NAIL ART: Graphic Neon Rainbow Gradient Nails

by - June 18, 2021

I will admit that I've been sneaking peeks at my Color Club neons collection for several weeks now - the spring weather here in Winnipeg has been hitting mid-summer highs and it's messing with my brain - but now that it's finally June I felt like I was ready to pull them out. And like... basically at midnight I got this idea in my head and just had to get it onto my nails. It's June, so I'm all about rainbows and all of the ways that you can do different types of rainbows and spectrums and this one is the full on eight color gradient that it's a little bit of a lot but just so fun!

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I considered doing a white base for this mani, but since I hate a white base I decided to go with my preference, which is to start with the lightest color of my gradient as a base for each nail. In this case, because I was only doing two shades per nail and they were shades that blended easily into each other, this worked really well. For the gradient, I ended up doing four passes of sponging to get the desired opacity and blend. Neon polishes tend to be a little bit finicky, but I actually found that this gradient built and blended really, really well - I can never say enough good things about the Color Club neon polishes, I swear. They're definitely the best mainstream neons that I've tried.

For the stamping, I wanted to keep it simple and graphic but really high contrast to pop that base, so I went with this sort of dotted design and a black stamping polish. I applied the image to all of my nails, alternating direction on the two middle nails to add a little bit of interest and variation. 

Once I was happy with my stamping, I finished with a two coats of water based top coat to seal in the stamping and add shine. And voila!

All Products Used
Color Club - All That Razz
Color Club - Cherry Iceeee
Color Club - Catch A Fire
Color Club - Yellin Yellow
Color Club - We Liming
Color Club - Montego Bae
Color Club -  Chelsea Girl
Color Club - Disco Dress
Sassy + Chic 941
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Piggy Paints Shine Top Coat
Pict You PY-J036 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

Seriously, these nails came to me at an hour when I should not have been doing nails and sort of ruined my morning when I had to get up for work, but they made me so happy that I can't even be mad about it. How do you be mad when you wake up to a neon rainbow gradient on your nails? You can't. Impossible. Even on almost no sleep.

Anyway, thanks for reading!

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