NAIL ART: Graphic Neon Summer Pond Mani

by - May 21, 2021

Admittedly, though I have a LOT of toppers in my collection, there are very few of them that I use with any sort of regularity. That being said, as soon as I saw the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Cruella Collection, I knew that I was going to absolutely have to pick up Pretty In Punk, a matte multicolor glitter topper that I was itching to sandwich between a milky crelly. These, my friends, are the things that happen in my brain. Anyway, I managed to get my hands on the last bottle in the display at my local Shoppers Drug Mart and am completely thrilled at the fact that it did exactly what I was hoping!

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Because I really wanted that milky look, I went with a more pigmented sheer polish that I knew would strike the right balance between having that milky sheerness that would show the glitters through it but would also camouflage my nail line almost completely. Sally Hansen's Give Me A Tint is a really, really soft grey/lavender sheer polish whose cool undertones make it really, really flattering. 

After letting my base later of Give Me A Tint dry down, I went in with a generous layer of Pretty In Punk and paid a lot of attention to making sure that there was an even dispersion of the glitters over the nail. This can sometimes be kind of tricky, but I actually found it really easy with this polish and I loved the result. Once that was dry, I went in with another layer of Give Me A Tint and I went a little bit heavier on the coat that I might normally to really add some depth without adding a whole 'nother layer. 

Once the base was dry, I went in with my stamping. I really wanted to reference the colors in the glitters, so I grabbed for two really bright stamping polishes from Whats Up Nails in Cloud Canvas and Bargain-Villea along with the Uberchic Texture-Licious 4 stamping plate. I wanted a sort of bold 80s graffiti sort of look and I didn't want to be too precious about it, but also my brain is a strange, perfectionist sort of place so I needed to place the images just right. I went with a few different images of lines that I thought would work well to evoke the same feeling while being distinctly different and then used this larger swirl image for all of the nails, adjusting the placement and alternating the colors to get a different look on each nail.

Once I was happy with my stamping, I sealed in the design with a layer of water based top coat and then finished with a generous layer of glossy top coat and voila! 

All Products Used
Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure - Give Me A Tint
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Pretty In Punk (Cruella Collection 2021)
Whats Up Nails - Cloud Canvas
Whats Up Nails - Bargain-Villea
Maniology Smudge Free Top Coat
Glisten & Glow Top Coat
Uberchic Texture-licious 4 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

I will fully admit to having a bit of an obsession recently with these sort of glitter crelly types of polish and I've been resisting buying... well, basically all of them from my favorite indie makers. This is a really, really solid way, I think, to get a similar look from the drugstore. If this glitter topper interests you, I would definitely try to get your hands on it before it's gone because I'm really, really impressed with it.

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