Using a stencil to make artistic designs on your nail can only make life easier and with a bit of imagination it can really compensate for any lack in steady hands or special artistic skills. All that being said there is still place for some tips in the application of the stencils. Like any other thing we do in life, investing a bit of care and attention will always pay out.
To make sure nobody that uses our stencils encounters any difficulties in applying them successfully I created a video containing tips and suggestions for each and every stage.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT APPLYING THE smART nails Stencils
PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO FIRST!!!
I will also list them here for extra clarity.
1. Choose the right COLORS
You can use any type and any color of nail polish with the smart nails stencils excluding transparent or semitransparent ones, just because you will not to be able to see the designs you created with this kind of colors.
Also try to find colors with a good contrast between themselves when combined. Red and black for example are beautiful together but they do not make a great contrasting pair. When I want this combination I usually use a strong pink instead of the red and the result looks much better and is more visible.
2. THE BASE COAT HAS TO BE COMPLETELY DRY when stencils are applied on it
The design will look the best when applyed on a contrasting base coat (like white on black, red on white or deep pink on light pink). In this case you need to make sure that the base coat you got on your nails is completely dry before applying the stencil on it. To check if it's dry enought first you need to see if it is still sticky. If it's not just press your finger tip against one of your nails and see if a finger print is left behind. If there is a finger print sign left behind you should wait a bit longer before applying the stencil. If the finger print is visible it can be fixed by rubbing softly the area with your own skin like rubbing it in the palm of your hand until it disapears.
3. TRY NOT TO PLACE THE DESIGN TOO CLOSE TO THE EDGES OF THE NAIL
When you choose the position of your design on the nail try not to get too close to the edges. If you particularly want to have your design close to one of the edges of the nail, be extra careful when you stick the stencil in that area. Make sure no air bubbles are being left or being created between the nail and the stencil foil by the uncomfortable position of the stencil on that area.
4. LAY THE STENCIL ON THE NAIL PERFECTLY FLAT AND STRAIGHT
The best is to hold the stencil straight from one side or from a corner and let it lay naturally on your nail in the position you want. If it didn’t reach the right position at first, you can softly lift it up and reposition it.
5. MAKE SURE THE STENCIL IS WELL STUCK ON THE NAIL BEFORE PAINTING OVER WITH NAIL POLISH
When the stencil is finally in the right position press it well on the nail with your finger. Press until you’re sure there are no air pockets left between the nail and the stencil, specifically in the area where the cut out shape is stuck on the nail.
6. DO NOT USE TOO MUCH NAIL POLISH WHEN PAINTING OVER THE STENCIL
You don’t need a lot of nail polish to give color to your design. You should rather use a stronger in pigment nail polish with your stencils than applying it in a thicker layer which increases the risk of spilling it when lifting the stencil off.
Take a moderate to small quantity of nail polish on your brush and paint over the cut out area of the stencil. Put just enough to nicely cover the whole area of the design but not more. Make sure you didn’t leave any part uncovered - for example I had to paint a Panda Bear on my nail last week (not yet available in the collection) and I forgot to paint its ears!
7. PEEL THE STENCIL OFF THE NAIL IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU FINISH PAINTING IT / DO NOT WAIT FOR THE NAIL POLISH TO GET DRY WHILST THE STENCIL IS STILL ON THE NAIL!!!
This is one of the most important tips! If the nail polish gets dry whiles the stencil is still on, the design will lift off the nail together with the stencil. Nothing will go wrong if the stencil is lifted off the nail whiles the nail polish is fresh. Just don’t peel it by sudden moves or by crawling it off the nail. Always peel the stencil off by lifting it up from one side! If you would like to reuse the stencil, immediately stick it back on the supporting paper. I will have another article about this subject.
8. PROTECT YOUR DESIGN WITH A QUALITY TRANSPARENT TOP COAT
For a higher resistance of your design don’t forget to apply a transparent top coat in the end. Wait for the design to be completely dry before doing that!
I recommend you to first seal the design and only after couple of minutes coat the rest of your nail. I also recommend you not to insist too many times on the same spot when it comes to sealing your nail designs in general with top coats. Depending on nail polishes and the top coats it happens sometimes for the top coat to dissolve the nail polish it is applied on and to slightly smudge the design taking away its initial sharpness.