NAIL ART: Rosy Speckled Abstract Stamping Nails

by - April 27, 2022

I'm definitely deep down a rabbit hole of abstract stamping, but it's feeling like a pretty good place to be at the moment. Recently I've picked up a bunch of different stamping plates that feature these sort of random, layerable abstract images and the possibilities for what you can do with these plates is literally endless. I can tell you in all honestly that I have no idea how many different images I used for this mani - but it's probably around 10 and I think it still manages to be pretty cohesive. 

So without further ado, let's get into it!

The color story for this mani was definitely, definitely driven by me wanting to use the brighter pink stamping polish that I used. It's relatively new to my collection and I just really, really wanted to get it on my nails - so I went from there. I decided to go with a very, very pale mauvey shade as my base because it felt nicely quiet and like it would carry the design well. I also went with an almost grey ashy purple and, of course, black. I really feel like these designs need some black - or at least a really deep shade - so ground them and add some hard contrast.

I started by applying two coats of my base polish - OPI's Movie Buff - to all of my nails and let it dry down completely. This polish is from a their 2021 Spring Collection, but if you want to grab it still I know there are a few places that have it in stock so you can still get it. 

For the stamping, my thought process was that I wanted to pair sort of blobs of colour with some free form sort of squiggly images as well as some clusters of speckles. I started by applying the blobs of colour at opposite corners of each nail, being sure that each nail used a different placement and pairing of stamping polish and image. Next, I used the same cluster of speckles image on all of my nails because I liked the scale for this particular design. Finally, I used a few different squiggle and loop images and made sure to overlap them onto those blobs of color to really make the whole thing cohesive. 

Once I was happy with my stamping (and before I could go too kitchen sink on the whole thing) I sealed in the design with a nail art top coat and then finished with a generous layer of glossy top coat for shine. And voila!

All Products Used
OPI - Movie Buff
KADS - C12 Purplish Red
KADS - C25 Maroon Purple
KADS - C17 Inkiness
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Vibrant Vinyls Fast & Hard Top Coat
Nicole Diary L36 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper
Pueen Latex Tape Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard

As I said, I'm down such a rabbit hole right now when it comes to abstract stamping that I keep having all sorts of ideas of things I can try. If you're interested in picking up an abstract stamping plate, I definitely do think you should take a look at Nicole Diary because they have some seriously solid plates for this type of style, including the one I used for this mani. Nicole Diary L36 is an extra large stamping plate and features about 90 individual images that you can mix and match to create countless different manis. Highly recommend.

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Thanks for reading!

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