After my chevron nail tutorial took off, I started getting a lot of questions about the nail stamp set. Read on for answers to all those questions, and then feel free to ask your own in the comments. I’ll update the FAQs as questions roll in.
But first – do you want to get this look yourself? These pretty little “French” tips remind me of something you’d see on a piece of pottery dug up on some archaeological dig in Mexico or Peru. Read on for the colors I used, what you need, and then the tutorial on how to use this setup.
Q. Doesn’t it take forever to do all your nails this way?
A. This look only took me about ten minutes total, including redoing one that I butchered. Don’t get me wrong, your first few tries will be messy, smudgy, or half-missing and will take longer, but once you get the hang of it, you can whip this out in no time flat!
Q. How long does it last?
A. This is just like any other manicure. It lasts as long as you take care of it. If you’re really rough on your nails the way I am, it might only make it four days before some serious chipping. I was honestly surprised at how long my manis have lasted – even through gardening and paint projects. A second top coat a few days in will extend the life of the look.
Q. Do you need special polish?
A. I have only ever used polish I already own. Keep in mind that you need to stamp a darker color over a lighter one if you’re using regular polish. If you want to stamp a lighter color, like white, on top of a darker one, or if you want a really sharp look, Konad makes heavily pigmented polishes.
Q. I just want one design plate and don’t want to have to buy a pack of 25.
A. Bundle Monster, the set I use, doesn’t come in individual plates. You can’t buy mine separately if you’re trying to duplicate the exact design, but you can browse Konad’s selection of individual plates. They have some very similar ones (and some really cute different ones – like polka dot French tips!).
Q. What if the scraper scratches the plate?
A. This is bound to happen as you scrape away the polish. Some of my plates are really scuffed up, but I assure you it hasn’t messed up the image transfers at all. It scrapes the surface, not the designs, since the designs are indented. If you’re really worried, you can use an old gift card instead.
Q. Can you make a video tutorial?
A. Heck no! I sound like a twelve year old. Until you actually hear my voice, you can imagine I sound very sophisticated. English, perhaps. I’d hate to shatter that illusion for you. Try YouTube instead.
Q. What if I have really long nails?
A. As you can see, I have short little nubby nails, so this isn’t a problem for me. I’ve heard that with longer nails, the design won’t cover the entire thing. For you, I’m terribly sorry, and I’d recommend maybe sticking with the French tip nail plate designs, like the one in this post. Still pretty!!!