Nail Art for Short Nails: Nail Stamping

I’m still practicing my stamping skills!

Another great nail art option for short nails is nail stamping, whether Konad or knockoff.  I think geometric designs look especially good on short nails.   I have the “As Seen on TV” $10 nail stamping set that I bought at Rite Aid, and it works very well. I’ve also seen it at Sally Beauty.

I also have a tip for those new to nail stamping, as I am: use gel nail polish as your base layer.  You can get your nails done professionally, or use something like the Red Carpet Manicure System, an at-home gel nail system (review coming soon!).  Then, if you mess up while stamping, you can use a non-acetone nail polish remover to remove your stamped design, leaving the base polish intact. You can do this as many times as you want; it won’t hurt the gel polish at all. It’s much, much less frustrating than making a mistake stamping and needing to redo the entire nail.

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  • Annick

    Hi maybe you can help me, I bought a black Gelish and a small gelish kit as I wanted to try it. I have a led lamp from Gelicious, but the black nail polish will not cure under the led lamp. Any ideas. I left it in there for about a min and a halve. If you have any suggestions please let me know.


    • Are you following the timing instructions? Using the base coat, top coat, etc? I’m not really sure what could be going wrong!

      Do note that “dry” for gel nail polish means tacky to touch, it’s not until the top layer that it becomes smooth.

      Hope that helps!