I already talked about the lovely mermaid inspired nail tutorial from YouTube user elleandish. I tried it yesterday, but I toned down the difficulty:
As you can see, it's in no way perfect; the stamped design smeared in some places after applying the top coat; I think I used too much of top coat, I'll try with less quantity next time. These are the tools I used:
Unglax nail hardener as base coatCome along with me nail polish by H&M
I used one coat of the blue polish, and then stamped the design on the nails with the black stamping nail polish. I have a problem with this design; some of my nails are too wide for it, so both my thumbs are not completely covered in scales. Also, it wouldn't work if my nails are a bit longer than they are right now, so for me it is best to use when having short nails. I loved the black stamping polish and how well it transferred to my nails. Better quality and better to work with than the Konad, I think. I am not sure if it is the polish or the plate, I will have to check on that.
After comparing the result with the tutorial, I think I need to use another shade of blue for the stamping. The black seems to me very "in your face", if you get my meaning, to simulate fish scales. However, I am thinking the big contrast would be great to use with other colors, such as red or green, for a "dragon scale" manicure - perfect for Daenerys Targaryen fans! It would look also fantastic with a grey base, for a "finger armour" effect. Very strinking for LARP events, or Medieval faires. I will probably do both in the future, just to see how they look.
Looking forward to next week's design!