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Hello everyone =) Today I’m going to talk about ways to avoid smudging while applying a regular topcoat. As most of you know, Konad special polishes are somewhat different than regular polishes, they won’t dry quickly & tend to smudge if it’s not konad topcoat. In the beginning I struggled for a long time with special polishes, but slowly I got the hang of it.
Here are some tips I think you might find useful:

  • Always have a seperate, runny topcoat only for konading. The gloopier it gets, the harder it becomes to avoid smudging.
  • Use a topcoat with a natural hair brush. Synthetic brushes will 90% smudge your design. If your favorite topcoat comes with a synthetic brush, extract a better, natural hair brush from an old bottle & use that.
  • Only stamp after your base polish is completely dry. Take your time.
  • After stamping, run your hands under cold water. This helps drying konad special polishes.
  • Wait for about 15 minutes before proceeding with topcoat. Again, do not hurry. You will see what kind of a difference it makes once you try.
  • Applying topcoat should go like this: Get a moderate amount of topcoat on the brush, not too much, but never too few. To much could make your design “bleed” as it wouldn’t dry quick enough, and too few will make the brush touch the surface and it will streak and smudge. The amount should be enough to cover the nail without touching the brush to the surface. You can dip into your bottle between strokes, but within one stroke the brush may not meet the surface.
  • Apply topcoat in 3 very quick steps like shown below:


    Complete coverage is not important. Go over the main part of the design first. Most of the smudging happens there. While using a full nail design, start from the sides and do the upper middle part last.

  • Don’t start at the bottom for a third time. (Step 3 above.) Start from the middle and go up. The topcoat will even out itself.
  • Remember, only the first coat of topcoat is important. Don’t try to get a perfect coverage, as this will probably ruin your design. You can always do a safe second coat afterwards.
  • Any topcoat works with konad. The only things that could ruin the design are the brushes and brushstrokes.

I hope this little post was helpful! Ladies who ruin a perfect design at the last moment, please note that I share your pain! But using this technique, I almost never smudge. =)

Merhaba =) Bugün konad üzerine cila sürerken göz önünde bulundurulması gereken bazı detaylardan bahsedeceğim. Biliyor musunuz bilmiyorum ama, konad’ın kendi ojelerinin yapısı normal ojelerden daha farklı. Oldukça yoğun ve opak olan bu ojeler kendi başına kurumuyor, ve konad hariç bir cila sürüldüğü zaman sürüklenebiliyor. Bu da tüm deseni mahvediyor. Başlarda cila sürerken oldukça zorlanıyordum, ama zamanla (ve azimle) becerebilmeye başladım. İşte işinize yarayabilecek bazı bilgiler:

  • Konad için her zaman normal cilanızdan ayrı, yapısı bozulmaya başlamamış bir cila kullanın. Cila katılaştıkça deseninizi mahvetmeye müsait hale gelir.
  • Cilanızın fırçası bildiğimiz siyah fırça olsun. Sentetik beyaz fırçalar yüksek ihtimalle deseninizi bozacaktır. Eğer cilanızın fırçası sentetikse, başka bir oje fırçası kullanın.
  • Tabana sürdüğünüz oje tam kurumadan damga yapmayın. Burada kaybedeceğiniz süre, silip tekrar yaparken kaybedeceğiniz sürenin yanında hiç kalır 😉
  • Damga yaptıktan sonra ellerinizi soğuk suya tutun. Bu konad ojesinin kurumasına yardımcı olur.
  • Koruyucu cila sürmeden önce 15 dk. kadar bekleyin. Acele etmediğiniz zaman daha iyi sonuç aldığınızı göreceksiniz.
  • Cilayı şu şekilde sürün: Fırçanın üzerinde bol miktarda cila olsun, ama her tarafa akacak kadar değil. Miktar bir seferde fırçayı tırnağa değdirmeden dipten uca sürebilecek kadar olmalı. Tırnağın her yerine cilayı bir seferde sürmek zorunda değilsiniz, önemli olan bir sürüş içerisinde fırçanın tırnak yüzeyiyle temas etmemesi.
  • Cilayı üç seferde, aşağıdaki gibi sürün:

    Mükemmel sürmeniz çok önemli değil. Önce desenin yoğun olduğu yeri aradan çıkarın. Tam kaplayan bir desen üzerine sürerken ise önce yanlara, en son olarak da ortaya sürün.
  • Üçüncü adımda, tırnağın dibinden değil, ortasından başlayın. Sadece boş kalan yere sürün cilayı, cila kendi kendine düzgünleşecektir.
  • Unutmayın, cilanın ilk katının sadece deseni koruması önemli. Sonra ikinci, düzgün bir kat sürebilirsiniz. Cilayı bir katta mükemmel sürmeye çalışırken deseni bozmayın.
  • Konad her cilayla uyumludur. Aksini söyleyene inanmayın. Tek dikkat etmeniz gereken fırça ve onu nasıl kullandığınız.

Umarım bu yazı işinize yaramıştır =) Muhteşem bir deseni son anda mahveden herkese söylüyorum, aynı aşamalardan ben de geçtim! Ama yavaş yavaş kendimi geliştirdim ve yukarıda yazan maddelere dikkat ederek artık neredeyse hiç hata yapmıyorum =)

>I’ve been stamping my nails for almost a year now, and I want to share some tips&tricks with anyone who could benefit. I’m by no means an expert and I see much better and creative konad manicures every day, but I also watch tutorials time to time and see some details which could be misleading. If you’ve came across one of those tutorials and ever wondered why your images didn’t come out as they should be, maybe this post could be helpful to enlighten some points.

  • Try to use a plastic scraper. If you don’t own the Konad plastic scraper, use a plastic card, like an expired credit card. I don’t own the plastic scraper, either, and never had issues with a plastic card.  Cut one card in half and there you have a scraper. At least now you’re not going to stratch your plate.
  • Take out your desired polish and dab some on one end of the desired image. You don’t have to go all over the image with polish. It’s a waste of product, since most of the polish is not going to be used. Scrape all the way along the image, and the polish will be evenly spread. You can even grab some of the excess polish on your image plate holder with the scraper, and run it all over the image to cover it again. Note: The last one works best with Konad polishes. Other polishes have different nature, they dry quickly. But painting all over the image is not necessary with any polish I’ve used. Of course if you wanna waste product, that’s your choice =)
  • Don’t hold the scraper vertically, and don’t push hard to scrape. Instead, hold the scraper in a 45 degree angle, and lightly scrape the plate. If you push too hard, you’ll wipe away the polish from inside the image and the image will be gappy and not complete.
  • Get your stamper. The stamper should be clean, but not wet with polish remover. Press one side of the stamper on the plate, and gently roll to cover the whole image. Don’t go down directly and push hard on the image. Push the stamper firmly on the image, make sure all the image is covered with the surface of the stamper. If your stamper is clean but doesn’t pick the image, rub its surface with a buffer, or like me, with a rough cloth. This will make the polish stick to the stamper.
  • Put your nail on a flat surface, and push the stamper again, firmly, in a rolling motion. You don’t have to push too hard, just be sure that you roll all over the nail, and only once. Don’t push down from the top, don’t go in rocking motion, just roll gently but firmly. Pushing too hard might double the design, pushing too light might leave it on the stamp. You will find the right pressure after a few times. Rocking the image might misalign the image, and pushing down can leave some parts blank, failing to transfer the edges.
  • The image should be on your nail now. If the image is not complete on the stamper in the first place, start over. Practise until you can transfer the image to the stamper. If you transfer well on the stamper, there is no reason for you to be unable to transfer on the nail =)
  • After stamping the nail, don’t wipe the stamper with remover. Just stamp the stamper on the hard plastic surface of the plate holder, and the image should come off. Wiping regularly makes the stamper surface slick and reduces friction, which is key to transferring images. Wipe only when bits of polish won’t come off.
  • Clean the image plate with a cotton ball when images start to get “clogged”. This happens mostly with other brands, since they dry early. Konad polishes don’t dry on their own, I can go through ten nails without wiping most of the time. But with other brands, you need to wipe regularly. Make sure you dry the plate with a cotton ball afterwards.
  • There are different polishes that work with Konad, but if you’re using a polish other than Konad special, you’ll have to rush. Other brands dry very quickly, especially with layers this thin. After dabbing the polish, you literally have to scrape, push the stamper and transfer within 3 seconds. But this shouldn’t be very hard after finding your own rhythm. But I recommend starting with konad polishes, as you can be slower with them and that they’re more forgiving. But even with konad polishes, don’t wait about 10 seconds. Because they dry after a while, too.
  • First make a decision in your head, then do the stamping. If you wait with the stamp in your hand, unable to decide where to put a pattern, you will most likely end up with half of the dried image, and hate the thing altogether =)
  • If you made a mistake, grab a cotton ball and soak it with remover. Go lightly over the design. It should remove, as long as you have topcoat underneath. If you don’t put on topcoat before stamping, I advise you to start doing so, because it could be a life saver. After finishing the manicure, you will put another topcoat, which will hide the dullness, so don’t worry.
  • In order to avoid smudging, use Konad topcoat, or if you want to use your regular topcoat, just get a big amount on your brush, and spread evenly, from root to tip, without touching the brush on the nail. Go with light strokes, and only once over every section of nail. Let dry, and then do a proper topcoat.
  • Finally, don’t give up! It’s not rocket science, it’s a very easy and fun thing to do, and possibilities are endless =) I once saw a woman who tried to return her professional salon kit, because she thought she couldn’t do this. She had tried every single color, and she didn’t even clean the plates, she was just demanding her money back. I was eyeing her like O_o with only 3 first plates and 2 mini polishes in my hands. I mean everybody can do this. Just sit at it for an hour, and try, and don’t give up. I remember my first time =) It was a fiasco! But I got the hang of it and now it’s one of my favorite leisure activities =)

That’s all for now. I hope I didn’t sound arrogant or annoying, I don’t blame anybody who does my don’t s, I just merely wanted to say what could go wrong with them, based on my own experience. Of course everybody has their own ways of doing Konad, and maybe I’m doing many things wrong in your eyes! It’s just what works best for me, and if I was helpful in the slightest way, I’d be happy =)

Bonus tips from readers:
Kirsten:

  • If you see parts of the image sticking up off your nail right after stamping, carefully press them on the nail with as little contact as possible before you proceed. (This happens with non-Konad polishes, like Romantiques.) These parts will cause your image to smear when you use the topcoat. Don’t rub, just lightly press them down. 
  • If you haven’t mastered Konad yet, play with it over old mani’s. Nothing frustrates more than ruining a good mani. (Yeah, me too =) And not only try the stamping, but practice putting a topcoat over it, too. Go crazy, use bold designs, regular polishes, experiment with angles, pressure, double stamping etc.
    Over an old mani it doesn’t matter what you do but it can give you inspiration and it helps you find a way that works for you without the frustration of ruining a perfectly good mani.

If you want a tip added here, just leave it in the comments!