Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is a Konad? It sounds dirty.
Konad is a Korean brand who started stamping nail art.
How does Konad work?
Basically the Konad plate is a piece of metal that has a designs etched in it. You put a glob of nail polish onto the etched portion, scrape the excess nail polish, then you use a silicone stamper to transfer the nail polish from the plate to your stamper. You will then see a design on your stamper which you then put on your nail. It sounds kind of crazy when worded out. Perhaps pictures will help here (direct from Konad website to you):
Awesome! I’m still stuck though… do you have any other sources I can use?
There are a few videos floating around YouTube that can help. You can always go back to basics and use the tutorial on Konad’s website.
I’m sold! Now where can I buy this?
There are a couple reliable websites that you can get Konad stuff from such as TransDesign.com and WowSoCool.com. However, my favorite is OCNailArt.com because Kathleen (the owner) pretty much make sure that you’re taken care of when you order. From a logistics standpoint, she is the closet (like an hour drive away) from the Konad Headquarters in the US so she always gets first dibs on the newest Konad stuff the soonest!
I’m cheap… are the eBay ones as good?
The NailBoard on MakeUpAlley has coined the term “Fauxnad” for the eBay ones. I have a several and they’re at a very good price. My honest opinion is that if you want to drown your nails in flowers, get the Fauxnad plates from eBay. There is also a set of 21 Fauxnad plates you can get from Amazon.com via BundleMonster: that’s a pretty good buy with a variety of regular plates, French tip plates, and full finger patterns; plus it’s not all flowers. If you really want to be picky and compare the Faudnax with the Konad plates, the Fauxnad plates doesn’t seem to pick up the polish as well as the Konad plates. It still picks it up though, and that’s all that matters. I would suggest that you start out with the Konad and use the Fauxnad after you have mastered the skill. It’ll be a little harder to start out with the Fauxnad. Otherwise, go for it!
What’s the difference between the Konad one-sided stamper and the two -sided stamper?
When it comes down to it, they do the same thing. If you have a one-sided stamper and want to “upgrade” to a tw0-sided, don’t bother. If you have a two-sided and you want to try a one-sided, maybe you can if you want a lower center of gravity for your ‘nadding accuracy. I think they’re equally effective. You can find more details about the two here.
I don’t think you heard me correctly: I said I am cheap. Do I have to buy Konad’s special polish in order for this to work?
No, I have a list of regular polish that works with Konad (which should also work with Fauxnad). If you have tried a polish that works and don’t see it on the list, let me know and I’ll be glad to add it to the list. Usually polish that are opaque in 1 coat should do the job.
Help! I can’t pick up the image, my Konad is broken!
Try the following:
- Lightly file your stamper
- Use nail polish remover to clean off the plate.
- Clean off the stamp with nail polish remover, then dab dry with a paper towel.
- Move quickly from the stamper to your nail.
Still lost? Feel free to contact me and we can shoot some ideas back and forth.
Yay! I have finally mastered ‘nadding! Now which top coat should I use?
Man that’s a tough question. My go-to is Seche Vite, but most clear top coats will work. The secret is really in how you apply the top coat. I have found that most top coats will not smear or streak the ‘nad as long as you put a big glob on. Don’t be stingy with the top coat because the dragging of the dry brush could lead to ‘nad smearing (how embarrassing)!
I need inspiration. Where can I find more pictures?
Hopefully I’ll be posting a ton of pictures of Konad designs on here. If you think my nails stink then you can always check NailGal.com or the “Good Reads” on the right side navigation here. You can also check the image plate section on the Konad wesbite for some ideas too. Not all of the plates on the website has examples, but I have a lot of the newer plates and I’ll try to fill the void.
Hope this helps! I’ll keep adding to it as we go along!