You know why summer is one of my favorite seasons?
Okay, I mean besides the sun, the warm weather, the blockbuster movies, the lighter traffic on the highways (because school is out), the beach days, swimming pools, and aaaaaaall of that stuff. Besides all of that, do you know why summer is one of my favorite seasons?
One word: color! Summer is a fantastic excuse to go buck wild with color.
For those three months, it’s everywhere you turn — on lips, cheeks, eyes, and yes, also nails.
And what better way to celebrate the coming color storm than with some of the neat neon nail colors popping up in summer collections.
Here’s an easy neon nail art tutorial that you can do even if you’re pressed for time. And you can also try some different color combinations to suit your mood.
Step 1: Start with a bright base
First things first, apply a base coat, followed by a layer (or two) of your favorite neon nail polish. Here, I’m using a creamy bright orange (just because I think it’s summery and fun).
Wait until that’s completely dry before moving on to the next step…
Step 2: Add your stripes
Tabs, a self-proclaimed feline expert in stripes, insisted that I do mine freehand, painting them directly on my nails. For this look, I used a bright creamy neon pink.
Before I let the brush touch a nail, I try to remove as much excess polish from the brush as I can by running it against the mouth of the bottle. Then, with the lightest touch I can manage, I draw each stripe, beginning at the base of the nail and brushing up toward the tip.
When I’m done with the first layer, I wait for it to dry, and then repeat the process (if necessary, depending on the opacity of the color you’ve chosen) for extra intensity.
Now, you can draw your stripes anywhere you want. Remember, this is all about you going buck wild. But I prefer to draw them slightly off the center of each nail.
Why? Because I like my stripes like I like my cat — bold and kinda chunky!
But thin stripes are cool, too. I’ve done it both ways.
If you have trouble painting your stripes freehand, clear scotch tape can help. Just lay two strips of tape down along the sides of each nail to create a homemade stencil, and then paint in the middle.