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Wow, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a tutorial! As requested, this is a tutorial for the “Colors of the Wind” design I made. It looks difficult, but it’s very easy, I promise! I must also note that as the design goes on, you might think, “Wow, this looks so messy and awful.” However, once you put on your glossy top coat, everything gets sealed and smoothed out just fine!

Just know that you may have a bit* of clean-up to do throughout the process and/or by the end of it.

*Results may vary. ;)

You’re going to need four colors: blue, yellow, pink, and white. I would highly recommend the pink and yellow be neon polishes. Not only will they have better color payoff, but they also work better in terms of consistency. Creme polishes tend to have a higher opacity than neon polishes, and for this look, you DON’T want that from the pink and yellow. You want them to be thin and “runny”.

The key tool you’re going to need for this design is a fan brush. I’ve had viewers e-mail me about this particular brush — either A) they had a hard time finding them, or B) they were a bit pricey. I bought mine off of Amazon.com. Two fan brushes came in a set of 15, and I only paid $4.96 (USD) plus shipping fees (which weren’t much). They’re also great quality for their price! If you want the same ones I’m using, CLICK HERE!

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1. Start with a bright blue base. I’m using China Glaze’s Sunday Funday.

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(OPTIONAL) To make sure the fan brush and polish went across the nail a bit more smoothly, I applied one coat of top coat.

2. You’re going to start with painting the white stripes. To achieve this, dip the fan brush in your white polish, but JUST THE MERE TIPS OF THE BRUSH. In combination with using a white polish that’s pretty fluid (I put a little bit of polish thinner in mine), you’ll want to make sure you only use the tips of the brush because it can get really clumped together.

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I found the best way to do this was to do a stroke or two (or three, depending personal preference) from left to right, then from right to left. And if you’re a little heavy handed with the white, that’s fine! This is a design that’s not meant to be perfect. Besides, using a little more white than the other colors is good because it’s what’s going to make those neon colors “pop”.

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3. Using the same technique, you’re now going to do the pink on top of the white. For this, I used Finger Paints’ Warhol Wannabe. Be sure that the pink is hitting not only the white, creating the hot pink, but also the blue, to make a pretty “neon” purple.

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4. Again, in the same fashion, paint the yellow on top. I’m using China Glaze’s Celtic Sun. Be sure that the yellow touches the white (to make the yellow stand out), the pink (to make orange), and the blue (to make green). At the same time, make sure there’s still some blue showing through.

I recommend doing pink before yellow because of color overlap. When you do pink on top of yellow, the orange color that comes out isn’t as great compared to doing it in reverse.

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Do your clean-up job, add your top coat and you’re done!





I’m calling this “Colors of the Wind”. I don’t what it is with me and this neon combo, lately!

I’m calling this “Colors of the Wind”. I don’t what it is with me and this neon combo, lately!



Random neon design!

Random neon design!



St. Patrick’s Day design — gold and dotted rainbows!

St. Patrick’s Day design — gold and dotted rainbows!



Daily/Weekly Nail Challenge #20: Soap Bubbles
Today’s challenge theme is bubbles! I loved playing with soap bubbles as a kid, simply because the rainbow colors they give off (reflection and refraction of light, physics physics physics) are so pretty. So I wanted my nails to give off that same effect!
Click here for Kelly’s bubbly nails!
Colors Used
Orly - Boho Bonnet
Dollar Nail Art - Opal Swirl (Nail Foil) 

Daily/Weekly Nail Challenge #20: Soap Bubbles

Today’s challenge theme is bubbles! I loved playing with soap bubbles as a kid, simply because the rainbow colors they give off (reflection and refraction of light, physics physics physics) are so pretty. So I wanted my nails to give off that same effect!

Click here for Kelly’s bubbly nails!

Colors Used

  • Orly - Boho Bonnet
  • Dollar Nail Art - Opal Swirl (Nail Foil) 



Neon geometric nail design with holographic glitter!

Neon geometric nail design with holographic glitter!



Fan-brush technique, inspired by a pair of heels I saw at Target!

Fan-brush technique, inspired by a pair of heels I saw at Target!



Remember those neon glitters I bought a few months ago? Here they are under the black light in the light box! It’s hard to capture the glow with a camera, but it’s so cool!

Remember those neon glitters I bought a few months ago? Here they are under the black light in the light box! It’s hard to capture the glow with a camera, but it’s so cool!



Daily/Weekly Nail Challenge #15: Cation Flame Test
This nail challenge’s theme was flame/fire! I’ve been in a rainbow/bright/colorful mood lately, so I felt obligated to do the cation flame test! If you don’t know what it is, I don’t want to waste your time because all it’ll look like on here is, “Science science science blah blah science science I just want to look at nail art please stop now science.” So just go to your favorite search engine and look up “cation flame test”.
The three cations I have here are potassium, barium, and zinc (from left to right).
Click here to see Kelly’s flaming nails!
Colors Used
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
Spoiled by Wet n Wild - Designated Driver
L’Oreal - Jet Set to Paris
China Glaze - Immortal
China Glaze - Creative Fantasy
China Glaze - Escaping Reality 

Daily/Weekly Nail Challenge #15: Cation Flame Test

This nail challenge’s theme was flame/fire! I’ve been in a rainbow/bright/colorful mood lately, so I felt obligated to do the cation flame test! If you don’t know what it is, I don’t want to waste your time because all it’ll look like on here is, “Science science science blah blah science science I just want to look at nail art please stop now science.” So just go to your favorite search engine and look up “cation flame test”.

The three cations I have here are potassium, barium, and zinc (from left to right).

Click here to see Kelly’s flaming nails!

Colors Used

  • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • Spoiled by Wet n Wild - Designated Driver
  • L’Oreal - Jet Set to Paris
  • China Glaze - Immortal
  • China Glaze - Creative Fantasy
  • China Glaze - Escaping Reality 



Daily/Weekly Nail Challenge #14: Abstract Cosmic Waves
Today’s theme is waves! At first, I was going to build on the Ocean Twist nails I did back in 2012. But I knew deep down inside, I didn’t want to take the easy way out. Time to think of something new! So I came up with this abstract design that sort of reminded me of cosmic waves. These are the times when I love neon polishes more than I already do!
Colors Used
Savvy - French Cafe
China Glaze - Purple Panic
China Glaze - Creative Fantasy
Nina Ultra Pro - Solar Flare
Nina Ultra Pro - Orange Flame
Sally Hansen - Flash
Sinful Colors - Glass Pink
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
Sinful Colors - Black on Black 

Daily/Weekly Nail Challenge #14: Abstract Cosmic Waves

Today’s theme is waves! At first, I was going to build on the Ocean Twist nails I did back in 2012. But I knew deep down inside, I didn’t want to take the easy way out. Time to think of something new! So I came up with this abstract design that sort of reminded me of cosmic waves. These are the times when I love neon polishes more than I already do!

Colors Used

  • Savvy - French Cafe
  • China Glaze - Purple Panic
  • China Glaze - Creative Fantasy
  • Nina Ultra Pro - Solar Flare
  • Nina Ultra Pro - Orange Flame
  • Sally Hansen - Flash
  • Sinful Colors - Glass Pink
  • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • Sinful Colors - Black on Black