Friday, 7 October 2016

ABC Challenge 'R': Retro reverse stamping

The ABC Challenge is back! If you haven't heard of this before, this is a weekly nail art challenge hosted by Emiline of Nail Polish Society. Each week centers around a different letter of the English alphabet, and the previous letter was 'Q' back in August. The challenge took a break in September, and now it's back, with the letter 'R'.

I decided to go for one of my favourite nail art techniques, reverse stamping. I also picked a retro-style pattern for an additional R element.

Retro reverse stamping nail art design | polilish
Bottle: Cirque Colors 'Key to Gramercy'
Check out the full post for more photos and the video tutorial.

I should start by admitting that I don't really know what counts as a retro pattern! Google came to my rescue and I based my design on the image below, as my UberChic Beauty 1-03 plate has a very similar pattern.

Here's the video tutorial! It's fairly time-consuming to fill in all the little swirls, but I also find it quite relaxing. This sort of thing is exactly what I need after doing my head in over my PhD.

The stamping polish I used for the off-white background is Colour Alike's 'Ice Coffee', and the colours I used to fill in the swirls are all by Cirque Colors - the pink is 'Jane on Jane St', the green is 'Key to Gramercy', and the purple is 'Deco'.

Retro reverse stamping nail art design | polilish

I added a matte top coat (Rimmel's 'Pro Matte Finish') to give it a faded look, to go with the retro theme.

Retro reverse stamping nail art design | polilish
Close-up: ring finger
I'll be back next Friday with my design for the letter 'S'! In the meantime, why not have a look back at my previous ABC challenge nail art? You can also follow the links below to see what other nail artists have done for the letter 'R'!


  1. Oooohh this is so pretty! I love the faded color scheme- it really looks so lovely.

  2. Oh my goodness! Your video tutorial was a complete game changer for me. I could never find that perfect balance between wet and dry polish to get my decals to stick easily; sticky base coat—duh! And then, smoothing it with a dry brush and breaking it with a hoof stick! I think it's so great when lots of people make their own tutorials of the same type of nail art, because people have different ways of doing it! Thanks for taking the time to share your techniques!

    1. Thank you so much for leaving this wonderful comment! It took me a while to get the hang of reverse stamping and I wanted to share what worked for me, so it's really great to hear that it was helpful for you!