November 16, 2014

Happy Landing Butterfly LeadLight Design and Video Tutorial

I am excited today to finally be delivering on a promise I made a while back by sharing a video tutorial I made on the LeadLighting technique. When I created my first LeadLight design, called Pretty Blossoms, back in May and several ladies asked me to make a video to prove that it was as easy to do as I claimed. Let's see if I can put my money where my mouth is!

Dance Legend Poison, Dance Legend Steel Panther, L'Oreal Miss Candy jellies, MoYou London Kitty 12 plate, Mundo de Unas black
I've been waiting for an opportunity to improve on my last LeadLight design, Fly Away, so I chose to use a butterfly wing design again. My biggest regret before was not using the butterfly across two fingernails. Thanks to MoYou London's Kitty 12 plate, which is all about butterflies, I had an abundance of design choices.

Dance Legend Behind the Scenes, Dance Legend Steel Panther
I started by applying 2 coats of Dance Legend Behind the Scenes over my basecoat on my thumb, ring and pinky fingers. I bet you are scrolling back up in confusion right now! I made a creative decision to switch these nails to Dance Legend Poison too late in the process to reshoot the stills, sorry. The 2 coats of Dance Legend Steel Panther on my index and middle fingers remained the same and all of my nails were topped with HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat.

Here's the video tutorial on YouTube. It is best viewed larger than Blogger allows, so you may want to choose the Full Screen option or click to watch it directly on YouTube.

Dance Legend Poison, Dance Legend Steel Panther, L'Oreal Miss Candy jellies, MoYou London Kitty 12 plate, Mundo de Unas black
I added just a few small embellishments to this design to ensure LeadLight Butterfly remained the focal point. The small silver butterfly on my ring finger and 2mm and 3mm silver ball studs are all from the Born Pretty Store.

Dance Legend Poison, Dance Legend Steel Panther, L'Oreal Miss Candy jellies, MoYou London Kitty 12 plate, Mundo de Unas black
My favorite thing about LeadLighting is that, providing you choose compatible colors, it is hard to create something that doesn't look amazing. You can see in this close up that my "sheer" polishes had different levels of opacity, which only added to the interest by letting the sparkle of my base polish show through in some spots. 

Dance Legend Poison, Dance Legend Steel Panther, L'Oreal Miss Candy jellies, MoYou London Kitty 12 plate, Mundo de Unas black
And one last photo because I can't stop staring at it!

Dance Legend Poison, Dance Legend Steel Panther, L'Oreal Miss Candy jellies, MoYou London Kitty 12 plate, Mundo de Unas black
Product Recap:
 Basecoat and Topcoat: NailTek Foundation II and HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
Base polishes: Dance Legend Steel Panther #13 and Poison #27
Accent polishes: From the L'Oreal Miss Candy Collection: Berry Nice, Lilac Coolers, Bubble Trouble, Miss Pixie, Creme de Mint
Stamping plate: MoYou London Kitty 12
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas Black #2
Embellishments: Silver vintage butterfly nail stud and silver round ball nail studs in 2 & 3mm from Born Pretty Store

I hope you enjoyed the video and found the tutorial helpful. Did I achieve my goal of showing that LeadLighting is an easy technique to do? If you want, practice on paper first to be certain your colors will look great on your nails. I did! If you decide to try reversing a design using 2 stampers as I did, note that their may be some trial and error involved to find the right combination of stampers for a good transfer.
I also hope you liked this nail art design and I would love to hear your thoughts! I read and reply to each of them. Feel free to use the Comment section if you have any questions about LeadLighting, or you can email me directly at nailsofaquarius@comcast.net if you prefer.

Thanks for reading! I'll see you at the next post.
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16 comments

  1. The Nail Smith (Millie)November 17, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Great video on leadlighting and beautiful nail art, as always! :-)

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  2. Thank you very much Millie! I am thrilled that you enjoyed both the video and the design! <3

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  3. Thank you very much Anne! So glad you liked it! <3

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  4. Really easy and simple! Can't wait to try this technique, I'd like to make a stained glass mani with Moyou's Gothic plates :)

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  5. YAY! Thanks for letting me know it looks easy enough! YES! A few of the Gothic plates had excellent designs to use! I'd love to see it when it's done. You can upload it here in the Comments or tag me on IG (@NailsOfAquarius).

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  6. Gorgeous! I really love how you can see a hint sparkle through the sheer polishes!

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  7. Thank you so much Sumeet! I didn't notice that sparkle until I looked at the photos and it was such a nice surprise! :)

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  8. Well - look at you getting all fancy with reversing stamp images! :) It's so fun to watch you work (the video is great!) and read about the steps that get you to your finished design. As much as I loved the berry color, your switch to the green did provide that "pop" with the butterfly wings. All in all - very lovely and fun design!!

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  9. LOL! Well I am glad to hear someone noticed me doing that! :) Thanks for the great feedback on the video. I loved that berry color too, and will surely find another design for it, but that green was so gorgeous and worked perfect IMHO. Thank you very much Kim!! <3

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  10. Your butterfly is simply amazing!

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  11. What a clever way to do butterfly stamping :) love this nailart. i just subbed you on you tube too :)

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  12. Thanks so much Anita! I am glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for subbing me on YouTube too! I just uploaded my latest video a few minutes ago.

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