Neon Blue Nail Art

I wanted to do a neon blue design for a while, but I couldn’t find any neon blue that I liked. Salon Perfect Bermuda Baby is a bright turquoise with subtle blue shimmer. I applied it over a white base, and it took about 3 coats for full opacity. It’s not exactly what I wanted, but it’s pretty close.

I used a zebra pattern stencil for the accent nail, and applied Kleancolor Sangria Burst, a neon orange, and Kleancolor Bikini Green. I tried mixing the colors in the middle for a gradient effect, but the green just isn’t dark enough to stand out against the blue properly. For the middle and thumb nails, I used Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish for the diagonal accent design. Now, for it to actually work, I had to first apply the base/top coat that comes with it over the blue before using the mirror polish on top of that.

The two silver glitters are: Art Club Nail Art Iridescent Glitter and Kiss Nail Art Rock Star.

Metallic Gold Kwanzaa Nail Art

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A simple but elegant design for Kwanzaa representing the kinara. I actually made this more complicated than it needed to be since I wasn’t completely sure what I was doing when I started. So instead of applying the gold first then adding the candles on top, I actually applied the colors first, waited until they had dried, applied double pieces of striping tape and then added the gold last. Unnecessarily complicated, I know! But I love the end result regardless.

For the candles, I used Sparitual Radiant, a shimmery red, and Sinful Colors Secret Admirer, a black with silver shimmer. I used two different polishes for the green. I began with Sinful Colors San Francisco, a metallic green, but that was too sheer even after several coats. So I applied Ciaté La Dolce Vita, a darker green on top. But that was too dark for what I wanted, so then I added another layer of San Francisco over it to brighten the green. Finally, after securing the striping tape, I applied a thick layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold. Next time I do a similar design, I’ll think it through before I start so I don’t wind up with a ton of layers!

31DC2016 Inspired by Art – Helen Frankenthaler, Faerie Tale

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For today’s art prompt, I based my nail art off an amazing abstract painting by Helen Frankenthaler called Faerie TaleContinue reading

31DC2016 Yellow – Neon Triangles

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I’m really happy with how this design turned out, though it ended up being a long process.  Continue reading

Blue Wave Nail Art

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These nails were so quick and fun to do. I was inspired by a skirt I recently bought which has this blue wavy pattern that I absolutely love. Continue reading

Themed Thursday December – Candy Cane Nail Art

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The “candy cane” prompt took me so long to get done. I started off making a pattern of mini candy canes, but it looked terrible. Then I did something abstract that just ended up looking like DNA. I think it finally looks good like this.

Kleancolor Sheer Red
Sinful Colors Nail Art My  Day
Pure Ice Super Star

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

31DC2015 Inspired by a Tutorial – Simply Nailogical’s Reciprocal Gradient

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I love these nails so much! These are inspired by Simply Nailogical’s Rainbow Reciprocal Scaled Gradient. Although her design is ten times more amazing (and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already!), I’m really proud of how my nails turned out. I was a bit lazy and only did two out of the four gradients, and only in purple – though if I had just done an accent nail I probably would have ventured to do all the gradients, but since I had to remove these the next day, I simplified it. I used Fresh Paint Passion Fruit for the light purple and Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier for the dark purple. The darker polish went on opaque, but the light purple gave me a bit of trouble, because it didn’t sponge as opaque as it normally applies. My gradient also didn’t turn out as smooth as I wanted, but it still looks great. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails all day!

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31DC2015 Inspired by Art – Stained Glass

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This stained glass panel is called “Turkish Delight” by Robert Sowers (you can see more info on it here). I love this panel because the colors are eye-catching and the basic geometric shapes work so well together to form a complex design. I began with a gradient of blue, white, and red using Sally Girl Epic, Pure Ice Super Star, and Ciaté Mistress, respectively. Since the red was looking too bright on its own, I added an unnamed maroon polish by Cosmetic Arts at the top to darken it slightly. I then drew the dividing lines using Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Diamond. I really wanted to use my regular black liner, but I couldn’t find it, so I had to use my shimmery one instead.

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I used Sinful Colors Clementine and Hurricane Nail Art Yellow for the dots on the sides. This part was tricky because I wasn’t sure how to transfer it to the nail. I thought about making lines between the yellow circles like in the original glass panel, but I felt it would clutter up the design too much, especially since the black lines were already thick. Lastly, I used Revlon Parfumerie China Flower, another bright red, to fill in the remaining middle and side panels.

31DC2015 Water Marble – Abstract Floral

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Water marble day is usually a pain for me, but it is supposed to be a challenge! I usually spend most of my time trying to find polishes that spread well in the water. This time was no different. My first attempts at creating a flower failed because they were all too big for my nails. Finally I realized I should just work with the inner parts of the bullseye instead of the whole thing, and then I started getting some floral designs that could actually fit on my nails.

My favorite is the middle nail, which reminds me of a fern. The flowers look okay, but I don’t like them as much as my pastel warble marble I did a couple of years ago. I love the touch of glitter I added though – I think it makes it look much better.

Revlon Peachy
Revlon Sassy
Sephora by OPI What Aura Gonna Wear?
Essie Golden Nuggets

31DC2015 Glitter – Feathered Blue on Gold

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Abstract designs like this are so much fun to do because there’s really no “wrong” way of going about it. The glitter here is more subtle than in past challenges, but it still works. I started with a coat of Sparitual Gratitude, a shimmering bronze with a matte finish. I then added random curved lines using Sparitual Circle of Life, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go for Gold, and Sinful Colors Nail Art Anxious Azure. The glitter I used is Ciaté Party Shoes, a festive gold and blue/green glitter. It’s also not too dense so it can go all over the nail without covering up the design underneath.

I think I’ve been doing a good job now of staying on track with the challenge! Sure, it’s way past September, but I might actually finish before December this year! Let’s hope I can keep it up.