Sheer tints have been around for a little while now but it took me a while to figure out what to do with them. The internet would have me rainbowing them over a glitter polish:
Or watercolour-look nails:
Though they are pretty, I haven't felt massively compelled by either notion. Haley, from Emily de Molly, suggested using them on the nail after stamping, the sheerness of the polishes making the stamped image still visible under the tinted polish. So, I gave it a go using Emily de Molly's sheer tint range.
You can see a sneak peak on my nails there. I wanted to try all of these bright neons, so I painted my nails white and chose a stamp with distinct shapes that could be filled in, in this case MoYou London's 'Suki Collection 05'.
Stamp stamp stamp! I have no idea what happened on the pinky, there.
After the stamping was complete, I let it dry for about 15 minutes. Then, with a detailing brush, I started adding the tints. Which, it turned out, was a mistake.
The black from the stamping polish bled right into the pink. The solution was simply adding a top coat before resuming the dabbing process.
The end result:
Maybe they would be better gradiented over white nails and then stamped? Or used sparingly with a stamp that just needed a tiny amount of detailing to make a colour-popping statement? One day, I will get around to trying all of that.