Monday, January 5, 2015

Born Pretty Store - 4mm Gold Square Stud & DIY Leather Effect

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When I saw these gold studs on Born Pretty Store the first thing I thought was Ooooh, I can do a mani to match my purse! I don't own a leather effect nail polish so I decided to see if I could recreate the leather look with stuff that I already own.

I ended up putting a regular textured polish on in a dark color (Zoya - London). I used a makeup sponge to lightly sponge a regular black creme (China Glaze - Liquid Leather) over the textured polish. If you have a black textured polish, you can just use that. I was satisfied with that alone but, I decided to take it a step further for more texture. I took the cotton netting off of the cotton pads I use (Delon+ Cotton Rounds from Costco) and stretched it tightly over my nail and then painted over it with a glossy top coat (Glisten & Glow HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat).

Once it was completely dry, it was time to add the studs. These ended up being bigger than I thought they would be, there was a 2mm option but, I thought those would be too small. They fit my nails alright except they were way too big for my pinky. Unfortunately, these do not have flat backs so, making them stick without using nail glue is quite the challenge. I tried a dab of top coat on the nail and putting them on top but it didn't fill the dent in the back so I had to flip them over, fill the dent with top coat and then place them on my nail with the tweezers instead. I didn't have nail glue but, if I did I would have used that instead.

TL;DR:

1. Paint nails with a textured polish. Allow to completely dry. I used Zoya - London because it's a dark color and I love how even the texture of the Zoya Pixie Dusts are. If you are using a black textured polish, skip to step 5.

2. If you want to avoid a messy cleanup, paint around your nails with Elmer's Glue (or Liquid Latex/Liquid Palisade/Liquid Tape) or tape around your nails. I used Elmer's Glue. Make sure it's on there thick so you can peel it off easily. Wait until it is completely clear and dry to the touch.

3. Using a makeup sponge, paint a black creme polish onto the sponge, make sure it's all soaked in and there are no blobs. I Used China Glaze - Liquid Leather

4. Gently sponge the color on top of the textured polish. Allow to completely dry and peel off the glue.

5.  Take the netting off of something and pull it tightly over your nail. Paint over the netting with a glossy top coat. I took the netting off of my favorite cotton pads Delon+ Cotton Rounds (from Costco). If you're looking for these, I have seen them in both Costco in the US and Costco in Canada. I used Glisten & Glow HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat.

6. Fill the divet in the back of the studs with either nail glue or a top coat. Place on the nail in the desired location with a tweezers and press gently to secure.

For this mani I used...

Polishes: China Glaze - Liquid Leather lightly sponged over Zoya - London. Glisten & Glow - HK Girl Fast Drying Top Coat painted over cotton netting on top.

Items: 4mm Gold Square Stud Rhinestone Acrylic UV Gel Nail Art  - $5.84 Born Pretty Store

Born Pretty - 4mm Gold Square Stud
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat over China Glaze - Liquid Leather over Zoya - London

Born Pretty - 4mm Gold Square Stud
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat over China Glaze - Liquid Leather over Zoya - London

Born Pretty - 4mm Gold Square Stud
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat over China Glaze - Liquid Leather over Zoya - London

Born Pretty - 4mm Gold Square Stud
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat over China Glaze - Liquid Leather over Zoya - London

 
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