Put down that snow shovel, ladies, and grab your swimsuit, sunscreen and your stunna shades, because you and I are heading Poolside.
Don’t worry if you’re snowed in and/or haven’t shaved your naughty bits in months (yo, been there, done that), it’s not that kind of pool. For this pool, all you need is nails.
The six new summery shades in the China Glaze Poolside collection ($6.50 each) are available now, and to put it mildly, they’re BRIGHT!
For a look at the 2010 fall collection…
What’s brighter than bright?
Neons are notoriously streaky and can take forever to apply, but Kiwi Cool-Ada and Towel Boy Toy are a breeze to apply. They’re smooth (like Tabs) and apply evenly, only requiring two layers to look fully opaque. Definitely my faves of the bunch!
Towel Boy Toy
As for Pool Party and Flip Flop Fantasy, I think they’re also relatively easy to apply, but getting opaque coverage with them seems to take a third layer. No problem at all, though, because I think they’re totally worth the time. Oh, hello there, muscular surfer dude telling me how great my hair looks and oh, sure, you can fetch me another piña colada and come back and have a seat beside me on the sand under my umbrella…
Sorry! Lost my train of thought!
Flip Flop Fantasy
Sun Worshiper and Yellow Polka Dot Bikini gave me some trubs. They’re the most challenging of these colors for me, taking a whopping five — FIVE! — layers to look semi-decent, and even then I can still see streaks.
My toes don’t seem to mind, which is where I like to wear these last two shades (imagine them with hot pink strappy sandals!). But you’ll need to marshal every ounce of your patience and bust out that old copy of War and Peace to have enough to keep you busy through the process.
Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
How to Get HOT Neon Nails
- Block out a little more time then you usually do for a home mani/pedi. Neons can require extra layers to reach a smooth, fully opaque finish.
- Don’t fret if your first layer looks streaky and thin. Most neons look that way to start.
- To prevent streaks and missing patches of color, let each layer dry before applying the next.
- Neons tend to look matte once they’ve dried; for a shinier look, add a clear top coat like Seche Vite.
The Poolside collection lets me go crazy buck wild with nail color, so I’m a fan. Are you a neon nails kinda girl?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. The sun just went down out here in California… How’s it going out there? Are you doing anything tonight? I’m just making pasta for dinner, and then I’m firing up Hulu to finish watching What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?