Splotchy Neon Nails is what I’m calling these, because I can’t think of a better name, although I’m sure there is one:
Again, these are my sister’s nails. She felt she needed something cute and beach-appropriate for her trip to Cancun. Here’s how we got this look…
First, I started with two coats of white polish. Specifically, I used Sinful Colors – Snow Me White. Then I put tape around the nails to make clean up easier at the end.
I’m hoping you can see the tape that is over the top of the nail, and around the finger at the base of the cuticle.
I used these four polishes for the colored part:
L-R: Nina – Blue Blaze, Fresh Paint – Guava, Funky Fingers – Glow Stick, Sinful Colors – Dream On.
From here on out, the technique was pretty much exactly the same as it was for the white polish for my Beach Inspired Nail Art. (Check it out for a more detailed description of this technique). Basically, I took a disposable plastic container, filled it with room-temperature filtered water, dropped nail polish on the surface of the water, and sprayed it with some alcohol-based body spray to get the polish to break up. Then I had my sister dunk her fingers in the water, which allowed the polish that’s floating on the surface to adhere to her nails. While her fingers were still in the water, I used a Q-tip to pull the remaining polish off the surface of the water. It’s hard to do more than about 2 fingers at a time, so you will need to repeat this process quite a few times. There is a bit of a learning curve, but it’s really not too hard, just a little time-consuming.
We did Guava on the index finger, pinky, and thumb, and Glow Stick on the other two fingers.
Then we repeated the steps with Blue Blaze over the Guava nails, and Dream On over the Glow Stick nails.
Then, one more time we did Guava on the index finger, pinky, and thumb, and Glow Stick on the other two fingers, just to make sure that those lighter colors were showing up well enough on the nail.
At this point, it was a little hard to appreciate the designs on her nails since there was so much polish all over her fingers. My sister was an enthusiastic finger dunker so she had polish pretty far up her fingers.
From here we took off the tape and topped the nails with Seche Vite, a quick dry top coat. Then using a Q-tip dipped in acetone as well as a little brush dipped in acetone, I cleaned up all of the excess polish.
Here’s our end result!
Fun and cute, right? If you give this look a try, I’d love to see your recreations on either facebook or instagram. Just make sure you tag Polish Me Snazzy or use the hashtag #polishmesnazzy so that I can see it. Thanks for reading!