Nail Art Konad

image of nail art designs konadEveryone uses different techniques for their nail art Konad have great stamping nail art kits. These kits are easy to use and come with some cute plates with lots of simple nail art designs to do at home.

For those unfamiliar with how to use Konad nail art stamping kits here are some easy to follow instructions.

Nail Art Konad instructions

Konad are the leaders of stamping nail art. They have an awesome range of image plates for you to choose from. They release new nail art plate sets all the time. My nail art supplies have doubled since I have started doing stamping nail art, there are so many great image plates out there!  These image plates normally sell for $6.99 each from their website but you can find them cheaper at Amazon (see some of the good deals at the end of this post) and also at the Born Pretty online store 

How to do Nail Art Designs for Beginners at Home

konad nail art stamp designsTo get started with stamping nail art you will need a stamper, scraper and some image plates. There is no need to buy any of the special nail polishes that are sold as exclusive stamping nail polish. The best nail polishes to use for stamping nail art is any polish that will cover your whole nail in one coat.

Some tips to remember when applying stamping nail art:

  • Always ensure your bottom coat of nail polish has dried before you attempt to add a stamping nail art design.
  • Work quickly!
  • You do not need to press down hard with the stamper on your nail.
  • Do not rub the stamper back on forth on your nail as this will ruin the image.

If you are looking for konad stamping nail art techniques step by step instructions or a konad nail art yotube tutorial, you can find these at the Stamping Nail Art post that I wrote earlier. I’ve added some simple nail art videos below.

Tartan Nail Art Tutorials Step by Step

Here are some handpicked Konad Nail Art specials that you can find on Amazon at the moment.

Do It Yourself Gel Nails at Home

Do it yourself gel nails at home imageUsing gel nail products to do your own gel nails at home is easy if you have the right tools and if you know how to do it. This post will give you detailed step by step instructions on how to achieve glossy beautiful nails at home with soak off gel nail polish. Once you have purchased the necessary products you will be amazed by the results you can create and you will find that you save a lot of money in the process.

The best brands for gel nail polish are Gelish nails, it goes on and soaks off quickly and they have a great range of colours. Polish Pro are great, it is really thin and always soaks off quickly. OPI also have a great range of colours. All gel nail supplies are different and what works well for some might not for you, it might take a while for you to get used to how to manipulate each brand for the best results. The best deals can be found online, why not try out a few brands and see what you prefer? If you are starting out it might be easier to buy a gel nail kit which will contain all the different gel nail supplies you need.

Do It Yourself Gel Nails at Home – Advantages

  • It is so much cheaper to do your own gel nails once you have made the initial outlay for different gel nail supplies.
  • It only takes about 30 minutes to complete a whole set of gel nails, once you get the hang of it you’ll get quicker.
  • You can easily achieve the same results as in the salon.
  • Gel nails won’t smell as bad as attempting to do acrylic nails at home.
  • You don’t need to buff up your nails as much as when you do acrylic nails.
  • Using gel nail supplies can actually strengthen your natural nails.

Disadvantages

  • You need to use a UV lamp/nail dryer, if you are concerned about possible UV damage use a suncream before attempting to dry your nails at home or in a salon with a UV lamp.
  • It is important to distinguish between whether you want to use the soak off or the hard gel nail polish. The hard gel brands will do damage to the nail bed and can cause fungal infections if water and bacteria get trapped under the nail. Soak off gel nail polish shouldn’t cause any damage when the nail is primed and the nail polish removed correctly.

How To Do Gel Nails at Home?

do it yourself gel nails at home image (2)Now that you have decided do your own gel nails you’ll need the following items to get started. If you buy a gel nail kit the majority of these items will be included but you might need to purchase the UV lamp separately;

  • UV nail dryer/lamp
  • Towel to protect the surface you working on
  • Acetone nail polish removal and cotton wool squares/pads
  • Orange wood sticks
  • Nail buffer
  • Primer
  • Nail gel polishes
  • Top coat
  • Small bowl

Here are some detailed step by step instructions on how to do it yourself gel nails at home for the first time and a detailed video showing removal and application:

  • First clean your nails with a hand sanitizer.
  • Remove any nail polish with the nail polish remover, this will also ensure that any excess moisture is removed from the nail.
  • Prepare your hands with a dry manicure; push back your cuticles and file your nails.
  • Now you need to buff your nails well so that any natural shine has been removed. Do not buff too vigorously as you can cause damage to the nail bed.
  • Apply primer to your nail and allow it to dry.
  • Apply your first coat of the gel nail polish. Apply this thinly and in the same manner that you would apply normal nail polish (from the cuticle bed to the tip of your nail).
  • Dry the first coat fully with your UV lamp/nail dryer for roughly 2-3 minutes, if the gel still looks sticky you have either applied it too thickly or need some more time under the UV lamp. Times will vary depending on the strength of your UV lamp or if you use a LED Lamp.
  • Apply a second coat but do this by allowing a bead of gel polish to fall on the nail and then brush this out over the entire now. Repeat drying stage with the nail curing lamp.
  • Apply for the third and final stage, this time make sure that the gel is applied evenly over the nail, to give a uniformed gel-like appearance. Repeat drying stage again.
  • Now apply a top coat and dry one final time.
  • Once the final coat is dry, put some acetone or alcohol based nail polish removal on a cotton wool pad and rub this over your nails. This won’t remove the colour but will take away any stickiness on the nails.
  • Sit back and admire the results!

Remove Gel Nails At Home

When you are ready to remove your gel nails at home here are the steps you need to follow;

  • Before you start with the removal, make sure you are somewhere with good ventilation. Sometimes the mixture of the chemicals can get smelly!
  • Fill up a shallow bowl with acetone nail polish remover.
  • Place your fingernails into the bowl for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes you should notice that the gel has started to dissolve, you should be able to easily push off the gel from your nails with an orange wood stick.

Here are some good quality gel products I found on Amazon you might like. I find Amazon have the best quality deals on nail art supplies online.