I don’t know about you, but I would go to the nail salon a few times a week if I could. Unfortunately, trips to the nail salon can get expensive. Save your money and do your nails at home! It’s frugal and fun! I bought the cutest nail stamping plates and I did this mandala nail design.
I know that they are nowhere near professional looking. But that’s ok! The more you do your nails the better you will get. I still have trouble painting my right hand with my left but I’ve learned to go slow and take my time.
I used to do my own acrylic nails but the smell would overpower my house. In the summer I would do it outside, but when winter came I decided to start using hard gel instead. I’m getting better little by little.
What I used for my mandala nails.
- Blue Polish (from the dollar store: L.A. Colors 515 – Reckless)
- Grey Polish (from the dollar store: L.A. Colors Lost Soul 529)
- Nail Stamp and Scraper (Born Pretty I bought on Amazon here)
- Nail Stamping Plate (BMC Shangra-La Master Set I bought Amazon here)
- Peel off Latex Nail barrier (Magique SecondSkin I bought on Amazon here)
First, apply a base coat to all nails. Then, paint every nail but the ring fingers blue. Paint the ring fingers grey. Once they dry, apply a second coat. Let them dry again. Apply the latex peel barrier around the skin by your ring finger nails. While it’s drying, apply the blue polish to the nail stamping plate and use the scraper to spread the product across the plate. Working quickly, use the clear stamper to pick up the design. Transfer it to your nail. Use a nail brush, toothpick, or dotting tool to press down any of the design that didn’t stick to your nail. Finally, peel off the latex. If any polish ended up on your skin you can use a little brush with nail polish remover to take it off.
Since the stamp didn’t transfer the entire design, I went back in with a dotting tool and “colored” in the spaces that were too light or that got messed up.
You have to clean the plate and the stamper after each use. Use nail polish remover on the plate and scotch tape to pick up the remaining polish on the stamper.
Like I said, I know it’s not perfect but I like them. I enjoy doing my own nails and learning new techniques. Plus saving money isn’t so bad!