If you have followed this blog for a while you will know that I am a BIG fan of nail vinyls or nail stencils to make doing complicated nail art easy. Today I am want to introduce you to a company called Nail Mail Stencils run by Kelly in the UK. She started Nail Mail so that beginning nail artists can easily create complicated designs right in their own homes.
I am super excited because I saw that Nail Mail has some really cool patterns I had never seen before including honeycomb, Moroccan style, stars and the design I’m trying out today, geometric triangle designs. I decided to give my design a Halloween twist so these are my deconstructed candy corn nails, the last in the candy corn inspired designs for Halloween Nailfest 2014!
This patterned design looks super complicated right? Took about 30 seconds, seriously! To achieve this look I first painted all of my nails white to make sure my colors would really pop. Next on three of the nails I stippled yellow and orange nail polish onto a make-up sponge and then rolled the color onto my nails. It took about three coats per nail to achieve this effect. On the middle nail I did a regular linear gradient from yellow to orange still using the same sponging technique. Then I sealed this base with a thick coat of Seche Vite fast dry topcoat.
After my nails had dried for about 30 minutes I put the black triangle designs on my nails using the Nail Mail stencils. On my index and pinky finger I used a nail wrap style stencil, and a large square overall triangle pattern on the accent nail. I applied the polish as quickly as I could, making sure to get into all the corners. I let it dry for about 10 seconds then lifted the stencil off carefully in the direction of the design with craft tweezers. I think the black designs took about 3 minutes total to apply – so easy!
Nail Mail Stencils Quick Review
Overall I really enjoyed these stencils. I especially love the creative and clever designs and how each design pack comes with a variety of variations of the design.
- Prices range from $5.70 to $8.17 and $14.78 for the big bargain pack.
- Each pack has 16 to 24 full nail designs or 80+ stencils for guides and packs.
- These stencils are super easy to use. They are very flexible so they easily wrap close to your nails and onto the cuticle. I used a wood orange stick to press the stencil all around my nail, and it stayed down well. They are also very well cut making them easy to pop off the backing and it also makes pulling out the negative bits easy using just a toothpick or dotting tool.
- I especially like how many of the stencils are shaped like nail wraps, which I had never seen before. This makes placement much, much easier. You can even cut the design down to your nail size as suggested in the instructions making your pack last even longer!
- The stencils are large enough for lots of different sized nails. Most of the designs square designs are about 2.5 cm squared and the nail wraps are 2.5 cm x about 1 cm. The guides and tips are long enough for any length nail.
- The only downside to these is that they may be a little less sticky than some other nail vinyls and I found it a bit harder to get a perfect line. However, to be fair I think I may have pulled them off too soon. I only gave them 10 seconds as I am accustomed too and these may need a bit longer, maybe 20 seconds next time.
- These stencils are thin but durable. I was able to use each stencil twice as long as I didn’t let it get too sticky.
Nail Mail Geo Candy Corn Triangles – Get The Look
For this look I used:
- Sinful Colors – Snow Me White (undie)
- Make-up sponge
- Sally Hansen – Yellow Mellow (xtreme wear)
- Wet n Wild – Sunny Side Up (wild shine)
- Nails Mail – Geometric Triangle Nail Stencils/Vinyls – On Ebay UK or Etsy
- Sinful Colors – Black on Black
- Craft tweezers
- Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat