August Glam Nails Challenge | City Buildings

Hey everyone! For the month of August I have decided to participate in a nail art challenge hosted by Bianka,@nbnailart. Bianka seems to host nail art challenges every month, also under the dedicated account @glamnailschallenge. I absolutely love the quality of the manis this girl creates, so I’m excited to participate in this latest challenge!

The seventh and second to last prompt for this challenge was City Buildings! I’ll admit, this prompt didn’t have me nearly as excited as the last few. I didn’t want to just do a typical building skyline with some sort of sunset gradient background, which I think would be predictable for this mani (at least that’s what first came to mind for me), so I decided to make it themed using the Taste of France CjS-47 Clear Jelly Stamper Stamping Plate (pictured below). What really pulled this together was that I just happened to have some water decals that I must have ordered ages ago, of building skylines, one of which was the Paris city skyline.

A Taste of France (CjS-47) - Steel Stamping Plate
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For this mani I really just relied on straight stamping, besides the water decal that I placed on my pointer finger. I think the Paris theme definitely added some interest to this mani!







  1. For this manicure, I started by applying my favourite base coat, Orly Bonder, to all of my nails.
  2. The base shade I decided to use was Cirque Colors Earthen. I love the grey-purple colour of this polish and how it has a red/copper shimmer to it. It makes it look kind of grunge-y, so appropriate for a city! It also looks kind of feminine when put alongside flowers!
  3. For the water decal, I first cut it to the appropriate size for my pointer finger, peeled off the top protective sheet, and using tweezers, dipped the decal with the paper backing into water for 20-30 seconds. By this time the decal is able to be removed from the paper backing and placed on to the nail. Water decals are usually fairly easy to manipulate on the nail, if you haven’t worked with them before. They actually used to be my choice nail art media back in the day. I likely got this one from Born Pretty Store. After placing the decal, I painted the part of my nail below the decal black (China Glaze Liquid Leather).
  4. Before stamping on the rest of my nails, I first applied a liquid latex (Edge Perfection Easy Peel Latex Barrierto the cuticle to make clean up easier.
  5. For the rest of my nails I simply transferred some of the designs from the Clear Jelly Stamper Taste of France Stamping Plate with pink (Born Pretty #21), white (Born Pretty #4) or black (Born Pretty #3) stamping polishes, using the XL Clear Jelly Stamper from What’s Up nails . A lot of the designs on this plate are layerable, which are fun but can be tricky to do accurately (especially when you are doing it upside-down and far away from your face so that you can film it!)
  6. I finished off the mani by applying the Maniology No Smudge Nail Polish Top Coat (Use code SUPERNOVA10 to save 10% off Maniology purchases (affiliate)), followed by my regular glossy top coat (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat).

Well, what do you think? I think I made what was kind of a boring prompt into something more fun and themed.

Watch my video tutorial below to see how it was done!

Loving this mani? Check out my last mani for this August Glam Nails Challenge!


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