Alice Through the Looking Glass Nails Tutorial

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When I saw the gorgeous imagery in the Alice Through the Looking Glass movie I knew I just had to do nails inspired by the film. The colors are so vivid and brilliant and I can’t pass  up a good bookish (albeit film interpreted) nail opportunity.

Obsessed with these great Alice through the looking glass inspired nails. Fabulous nail stamping art tutorial and detailed supply list and instructions.

I did this manicure using my FAVORITE nail stamping technique. I originally shared this as a part of a live Facebook event. It was fun and I went in without any ideas and people hung out and helped me pick and decide what exactly to do!

Alice Through the Looking Glass Nails. Great step by step instructions to how to do awesome nail stamping at home.

But here is the edited video with just what you need to replicate these Alice Through the Looking Glass Nails yourself.

Alice Nail Supply List

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Nail Tutorial

  1. Apply a base coat.
  2. Apply the solid color coats.
  3. Apply a few brushes of teal to the white nails.
  4. Stamp your gold stripes onto your green nails.
    1. Clean your stamping plate with acetone.
    2. Apply a thin layer of stamping nail polish to your stamping plate.
    3. Scrap the excess paint off with a scrapper or old gift card.
    4. Roll the stamper across the stamping plate to life the remaining nail polish.
    5. Roll the stamper across your nail to transfer the nail polish to your nail.
    6. See here for a more in depth treatment of how to do nail stamping.
  5. Stamp the scroll design on to your maroon and purple nails with gold.
  6. Stamp the clocks and gears on white black onto the White and teal nails.
  7. Use a STAMPING FRIENDLY clear top coat.
  8. Use a clean up brush and acetone to tidy up your nails and use tape to remove the paint from your skin. This can be done as you go as well.
  9. Optional finish with another layer of top coat.

Amazing Alice through the looking glass inspired nail art. Full tutorial and instructions.

I think they turned out super cute. They are actually my favorite nails I’ve done in a while!

Must see these amazing Alice Through the Looking Glass nails. Simple step by step tutorial and full supply list great nail stamping art.

And just for fun here are some more fabulous Alice Through the Looking Glass inspired recipes and crafts!

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Earl Grey Cake with Lemon Buttercream by Sugar & Soul

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Printable Quotes by Hey, Let’s Make Stuff

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The Mad Hatter: Whiskey Jalapeño Strawberry Cocktail by Merlot Mommy

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Electric Blue Butterfly Cocktail/Mocktail by Happiness is Homemade

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DIY Tea Cups by Persia Lou

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Nails by Rae Gun Ramblings

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Grease Lightning Nails Tutorial and More Grease Projects

You guys I freaking love how my Grease Lightning nails turned out. They were so easy too I made a tutorial.

So cute. Nail tutorial inspired by Grease Lightning

If you want to remind yourself what the Grease Lightning cars (both dream version and actual) look like have a little song break :)

Fun right? And perfect timing for watching Grease Live right?

Fun Grease lightning nails tutorial. Great DIY tips and tricks for the ultimate mani
My nails look really fancy but they didn’t really take that long. And no I don’t have a crazy steady hand. I didn’t paint all the designs and I didn’t use decals or stickers. What I did was to use Nail Stamping my new obsession.

So awesome Grease nails. Manicure inspired by Grease Lightning. With tutorial

What You Need

Supplies for DIY Grease lightning nails and full manicure tutorial

Nail Stamping Plates

Nail Polish

Nail Stamping Basics

  • Base Coat
  • Top Coat (needs to be stamping friendly)
  • Nail Polish
  • Stamping Polish
  • Scraper (you can use an old gift card but I love this little one)
  • Stamping Plates
  • Stamper (this is my favorite)
  • Clean up stuff: nail polish remover (for the plate and scraper), tape (for the stamper), clean up pen or brush (for your fingers)

Step by step instructions for how to stamp nails. Plus the cutest grease lightning inspired manicure

  1. I like to plan out my nails when I’m not doing all the same thing. That way I know what color goes down first and it makes it easier to do the same color at a time.
  2. If using a base coat (which will make it last longer and I like this base coat) start with that.
  3. Then paint the base color of each nail how every many coats to your liking. I usually do 2.
  4. Now prep your station for stamping. Have all your supplies out including a cotton pad with acetone or nail polish remover on it ready to go.
  5. Using STAMPING POLISH put a coat on your stamping plate. With a 45 degree angle swipe off excess polish. This will take practice to get the right feel don’t be discouraged if you have to do it a few times. Even now I have to do some a couple times. In the beginning it will take more than a couple.
  6. With a rolling motion (as opposed to a press and smoosh) roll the stamper over the stamping plate so that it picks up the polish. These steps should move fast.
  7. Then with the same motion roll and press onto your nail to transfer the polish to your nail.
  8. Repeat with all designs.
  9. Use a clean up pen or brush with acetone to remove any bits that go on your skin.
  10. Use a stamping friendly top coat (I like this top coat for stamping).
  11. If desired you can add another top coat for extra protection (any top coat is fine at this step) just make sure to wait until the first is dry.
  12. I like to use a polish hardener to speed up the drying on my very last coat.
  13. Admire your nails and send me a picture ;)

Grease Lightning nails stamping tutorial

I really do love stamping my nails. But you should know there is a learning curve it can be frustrating at first. I wrote a post full of nail stamping basics and tips you should check out if you’ve never tried nail stamping before. It’s super fun and once you get the feel for it it goes relatively fast.Grease Inspired Ideas - Because Grease is still the word!

Now, since we are all in agreement that Grease is still the word, here are a few more ideas that you might love!

Grease Inspired Ideas - Because Grease is still the word!

Cherry Chocolate Floats from Sugar & Soul

Grease Inspired Ideas - Because Grease is still the word!

Grease Inspired Printable Valentines from Persia Lou

All Wood Frame GREASE PRINTS

Grease Printables from The Love Nerds

SO fun how to do a cute grease manicure. Easy nail tutorial.

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How to Stamp Nails: Tips and Tricks for Success

Have you ever tried nail stamping? It’s a fun and easy way to cute nails for those of us without a steady hand. I have just updated this post to add even more awesome tips and tricks after a year of doing my nails every week. Make sure to pin this post so since I’ll be updating it as I continue to learn new tips and find new awesome products.

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There’s just something about Summer that makes me want pretty nails. Maybe it’s the flip flops and all the exposed toes but the nieces and I love doing our nails together and one of our favorite things is Nail Stamping! Have you ever tried it?

Love these nails. Done with nail stamping and polish not nail wraps or jamberry. Fabulous step by step tutorial and resource guide.

If you don’t know, nail stamping is a way to get fun designs on your nails. I love it because it doesn’t require any artistic ability or steady hand. Plus as long as you get a design plate with small images it works great for tiny kid nails too!

Watch the video or read the steps below!

Step by step guide to nail stamping art and a huge list of resources for best products and supplies. Great beauty tutorial.

I’m sharing how to stamp nails and some of the tricks and tips I’ve learned from trial and error.

What You Need to Stamp Nails (you don’t need all of them I’m just giving options)

When you shop through my links I get a small percentage. The prices will always be the same as regular prices (or sometimes lower). These are what I use I didn’t swap any products for a cut but when they offered one anyways I linked it. Also note I have been updating this post as I learn more and find products I love so some of the pictures might not match my current favorite products. 

How to Stamp Nails

  1. Start with painted and fully dried nails. Start with a base coat and end with a top coat on top of your colors. Use a toothpick to take of polish that strayed into the side of your nail. This is also a good time to use the clean up brush and acetone to remove stray polish from your skin.
  2. Paint a coat of contrasting nail polish onto your design plate.
  3. Scrap excess off with scraper.
  4. With a rolling motion press the stamper onto the stamp plate to transfer the design to the stamper.
  5. Stamp onto the desired nail also using a rolling motion.
  6. Use tape to pull of any stamped polish that got on your skin (it works like magic).
  7. Use acetone with cotton pad to clean up your plate between each stamping.
  8. Allow to dry and top with a coat of clear polish make sure it is stamping friendly some top coats will smear nail stamping polish.
  9. Use your clean up brush to get any stray nail polish off of your skin.

Loving this nail stamping guide. It has everything trick and tips and where to find all the products. Great step by step tutorial

Some Tips and Tricks for Nail Stamping

  • Practice, practice, practice. This is definitely an activity with a learning curve. It takes time to figure out but once you do it’s really fun.
  • MOST IMPORTANT Use a nail stamping polish. You want your stamping polish to contrast with your base coat. I’ve found lighter colors tend to work better. You want a thick polish and metallic seem to be a little thicker and work better if you want to give regular nail polish a try. Some regular polishes will stamp (like Walmart’s Ice metallics) BUT the stamping polishes work SO MUCH BETTER and are way easier to work with. they are 100% worth the extra coast.
  • Be patient and paint your nails allowing them to dry full complete with a top coat. That way if your stamp doesn’t turn out you can quickly wipe it off. Be prepared to do this especially when you are starting out! It’s not you, it’s just a tricky thing to get down.
  • Have all your tools set up so you can move quickly. Once you scrap your place you want to move fast.
  • Consider just doing an accent finger. While stamping is really fun it is finicky. Sometimes I think trying to get 10 fingers perfect (or good enough) on 3 people (me and both nieces) just takes too long.  But a few accent fingers are just the right about of fun. UPDATE: now a year into it and exclusively using stamping polishes I can easily do all three of our hands without getting too frustrated and having to do too many re-dos!
  • Know that not all designs are created equally. Different plates and different designs work differently. Unfortunately there is not great way to know which will turn out but the brands I listed I have had great success with. Just buy a plate with designs you love and give it a shot.
  • Have fun!

Must try this! Tips and tricks to nail stamping success. Great detailed tutorial and resource guide.

I originally posted this as a part of Nap-Time Creations awesome Summer Fun Series, going up today!

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