Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How to Konad!

Fellow bloggers (and grad students) Anne-Marie and Liz suggested that I give a step-by-step photo montage of the Konad process. Hope this helps make it all a little clearer!

1. Start by applying an awesome nail color. I chose China Glaze For Audrey, which is the perfect Tiffany blue. Essie Greenport is a very similar, although slightly greener, shade. Apply between two and three coats, allowing nails to dry between coats. I used just two coats here.

2. Once your last coat of polish is dry, it's Konad time! Each plate features about five patterns, so select one pattern for nails. I decided to go with the flower design on Konad m64.

3. You'll also need to choose a pattern color. I highly suggest using one of Konad's special polishes. My favorites are black and white. You can also use a regular polish if it is slightly thick. As you can see, Konad special polishes are thicker than normal polishes -- like an older polish.
I chose to use black because it is more visible (for pictures) on the pink stamper.

4. In my opinion, you need the Konad stamp and scraper. I know some people use an old credit card or gift card instead of the scraper, but the stamp is necessary. Some people also find that making the stamper rougher (with sandpaper) helps with image transfer. I have had no problems with image transfer, so I do not feel this is necessary.

I'm slightly mortified to photograph my filthy stamper and scraper. The scraper stains pretty easily and is difficult to clean. The plates, on the other hand, are simple to clean with just a bit of polish remover.

5. Begin by painting the image on the plate with the Konad special polish.

6. Completely cover the image with the color before quickly scraping it off with the Konad scraper. This will leave the polish embedded in the design only.

7. Working quickly, roll the Konad stamper over the image. This will lift the image from the Konad plate to the Konad stamper.

8. Immediatly ROLL the stamper across your nail, first lining the image up with the edge of your nail. It's ok if some of the design gets on your skin -- it's easy to clean up with a little polish remover when you're finished.

The image will lift right off of the stamper and transfer to your nail. You can use this on bare nails, but I've found it works best with a base coat or polish to 'grip' to.

9. Once the image is on your nail, be careful not to touch it for a few minutes, since like all wet nail polish, it can easily smudge. After allowing the image to dry for a few minutes, carefully top with a protective top coat (my all-time favorite is Seche Vite -- this stuff far outperforms any top coat I've ever used, plus it dries within a minute).

10. Enjoy your beautiful nails!!

Special thanks to my fiance for taking many, many pictures of the Konad process (when what he really wanted to do was eat dinner!)



Brooke, this is great! All my Konad questions answered - thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

This is a great tutorial!

Liz said...

I don't know what's more impressive: that you're able to complete this process repeatedly without smudging the wet nails, or that you convinced your fiance to participate in this activity. : ) Thanks for the post!!

Unknown said...

Thanks Anne-Marie and Asami!
Liz - although he thinks my nail obsession is neurotic, he loves all the nail designs I do (but he still won't let me practice on his nails, haha).

Kristen said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. I've never heard of Konad nail stuff before...but I'm definitely going to try it now!!

Unknown said...

So glad you were inspired Kristen!!

Lucy said...

You did a terrific tutorial! Great photography. Thank your fiance for us. Great close ups. Love the manicure.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much Lucy!

Miss Vintage Vogue said...

OMG Brooke I just saw this... This combination is GORGEOUS! Great, easy to follow instructions too!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much!! I love For Audrey so much :) It's the greatest base for Konad designs.

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