Even Pushkin mentioned the beauty of nails, drawing the image of a business person. The times are changing, but even in today's rhythm of life, women always find time for a manicure, so this area of the beauty industry continues to evolve. In particular, there is such a direction in the design of nails as stamping. What is it and can it be done at home?
Stamping: what is it?
On the nails, the result of a similar procedure is similar to what remains after the artistic painting, however, the stemping allows you to get much more elegant drawings with very fine details that can not be removed manually. In addition, the design on all nails will be absolutely identical - only the master of international level is capable of such a human hand.
The name of the technology comes from the English word stamping, where the familiar “stamp” is clearly visible. In some ways, this is really a kind of stamping patterns: with the help of 2 items - a scraper and a small stamp. The patterns themselves are on a stencil disc. Interestingly, this technique can be used not only for nail design, but also for the purpose of designing other surfaces.
How to use a stamping for nails?
All manufacturers claim that the stamping easily lends itself even to non-professionals in the field of manicure, but in fact there are many tricks and subtleties that, if not followed, are very difficult to obtain the desired result. The set itself, as well as the algorithm of actions, is simple: only a disk, a stamp and a scraper are required, as well as a varnish or acrylic paint, a topcoat. Some brands produce special tools for fixing patterns.
It is required to apply a small amount of varnish or acrylic paint on the sheet with ornaments, making sure that the dye fills in the grooves, but does not spread out over the remaining zones. With the help of a scraper, laid at an angle of 30-45 degrees to the surface, remove excess paint or varnish. Then the pattern is duplicated on the stamp by connecting it with a sheet, and in the final is transferred to the nail. The resulting design is necessarily fixed top-coated.
Despite the seeming simplicity of the technology of work, women often have a lot of questions about the process, and a variety of “why?” Regarding the result that does not meet expectations. What is important to know, wanting to decorate your nails with a stamping?
- First, the work is done only on fully dried nail. That is, if you put a pattern on an already painted nail plate, the lacquer on it should harden. Otherwise, it will mix with the dye that is used to make the pattern, which may lead to the spreading of the contour. In addition, pressing the stamp to the viscous varnish will entail its lubrication.
- Secondly, the pattern printed on the stamp should be bright. The varnish that you use for stepping is better to choose a dense and liquid: thickened means is poorly transferred from the surface to the surface without distortion. In addition, the best varnish for stemping is enamel or cream: they are the most pigmented compared to other categories.
- Third, do not neglect the fixative. Even if you are sure of the durability of the lacquer with which the pattern is made, we must not forget that the design created by the stamping is voluminous. Hence, it can be accidentally hitting, spoil, until the complete destruction. And acrylic paint always needs mandatory protection, since it is water soluble and does not have the same durability as lacquer.
Also, do not lose sight of the fact that all new cliches (discs with patterns) have a thin protective film on the working side. It must be removed, otherwise you will not be able to fill in the recesses and transfer the drawing to the stamp. Often, it is this moment that many people forget about, which causes negative reviews of various brand stamping kits.
Features of use of a stemping with gel varnish
A lot of girls and women today have replaced the usual varnish to gel polish, as this prolongs the period of manicure wear. And in conditions of lack of time, it is difficult to practice manicure even 2-3 times a month. Are there any differences in the procedure of stamping with gel varnish compared to ordinary varnish?
Manicurists point out the important advantage of performing stemping on gel polish, allowing mastering this technology to beginners in nail design. If you do not like the translated pattern, it is easy to remove it with nail polish remover without spoiling the base coat. The very same ways to create a design for gel lacquer by stemping just 2, and both are easily performed at home.
The easiest way is to print the pattern from the stamp onto the gel lacquer coat, after which you can put a top or a layer of ordinary clear varnish on top. Each girl will be able to do this, since it is not necessary to resort to additional means or tools. True, the firmness of the picture is difficult to guarantee: a few days may need a correction. But you can very often change the design without destroying the bottom (background) layer.
If you have a UV lamp at home, the design obtained using a stamping pad is fixed with a top coat for gel polishes. In such a situation, the pattern will hold as much as the main color. Moreover, if you do your own gel-lacquer manicure completely, you can apply the drawing both after the base coat and after the top coat. In the latter case, one more finishing layer will be added, which is applied only after the final drying of the pattern. But with any of the options before working with the stamping nails should lose the sticky layer.
For a gel polish design, it is recommended to use only ordinary varnish: you will not be able to make a correct, clear gel varnish imprint. And the final resistance in any case will hang from the top coverage.
Consumer reviews about different brands
As the study shows the comments and posts of women who have used stamping of various manufacturers, the tools and tools for it have some differences. But not always an indicator of high quality is the price or brand awareness.
Most girls have Konad stamping on their ears: the products of other manufacturers are compared to their products. What exactly are their instruments and tools for stepping so good? According to consumer reviews, paints (this is how a brand names its highly pigmented varnishes) are convenient to use Konad because when they hit the skin around the nail, it is easy to remove excess water with warm water, even if the product is dry. Other manufacturers have to remove the varnish with a liquid to remove it, or through the use of a cotton swab.
The next pleasant moment in working with Konad paints is the same result with metal and plastic (silicone) discs. And the drawing they get as clear and saturated due to the consistency and pigmentation of the product.
The situation is different with Enas lacquers. For their elimination from the skin does not need a special tool, but you have to hard rub the stained area with a cotton swab. As for cliches, these varnishes work best with silicone plates: removing them from the metal is somewhat more difficult, and the pattern can be transferred indistinctly - the edges lightly melt.
The density is lower than that of Konad, and this is precisely the reason for the possible errors in the design: until the varnish grabs, the design will have time to be broken by easy spreading. From the positive aspects of Enas steamping lacquers, girls highlight the brightness and color saturation, as well as a high drying rate.
Among the budget funds leading products for stamping brand ElCorazon. In particular, their colors, not inferior to a similar product from Konad, deserve attention. This is a very thick and highly pigmented remedy that has both negative and positive sides. The drawing comes out bright and clear, even if it is thin lines, but when removing paint from hands it is necessary to use thick napkins, otherwise all surfaces in contact with them will be painted.
The product does not have high plasticity and adheres poorly to the surface, so the pattern does not hold for more than a day without a protective coating. But from the skin of the hands it is removed by simple contact with warm water and soap. If you want to remove flaws in the process of creating a manicure, you can use scotch: its sticky side will easily collect the paint.
Stamping is a great way to get a neat nail design that can always be duplicated on both hands, and your level in the art of nail art will not matter. A wide range of disks with patterns will always allow you to have an original and unique manicure.