NAIL ART: Neon Gradient "Wild Spirit" Nails - Uberchic Boho Chic

by - July 26, 2021

I tend to rewatch things while I do my nails. Oftentimes it's those comfort TV shows that I've seen over and over, but other times it's old movies. Today's mani, I have to say, has a little bit of inspiration from the movie that I was watching while I was going it - although it probably isn't at all obvious. I LOVE the movie Under The Tuscan Sun. I've loved it ever since it came out and it's one of those ones that I turn on every once in a while just to brighten me up. The inspiration for this mani is certainly more in the carefree vibe of it than anything else - it certainly doesn't evoke the color scheme that I would have chosen if the inspiration had been a little more intention. That said, I had the idea for this gradient and I got it on my nails before I had any idea what I was going to do with the actual design and then the movie made me think of the Uberchic Beauty Boho Chic Stamping Plate and this is what happened. 

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I have to say, this summer there has definitely been a bit of an obsession on my part with this pink, purple, blue color scheme and I've been really drawn to creating mani's with them. For this mani, I started with a single coat of a pastel purple on my middle two fingers along with two coats each of a neon blue on my first finger (and thumb, not pictured) and a neon pink on my pinkie. For the gradient, I wanted to use those middle two fingers as a bridge, so I applied and pink to purple gradient on my ring finger and a purple to blue gradient on my middle finger. 

I decided that I wanted to add some texture to the overall vibe, so I grabbed for my Holo Taco Solar Unicorn Skin because I felt like the warmth of those flakes would add good contrast over the cooler colors I used in my gradient. For the most part it worked beautifully, but for some reason it ended up making the pink on my pinkie finger look much more coral than I intended (even though the same pink somehow stayed pink on my ring finger - I dunno.) Still, I'm not mad at it and I think it works overall. 

For the stamping, I started with applying this sort of line drawing image in black. For my middle two fingers, I applied the full image over my nail, alternating the direction of my placement for a little bit of interest. For my first and pinkie fingers, I decided instead to just apply one of the line drawings from the image. For my first finger, a curly arrow. For my pinkie, a spotted leaf. Simple. Next, I went in to add even more interest to my middle two fingers, using a white stamping polish to apply a scattered stars image to my middle finger and the text "Wild Spirit" to my ring finger.

Once I was happy with my stamping, I went in with a generous float of quick dry glossy top coat. I was going to leave this mani glossy, but the more I looked at it the more I felt like it would be better with a matte top coat so after a few hours I added a layer of matte top coat and voila - exactly what I wanted it to be!

All Products Used
Color Club - Can You Not?
Color Club - Warhol
Color Club - Disco Dress
Color Club - Chelsea Girl
Holo Taco - Solar Unicorn Skin
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Whats Up Nails - Blanc My Mind
Cuticula Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat
Pueen Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard
Uberchic Beauty Boho Chic Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

I'm really in love with how fun this mani turned out and how the flakie top coat really popped over the neon polishes - though I will admit, I'm getting to the point where I might be in need of a bit of a palette cleanser after all of this brightness - so keep an eye out for some softer mani's to come.

Be sure to head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World In PINK today to check out their Summer themed nail art for this week's #CBBxManiMonday!

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