Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Nail Art Wednesday: Ombre Neon Skittles

While the city braces for what is being called the first heat wave of 2012 that (coincidentally) ushers in the official first day of Summer, I thought it most appropriate to sport summer brights: neons. Now, for this one I couldn't decide which color to go with. Luckily, I remembered a particular skittle mani that Mary from Swatch and Learn did a while back that I bookmarked as something I wanted to do myself. At the time, I didn't have enough neons so China Glaze Celtic Sun had to first be recruited to create the look. I was thinking about stamping over it but decided to do something different to add more drama. You won't see that in this post though. That's just foreshadowing for next week's Nail Art Wednesday. *wink*

So bright! Not for the faint of heart!

What I Used:
Thumb: Color Club Warhol
Index: China Glaze Pool Party
Middle: China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy
Ring: China Glaze Sunworshipper
Pinky: China Glaze Celtic Sun
White base: Wet N Wild French White Creme

How I Did It:

You probably don't need to be told how this was done as it's pretty straightforward. I did, however, try to use a white base underneath to see if it would help with opacity problems that plague neons. You actually don't even need to have a super opaque white as I only put a single coat of French White Creme. Despite the streaks, layering on two to three coats of the neon polish is enough to give you full opacity. A good top coat also adds much needed shine to the innately matte neons. These gave me a really hard time with photographing them, as neons are wont to do. It almost seems like they enjoy mocking me with their ridiculously difficult to capture colors and scare my poor camera by looking all radioactive-like.

This was the best I could do. That highlighter yellow is positively radioactive!

I think the only true to color here is Flip Flop Fantasy on the middle finger and Celtic Sun on the pinky (although much, much brighter in person).

The pun was too good to miss.

Here, have some ice cream to cool off.

How absolutely fun was this mani? Hammie says that if anyone does a metallic neon, he'd die happy. Now, wouldn't that be something? As if neons weren't retina-searing enough, he wants them shiny! I, on the other hand, really enjoyed wearing this as it does scream summer, doesn't it? I've stocked up on ice cream on the weekend so I think I have enough to tide me over during the heat wave. You definitely won't catch me outdoors for the next couple of days! What colors do you gravitate towards during the summertime? What's your preferred method of cooling off when the mercury rises? Have you sported any neons yet?


  1. Love this Carmela!!! Now I want ice cream, lol!

  2. This looks amazing, I love the colors. You always make me want icecream lol

  3. Thanks, Melissa! It would be so easy to jazz it up too, if you so wanted. Or would you wear it plain like I did? :)

  4. Thanks, Marisa! Haha, mission accomplished! :D

  5. Thanks, Lindsay! I was thinking of substituting more Color Club neons to the mix but they didn't meld well enough to make a smooth looking ombre.

    Haha! But when would you not want ice cream, anyway? ;)

  6. These are so wonderfully bright! :D

  7. this is BRILLIANTLY bright and lovely!
    To use Mary's words in describing a neon "this is hyper and obnoxious" but that is what makes it INCREDIBLY PERFECT!
    I have never heard of China Glaze Sun Worshiper... thank you for drawing my attention to it! Lovely!
    I've been sporting neons as accent nails... I kind of got into a habit of doing that... I get to enjoy the neons, but when my eyes need a rest they just move to the nail 'next-door' and calm down a little ;)

  8. Carmela, I adore this manicure on you. It's perfect for the summer, and I love how loud it is. Very addictive!

    Thanks for the shout-out. ;) Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday!

  9. Haha, yes, hyper and obnoxious make for the best neons. ;)

  10. Thanks, Ashesela! That they are! It got some weird looks from my mom-in-law but then she's more of a glitter fiend than a neon one. ;)

  11. :D Thanks, Marta! Sunworshipper is definitely hyper and obnoxious. It's not the most camera friendly either. :P But it sure is bright!

    That is actually a brilliant idea! I've been wanting to sport more neons but feel they're too bright on their own. That's definitely a great way to wear neon and still have it not too crazy. ;)

  12. Anything less would be a disappointment, methinks. ;)

  13. Thanks, Mary! It was soooo much fun wearing it. Heck, I even had teenagers asking me what nail polishes I used and where to get them. It's nice to feel trendy once in a while. :P

    You're welcome! Gotta give credit where credit is due. ;) Thanks, hope you did, too!

  14. I love these colours together, so pretty and unique!

  15. Thanks, Candice! Glad you like it! Have you sported any neons this summer? :)


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