Neon Gradient Tape Manicure

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Hello followers!  How are you today?  Same old, same old for me here.  Actually, I'm fabulous because this manicure was not a disasticure.  The image in my mind actually translated onto the nail.  That seems to be such a rarity.  Okay, maybe not.  I should maybe go back and re-read my posts to figure out if it is rare or not.

This nail art idea came from not only my mind, but the mind of Gabi.  A long time ago when I first received my nail art tape, Gabi said I should do a gradient as a base and then use the nail art tape and paint the top coat on.   If you do not remember, Gabi is my official mani inspector, although not as of lately since she falls asleep super early (WACK) and always misses my manicures when I'm done.  Well, that's a lie, she inspects them in the morning when she opens up her email and sees my message (I kind of suck and send them late).

I decided to do the same gradient I did for my neon zebras, added some INM Northern Lights, tape, and black polish, and these gorgeous beauties were born.  Let's take a look!!!  Neons kind of made these pictures freak out and have weird looks, so please forgive my photos.

Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - I'm With the Lifeguard, Sun Kissed, Flip Flop Fantasy, Splish, Splash, Hang Ten Toes
  • Funky Fingers - Riot!
  • INM - Northern Lights 
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
To get the gradient, I painted the neons on the make up sponge the same way I did for my neon zebra nails.  I ended up painting all the colors in a circle in a way where the one color blended into the next.  The yellow was next to the green, which was next to the blue, etc.  I don't think it would have looked as good if I put the yellow next to the purple since these colors don't naturally blend into each other.  After I dabbed the make up sponge on my nails a few times, I quickly added one coat of INM Northern Lights.  This polish dries so fast, it's incredible.  I never would have been able to put tape over Fairy Dust in the same amount of time I was with this holo top coat.

I took four pieces of tape and applied them in different directions along the nail.  When I was happy with the placement, I painted one thin coat of Orly Liquid Vinyl and let that dry with the tape still on.  To make the black darker, I added one more coat, waited about 5 more second, then removed the tape.  Each stripe that I removed, I was just so incredibly amazed by the gradient which was appearing under neath.  It just looks so neat!!!

What do you think?  Fan of the gradient tape manicure?  Fan of tape manicures at all?  Love INM Northern Lights?

Still loving all the colors.  I'm so happy that Heather from Peace, Love, and Polish posted a manicure featuring the more than 3 color gradient.  They're so much fun!!!!

Until next time, <3.

**I purchased all the polishes used in this manicure**

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  1. Beeeeeeautiful! The black really shows the neons at their best! Great mani x x x

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you Heather! If i never saw your neon gradient, I never would have been able to attempt these. Congrats on your handsome little boy which I saw on IG. :)


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