Monday, May 21, 2012

China Glaze Summer Neons Nail Art: Framed Manicure

Good morning! Last Thursday, I showed you a bit of nail art using some of the new China Glaze Summer Neons. Today's look uses two more!

I have seen this kind of manicure before, but wasn't sure what to call it. I've seen it called border nails, framed nails, and outline nails. I like the term framed nails, so I'm going with that!


First let's talk colors. The base of this look is China Glaze Flirty Tankini, which gave me a hell of a time when I was trying to photograph it. It's a pretty pink that leans coral/orange. I applied two coats for this swatch. The formula was nice, no issues at all!

The frame in this manicure is China Glaze Splish Splash, a pretty medium blue with shimmer. I used approximately two coats here... it's hard to say for sure since I was using a nail art brush though. I had no troubles using this for nail art! It wasn't thick or clumpy or too sheer. Thumbs up.


Okay, now lets talk about the technique. I've never done a framed nail before, so when I did this, I just painted on the pink base first and then freehanded the blue frame on over the top with a nail art brush.

I was later informed that the easier way to achieve this look is to start with the frame color as a base, then paint on the center color on top, leaving a bit at the bottom and sides, like you were doing a Ruffian manicure. Then all you have to do is add a final strip at the tip in the frame color to complete the look. This makes sense and is probably easier to achieve if you aren't very familiar with nail art or have trouble keeping a steady hand.


At first I wasn't sure how I felt about this style of manicure. I really did grow to like it a lot though. The only concern with this framed nail style is longevity -- once the manicure chips the impact is definitely lessened.

I've got a few more colors to show you from this collection, hopefully I will have them ready within the week! As always, keep your eyes peeled! ;)

The China Glaze Summer Neons will be available in June and retail for $7 per bottle.

The products in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer or their PR.
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38 comments

  1. I love the color combi! and yeah neons are especially hard to photograph. they always look so much better on my nails!

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  2. OHMG Splish Splash is soo gorgeous, I cannot wait to get mine!
    This mani is really striking and nice, even if I'm not so excited about framed nails in general...

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  3. I think I've mostly seen them referred to as border manicures. I think yours looks so pretty! It seems like I usually see the "frame" in black, so this is refreshing.

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  4. This look is amazingly cool! But I'm still not as brave as to try it yet...

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  5. I've heard them called rimmed manis or simply "rimming" as well. I'm not sure what my favorite title is. I tried these for the first time last week. I started with my frame color, then taped off the tip and did the middle color. That way I didn't have to go back and add the "frame" color to the tip. It was super easy. I love your color combination. You manis are always fabulous!

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  6. Wowowow I have never seen this type of mani. It is suuuper cool and edgy! As always, you show me new and beautiful things. Thanks Sarah :)

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  7. Love it. I like "framed" better than rimming, rimming just sounds dirty and I have a dirty mind so that's where my goes when I hear that word and I don't really like to think about that. :P

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  8. I really like this. So mod and fabulous!

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  9. So fun! They remind me of Guitar Hero buttons :)

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  10. That's the first time I've seen something like that. Not 100% sure I'd like it on myself, but it's definitely interesting. Love the colors, though. :)

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  11. I have seen this style and have wanted to try too! So different ^^

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  12. Flirty Tankini looks like it would freak my camera right out, but it's such a great shade for summer. Fantastic job with your brush work--my hands would never, ever manage to stay that steady!

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  13. This looks really cool! You did an amazing job freehand!

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  14. Awesome! I tried your technique, I gave you credit.

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  15. This is FREEHANDED?!!! OMG it looks perfect. This is such a cool mani and technique!!! :)

    http://datyorkloves.blogspot.com/

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  16. Very nice and neat, lovely!

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  17. You must have such a steady hand to do this! It looks very bright and summery x :-)

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  18. I'm not usually a big fan of framed nails, but these look great! Love the color combo!

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  19. I LOVE this! You are such an inspiration!

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  20. i didn't like the framed nails look before either... but your color combination changed my mind!! i've always just seen it with black or white outlines, but this is the best one i've seen. :) i HAVE to get these colors!!

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  21. I like the term framed best. rimming makes my mind go elsewhere lol
    these colours are freakin awesome together!

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  22. This is really pretty!! Awesome colors!

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  23. Whow pretty! And soooo crisp! Love what you did!

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  24. I have to confess that I really, really, really don't like border manicures. Sorry, but it's true. You have an amazing steady hand and I usually adore your looks... but this one is really not for me! Ypur execution is perfect and the colors by themselves are gorgeous, though...

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  25. I like this, but maybe with another colour combo :) I can't believe this is freehanded, you're so talented ! Wow. Perfect as usual.

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  26. the framed manicures always look so cheap to me but this one is really great!

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  27. Wonderful job. I'm not super crazy about the color combo but it looks super pretty. :)

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