NAIL ART: Fiery Pink & Orange Neon Tropical Nails

by - July 14, 2021

I wish I could remember who it was that inspired the gradient in this mani, but I can't for the life of me remember the artist. However, I did see a mani that had this gorgeous diagonal gradient of a soft pink and peach and my mind immediately went to neon pink and orange moving across the nails and it sort of all came together really smoothly in my head. I decided to pair it with some high contrast black stamping, which is one of my favorite ways to really pop a neon base, and I'm obsessed. 

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Recently, I've been doing a pastel as the base for my gradients and it's been working beautifully. Because this was going to be an orange to pink gradient, I went with a peachy pastel base applied to all of my nails, which I let dry down completely before moving on. For the gradient, I considered adding a coral shade to the center, but I felt pretty confident that the orange and pink neons that I chose from Color Club would blend really well together while staying really crisp and I think, in the end, that I was right. I did alternate the direction on the gradient on the nails so that in the end it almost gives a wave sort of effect that feels a little more pleasing to the eye to me than it would have been if I had made all of the nails the same. 

For this mani, I did three passes of sponging to get the desired opacity and blend that I was looking for. As you can see, with those three passes the transition ended up really smooth and seamless.

For the stamping, I wanted a full coverage, tropical image that would pop the base rather than obscure it - which can be harder to find that you might think - so I went for an old favorite stamping plate from Born Pretty. Rather than using the same image for all of my nails, I chose two different tropical leaves images from the plate and alternated the placement as well as the direction of them so that each nail is unique. 

Once I was happy with the stamping, I sealed it in with a thin layer of water based top coat before finishing with a generous layer of quick dry glossy top coat for shine and volume. And voila!

All Products Used
Color Club - First Class Sass
Color Club - Tropical State Of Mind
Color Club - Choose Happiness
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Piggy Paint Shine Top Coat
Cuticula Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat
Born Pretty Store BP-L076 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

I absolutely love how this mani turned out and there's definitely a part of me that is feeling a little bit of inspiration to try a similar design using a different pair of shades - like a yellow to blue neon gradient or something like that. Honestly, I love how these two shades worked together and I think this is probably one of my favorite orange polishes ever because there's something just a little bit different about it. Anyway, I love how it turned out and I suspect it might end up being a bit of a lingering inspiration for future manis.

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