July 08, 2014

Neon Palm Trees

Neon Summer Nails

As I promised in my tropical summer palm trees post, I've done another palm tree nail, but with neon colors.  This month's #iHeartNailArt contest theme by Sally Hansen is "Electric Summer."  If you haven't noticed, I'm a huge fan of tropical nails for the summer.  So, for my take on the theme, I did a neon gradient nail with palm trees, another bright feature nail, and then slightly more neutral embellished nails, so the neon really stands out. #nailart

The contest runs until the end of the month.  If you like my nails, please vote for me!  I really appreciate it.

In other news, I suffered a nail travesty...the dreaded broken nail.  Luckily it wasn't too bad and just the corner broke.  So, I had to change the shape of my nail to a little more oval.  I actually like it.

Nail Polish
Polish Used:
  • Sinful Colors - Neon Melon
  • Maybelline Color Show - Pink Shock
  • Jesse's Girl - purple/pink (color not on the bottle)
  • Kleancolor - Chunky Holo Bluebell
  • Ulta - Oh!
  • Wet N Wild - Black Crème
Other Supplies:
  • Gold metal shell studs
  • Make-up sponge
  • Nail brush
  • Base and top coats

This mani is perfect for any summer pool party.  Here's how to create this look:
  1. Apply the base colors.  Index and pinky in Oh!, middle in Neon Melon, and ring in Pink Shock.
  2. Paint the gradient nail.  When painting gradients, it is best to paint your nail the lightest color of the gradient.  On a piece of wax paper, paint two stripes of the polish for the gradient.  I'm using Neon Melon and Pink Shock.  Using a toothpick, swirl the two lines of polish together.  A narrow swirl section has a smaller gradient, whereas a large swirl section has a larger gradient.  Using a make-up sponge, dab the polish, then dab it on the nail.  You may have to dab in a forward and back motion to enhance the gradient.  If you need more polish, repeat the process.
    Gradient Tutorial
  3. For the ring finger, use a piece of tape to section off a small portion of the side of the nail.  Then paint it in with the purple/pink polish and the holo glitter.
  4. Add a gold metal shell stud to the base of the orange nails and seal on with top coat.

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