Sunshine Nails – Part One

Hi everyone!! I’m back from a little mini-blogcation. When the Fourth of July is near – my body says it’s time to relax…so I did. Sort of.

But you’re not here to hear about me – you want to see nails!!

KimettKolor Neon Sunshine Nail Art
Bright and sunny summer on my nails!

You may have spotted these in my Instagram feed – but I hope you’ll read this post and see how these looked in the different lights (spoiler alert – AWESOME)!

OK – so first question – can you guess how I did these?

Design Details

 

To me it looks  like I used cake frosting or molding clay to make the suns… *

If you guessed free-hand – I’m giving you a kiss. But, alas, no. For the first time, I gave nail vinyls/stencils a try!! Yup, I’m quite behind the times on this one. I’ve used tape and french-tip guides (or DIY version paper hole reinforcement stickers), but never a pre-cut design. Although, I did use a tiny brush for some minor touch-up.

The polishes that I used for this design, while they pack a HUGE PUNCH OF COLOR, they are horrible to try to paint with.

But I really wanted to – and I’m realizing I have a stubborn streak. You already knew that though, huh….

They aren’t made any longer, so I won’t go into the details of the polishes – they do make for excellent gradients though. There is something in them that is different from “regular” polishes – they act like thick acrylic paints more than polish. And they dry very quickly and with a flat matte surface. Anyway – that’s why I got the “look” I did here.

KimettKolor Neon Sunshine Nail Art
Getting neon colors AND skin tone to photograph well is nearly impossible – so I directed my energy primarily to make the nails look as they did in real life. I don’t have alien skin. *

I have read time and time again from others that you must make sure your base polish is very, very dry so that you don’t ruin it or pull it up with the stencils. So, I took that advice seriously. I painted the blue layer on one day (and applied top-coat) so that it would dry. (Yeah, I smudged the end of my ring finger – oops.) Then, the next day I made the suns shine.

KimettKolor Neon Sunshine Nail Art
Photographing neons in the shade/indirect light can really help the colors GLOW!! *

Another confession, since you’re beating them out of me today, is that I am utterly useless at manning tweezers. Seriously! I have 3 pairs – all different – all hate me. Yes, take a moment to laugh. I’m OK with it.

KimettKolor Neon Sunshine Nail Art
Here is what the stencils look like. They come on a sheet, pre-cut (mostly). The little triangles that made the suns’ rays were a bugger to remove before using the stencils (some on my palm).

And notice – no evil tweezers in the picture – LOL. These stencils were made by the same company as the polishes (no longer in business) – but there are now TONS of sources for nail vinyls from very basic to very unique.

So – after I had applied, painted over and did that infamous peeling up of the vinyl stencils (using tweezers to do so while holding my breath, tongue out, feet curled…), I immediately took a bunch of pictures before applying the final top coat (which was matte). I was afraid I would mess up what took me an inordinate amount of time compared to normal humans who can manage tweezers. These pictures are marked with an * asterisk.

 

KimettKolor Neon Sunshine Nail Art
Now – look at the colors in household/artificial lighting! This is my favorite look – when the yellow is a warm almost orange. My family calls it Kodak yellow. (Top two pictures *)

It was too darn hot & humid to go outside for long to take pictures with flowers on this day. How ironic – or appropriate? – since my design is the sun!

KimettKolor Neon Sunshine Nail Art
These nails were NOT to be ignored – even hiding in the tree. *

Challenge Details

Yup, I created this design with the purpose of fulfilling a special challenge prompt on Instagram.

  • NEW! There is a very awesome challenge account called @SweetTNailExpressions.
  • More details found on both my IG feed @kimettkolor and my personal page on Facebook (link below)
  • Their latest challenge prompt was to create a nail design using only your favorite color and that of your “Bestie”.
  • I have sooo many nail buddies, choosing someone was hard! Looking forward to more challenges like this one!
  • For these, I chose Natasha (@angelscaleb) as my nail-buddy, who as you’ll read below is also very special.

 

▶Please read (it’s worth it)!◀ Among the many awesome folks in our nail community is Natasha (pictured above). She bleeds NPA rainbow glitter and is a very sweet gal! 💅🙎 Her IG is @angelscaleb, which you should check out, but I particularly want to point out that she runs a FB group (link in her profile). Along with a relaxed place to talk nails, she hosts bi-weekly challenges and each design is then entered in a raffle to win a prize! 🌟🌟 _______ I luckily won two prizes lately (the awesome pairs of polishes in the top photos from @loadedlacquer and @kbshimmer)….which was super cool!! But, if there were more people entering I might not have won twice….see where I’m going here….😉 If you want a fun and easy going challenge, please check it out!! Group name is “Nail Art Contests and Chat” – ask to join today!! 👍 ________ Explanation of my nail design (bottom left) coming up in next post…stay tuned. 😉 ________ Happy Weekend all!! 😘😘 I am slowly back … Still catching up with all your posts…missed you all!! 💞💞
A photo posted by Kimett Kolor 💅🎨 (@kimettkolor) on Jul 9, 2016 at 2:04pm PDT

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Alright. Back to the nails….

I really do like designs that are based on the half-moon style. There are so many possibilities; and they are really fun to wear. Even though these in particular are maybe not considered fashionable, this style feels very chic to me when looking down at my hands. It is also one of the types of designs that I don’t mind all five fingers being the same.

Question number two: What do you think about the half-moon style? Yay or Nay? Some of you might remember me wearing this type of design here and here.

 

KimettKolor Neon Sunshine Nail Art
Some days I wish all my fingers had wide canvases like my thumb…

OK – that’s all I have for you today. Stay tuned – there’s lots in the planning stages on my calendar for the rest of July…

Oh, yeah – did you notice this blog post title says Part One? I’m going to keep you in suspense for a little while before you see Part Two. Blogger’s prerogative. 🙂

Till Next Time,
Kimett

  • Beth Dunton

    Those are so fun and cheerful! Perfect for summer. 🙂

    • Yay – thanks so much!! Glad to have you visit!! Hope you’re getting some time off to enjoy the summer.

  • What a happy and sweet mani, love it!

  • I love this happy look! You used the most difficult polishes available in conjunction with their not so good vinyls (please don’t let any difficulty with their vinyls deter you from trying others!!) and created a great design. And I’m still LMAO about the tweezers! I always have 3-4 of them at my work area and definitely could not do nail art without them! 💜💜

    • I’m thrilled you like these! I did know going into it that it was going to be a battle – and I confess, I had a Plan B ready in case…but I wasn’t going to give up easy. The few vinyls I have (these and from other places) have all been freebies – I feel guilty looking to buy them because my stamping plates stare back at me with a hurumph! LOL I guess, I really just need to get over my guilt and try some. And, I am very glad to give you a chuckle – me and tweezers – I just am absolutely terrible with them…always have been, even before nail art. But…maybe this hobby will help me improve… Thanks hun!!

  • CurlyGirl66

    WOW! No sleeping on the job with these nails:) Looking at them makes you smile in spite of yourself! My first impression was that they reminded me of an Aztec (sp?) design – maybe with some orange added in. I am very impressed with the stenciling technique. Looks like it requires way more coordination (and patience) than I have. Now I can honestly say “you are my sunshine!” Good job sweetie.

    • You’re so right – I could not help but smile every time I saw them out of the corner of my eyes. I meant to take a UV glowing picture – but forgot. Fortunately they didn’t glow-in-the-dark – or I would not be sleeping!! LOL You would actually be great with these!! It’s a lot like what you’ve done with scrapbooking actually. Maybe we’ll do your nails with some when you’re here!! (Love saying that!!)

  • CurlyGirl66

    Sounds like a plan!!!!!!!!!!!