Hello and welcome! This week, I wanted a design with some serious neon power to finally bring in the summer theme.
My inspiration came completely from my monthly Maniology Mani x Me box. June’s theme was very 80’s abstract mod. And it’s not always my favorite kind of design, but I thought I might as well try it out, and use my brand new neon polishes while I’m at it.
What I Used:
- Base Coat: Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
- 1st Color: Cirque Colors – Game Over
- 2nd Color: Cirque Colors – Retail Therapy
- 3rd Color: Cirque Colors – Hedonist
- 4th Color: Maniology – Merlot
- Top Coat: Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
- Maniology MXM010 stamping plate
- silicone stamper & scraper
- lint roller sheet
- Maniology dual sided dotting tool & nail art brush
- Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
- acetone nail polish remover
I started with base coat, per usual, and then two coats of Cirque Colors – Game Over. Looking back, this polish was extremely bright, but I was actually a little disappointed at first (I wanted a blinding neon red, not just neon red). It helps that shiny top coat really brings out the brightness.
Next, I got the reverse stamps ready to go. I used five different silicone stampers so I didn’t have to wait for them to dry one at a time. The abstract pattern was done in neon pink, with random sections filled in with more pink, and some yellow.
Then, I used some top coat to attach the images to my nails. But the pink ended up blending in with the red base, and you couldn’t see a thing. So, I stamped a darker red over top. I debated on using another neon, but the only color I had left in my collection was green, and that wouldn’t have matched very well.
It’s funny that I keep saying I’m not a fan of the 80’s mod designs, because I always end up liking how they turn out. I love that every nail is a different pattern, but it’s still one cohesive look. And I love that they are so bright! I only wish I had been more careful with my top coat application, because there’s quite a few smudges.
Hope everyone enjoyed their summer!
Other than some wear and tear, these nails lasted perfectly throughout the week. And the few times I was out in the sun, they really were an intense neon. It was probably a good thing that the dark red had to go over the pink, or else they would be a little too blinding to look at.