Amor de Lacquer: Konad Nail Art 101

| September 16, 2009 | 25 Comments


Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Lemme tell ya, kids….konading is one thing. Taking pictures of konading AND doing a video on konading is a whole ‘nother chore. But I had to do it after receiving so many requests from my YouTube fam.

If you follow me on Twitter you know that on most weekends I tweet what I call my “Weekend manicures”. These looks are usually outrageous, not safe for work and all around fun.

Last week I tweeted this…


This was my first REAL deal Konad. I’ve had the system for months but it wasn’t until last weekend when I really went crazy with it.

What is Konad?
Simply put—a nail art system. I remember seeing these things in the mall when I was in middle/high school and thought they were super lame. I always thought they were for little girls who wanted to play “Let’s go to the nail salon”. Don’t know what I was thinking. Konading is a heap of fun. But is it easy to do?

Not for newbies….i.e. me. It’s a process really.

First you have to get the kit. This includes some nail art plates, a stamper and scraper. I purchased mine at a kiosk in an outlet but you can also get them from websites like this one and this one.


Then you polish your nails. With any polish. I chose Diamond Cosmetics’ mattes. OMG, these are incredible–review coming soon.


Let the nails dry and apply a polish over a nail design on one of the Konad plates. Like so….

Use the scrapper to remove polish from the outside perimeter of the plate.


Take your stamper and stamp! The design transfers from the plate to the stamper.


This is the tricky part. The part that I ALWAYS screw up on…….transferring the design to the nail. My nail beds are wide and long. These designs never really cover my entire nail. Not even my pinky!


A few minutes later and I’ve done the entire hand….

Konading is still a challenge for me. Stamping my middle fingers is a nightmare. I end up having to stamp twice and then the designs overlap and it’s not as fancy and neat as the other nails. In my experience, Konad works well with all of the nail polishes I have used. The white polish is a “Konad Special polish” but I have also used a China Glaze, Essie and Zoya with no problem.

I did a video too! OMG, it took me forever, y’all…..LOL!

What do you think? Into Konading? Wanna try?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

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  1. GangStarr Girl says:

    Aw shoot, you know I'm a nail polish fiend. It's about to be on and poppin when I order one of these.

  2. GangStarr Girl says:

    Thanks for putting me on!

  3. Natalie says:

    For your middle finger you should start from the top of your nail and then stamp another layer at the bottom its less noticeable I have to do that with my thumb.

  4. izumi says:

    i loveeeeeee that konad :) you rocked it!

  5. ...:::BEAUTIFUL...BROWN...SKIN:::... Bianca says:

    I WANNA TRY IT… BUT I HAVE AN ACRYLIC OVERLAY & DON'T DO MY OWN NAILS… IDK…

  6. ...:::BEAUTIFUL...BROWN...SKIN:::... Bianca says:

    I WANNA TRY IT… BUT I HAVE AN ACRYLIC OVERLAY & DON'T DO MY OWN NAILS… IDK…

  7. ...:::BEAUTIFUL...BROWN...SKIN:::... Bianca says:

    I WANNA TRY IT… BUT I HAVE AN ACRYLIC OVERLAY & DON'T DO MY OWN NAILS… IDK…

  8. ...:::BEAUTIFUL...BROWN...SKIN:::... Bianca says:

    I WANNA TRY IT… BUT I HAVE AN ACRYLIC OVERLAY & DON'T DO MY OWN NAILS… IDK…

  9. enamoredenamel says:

    Love the houndstooth on you

  10. Askmewhats says:

    so pretty! i own a set but its not Konad, and I am too lazy to use it :D hahaha

  11. rmcandlelight says:

    Love the houndstooth on you!! I have to go and check your video. I have several plates and only used it once. I don't know whats wrong with me. I need to start konading :D

  12. Anonymous says:

    From: Shirley/Atlanta, GA

    It looks great; but how much does one of these kits cost?

  13. 'Funlayo says:

    TOTALLY adorable! I'm sooooo gonna have to check this out. It does look a little tricky and involved, but the results are great!

  14. B says:

    GGirl—> Why did I think of you when I did this look? Houndstooth nails would look sooo fly on you!

    Natalie—> That makes SO much sense. Thanks! I'm going to try that the next time around.

    Izumi—> Thank you, darling.

    BBBB—> Konad works good on natural and artificial nails. We all have to put down a base color so you're good!

    enamoredenamel—> Thaaaank youuuu.

    Nikki—> Stoooop!! And you do elaborate nail designs! I'm too lazy to do those but I can konad in under 5 minutes. LOL

    rmcandlelight—> Yeah, I used to REALLY want a konad system, got it and it collected dust. I'm trying to play around with it more.

    Anon/Shirley—> It depends on the location you go to but this entire set is probably around $30 or so. And each plate, I think is like $10. Not TOO bad.

    Funlayo—> Tricky is right but once you get the hang of it, it's a breeze. :)

  15. gio says:

    I love your nails, they're so pretty! I really have to check this out!

  16. adriene says:

    Gorgeous! I've been wondering what "konad" is.. lol thanks. Definitely something I'll have to try.

  17. kateypie35 says:

    I love it – next paycheck I am gonna have to get a system now!!
    Sigh, there is never enough money for all the beauty goodies I want.
    Weeeee!

  18. τreciä says:

    this is cool. Thanks 4 your secret! now i hope i'll find that in Canadian malls if not i'll just ran across the border.. via Niagara falls n check n …by next summer my toes will be on n popping! lol…

  19. BeautyXchangeGirl says:

    B – Your nails look great! I don't think I would have the patience – but still worth the effort.

  20. yankeenaijababe says:

    nice nail art and blog..love it.

  21. Product Junkie Diva says:

    When i saw your nails on a previous video I said WHOOOOA look at those nails- thanks for the tutorial :-)
    PJD

  22. Amethyst says:

    Wow that is soooo cool! I've seen konads but never knew how they work :P

  23. The Beautifier says:

    Awesome nails xxx

  24. Lish says:

    ooooh I want one!


  25. [...] tip. This happens to me every few months. Sometimes I’ll be head over heels in love with konading and doing freehand designs and out of nowhere, I’ll just stop. Lately, I’ve been in [...]

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