Neon Dry Brush Manicure

Hello lovelies,

My post today is all about the summer-soaked polish of the season – Neons!

If I’m brutally honest (unfortunately this is often my default position) I have never been a huge fan of neons. Don’t get me wrong I love colourful polish but my aneamic white skin is almost transparent and the addition of neon on my nails just highlights the fact.

However, I wanted to show you my neons this week for two reasons.

Reason one: It’s an experiment. As you’ll see from my Weekly WANT a few weeks ago, I am lusting after the new Polish for Tans collection from ModelsOwn but was worried my neon aversion could not be overcome. Until I saw an awesome review on Fee’s Make Up Savvy blog! Now I desperately want them, and as soon as my self-enforced No-buy is over they will be mine!

Reason two: I joined a lovely FB Group called Nail Art Hangout. It’s pretty much as you’d expect. Lots of lovely ladies chatting about nail art (what’s not to like?) I like joining groups like this as in my ‘real world’ there aren’t many people as lacquer-focused as you internet peeps. So I can talk as long as I like about polish without the eye-rolls (common place among family and friends). The theme the group has chosen this week is NEON!

My choice to do a dry brush mani was also twofold. I wasn’t brave enough to have a whole nail of neon and also I’ve seen this technique A LOT lately and really wanted to give it a try myself. And if you want to see a stunning example of dry brush check out Nicole’s at Nail Polish Wars ‘Oil Slick‘. It totally blew me away.

So, for my manicure I started with a white polish base. I used a Next Cashmere polish but any white will do.

 Dry brush pink cu

Then I used BarryM Pink Flamingo; brushing as much excess polish as possible into the inside of the neck of the polish bottle (and also a little onto an old magazine, to ensure the brush was really dry!)

Then you streak across each nail, working the brush in a different direction on each finger for a less uniform look.

Dry brush pink

Earlier I said I haven’t many neon polishes – sad but true – so I cheated a bit on this next bit and teamed the pink with a lovely popping purple from Jessica Nails called Purple Burst. This is genuinely one of my all-time favorite purples and I am guaranteed to get positive comments whenever I wear it.

Using the same ‘dry-brush’ technique I decided to streak the purple in the same direction alongside the pink.

This picture really shows how bright these polishes are side by side

This picture really shows how bright these polishes are side by side

When I had finished I decided I loved the 80’s grunge effect so much I’d try and enhance it with a matte topcoat (here I used Nails Inc’s Westminster Bridge but any matte will do)

 Dry brush final

You’ll love this nail art if:

You want something quick and easy. No waiting between coats, no precision work and even the matte coat at the end is super fast drying!

What do you think? Will you be trying out this manicure? Are you a neon fan?

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About lushnails

I'm a qualified Nail Technician based in Liverpool. This blog is my way of sharing some of my favourite techniques, products and nail designs. I love all things rainbow-coloured and spangly! Hope you enjoy reading/viewing :)

Posted on April 26, 2014, in Nail Art and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love this technique! I need to try it again one of these days! Cute mani! 🙂

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