Hi friends! Today I have something a little different to show you. Silicone stamping and nail art mats have become a staple item for nail artists. There are so many things you can use these for; test out colors, test stamping, reverse stamping, nail art decals, protect work area, and plenty more I can’t think of. Since they are silicone everything washes away easily with acetone. I decided to use it for drag marble decals.
For this mani I used the following:
- Born Pretty Store Small Stamping Art Mat
- Colors by Llarowe Pink Lady
- Sally Hansen Peach Babe
- Glam Polish Rockin’ and Rollin’ and What Not
- Small nail brush
- HK Girl Glisten & Glow Top Coat
- Small nail scissors
I started with 3 large drops of polish, in each color I chose. I used a small nail art brush to gently drag through the polish until I was pleased with the design. I let everything dry for probably an hour, then gently lifted my decals from the mat and cut out sections to fit my nail. I applied a sticky base coat to my nails, adhered the decals, and finished off with a glossy top coat. I cleaned up any excess with some acetone and a clean up brush.
Sound easy? They really were! I do think that choosing the right colors is key; they should be different enough that blending them doesn’t just create one blobby mess. I chose 2 colors in the same family, yet quite different, and the holo glitter polish for some sparkle!
These mats are fantastic for nail art. What I really liked about the small size was that I could blend the polish, then just set aside to dry while I continued to work on other things. I use silicone mats as my work space to protect the desk; and I can’t tell you how many times I have set up some decals then ended up smudging them because I was working on something else right over them. Having an additional small mat completely eliminates thay problem. They are perfect for traveling too!
Until next time, stay polished!