DIY nail design

2.27.2011
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I remember early last year… I walked into Opening Ceremony and MINX had a little setup in the front. I was instantly intrigued! Unfortunately, because I constantly work with my hands, my nails definitely take a beating… and I could not justify a $55+ manicure. Then, fast forward. I stumbled upon KONAD. You can get that unique, edgy look with a personal touch. The possibilities are quite limitless! Also, you can’t beat the price… spent about $12 for the KONAD scraper, double sided stamper, and image plate…

For this first DIY post… I kept it pretty simple… and will do more creative styles for the future. For anyone new to KONAD, like myself, I have a few tips:

1. When scraping the nail polish off the image plate, do not press too hard. Sweep gently across at an angle.
2. After scraping off the image plate, I usually scrape the excess nail polish from the scraper onto a paper towel. Just to keep it clean.
3. You can clean your image plate and scraper using nail polish remover + cotton swab/pad.
4. I didn’t use the KONAD special nail polish and it still worked perfectly… but would love to know who has tried both. Which works better?
5. I like the double sided stamper… because the larger side is great for stamping larger/more complex designs… and the smaller side makes it quick and easy to stamp smaller details.

Here are the materials I used:

KONAD Image Plate (here)
KONAD Scraper + Double Sided Stamper (here)
ORLY Liquid Vinyl Nail Polish (here)
ORLY LUXE Nail Polish (here)

    15 comments:

    jen said...

    cool post! turned out fab... definitely will try!

    Eunice Yooni Kim said...

    i literally almost just bought orly luxe. i collect gold nail polishes, and i couldn't tell how opaque it was. i'm going to forever be searching for that perfect molten gold. the orly came out great with the konad set though!

    Sharon @ Fun and Life said...

    Oh very pretty! Looks quite complicated to do though! I'm not too great with nail polish, I always seem to mess it up and have to redo it. Looks so great though, like you got them done at a salon!

    Thanks for popping by my blog :). I use a Canon and I've got a 450D and an IXUS 300HS. I realize we're at odds when it comes to camera brands with you being a Nikonian haha.

    augustalolita said...

    this is really cool!! im not a fan of doing my own nails but im also not a fan of paying someone to do them-but this looks easy enough for me to do w/o making a mess of my fingers!!

    Robin said...

    i love this!!! :)

    My Creationary said...

    Awesome work... You make it look so effortless.

    Uncle Lee said...

    Hi, love your very nice nail designs.
    Will look good in your cocktail dress when going for dinner.
    You play the piano? You have nice fingers for piano playing.
    Have fun and keep a song in your heart.
    Best regards,
    Lee.

    JayMarie said...

    Oh, I love this idea! I can't wait to try it because plain nails can get a little boring!

    http://itsjaymarie.com

    Steffy's Pro's and Con's said...

    your nails look amazing! thanks for following me, i will do the same :)

    <3 steffy
    steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

    The Odd and Chic said...

    Wow, this is cool. I'm always bad at painting the other hand though! :-)

    http://www.oddandchic.com

    xxx

    Kristy Elena said...

    woah!!! that's crazy cool. and you're so good at it!!! i feel like most people probably wouldn't be quite as good at this as you are. did it take you a lot of practice?


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    Kathleen Carla. said...

    LOVE this DIY!! i seriously needa try out this konad nail art! i love the combo of gold and black too. i wanna do my nails now! haha. off to do them :p
    hope you have a lovely weekend girl! :)

    <3, Kathleen.

    FASHION ICE said...

    how cool! i love the detail and design
    enter my giveaway!

    Collections said...

    If I had long enough nails I would definitely try this lol. Great idea.

    www.fashionablecollections.blogspot.com

    ilene @ muchloveilly said...

    what a cool idea! never tried this before - i think i might to now :)

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