If you’re like me and you were born in the 80’s, then you most certainly spent your childhood in the 90’s watching Rude Dog and the Dweebs or Rocky and Bullwinkle, thought Hulk Hogan was really cool, and listened to a lot of No Doubt and The Refreshments (or Backstreet Boys, depending on your preference, heh). You also got the crap scared out of you by Silence of the Lambs and had all the Spielberg movies rented for you by your dad over at the VCR shop.
And if you were aware of all the prints and patterns back then, you knew that almost every kid had some sort of neon tribal print on them somewhere. Seriously, this print and pattern was all the rage:
I totally owned like three pairs of sneakers that had this print. I thought I was FUNKY FRESH lol.
So anyway, I was looking at my new XL-C plate and I noticed that one of the patterns looked just like that 90’s print:
And I decided I would do a 90’s mani to commemorate my neony, rap-infused but quite endearing childhood.
I like to lay out everything I need before starting a manicure. This is because you don’t want to be opening packages or rummaging around in a bin looking for a tool or particular polish bottle while your nails are wet. It’s really annoying. Cavewoman predilections may surface under duress (i.e a smudged manicure that you spent 2 hours on) otherwise.
I’ve got my basecoat, quickdrying topcoat, and my revlon one (i’ll explain why I have 2 topcoats later), my acetone dispenser, caronia in pumpkin(orange), caronia in sweet surprise(yellow), bobbie in some greeny color, a pink L.A. colors disco brites one, a P10-bottle of teal, San-San in Sea Green, Caronia in a purple color, SkinFood Matte Black(for stamping), and a Disco Brites one in white (base color).
I also have my super soft stamper and scraper set, and my XL-C plate.
I get my image plates from my favorite nail-related things seller, Onestop Kikayshop. I just love her shop, and the seller herself is a complete sweetheart.
Plus some Q-Tips and a big cardboard square as my work surface, that i put a piece of paper on. (You don’t need the paper - I put it there for better photos).
Not in photo is a big ready bag of round cotton pads (like cotton balls but flat and shaped like circles), and an old organza bag that I chuck used Q-tips and dirty cotton balls in.
Paint all your nails in a bright white polish. Use anything you like, and it doesn’t have to be super neat either. You’ll be covering all the white in other nail polish colors.
Reason for white undercoat: The colors you lay out on top will be AMAZINGLY BRIGHT. You want the brightest possible colors you can get because the 90’s prints were neon and could put your eye out.
TIP: For even whiter white, use acrylic paint underneath and layer a white polish over it. But if this seems like too much work, skip the acrylic paint step.
STEP 2: Brush stripes or streaks of color over the white. You can mix up the pattern, but I just made straight lines.
My left thumb has yellow, orange, pink and purple.
See what I mean about really bright colors? Plz to excuse my gross palm with polish smears.
STEP 3: Put a coat of basecoat over the mani. Then layer a quickdrying top coat over it to make it even more durable.
REASON FOR THIS STEP: The next thing you’re going to do is stamp an image over the stripes. If you make a mistake, you can go back and erase the top layer where your stamped image is without damaging the mani underneath becauuuuuse…. yep. You put a basecoat and topcoat before you stamped. You can only do this once or twice though, so try your best not to make too many mistakes.
STEP 4: Take your stamping plate, your stamper and scraper, and your stamping polish. You will also need to have your cotton balls pre-soaked in polish remover before you start. Now stamp the chosen image on your nails.
I won’t be posting the pictures of how I stamped the image on my nails because I only have 2 hands lol and I can’t take pics and stamp at the same time. But you can totally view like ten thousand tutorials on youtube on how to stamp your nails:
Here’s one that I randomly picked. (she says in this video that you can’t use normal polish for stamping, but you can. Just use the thickest, gloppiest polishes you have for stamping. Experiment first before trying it.)
I used SkinFood Matte Black for stamping. It’s thick and gloppy and I hate it for polishing my nails because it’s ridiculously expensive (P360) for a teensy bottle, has a lame satiny finish that’s not really matte, and it gets oily and shiny after about 2 hours. Terrible polish for regular use, amazing polish for stamping. Problem solved!
Here are my nails after I stamped the image on them. As you can see, the images on the XL-C plate are quite large and cover my whole nail and part of my finger!
Do NOT clean them yet. Just leave them like that until you’ve finished stamping all your nails.
Here’s my other hand. This photo was taken with a flash - the colors really stand out!
STEP 5: Put basecoat over all your nails.
TIP: Pull up a moderate amount of basecoat on the brush, enough so that when you hold it over the nail you get a little round bead that you can now proceed to spread out over your nail without really touching the mani underneath. This is called “floating the bead” and prevents your manicure from smearing. I used a basecoat because it is much less likely to react with your manicure and smear it than a regular topcoat.
Once your basecoat is in place, you can apply a topcoat as normal. I used my Revlon top coat for the final coat.
STEP 6: Once all your nails are dry, take a Q-tip soaked in polish remover and clean up around your nails carefully. Take care not to catch the Q-tip on your finished mani - if it already has a top coat on it, the layers underneath will have all fused together and will come away when it comes into contact with a polish-soaked cotton ball or Q-tip.
Ya ready for diz? I took a whole buttload of pics:
I love my Remembering the 90’s Mani!
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p.s. I got my soft stamper (I will never go back to regular stampers again) and polish remover dispenser (which I absolutely love, because now I don’t waste polish remover and I don’t have to hold the bottle to dispense it!) from Awesome Nails. She is an absolute doll. She always sends me freebies every time I order!