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.
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