15 January 2015

My first attempt at a leadlight manicure!

Hi loves! Today I have something fun to share: my first attempt at a leadlight manicure. The leadlight technique means you stamp with black over a white or creme base, and then use colored jelly polishes to paint parts of your stamping design. Because jellies are so sheer, they won't show up on your black lines meaning you can basically use your nails as a coloring book.



Ready to see how it went for me?

I started my look by painting on 2 coats of Polish My Life Birthday Suit. This is such a perfect blank canvas for nailart! After it dried I stamped using Cirque Colors Memento Mori and MoYou London Pro XL 06. Make sure to use topcoat after stamping your black pattern, that way you won't damage the lines while adding the jellies. I used G&G HK Girl topcoat.



To color my pattern, I grabbed Cirque Colors Dear Dahlia. I didn't really know what other shades I could use from stash besides the Kontiki collection from Cirque Colors, though there are 2 Dance Legend Aquarelle Top polishes on their way so I'll have to test those :). While the Cirque Colors shade is sheer enough, there's shimmer in there that does show on black. I also didn't want to use the blue or greenish shade since it didn't fit the pattern, which is why I kept it quite simple with just a pop of color.




Even though it isn't too original or colorful, I still quite like the look. Honestly though.. the black & white look is even prettier in my opinion!

Have you ever tried the leadlighting technique? And what do you think of my first attempt? Tell me in the comments!

50 comments :

  1. I agree... the colored look is fun but the black-n-white look is gorgeous!! (and I think I now need that white polish... yep, definitely need it)

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  2. ValiantlyVarnished15 January, 2015 15:38

    I loved it as just the plan B&W! I used this same design for my first try at lead light stamping as well.

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  3. I've seen some bloggers mix their own sheer jellies with a colored polish (preferably a crelly) and clear polish with great results! Plus you have endless color possiblilties. :)

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  4. I'm not the biggest fan of this technique. But that black and white manicure is to die for!

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  5. I adore how this looks! Who doesn't love coloring books? :P

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  6. This is beautiful!! Excellent stamping!

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  7. Color Me So Crazy15 January, 2015 20:15

    I have tried lead lighting and I used the Rica Squishy collex. I think it's fun, but def not as easy as I thought it was. Yours looks beautiful!! Great job!!

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  8. It looks so pretty, and you're so lucky to have such perfect nail beds; all the designs you do are more visible :)

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  9. I really like the glittery touch and that you only painted the flowers.

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  10. It looks beautiful, you did such a great job and your stamping is so perfect, it looks like nail wraps! I would love to try this technique.

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  11. I really love that you just went for a pop of color instead of filling in the whole thing, it looks really chic!

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  12. They are so cute

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  13. Cosmetic Sanctuary16 January, 2015 07:29

    Oh my! This is amazing... I loved it without the added color, then I saw the final product and my jaw dropped!

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  14. Gorgeous as always, Deborah! I'm so in love with that shimmery jelly, gives a nice oomph to the manicure rather than a plain old jelly! ^^

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  15. I totally love the B/W version! But the colored version is gorgeous too! As always perfect stamping and super photographing <3

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  16. That stamp is gorgeous! I need to try leadlighting again. I don't have many jellies so in the past I just mixed a drop of my colour with clear polish and used that :)

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  17. The Dalai Lama's Nails16 January, 2015 16:35

    this is so cool! I hope you do more of this technique - I love it!

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  18. Like both of them! Black/white AND with color! Gorgeous <3

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  19. These are gorgeous!! I don't stamp so I haven't tried this out yet. I might just have to break out some of plates to try though!

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  20. Oh my gosh... this is absolutely fabulous - I love the black/white and then pop of color... gorgeous!

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  21. Bailey_AlltheWords17 January, 2015 03:03

    This looks amazing! I don't do much stamping, but I so need to try this!

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  22. I can highly recommend that white shade! They don't dry as fast on me as some brands, but using a soft stamper you can work with it quickly enough :).

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  23. Thanks! I looked up your version and loved it, somehow I couldn't bring myself to add more shades.

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  24. I should try that some time! Thanks Laura :).

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  25. Thank you hun! I love it on others, on myself.. I'll have to find a way to make it work ;-).

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  26. Thank you Cheyenne, glad you like it :).

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  27. That looks like a great collection for this technique! Thank you ♥

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  28. Aww, thank you! Did you know I used to bit them like crazy? It took a few years to get them back in shape.

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  29. Thank you Vic! Using more colors felt a bit off, and painting a larger area would have left to little of the white base in my opinion :).

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  30. That's such a sweet compliment! Luckily the polishes I work with are of great quality, that really helps.

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  31. Thanks so much, that's really sweet of you!

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  32. Thank you Salla! I love the shimmer as well, makes it so much more interesting :).

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  33. Mixing your own sounds like a perfect idea, I need to do that!

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  34. Thank you Hannah! I will definitely try again, especially since I now have 2 Dance Legend Aquarelle toppers, they are made for this technique!

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  35. It's really really fun! Just look for nice "open" designs :)

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  36. I love, love, love how your mani turned out. Your stamping skills are excellent! :)

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