|Bluejay Konadicure (Outdors, full sun, no flash)|
I had some issues with the Konad on this manicure, as well as some of the same issues on previous attempts. Other than my obvious need to practice getting these centered and covering the whole nail in some cases! I am hoping some of you that are more experienced with Konad will be able to answer these questions; any advice is appreciated!
1. I notice that when I Konad, the patterns are not always perfectly clean. You can see some here, especially on the argyle pattern, that there are little black lines or splotches where there shouldn't be. Is this because I am not scraping the polish off enough before I roll the stamp on the plate, or is it the rolling/application itself?
2. I have also had a problem with Konad smudging when I paint on the top coat. I have even waited up to 20 minutes after applying the Konad print to top coat, but still it smudges a bit when I apply the top coat. It is not as bad here, but it was even worse on my non-picture hand. I have been using OPI Rapid Dry top coat, although I did get some Seche Vite and am going to try that out tonight. Do I just need to wait longer, or is the switch in top coats going to help?
3. Finally for my most obvious (to me, at least!) problem of this manicure - I put the white stripes on AFTER the black argyle. This looked fine until I applied the top coat; then the black showed through the white, with the final result as shown above. I assume this could be fixed by applying a top coat after the black, then doing the white, then another top coat? Or is there something else I should be doing?
Thanks so much for any advice you can give! Overall I still enjoyed this mani, even with all of its flaws. Practice makes perfect! I am off to practice some more now... :)