the original texture of the foil in the stamping, which is pretty cool. Unfortunately it was hard to photograph the luminescence of the design, although I think the decals looked a lot better than the final result.
It’s still a sweet design, and it’s not going to deter me from trying to stamp with foils again, although I probably won’t try it any time soon right now!
Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day! Happy polishing!