Monday, April 2, 2012

Magnetic Tiger Mani Tutorial

So a little while back I had posted this mani on the boards and got *quite* the reaction. =0)

Magnetic Tiger Print Fauxnad Mani

Sure, me and the SO thought it looked cool, but when the rest of the world notices, it kinda feels nice.  Ya know, the rest of the world that is my online nail polish friends.  haha! Cause what other world is there?!

Anyhoo, I got a lot of questions about it so I though I'd do a little tutorial for it on the bloggie-blog.

So here we go, the Tiger Mani Tutorial begins...

 Oh, and while I'm at it, there's another color-way of this mani here:

Magnetic Snow Tiger Print Fauxnad Mani

Here's what you'll need to do this mani:

  • Essence Magnetic polish in Love Potion!
  • China Glaze Magnetix in You Move Me
  • the Wavy Magnet from the Icing polishes
  • top coats I used were Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer under SV

For the blue variety I used:
  • China Glaze Magnetix in Pull Me Close
  • wavy magnet from Icing
  • and the same top coats mentioned above

 Stamping supplies used:
  • a gift card as scraper
  • the Essence Stampy Plate with the tiger design (top left corner) [ which is found in the Essence "nail art" product stand ]
  • MASH double ended stamper
  • Essence Stampy Polish in black

Here's What do do:

Honestly, there's not much to it!  But I got a lot of questions so here goes.

First thing I did was slap on a single coat of Love Potion (and did not use the magnet yet).

(Please excuse the mess! Pre-clean-up-pic!)
 one coat of Essence magnetic polish Love Potion

I followed up with a single coat of You Move Me, placing the magnet over each nail one at a time like you would with any magnetic polish.

...added a coat of You Move me using the wavy magnet
*I usually don't wait very long before stamping on magnetic polish- if you put top coat on too soon and aren't careful enough, you'll drag the particles and smear the design.  But (from my experience) for stamping, dry to the touch is OK and won't mess up the design.*

Lastly, I stamped the tiger image with the black Essence Stampy Polish.

Then wait until that's all dry and finish with top coat.
All done and lookin pretty pimpin'

Here's the same mani matte just for fun!
And that's it!

I find myself layering magnetics a lot lately.  I've found that some are more sheer than others.  If you find yourself a sheer-ish mag., you can use it for layering like I've done here.

It may be hard to tell, but using the Essence polish as undies for the China Glaze gives this mani a little extra depth and flair.

I've also found the Gunmetal Layla magnetic to be great for layering over shimmery or metallic colors.  I should do a post on that later, but definitely experiment!  I found Gunmetal looks great over China Glaze Moonpool and Cat's Eye (I know, I know, but I had just found them both at a dusty so I was playing with them anyway!).  If anyone wants proof, it can be arranged...  =0)

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Comments / questions are welcomed. Thanks!


  1. This looks so cool! Thanks for the idea and the tutorial! YOU RAWWWKKK :)

  2. Thanks so much! It looks gorgeous!

  3. I just finished this mani. Considering that this was my first use of Magnetics and the first time I ever stamped - it came out great. Lacquerish has an amazing eye for what the colors will do. Excellent tutorial!

    1. that looks freakin awesome!! I must try it..i need to find that stamping plate though.

  4. LOVE this! I will have to pin this baby!

  5. This is so amazing. You have inspired me!

  6. Your pics are so good, I wanted to pin this, but then I noticed there's no watermarked...& u know how ppl can be, I'm kinda afraid someone will take it & claim it to be their own lol.

  7. Gorg! Thanks for the inspiring tutorial!

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