Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Tutorial - Neon Drip Nail Art

Hey guys!

Since it was so highly requested, today I have a tutorial for my recent neon drips nail art design. The design is actually rather simple and I think that people of any nail art skill level will be able to achieve this look!

For my design, I used a combination of two neon colours, but this mani is completely versatile. You can use just one colour for your drips, or you could use five - use your imagination!

So to refresh, here's the design that I'll be showing you how to 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)
- 2 neon polishes of your choice (China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy and Turned Up Turquoise)

Other tools:
- A small detail brush

Step 1:
Apply your base coat.

Step 2:
Paint all of your nails with your white creme polish (this doubles as your base colour as well as a good base for making the neon colours pop).

Step 3:
Using your detail brush, outline some rounded, drip-like shapes at the tip of your nail. The trick is to make it so that the shapes start out sort of thin, but then become sort of bulbous-shaped at the end.

Step 4:
Fill in the space you just created. If you're using neon colours, you might need to go over that one more time since neons tend to be on the sheer side.

Step 5:
If you have enough room left, draw one or two "drops" coming down from the drips. I didn't do this on all of my nails, only the ones that I thought could use a little more drippyness.

Step 6:
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.

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!


  1. Thank you so much for this! I love this design! Love your tutorials :)

  2. funny, i did some art with the same colors last week! great minds think alike! haha. they were next to each other in my drawer and i thought "this could work!"

    nice drips :)

  3. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Love it thanks so much for sharing..!!

  5. thanks fr the tute, loved your mani and it seems way easier than i expected!!!

  6. Great tutorial! I was wondering how you did it!

  7. Wow...this is so simple and so pretty. I will try it in a couple of days. Thank you for the tut :)

  8. I love this mani. I definitely want to try doing this, especially since I have both neon colors in my stash! *happy dance* Great job, and thanks for the tutorial <3

  9. I need a tiny brush like that! Do you remember where you got yours?

    Great tutorial and designs as always!

  10. Thanks! You make it seems rather easy to do! I'd love to try it out myself soon! Yours is absolutely gorgeous!

  11. It seems easy to do and is really super pretty. Perfect for the spring/summer. :)

  12. Love the colors and how easy this tutorial is!

  13. This can also be done with a dotting tool! You paint kind of a French tip (doesn't have to be perfect) and then use a medium to large dotting tool to make the bottom of the drip, then pull up slightly to drag it up to the tip, making that smaller-then-more-bulbous-at-the-bottom effect. :D

  14. This is really cute! I'm going to have to try it.

  15. helped me a lot...!!!

  16. Great tutorial. Simple and well done.

  17. Great tutorial. Simple and well done.

  18. i hope you'll also do video tutorials, but this design looks great, i love it.. gonna try this


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