Sinful Colors: Neon Melon, Summer Peach, Pink, Irish Green and Dream On (swatched with no undercoat, no topcoat). True neons dry matte. It's their nature.
Here's 4 different nail art techniques using neons which are great for any summer manicure/pedicure!
Techniques used: Patchwork mani, Gradient + animal print, Dotticure and a Funky French.
Now, this is meant to be a nail art tutorial NOT a full manicure. Choose any one technique for a full manicure.
- A set of neons, a white and a silver polish.
- Nail art stiper polishes
- Cosmetic makeup sponges
- Any choice of glitters
- Dotting tools or anything spherical to make dots i.e. bobby pin or match stick.
- Optional: Konad plate M57
1st step paint your basecoat and undercoats and let dry:
I used Sally Hansen Whirlwind White and the silver is Zoya's Trixie. I went ahead and painted the french tip freehand using Summer Peach with white underneath.
Paint a triangle. I used Sinful Colors nail art striper.
Make a swipe across by rolling your finger and holding the brush steady.
Paint the remaining triangles. Don't worry if you lines aren't perfect.
I used OPI's Pink Friday and Fly from the Nicki Minaj collection.
Add lines with a striper polish.
I added a coat of OPI's Save Me. I should have left it alone.
Now, you can use tape for this technique. I never have any luck with tape.
I'd rather freehand the lines.
Cut up a makeup sponge.
Place a dab of polish on a palette or piece of scrap paper.
Dab polish onto your sponge.
Dab onto your nail.
Sponging is easy. The more tacky the polish, the better. It gives a better stipple effect.
Over-sponging can cause the color to come up. Apply just enough.
Clean up any polish on your skin with a Qtip dipped in remover.
Here I started with Sinful Colors Neon Melon.
Don't cover completely with yellow.
I then sponged Sinful Colors Pink.
See how the pink reacted with the yellow to make orange?
I should have left it alone at this point.
I sponged Sinful Colors Dream On over the yellow and it made it red.
Now you can leave the gradient as is or I stamped leopard print over it.
Konad M57 with WnW Black Creme.
If you don't have a stamping kit, you can freehand the animal print by making dots and half-circles with a striper polish or toothpick.
I painted dots with Whirlwind White using my dotting tool.
I applied over the white dots using Summer Peach, Pink and Neon Melon.
The dots will look raised. I applied a coat of Poshe to even them out.
No a Funky French doesn't mean it smells bad! It means that it's a french tip manicure using non-traditional colors other than a white tip and a sheer base. This is Summer Peach with China Glaze's Fairy Dust on top.
I like to freehand my french tips and yes I do both hands!
French tip manicure guides can be found at the nail art section in any pharmacy or department store.
Here's one of my fav. Funky Frenches (old photo):
The pink is China Glaze's Heli-Yum. My nail broke here; completely snapped off!
I'm wearing a fake nail so I didn't have to cut them down. Can you spot the fake?
These techniques are easy and are not that complicated! They don't require a lot of supplies. Supplies can be found at any drugstore or department store for not a lot of money. Please try one of these looks at home. They can be used with any color scheme to fit the season. If you need a video tutorial showing either one of these techniques in more detail, please let me know. Sponging was covered in my first nail art video.
Thanks for reading!