Midweek Manicure // Neon Gradient + Leopard

Happy Wednesday! This week’s midweek manicure is one I did quite a while ago, but forgot to post! It’s another one inspired by @ninanailedit on instagram. I saw it and wanted to try it. It’s so different from designs I usually do, but once I’d finished it I was in love.


Neon Gradient NailsI used:

  • Base coat (any old base coat will do)
  • Nina Ultra Pro Punki Purple
  • China Glaze Pelican Gray
  • Essie Butler Please
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Black
  • Top Coat (I like Seche Vite best)

Gradient Nails with Leopard Print

After a base coat, I stamped on a sponge gradient onto each nail. I made sure the gradient ran perpendicular to my nail bed, which isn’t typical for a gradient (and I think that’s part of why I ended up liking this mani so much). To create the sponge gradient, I painted a stripe of Punki Purple, Recycled and Butler Please onto the sponge. I didn’t get a picture of it, but this photo shows how that works:

sponge gradient tutorial from

After I’d finished all the sponging, I went back and drew on some leopard spots with my I Heart Nail Art pen. A thick top coat with Seche Vite made it all come together.

Leopard Print Gradient Nails

In love! I hope you like it, too.



Midweek Manicure // Nude + Neon Polka Dots

Hi Hi. I think I’ve changed my nail polish about 4 times in the last 5 days. I’m having a nail art identity crisis. Last night, I settled on an easy polka dot mani. This pattern is kind of my go-to because it’s relatively easy to execute with some practice but it still looks like you put a lot of effort in. Not to mention, I love the combo of nude and neon colors. (warning: cell phone photos ahead…)

nude and neon pink polka dots mani

I used:

  • Finger Paints Blank Canvas Cream (nude base)
  • Finger Paints Watermelon Watercolor (any bright neon pink will do!)
  • Dotting tool (a toothpick would work, too)

After two coats of your desired base color, dot on your neon polish using a dotting tool or tooth pick. Most of the time, I start with dots at the base of my nail, then move up row by row. I start with two dots at the base of my nail, then the row above will have three dots placed on the in-between spaces of the previous row. I finished it off with a top coat of Orly Nail Defense.

polka dot nail art

You can check out some of the polka dot mani’s I’ve shared previously: here, here and here. :)




Midweek Manicure // Halfsies

I found a bunch of super bright neon polishes the other day and wanted to try some out! Here’s the first go-around.

Half and Half Neon Manicure

After a base coat I painted half of my nail with China Glaze White on White so that the neon would POP! After it dried I painted two coats of Funky Fingers polish in the color Pop Art. Then, I painted a line of gold Stripe Rite across the line between the pink part of my nail and the unpainted part. Voila!

Half Neon Nails

Happy Wednesday!


Midweek Manicure – Neon at the Beach

Of course I brought nail polish with me on vacation. Would you expect anything less? I only brought a couple of different colors and a base and top coat, though. Since I didn’t have my usual overflowing plastic storage bins to dig through – full of paint brushes and dotting tools – I just came up with something pretty simple but still not just a plain ol’ manicure.

Sun Worshiper Mani

I used China Glaze Sun Worshiper over a clear base coat to painted diagonally across each nail from the corner of each nail bed leaving an open triangle at the base of each nail. Perfect for beach days under the hot sun!

Happy Wednesday!