DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

7.30.2012

DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush NeededI wanted some neon color on my fingertips, but wanted to be subtle about it.  What could be better than bright neon on black, reminiscent of cool Summer nights at the carnival?  Give your tips a hot neon makeover with a little paint and patience (and no airbrush to have to bother with for this art).  Here’s how:

You Need:DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

black base color  /  white nail polish pen  /  acrylic paint in your favorite 3 neon colors  /  clear top coat  /  nail polish remover & Q-tip (not pictured)

Tools:  textured sponge  /  dish for paint  /  paper towel

How to:
DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

1. Squeeze a small amount of each paint color onto your dish.

DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

2. Paint your nails with the black polish, enough to make an opaque base.

DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

3. Use the white polish pen to draw a squiggly line over your nails, which will be the neon tube of the sign.  I also wrote “Love” in connected script as if it were a neon sign.

DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

4. Daub excess paint onto the paper towel until there’s very little left on the sponge.

DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

5. Apply randomly to only parts of your nails, concentrating it over the white lines.

DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

6. Do the same with Color #2.  Be careful not to completely cover up Color #1.

DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed7. Add in Color #3 in a splotchy pattern, filling in any gaps so no white is visible.

8. Seal with a clear top coat once the acrylic paint is totally dry, and use the nail polish remover and Q-tip to remove any excess paint on your fingertips.

And that’s it!
DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed
DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

Imagine writing secret messages or groups of letters…

DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

Or trying yellow and orange paint…

DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

Or even going over those lines with an ultra-thin white polish pen in the very center, so it could totally pass for neon!

DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush NeededDIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

Happy DIY’ing!

xoxox
Carly

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4 Comments on DIY Neon Sign Manicure: No Airbrush Needed

  1. Maslinda
    8.01.2012 at 2:48 am (2 years ago)

    This is such a cute idea!! You’re right Carly, neon indeed looks even brighter on black!! Thank you so much for the instructions!! Can’t wait to try this!!
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  2. Lisa
    8.10.2012 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this! Neon on black looks awesome

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