Friday, June 07, 2013

Abstract Neon Tape Mani + Tutorial!

Friday, June 07, 2013
Hi everyone!

I am so excited to finally have a website where I can post all of my photos and ideas!  It's been a long time coming.  If you know me from Instagram, I've been posting all my nail polish obsessions over there for a while now.  I can't wait to share more of my work and tutorials for all of you to enjoy!

My first post is a look I just did as a collaboration with another nail artist on Instagram.  We came up with the idea to create some "abstract" nails, and I've been on a neon kick lately so that is how the idea came about!  I am so happy with how they turned out.  They were so quick and easy to do, and so much fun for summer!  I have had quite a few requests to create a tutorial, so I've included one down below!

Here is the finished look:

And, onto the tutorial! 

(Btw, if you have any questions or comments, please leave me a comment or send me an email!  I would absolutely love to see your results as well, so feel free to tag me on Instagram, or email me your work!)

1. Gather your supplies and prep your nails. I used a-England The Knight (basecoat), Essie Blanc, a neon green, neon pink, and neon blue by Color Club (this look would be amazing with pastels, or monochromatic color schemes though!), Scotch tape, a cosmetic sponge, scissors, and tweezers. 

2. Paint two coats of your base color. I used a white base so the lines would pop amongst the neons. Make sure your base colour is completely dry, or use a quick dry top coat before moving to the next step. 

3. Hopefully this step won't be too confusing to explain, but this is just how I did it.  Take a piece of tape and make a small vertical cut at one of the corners.  Using tweezers, tear the tape vertically angled a bit to the right, creating a long triangular shape.  The thinner the better, though I think it looks good if they vary in size anyways!  I used four or five pieces on each nail for reference, and be sure to leave a "tail" so they are easily removed.

4. With the sponge, paint one of the corners with the first color, and sponge in a few random sections on the nail.

5. Repeat step 4 with the second color.  Overlapping a bit of the previous color without covering too much area is what you want, keeping the texture of the sponging, but also blending the colors a bit together.

6. Repeat with the third color, covering the rest of the white on the nail.

7. Remove the tape from the nails one by one.  I like to use tweezers for this step. 

8. Clean up the cuticle with some remover.  I just used a cotton swab (which I removed most of the cotton from) to make it easier. 

9. Wait a few moments, (you do not want to smudge your work!) then finish with a top coat! 

Have fun! :)



  1. This is so cute. Bright and cheerful. Perfect for a day like's so cold and dreery here in Houston and I have been sick. I may have to give this a shot when I get to feeling better.


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