12 NAILS OF HALLOWEEN: Neon Rainbow Gradient Bat Nail Art

by - October 12, 2020

Is it weird that I wake up with nail art ideas in my head? One mani I've always loved is bats over a gradient base. I tried it out last year with these Alternating Gradient Bat Nails and I sort of thought I would end up with something similar this year... but then at some point in the night my brain decided that what I actually needed was to go all Lisa Frank for this mani with a neon gradient rainbow... because I guess there aren't enough rainbow Halloween manis? Anyway, I'm kind of obsessed with how it turned out - takes me right back to my childhood collection of neon sticker magic - and super excited to share it for Day 4 of 12 Nails Of Halloween/#CBBxManiMonday!

Keep reading to read how I did it!

I thought that I had put my Color Club neons away until next year, but turns out I was wrong so I busted them out again for this. I wanted to do a (mostly) full spectrum gradient so I ended up grabbing 5 shades to cover all of the nails. I started by painting the lighter of the two shades for each nail as my base - in this case, green for the pinkie, blue for the ring finger, pink for the middle finger, and coral for the pointer finger. You could go with a white base for this, but I tend to find clean up a little less crisp with a white base so I almost always go with the lightest shade, and it worked out perfectly for this mani for me. This is actually a super easy technique once you figure it out - just make sure you have a good supply of sponges on hand.

Once I was finished with the gradient, I decided that I wanted to add a flakie top coat so I grabbed Glam Polish Anuenue, which has enough rainbow gorgeousness in it that I knew it would work with all of the base colours, and applied one coat to all of my nails.

For the stamping, I went with the What's Up Nails B023 Creepin' It Real Stamping Plate along with their Neither Noir Stamping Polish and their Magnified Clear Stamper. I applied the same image to all of my nails, which I think really drove home the Lisa Frank vibes, and then crisped it up with a clean up brush dipped in acetone.

To finish, I sealed in my stamping with a water based top coat and then finished with a quick dry glossy top coat and voila!

All Products Used
Color Club - We Liming
Color Club - Seas The Day
Color Club - Disco Dress
Color Club - Peace Out Purple
Color Club - Youthquake
Glam Polish - Anuenue
What's Up Nails - Neither Noir
Suncoat Water Based Top Coat
Quo Flash Dry Top Coat
Pueen Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard
What's Up Nails B023 Creepin' It Real Stamping Plate
What's Up Nails Clear Stamper

I mean, isn't there just something about neon and black that just screams Halloween? Just me? Anyway, I'm obsessed with these and will 100% admit to tooting my own horn a little bit with how they turned out. If you want to see the video tutorial, be sure to head over to @pblnails on Instagram and follow me there to stay up to date on all of my nail art videos!

Also, be sure to head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World in PINK for more Halloween themed nail art this #CBBxManiMonday! And be sure to come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday all month for more Halloween nail art!

Thanks for reading!

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