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The first step when it comes to nail stamps is to apply a clear base coat to your nails. This will protect and strengthen your nails. Once the base coat has dried, apply your base colour. Allow the nails to dry completely before stamping the design.
When it comes time to stamp, coat the design with your nail stamping polish. Scrape any excess polish off the plate before using the stamper to pick up the polish. You should be able to clearly see the design on the stamper.
Roll the stamper over the nail, moving from one side to the other. Press down firmly, careful not to smudge the design. Once the design is on your finger, coat the nail with a clear topcoat.
There isn’t a written rule that says you must use stamping polish when trying out nail stamping. However, for beginners, stamping polish is quite helpful. Stamping polish is formulated to be thicker and dry slower which is what you need for stamping.
Stamping polish has a thicker and opaque formula, which, when dried, allows the design to really stand out. Instead of blending into the base coat, stamping polish really allows the design you’ve chosen to stand out on your nail.
As you progress with your stamping abilities, you can use regular nail polish. Keep in mind though that regular polish is thinner so you will see the base colour through the stamp design.
The best way to clean your stamping plate is to use cotton pads that have been soaked in pure acetone nail polish remover. You need to wipe the stamping kit from various angles to get between the groves of the plates. Before using the plates again, make sure they are dry.
When cleaning your stamping kit, avoid using nail polish remover that has additives like oils and moisturisers. They will leave a layer of oil over the plates which will interfere with stamping over time.
Cleaning a jelly nail stamper is a little different than cleaning a nail stamping plate. For example, when cleaning a jelly nail stamper, only use a nail polish remover with a small acetone content.
You will also need some sort of sticky pad, like a lint roller to clean the head of the stamper. When running over the surface with the lint roller make sure it’s not sticking and peeling away the components of the head. Sticky tape works well too.
When it comes to choosing the perfect nail polish for stamping, you need to choose a polish that will cover your nails with one coat well. You also want a polish that won’t be too sheer when applied to the nail.
Stamping polishes that are included in nail stamping kits in Australia are thicker than ordinary formulas. However, if you have a polish, be it metallic, matte or pastel that covers well, you can also use that.
Firstly, you need a stamping plate. The stamping plates available on our online store (which is available Australia & selected international locations) all have a design theme like enchanted, explorer or Alice in Wonderland.
You then need a nail stamper as this will transfer the design from the stamping plate on to your nails. You will also need a scraper as this will help get rid of any excess polish on the stamping plate so that you can have perfectly styled nails.