22 October 2012

Neon Brushstrokes

Just when I thought I was all set to dive into some autumn polishes at last, I was gripped with the need for some neon. I had quite a few of them sitting in my untrieds, though, so instead of narrowing down my choices, I decided to take a page directly out of Veronica's book and use ALL the neons!!

neon abstract brushstroke manicure

In addition to Illamasqua Rare, I used a bunch of polishes from this summer's China Glaze neon collection for this manicure: Pink Plumeria, Hang-Ten Toes, Love's a Beach, Under the Boardwalk, Splish Splash, and I'm With the Lifeguard.

neon abstract brushstroke manicure

neon abstract brushstroke manicure

Not only was this a lot of fun to do; it's also really easy! Veronica calls it abstract brushstrokes, and that's pretty much exactly what it is. As she explains in her video tutorial, after you put down a base of your lightest colour, you start adding random brushstrokes from darkest/most opaque to lightest. Then do it again, and voila! There's art on your nails!

34 comments:

  1. Looks awesome! My cravings aren't quite conforming to autumn vamp either haha

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    1. Thank you, Sharra! I love me some vampy colours, but I'm way too much a child of the '80's to put away the neons just because the calendar flipped. ;)

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  2. This makes me want to pull my neons out again, I've been missing them! Gorgeous x

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    1. Thank you, Alexis! I think I'm going to keep mine out a while longer too. ;o)

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  3. Oh this is so unique! Just think you;d never get the same mani twice! Gorgeous!

    Jazz x

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  4. I don't use neons, I really don't have any :-), but I can easily immagine this kind of manicure on my nails, using some other colours!
    Elizabeth, this is a beautiful manicure and it looks great on you! :-)

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    1. Ooh, I'd love to see what you came up with, Tanja--thank you very much! ^_^

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  5. I love it!! It looks like abstract artwork.

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    1. Thanks, Marisa! It was so much fun to do, too. :D

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  6. So pretty. I love a good rainbow! imagine this would look cute in pastels too :D

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    1. Thanks! Veronica also did a totally gorgeous one with metallic duochromes--I'm betting with the right mix of colours you could do any number of great finishes and combinations!

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  7. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who likes to break out of the "approved colors for the season" mold! These look gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yeah, I totally get that some colours can be nicely suited to a particular season, but all those "rules" are just "soft suggestions" to me at the best of times. ;)

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  8. Very cool! It definitely looks like artwork on your nails. I like it a lot! Maybe you still have some nicer weather there in Hong Kong to fit with your bright neons?!

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    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth! Heh, it's definitely still warmer here--much too warm for what I, personally, consider late-October weather--but at least the humidity is finally breaking. Phew!

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  9. What a cute manicure! All of your nail art posts are super inspiring--you make it sound so easy for someone "artistically challenged" like myself. :)

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Chelsea!! If you haven't watched the tutorial at the link above, I really do recommend it. Veronica does the whole thing on her "off" hand, just to show how not complicated it actually is, and I love her results. :D

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  10. Illamasqua Rare is one of my favorite yellow polishes ever! This mani is gorgeous!!

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    1. Thank you very much, Nory! This was the first time I finally cracked open my bottle of Rare, but I'm really looking forward to doing a full mani with it now!

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  11. Cool technique and effect!! WOW!

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  12. I'm absolutely in love with this! I want a dress made in this pattern now!

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    1. Haha, thank you very much, Amanda! Come to think of it, I'd personally love it in some leggings, to wear with a big, baggy, black sweater and some clunky, black boots...but then, that's probably my stuck-in-the-80's fashion sense showing through a little there. ;)

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    1. Thank you so much! I loved this technique--looking forward to trying it out with some new colours too! :D

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