Today we’re going to look at the Chinese Style L005 stamping plate from Born Pretty. At first glance, you will think that this plate is only good for Chinese New Year, but it can be used for all sorts of manicures.
Happy Chinese New Year!
Frankly, I have to admit that I’m a little appalled by some of the “Chinese New Year” manicures that I’ve been seeing. Apparently some people think the prompt is simply “Asian,” which allows them to paint Japanese cherry blossom manicures or Kabuki masks. I mean, at least get the country right!
Any self respecting Chinese person will tell you that this holiday is all about the color red to scare off bad spirits and bring you good luck. Equally important is the color gold to welcome money and fortune into your life, which is why lucky money envelopes are usually red and gold.
This manicure is clearly inspired by these envelopes, so I started by painting my nails a nice bright red. I used 064 Pillar Box Red from Aimeili here, applying 2 coats and curing each one for one minute.
Gung Hay Fat Choy! It’s the Year of the Dog! I’m not very Chinese by Asian standards, having been born in America, but it gives me an excuse to paint my nails and wear red!
For this manicure, I used a red creme shade that had a pretty gold shimmer undertone to it.
I gave my nails a lucky money envelope kind of look with some stamping using a plate from Bundle Monster and some gold stamping polish from Ya Qin An.
Because there are so many lines in this pattern, one has to use a gentle touch when picking up the polish from the plate and applying it to the nails with the stamper, particularly if the stamper is squishy. If the same amount of pressure is not applied during both of these steps, the lines will warp and the design will not be straight.
Because 2018 is the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese zodiac, I wanted to add a cute little friend to this manicure as an accent nail. Continue reading
Hi, everyone! Chinese New Year is right around the corner as it falls on January 28 this year, so I made a red and gold manicure for the occasion.
I started by painting my nails a beautiful red color. I chose Suzanne from Julep for its subtle gold shimmer.
I wanted to have a lucky money type print in gold over the red, so I picked a pattern from plate BM-S228 from Bundle Monster to do some stamping.
I used the image from the upper left hand corner all over my nails.
2017 is the year of the rooster, so he had to represent. I put him on my ring finger and used two different sized detail brushes and a mix of craft smart acrylic paints to make him come to life.
After adding some glossy top coat over everything, the manicure is done!
Hope you have a prosperous lunar new year ahead of you! Happy polishing!
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year to those who celebrate! I don’t really get into the festivities that much other than wearing something red and getting some lucky money, but it’s still a holiday of note in my family.
2016 is the year of the monkey, so of course I wanted to paint monkeys on my nails. I decided to do a red base color (of course) with gold glitter on top for luck.
I would have liked to use nail polish to paint the monkeys, but I didn’t have time to let the coats of polish dry completely in between steps, so I used acrylic paint instead.
After some top coat, I was done! It didn’t even take that long to do- maybe an hour or less if you don’t count the time I spent taking pictures of the steps. Lucky me!
Hope this year brings you luck and fortune as well! Happy polishing!