Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Neon Grunge Nails

I've been sporting mostly soft, girly-ish manicures lately - lots of florals and pastels, so last night I wanted to do something a bit different. I couldn't think of anything more different from girly than grungy, so that's what I went for! Take a look!


To start, I laid down a quick coat of China Glaze White On White. Then I added random spots of neon colours using six shades from last year's China Glaze Summer Neons Collection. Specifically, I used Beach Cruise-r, Hang-ten Toes, I'm With the Lifeguard, Orange You Hot?, Splish Splash and Sun-Kissed. I did a quick coat of Seche Vite and allowed that all to dry fully.


After about an hour (or however long it took to play two matches of Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies), I went back and painted a coat of China Glaze Liquid Leather over all of my nails. I waited for that to dry slightly and then took a fan brush, dipped it in some pure acetone, and swiped it several times over each nail. The acetone removed some of the black polish, allowing the bright neons to show through! And because I added that layer of top coat earlier, the acetone didn't penetrate deep enough to ruin any of neon colours.


This technique is the same idea as watercolour nails, but instead of swirling the acetone around the mix colours together, you're using it instead to just remove some of the top colour and allow the bottom layers to show through.


Ironically, I can't help but think that these would look even better if I added the outline of a big white rose on just a couple of the nails. It kind of goes against what I was going for here, but I think it would add a cool touch to this mani. What do you guys think?

Thanks for looking!

37 comments:

  1. Love it, and now I'm thinking about those roses :)

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  2. Great manicure! I love it even without the roses but now I'm curious :)

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  3. love this! you just gave me an idea for some nail art I am going to try tonight, I have on Zoya Dovima which is a matte charcoal, I am going to splatter some neon glossy polishes on top :) wish me luck!

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  4. This is awesome but add the rose! I think it would look brilliant!

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  5. I absolutely LOVE this! The contrast between the black and the neon colours is perfect!! I think the white roses would look beautiful, as well!

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  6. This is amazing! I need to try it soon. Love it!

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  7. This nails are amazing, I really need to try that technique!

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  8. Wow, I love this! I need to remember to try it!

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  9. Wow, amazing manicure! I want to try that too!

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  11. Wow, I love it, too, and I will definitely try that out one day! :)

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  12. I'm voting no on the roses. I looks so awesome the way it is, that I feel like white roses would be too much with this look. I could be totally wrong, though. I love this technique, I must remember to try it out some day!

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  13. Beautiful! I love this mani idea :)

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  14. Love this - and what a great technique! I definitely want to try this one!

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  15. wow, that is soooo pretty! Love it!

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  16. Absolutely divine! I might need to try this one soon when I find time! You are such an inspiration. :)

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  17. It's really eyecatching! However, it looks so complicated, I'd love to see a tutorial video to see how you did it.

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    1. I thought her written description of how she did it was pretty clear. I'm going to try it myself.

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  18. I love this look! Those neons under the black look like foiled glass.

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  19. This is gorgeous! Thanks for telling how to do this mani. I have to try next time.

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  20. love love love the nails and call of Duty II

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  21. So creative! I love the colours and how you are still coming up with fresh ideas for nail art :D

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  22. That looks awesome what a great idea!

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  23. This looks like rainbow fire!!! SOOOOOO cool!!!! I have so gotta try this!! Thanks for posting!

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  24. Love it!! I am so going to try it myself!

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