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Neon Rainbow Zig-Zags Using American Apparel Neons

Ever since I found proper pinking shears the other day in a craft store, they've been sitting on my desk, begging to contribute their zig-zaggy goodness.  I was in the mood for something bright so I five American Apparel Neon polishes and one China Glaze and went to work.

To start, I added two coats of L.A. Girl Delicate.  I wanted a white base so I wouldn't have to do a million coats of the neon.  Once that and the coat of the Seche Vite were dry I cut a thin zig-zag strips of blue painters tape.  I added three strips at a time, making sure each strip was the same height and spaced the same across my nails.  I then added three of the colours.  If you look at my thumb close up, I placed tape where the orange, green and purple are first and applied the red, yellow and blue.  I added another coat of Seche Vite and did the same for the rest of my fingers.  Once they were all super dry, I covered the stripes already in place and added the other colours.  A final coat of Seche Vite and I'm done!


The Verdict: I'm really happy with how this came out.  It's eyeball-bleedlingly bright and I even don't mind the white showing through, it reminds me of some erasers I had as a kid.  Personality, you know?  It's also crying out for a Pinterest-friendly infographic as it's not hard to do.... yay Rainbows!


  1. Is that flash on your nails? The oblong circle i'm seeing? you should totally submit this to American Apparel-they once posted my mani on their website and it got me a lot of traffic-if you're into that stuff!

    1. It is a flash! Well, a flash or sorts. It's actually a Polaroid LED ring flash that has a setting to stay on. It attaches to your camera lens so you get good lighting for macro photography. If you're into that :)

      And yeah, I tweeted this at them yesterday, might have to follow up that. Thanks for the idea :)

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  4. I love it! Always impressed with your nails... I wish I had your patience!!! X

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