NAIL ART: Bright & Fresh Summer Kiwi Nails

by - August 02, 2021

There's something about summer and fruit themed nail art, I think. I've wanted to use the kiwi image from the Whats Up Nails B008 Summer Seeds Stamping Plate for ages now, but I hadn't gotten around to it and I wanted to use just the perfect green to get the look I wanted. I own a lot of green polishes, I really do absolutely love them, but I wanted to find just the right green to use for this mani and I recently found a beautiful, unique green in the drugstore that paired beautifully with a flakie topper to create the base for this mani. 

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I'm not sure the expanded shade range of the Revlon Ultra HD Snap! nail polishes are available everywhere, but I recently picked up this shade Bright Side locally - clearly it's a green shade that I needed in my collection. I would describe this shade as an acid green. It definitely leans towards yellow in undertones and has that right intense brightness that isn't quite what I'd call a neon, but feels borderline? Does this make any sense? Either way, this polish is absolutely gorgeous and distinctly unique, especially in the drugstore. For this mani, I applied two thin coats and got really easy, full, smooth coverage.

I wanted to add a little bit of texture to the base polish, but I didn't want to add any real contrast, so I decided to apply a layer of Holo Taco Solar Unicorn Skin. This topper lives in the right color zone to add texture and really show up over this green but in a way that feels cohesive and doesn't necessarily stand out, which is exactly what I was looking for and I think works well to create the vibe of the texture of a kiwi.

I used my favorite black stamping polish to pick up the image on my stamper - Whats Up Nails' Neither Noir, in my opinion is the best black polish in existence. To fill in the center of the image, I knew that I didn't want to go with white because it would be too stark, so I did some distinct hunting through my collection to find just the right shade and I ended up going with OPI's This Isn't Greenland, which is a really soft green that definitely has those yellow undertones and a slight ashiness to it, which I think worked really perfectly for what I was going for.

To transfer the image to the nail, I first applied a thin layer of sticky base coat and let it dry down to tacky for about a minute before transferring straight to the nail. To finish, I floated a generous layer of quick dry glossy top coat to all of my nails and voila!

All Products Used
Revlon Ultra HD Snap - Bright Side
Holo Taco - Solar Unicorn Skin
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
OPI - This Isn't Greenland
Cuticula Limitless Top Coat
Whats Up Nails B008 Summer Seeds
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

I'm really thrilled with how this mani turned out - I think it's actually pretty simple and at a glance you might not even know what it is you're looking at, but is also instantly recognizable as kiwi. Also, the two polishes that I paired to make the base for this mani are kind of magical together. The sort of acid green cream really works kind of perfectly for a low-contrast vibe with the Holo Taco Unicorn Skin. Fun!

Be sure to head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World In PINK today to check out more nail art  for #CBBxManiMonday!

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