Today I have a tutorial for you! This one is for my recent neon geometric design and my next tutorial will be for yesterday's neon drippy manicure.
The good thing about this design is that it's very versatile! So if you're not a fan of neons, you can still follow this tutorial, but just replace the colours I've used with any of your choice. Try a monotone look by using only shades from one colour family, or lighten it up by using pastels with white stripes instead of black!
Let's get to the tutorial! To refresh, here's the design I'll be showing you how do do:
What you'll need:
I've included the exact brands/names of the polishes I used, but you can use whatever brands/shades you have in your stash.
- Base coat (CND Stickey)
- Top Coat (Seche Vite)
- White creme polish (China Glaze White on White)
- 5 polishes of your choice (I used China Glaze Sun Worshipper, China Glaze Shocking Pink, China Glaze Celtic Sun, Color Club Chelsea Girl and Color Club Warhol)
- Black creme polish (OPI Black Onyx)
- A striping brush
Apply your base coat.
Paint all of your nails with your white creme polish (this is to make the neons pop, so this step isn't necessary if you're not using neons).
Using your striping brush, choose one of your colours (the order doesn't matter) and draw a diagonal line from the middle of the tip of your nail extending down about 2/3rds of your nail. Fill in the space you just created.
Take another of your colours and starting almost at the end of that line, draw a diagonal line extending to the opposite "corner" of your nail. Fill it in.
Take another colour and starting at around where a french tip would, draw a horizontal line. Fill it in.
Take the fourth of your colours and starting at the point where your first two lines connect, draw a horizontal line. Fill it in.
There should now only be one white space left so fill that in with your last colour.
To break all of these colours up, trace the junctions where each of the colours meet using your striping brush and black polish.
After allowing your design to dry completely, add a layer of your favorite top coat. This will make your new mani last longer, it will smooth out any bumps and ridges that have been created during the process, and it will also give your nails a nice shine. (I forgot to take a photo of this step, but you obviously already know what the finished design looks like).
As always, I hope this tutorial was helpful and I hope some of you will try this design out for yourselves. And I'd love to see pictures if you try it!