Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Spooky Stamping

So, I had this pretty cool idea a long time ago, and I put it on my "Nails To Do" list, and promptly forgot about it. I was browsing the list recently and thought, "WOW, Self, why haven't you done that yet?"

I took out the polishes I needed and got started right away. Here's the final look!


Yep, I'm bustin' out the glow in the dark polish even though it's not even close to Halloween! I just love glow in the dark nails so much, I don't even care what time of year it is!

This is a really easy look to accomplish. Read on!


Start with a light base color. Glow in the dark polishes glow better when they are on light bases. I used OPI Rumple's Wiggin' (yes, again). Add a coat or two of glow in the dark nail polish on top of it. I like China Glaze Ghoulish Glow a lot because it barely alters the color underneath it, but it has a really strong glow effect.

Once you've let that combo dry, then just add your favorite stamp on top! I chose my Konad m63 plate and I used Konad Special Polish Black for the stamp.


I also want to take a second to go over a few quick notes on how to take good photographs of glow in the dark nails. I usually get a number of questions on how to do it when I post a glow manicure and this is good info for anyone to know!

  1. Have your camera turned on with all the settings ready to go. Place it on a countertop or table.
  2. Charge your nails by holding them really close to a lightbulb near your camera for 40-60 seconds.
  3. Quickly shut off the light and move your hand in front of the camera, while still leaving the camera set on the counter. It's best to rest your hand on the counter, too! Doing both these things will minimize blur during the long exposure your camera will need to take.
  4. Press the shutter and try to hold as still as you possibly can.
I like to take my glow pics in the bathroom. I can shut the door so the room gets pitch black, and there is a good countertop right next to a vanity light that makes an easy transition between charging and photo-taking.


I don't know if this has been done before, but I'm pretty proud of myself for thinking of the idea! I love the effect and the stamp blocking the glow is just fun! Thanks for reading!

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38 comments

  1. It is gorgeous! I love the complimentary stamp you picked :D

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  2. wow! This looks so pretty and I just love how it looks in the dark :) Well done!

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  3. This looks pretty cool! And I'm happy that I'm not the only one who keeps a "nails to do list" ^^

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  4. wow i love this!! looks awesome! great idea!

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  5. Very nice! CG's glow polish is on my wishlist for just this sort of thing!

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  6. love it and no, i hadn't seen it done like this yet. looks amazing!

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  7. Love it! I always had such a hard time taking pictures in the dark, but I just got a tripod so I think that will definitely help. Now I want to do my nails glow in the dark!!

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  8. Perfect for the disco. And love the marbleish effect of the image you used for stamping.

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  9. You have the most PERFECT nails and nail art. Flawless! I really enjoy your blog.

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  10. :-O i wish i could do something like that!!

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  11. Looks great!!I'm a firm believer in doing whatever you want to your nails whatever the season. I love the combo.

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  12. Beautiful! And thanks for the photography tips too, I'll have to give it a try when I take pics of my glow in the dark polishes. ^_^

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  13. This looks so like water marbling I love it!! :)

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  14. This is just tooo awesome, clearly i should have bought that bottle of glow in the dark polish during my mega shopping trip :-S

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  15. Such a great idea! I'm even more amazed you were able to get it on camera, I've never been able to get a decent glow in the dark shot...I'll have to try resting the camera on the counter next time so I wont get camera shake. Thanks for the tip!

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  16. this looks so cool even more so in the dark! so cleaver.

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  17. This looks great! You certainly can wear glow in the dark year round... no one can even tell during the day :D

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  18. I love this! I will be on the look out for glow in the dark polish this halloween!

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  19. I thought you might like to know that I tried this! I thought yours turned out so well and was so neat that I was excited to try it out. Mine didn't turn out as well as yours, but it was great for my stamping practice and it still looked pretty neat! Here is my post on it (just in case you wanted to see :)): http://fanningthefumes.blogspot.com/2012/03/my-spooky-anniversary-stamping.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. I am a huge fan of glow in the dark nails too, I'll deffo be giving this a go! Thanks for sharing :)

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  21. how do you do the stamping part? is it a stamp you can buy? or do you make it? i want to try, but i'm clueless about stamping haha!

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    1. Check out Rebecca's Stamping FAQ: http://rebeccalikesnails.blogspot.com/2011/07/faq-all-about-stamping-nail-art.html

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  22. I love photographic and wearing glow in the dark nails! I'm actually wearing some right now. The ones I have are neon polishes that also glow really brightly in the dark and make me so happy! I do the same thing with the charging of the polish under lights then whip out my ready camera (or rather camera phone) and snap away. I do have time to focus the camera before taking the shot cause these polishes are seriously luminous!

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  23. Oh if your interested, I got my polishes at Born Pretty Store, see the link below. I have at least 7 of them and could handle having more.

    http://www.bornprettystore.com/candy-colors-fluorescent-neon-luminous-nail-polish-glow-dark-varnish-p-4837.html

    And I've got examples of swatches of some of the ones I have on this page. http://polishpedia.com/neon-glow-in-the-dark-nails.html

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