Neon Gradient Kitchen Sink Mani....I Think

9:00:00 AM

Oh my goodness, September is here.  That's right, August has left and Fall is beginning to creep it's head around the corner.  I must hold on to summer as long as I can, therefore I'm posting all the neon manicures that I have had stored up which I keep delaying.  I'm not purposely delaying the posts, it's just that a new manicure comes along that I love and I get uber antsy and have to share it with you all.  Part of me wants to switch to posting every 2 days, but I'm scared that I'm going to run out of manicures to share with you then have to go to once a week postings or something.  We shall see how it goes.

This manicure I partially enjoyed.  I liked the idea of it, but not the colors that I used.  In the pictures the colors show up more vibrantly than they did in real life.  I feel like the yellow got lost on the white.  This is the only time I enjoyed the fact that neons make cameras freak out.

When I did this manicure, I was really bored and ambitious with my tape.  Literally, I had all my painters tape, nail art tape, and even scotch tape out.  I had done a manicure in the past (and never photographed it) using the technique I did on my middle finger and loved it.  I wanted to do that again, but I also wanted to try out other taping techniques that I had seen lately all over Instagram.  What was born was a kitchen sink tape manicure using the brightest neons ever.  In my head, yellow to blue seemed like a wise choice, but maybe it wasn't.

I'll let you be the judge...let's take a look.

Colors Used:

  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • China Glaze - Sun Kissed, I'm With the Lifeguard, Splish Splash
I started off with a base coat of OPI MBSW and topped it with a quick coat of OTD.  I let my nails dry overnight because I was lazy when I started the manicure and was kind of feeling uninspired at the time.  It's a sure bet though that if I do a base of this polish, some form of nail art which includes tape will happen later on.

I then got to work, I layered painters tape, and nail art tape in all different directions and styles on the nail.  When the tape was on the nail in the desired fashion, I applied the gradient then removed the tape.  

The hardest nail to complete was the ring and middle finger.  Goodness, did that take a lot of little pieces of tape and patience.  I think it was 9 pieces all together...that seems right looking at the photos now.  I'm a tad OCD with my work and want it to be somewhat perfect (for me at least), therefore I reapplied the tape about a million times before my triangles looked perfect with one another.  Despite it being a complete pain, I'm going to do this again because the look is totally neat!  Something different than the typical checkerboard.

My pinkie finger was my favorite.   For that nail, I took some painters tape and put it on the nail to form a big white triangle.  Then underneath it a bit I added two smaller pieces of painters tape.  Dab the make up sponge and remove, and goodness gracious isn't it pretty.  I'm going to try this again maybe on a full manicure in the near future.

So what do you think?  Like the colors or dislike them like me?  Like the kitchen sink of tape manicures?

Also, quick note.  I kind of learned that I stink at replying to comments when I sat down to do it the other day and realized I was a MONTH behind.  I do read all the comments when they come in and I greatly appreciate them.  I will try to get better at this in the near future!  I truly am grateful for all your support.

Until next time, <3.

**I purchased all the polishes used within this post**

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