This has been much requested, so I hope you find it helpful!
Let me start with I love my Konad system. If you aren’t familiar with the system click here to read reviews and learn more. If you are familiar an perhaps on the fence, then I hope you find this informative and helpful! I have bought all of these items with my own money off Amazon, so I will provide links to my purchases down below. You will definitely want to check it out.
|Left Hand Nail Polish from Left to Right: Covergirl Boundless color in White Night, Sally Hansen Salon Laquer in Alchemy, Singul Colors in Why Not, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Going Green, and Icing Nail Polish in Butta availible from Claire’s.|
|Nail Polish Right Hand from Left to Right: Milani 3D Holographic in Hi-Res, Revlon Top Speed in Golden, Sinful Colors in 24/7, Sally Hansen Chromes in Aqua Chrome, and LA Colors Color Craze in 564.|
Ok so let’s get started on the how to!Below are a serious of picture in which I have labeled with a number and brief description. Below the pictures will be clearer instructions.
|1: The set up.|
|2: Image plate with polish.|
|3: The scraping motion.|
|4: What your image plate should look like if you have scraped it correctly.|
|5: Close up of what your plate should look like.|
|6: The first step of the rolling motion.|
|7: Middle of rolling motion.|
|8: Completed rolling motion.|
|Image on large stamp side.|
Step 1: First you want to start with a clean dry image plate. If you have used your image plate beforehand and it needs to be cleaned, please see below so that you can see how to do it. Excess nail polish remover WILL thin out the nail polish which needs to be thick. I will talk more about the best polishes besides Konad later on. Place your image plate on the image plate holder. Although this is sold separately and not technique required, I HIGHLY recommend it as it makes the process easier, faster, and less messy.
Step 2: Apply a nice, dense amount of nail polish over the image you want to stamp. Make sure you completely cover the image or it won’t all end up on the stamper.
Steps 2-3: Next comes the scraping process. Before we scrape please not you must be QUICK to scrape after having applied the nail polish or else it will dry into smaller details and not come out as detailed. To scrape your chosen image place the Konad scraper on the image pate at the bottom of your design. Pushing down, swiftly scrape upwards to
|Image on small stamp side.|
remove excess polish. You want to practice this method if you are having trouble because you can’t continuously scrap as the nail polish begins to dry and it smears the polish making spaces in between your image streaky.
Steps 4-5: This is how your image should look after a correct scrape. You want to be able to clearly see the image imprint without having any streaks. Make sure you scrape the image completely or the excess polish will not be cleared away.
Steps 6-8: This is the key to the whole process. I call this the “rolling motion”. You have to successfully “roll” the image onto the stamper in order to roll it onto your nail. The stamper I use is double ended. You can get a regular, but for not much more at all you can have the dual stamper where you also get the smaller green stamper area for smaller images. In order to place your image on the stamper, place the side of your stamper on the side of the image and roll it ONCE from right to left applying slight pressure. Do not roll it again as it will completely mess up the image and is likely to dry before you can apply it to your nail.
To Apply Image To Nail: You want to repeat the rolling motion with the stamper to the nail just like you you did with the image plate. Start from one side of your nail and roll applying light pressure to ensure image replication. Voila! Once you have mastered the rolling process it becomes quite simple!!!
Cleaning Your Image Plates:
After each use, you need to clean your image plate, scraper, and stamper. It is very easy and very quick, so don’t start thinking that this will be a lot of work. I like my CVS brand instant polish remover because it comes with a scrubber which you can see in the overall picture. You can also use any kind of cotton ball/swab, but I have found this works great to get into the images nooks. Lightly run the scrubber over all surfaces with nail polish until sufficiently clean. It doesn’t have to be perfect because you will clean everything at the end, you just have to remove excess polish. Next, take a swab (I use just a normal Q-tip) and remove excess nail polish remover from the plate so it doesn’t thin the polish the next time you use it, especially if you are using the same image plate. Personally, this is how I clean mine but find the best option that works for you.
How to Choose the Correct Nail Polish to Create Images:
|Left to Right, Left Hand Nail Designs: Wet n Wild in Black Creme, OPI in OPI Red, Wet n Wild in Geranium, and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Thinking of Blue.|
|Left to Right, Right Hand Designs: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Thinking of Blue, LA Colors Color Craze in #571, Essie in French Affair, Sinful Colors in Innocent, and Wet n Wild in Black Creme.|
How to Choose Polishes:
Above are the polishes I used to create images on my nails. Konad sells their own polishes which are perfect for this system obviously, however they are pricey considering you would only use them for images. Me being money-savy, I set out to find another way. The key is to use thick polishes. The best polishes I have found are my older polishes as they have thickened up over the years. Check out how old that Wet n’ Wild is up there haha. The best way to find nail polishes for the Konad? Try and try again. Just practice on clean nails to see how opaque the image will be and then you can decide!
FINALLY a few examples of designs! These are designs I did quickly just to show you the basics. I tried to do a wide range of interests, but if there are specific designs you want to see just let me know! I didn’t clean up my nails very thoroughly because I didn’t want to apply a top coat so you could see the designs just on top of nail color. Left hand is smaller designs and right hand has full nail design patterns. I also have a lot of image plates that are just for the nail tips, like french manicure designs. If you would like me to post all of my image plates so you can make requests, just let me know because i have a lot of them!!!
|Left Hand Small Designs.|
|Thumb: Skull and Crossbones, Pointer: Vines, Middle: Soft Florals, Ring: Silver Metalic Heart, Pinkie: Anchor with Sponged Tips.|
|Sorry its blurry but it really turned out good!|
|Right Hand Full Image Designs.|
|I love red over gold, even if it is a bit holiday-ish!|
|I use animal prints over shimmers A LOT!!!|
So that’s my overall on the Konad Nail Art System!!! Overall it is an AMAZING savings when you compare the total cost to that against manicure. I bought all of it for the same amount as 2 manicures, can’t beat that! Please tell me what you think and what you want to see! I will be doing more professional looks soon! Below are the ACTUAL LINKS to the products I bought on Amazon. I bought BOTH batches of nail plates for a small fraction of the price of Konad brand plates and I love them! They’re great!!! Plus if you click on of the links below you can read amazon reviews for all of the products and see awesome close ups of the image plates, there are a ton of them!