Earlier this year, I did a chalkboard mani. I used a basic black, stamped in white, then matted it. I LOVED that mani so much. So, I decided to reboot it.
If I’m being honest, it is a bit of a fail. It was meant to be a black and green gradient, mimicking black and green chalkboards. Unfortunately, the green I picked was a little too dark for a good contrast. I still love it, but if (when) I reboot the gradient, I’ll pick a different green.
But, this is still a super mani, so here’s what I did:
I used (from left to right): one of my pearlish white stamping polishes, Essie Protein Base, OPI Matte Top Coat, Moyou Princess 11, Zoya Hunter, Zoya Willa, Seche top coat.
I started off with one coat of Hunter as a base:
In hindsight, this may be where I went wrong. A white base may have provided more contrast. Nothing I can do now, but maybe my fails will make for someone else’s successes!
After that was dry, I used a damp make-up sponge with Hunter and Willa for create the gradient:
You can see the contrast a bit better here, but it is still pretty tough.
Once the gradient was dry, I used the pearl white to stamp:
This is topped with one coat of Seche. I ALWAYS top coat before I put down the matte coat. I can’t speak for all matte top coats, but every one I have tried wrecks nail art if you don’t top coat first.
Once this was dry, I added the matte top coat:
And there ya’ have it! Even if they didn’t come out quite as I had envisioned, they are still super fun and I will do them any chance I have!
What do you think? Do you have any cutsy fun nails that you love to recreate?
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