A shade of the dramatic, where different is all there is.

a NEON manicure for the TIGRESS in you

I love bright funky manicures and with the purchase of my new Konad Nail Plates, I couldn’t help but create something wild.

Neon Manicure with Zebra Print on top

What you’ll need:

konad nail stamping tutorial

  1. Nail lacquers to use as your base.  I chose to use three colours.

    Purple Panic, Solar Flare and Turned up Turquoise

    Purple Panic (neon) by China Glaze, Solar Flare by Nina Ultra PRO and Turned up Turquoise (neon) by China Glaze

  2. A nail lacquer thick enough to use for your pattern.  I am using Konad Special Polish in black.
  3. Your plate of choice.  I’m using M57, a konad nail plate featuring mainly animal print designs.
  4. The stamp.
  5. The scraper.
  6. Nail Polish remover.
  7. A couple of cotton balls and q-tips.

***If you don’t know of somewhere in your area that sells the stamp/scraper/plates/polishes you can purchase online from either www.nailpolishcanada.com or www.konadnailart.com.***

How To:

  • Paint your nails with your base colour(s).  I started out by doing a stripe down the centre of my nail in Solar Flare by Nina Ultra Pro (a very neon fluorescent yellow).  You don’t need to worry about how straight it is, because you will be going over the edges with your other shades. Solar Flare neon polish by nina ultra pro
  • Then add another colour to the outside of each finger nail. (Again, not the biggest deal if your lines aren’t perfectly straight.  Once you are completely done your manicure, the focus will be on the stripes, not how straight the lines are underneath.)neon striped nails
  • And then of course, take your third colour and add it to the inside of each finger nail.  At this point, your nails should be completely painted.  bright manicure
  • Next step is the stamping of your zebra print/tiger stripes on top.  For a full picture tutorial on nail stamping, please visit my post Konad Nail Stamping.  Lay your plate on a piece of paper towel. nail designs by Konad
  • Cover your design with your special Konad nail polish.  M57 konad plate
  • Use your scraper to clear off all of the extra polish.  how to get zebra nails
  • Press your stamp onto the plate design.  nail stamping tutorial
  • Roll the stamp onto your nail, transferring the design.nail stamping tutorial  If you have short nails like I do, the pattern will get all over your skin as well.  (Don’t worry, it is easy to clean off afterwards using a q-tip and some nail polish remover.)
  • Using a cotton ball with some nail polish remover on it, clean the plate, scraper and stamp before repeating for each nail.  (This might seem tedious, but I promise, it only takes about 10 minutes to stamp all of your nails.)
  • Once all of your nails are complete, clean up the skin surrounding your nails and apply a top coat.  I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Animal Print Manicure how to get perfect zebra nails

This manicure is super bright and fun.  And I love the endless combinations with something like this.  You can change the colours underneath; how many you use, the direction you apply them…there is just so much you can do!  What do you guys think of the finished look?

Neon Manicure with zebra print



22 responses

  1. LOVE it! I don’t have a nail stamp yet, but I just might have to get one. So fun.

    May 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    • Thanks – I’m glad you like them! It is such a fun look, I just absolutely had to get this tiger stripe/zebra print design…it is also so quick and easy. You just can’t lose!

      May 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  2. wow I love it so much!!!!

    May 11, 2012 at 12:22 am

    • Yay! I’m so glad. There is A LOT going on with this manicure…and even though I loved them, I wasn’t sure other people were going to be crazy about them.

      May 11, 2012 at 7:57 am

  3. love it!!!! I cannot wait to try out my stamps I just got my plates in and I am still doing this Challenge so I havent been able to try them out! Love this look super fun!

    May 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

    • I’m so glad you like it! I wasn’t sure if people would think it is “too busy” or not. I personally love it, but am glad there are other people out there that like it too! I can’t wait to see what you do with your new plates Amanda!!!

      May 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

  4. too cute i am trying this over the weekend

    May 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

  5. Wow! Another awesome nail look. 🙂 I love your choice of colors here; they are very appropriate for summer.

    May 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    • Thanks Nicole! I love brights for summer, they make me happy! lol
      It’s just too bad they don’t always go with your outfit. 😛

      May 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  6. I really like this. I need a stamp too!

    May 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  7. Love this!

    May 13, 2012 at 3:04 am

  8. I love this! Unfortunately I am too lazy to do it myself tho..lol. I’ve used the press on.. haha

    May 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    • The stamps are actually really quick and easy. Not sure how so compared to the stickers, I haven’t used those yet. But you can stamp all 10 fingers in about 10 minutes.

      May 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  9. annaleve

    Love it! I love trying new stuff with my nails! This is the second time in two days that these nail plates have come up in stuff I’ve read so definitely going to try them!! 🙂

    May 21, 2012 at 3:33 am

    • Oh you absolutely should, they are such much fun!

      May 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

      • annaleve

        I’ve just ordered some…So excited!!

        May 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

        • That is awesome, you are going to have a blast!! There is just SOOO much you can do with them.

          May 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

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