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nail art: color block nails & a giveaway!

April 27, 2012

Color blocking is big in the fashion world this year, and I wanted to bring the bright, saturated fun to my nails. This look is easy to achieve, so grab your Scotch Tape and let’s get started.

I began by painting my nails with RGB Dew, a pale pastel green. After applying a top coat and letting the polish dry completely (it’s best to wait a couple hours), I cut two thin pieces of Scotch Tape. I placed one vertically and one horizontally across my nail, creating four squares.

Don't worry if it looks a little messy right now - it's easy to clean this up with a makeup brush dipped in remover later on.

I’ve added a lot of brights to my collection this season, so I grabbed Notting Hill GatePortobello, and Westbourne Grove from Nails, Inc., along with Mattese Elite Almost Famous. I filled in each of the four squares with a different shade of polish and then carefully removed the tape strips to reveal the finished design.

I cleaned up any stray polish on my skin with a little remover on a makeup brush, and then added a shiny top coat to finish off this modern, on-trend look.

And now…what better day than a Friday for a GIVEAWAY? I love Nails Inc. polish, and one of you will win the Neon & Nude Collection, which includes 6 minis in Notting Hill GatePortobelloWestbourne GroveJermyn StreetPorchester Square, and Cadogan Square. I used three of these colors in today’s design.

To enter, please leave a comment below telling me what you’re looking forward to in nails or fashion this spring/summer, or a post idea you’d like to see here on the blog.

For an extra entry, please follow me on Facebook or Twitter and leave a SEPARATE comment telling me you did so (or already do)!

I’ll choose a random winner on Wednesday, May 2nd. Good luck!

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  1. April 27, 2012 10:45 AM

    I love that neons, pastels, AND nudes are trending for the spring/summer. The variety means that everyone, regardless of skintone or age can find something that works for them. I also love that it is totally acceptable, and easy even, to mix the trends in a way that’s not too off the wall or in your face.

  2. April 27, 2012 10:46 AM

    I “like” you on FB (I’m Quinn Ryan Smith)

  3. April 27, 2012 10:48 AM

    Great tutorial! I love neons for spring and summer. I’ll definitely try this out!

  4. April 27, 2012 10:49 AM

    Oh yeah, AND I follow you on Facebook!

  5. April 27, 2012 11:04 AM

    Following you via twitter!
    At the moment, I really want to get metalic (silver) nail polish, you know, that really really metalic looking. If you know where I could find it- I would love to hear! And I think combination of black nails with silver tips would look great for this season!

  6. jrockdontstop permalink
    April 27, 2012 11:30 AM

    I’m loving the color blocking trend. It’s so liberating to not be so matchy, matchy…I’m sure that’s a technical fashion term ;)

  7. jrockdontstop permalink
    April 27, 2012 11:30 AM

    I follow you on Twitter. My name is @jrockdontstop.

  8. April 27, 2012 11:41 AM

    What colors can a normally pasty girl wear with a summer tan? Can’t wait to check out some new shades after my Mexico vacation:-)

  9. April 27, 2012 11:41 AM

    I like you on Facebook and follow you on Twitter (@truckista).

  10. emily anne-maire permalink
    April 27, 2012 12:37 PM

    i cant wait to mix and match the neon and pastel colors that are so big this spring!
    elallzs(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. emily anne-maire permalink
    April 27, 2012 12:38 PM

    i like glitter, she wrote on fb!
    elallzs(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. Ninette permalink
    April 27, 2012 12:46 PM

    Hey, these nails are really fun and summery. I am also looking forward to duochromes and particularly, the China Glaze Bohemian Luster Chrome collection coming out later this summer.

  13. rawveganincollege permalink
    April 27, 2012 12:55 PM

    I would love to see bright neon colors on nails this spring! :)

  14. rawveganincollege permalink
    April 27, 2012 12:55 PM

    I liked you on Facebook :) (victoria song)

  15. Turbulent Reality permalink
    April 27, 2012 1:08 PM

    I want to see nude and pastel reverse french tips. I think that would be cool. :D

    • April 27, 2012 1:11 PM

      Great suggestion, I’ll work on it! Thx!

      • Turbulent Reality permalink
        April 27, 2012 1:33 PM

        Cool! Glad I could give an idea.

  16. Turbulent Reality permalink
    April 27, 2012 1:09 PM

    I like you on Facebook.

  17. Teresa Rice permalink
    April 27, 2012 1:10 PM

    I’m looking forward to all the bright colors. Love the colors you used with the color blocking!

  18. Teresa Rice permalink
    April 27, 2012 1:11 PM

    And I”like”you on Facebook :)

  19. April 27, 2012 3:01 PM

    I’m all about the neon/nude combo! That looks like a great set!

  20. April 27, 2012 3:01 PM

    I follow you on twitter @sugarmitten

  21. April 27, 2012 3:04 PM

    I look forward to seeing cotton candy swirl design (thinking caps). Also the Sally LED light nails.
    And ofcourse I’m following you on FB!

  22. April 27, 2012 3:50 PM

    Love this combo! Must try it some time, thanks again, for more inspiration.
    My Spring/Summer has been – but I’m really looking forward to that orange/red (like OPI’s Red Lights Ahead…Where) being brought out in a creme by a company I can afford and like to support… like Color Club :D

  23. April 27, 2012 4:30 PM

    hi anna! i think it would be really cool if you did tie dye inspired designs. :)

  24. Hailey permalink
    April 27, 2012 5:13 PM

    I’m looking forward to pastels and florals!

  25. April 27, 2012 7:39 PM

    I love all the neon colors!

  26. April 27, 2012 7:40 PM

    I follow you on Twitter as @MorningGCupcake

  27. April 27, 2012 7:44 PM

    I just liked your FB page and follow you on twitter!

  28. April 27, 2012 7:46 PM

    I’m looking forward to the bright colors of spring and more fun ideas dorm you!

  29. gnarlygnails permalink
    April 27, 2012 8:28 PM

    that collection looks awesome!
    im really looking forwrd to the china glaze safari collection!

  30. April 27, 2012 9:38 PM

    I love the neons that are coming!

  31. April 27, 2012 9:39 PM

    and I follow you on twitter!

  32. April 27, 2012 11:07 PM

    I’m looking foward to bright new funky nail art for the summer with lime greens yellows and white.

  33. April 27, 2012 11:09 PM

    I follow you on twitter as @BethKeilaR

  34. April 28, 2012 12:15 AM

    I am really liking the neon trend, to be honest. It was kinda scary to get out of my “box” and try a neon pink a few weeks ago, but it was SO fun to wear that color. :)

  35. April 28, 2012 12:15 AM

    I like you on facebook!

  36. April 28, 2012 11:13 AM

    Reblogged this on InspiredWeightloss!.

  37. April 28, 2012 11:59 AM

    I’m mostly just excited to continuing experimenting with nail color and nail art. I haven’t been this excited about my nails since middle school, honestly. I love the reawakened interest in nails, nail art, and doing your own nails (though I still go for pedicures…). I really enjoy following your blog and others to get new ideas and inspiration for my nails. My favorite thing lately has been using scotch tape, an idea I got from your post on @birchbox! I just tweeted a photo of my attempt at color blocking. :)

    A (fun) challenge this summer will be to have fun with my nails while still keeping them semi-professional looking for my new office job. I am up for the challenge!

  38. April 28, 2012 11:59 AM

    Oh, and I follow you on twitter. :)

  39. cassie permalink
    April 28, 2012 1:44 PM

    following you on twitter!

  40. cassie permalink
    April 28, 2012 1:45 PM

    i love all the neon & bright colors for summer. im so used to using dark colors. i need to go get me some bright colors for summer and try them out. love your blog!!!!

  41. April 28, 2012 4:13 PM

    I’m liking these! I would have though’t they’d make your nails appear really square but they just don’t… This spring, I’m already loving the nude/neon thing – it seriously is my favorite trend for the past year or so! For Summer, I’m liking what I’m predicting to be a huge leap in DIY tribal – with the WAH book release and stores such as Topshop now selling nail pens I think more people are going to give it a go (and I’m betting Tribal will be what they start with) :)

  42. Marilyn permalink
    April 29, 2012 1:16 AM

    I’m loving pastels. Especially lilac. I’m currently wearing Nars’ Pokerface – so beautiful!!! I even tried some DIY nail art of an owl! What an exciting giveaway, thanks!

  43. April 30, 2012 4:13 PM

    Definitely excited to wear more neons and not get (as many) funny looks for it!

  44. April 30, 2012 4:13 PM

    I follow you on Facebook :D

  45. Mirza Escobar permalink
    April 30, 2012 5:47 PM

    I’m excited to try neon colors for summer. I think they will look great especially on tanned footsies :)

  46. Mirza Escobar permalink
    April 30, 2012 5:48 PM

    liked you on facebook :)

  47. Mirza Escobar permalink
    April 30, 2012 5:49 PM

    followed on twitter

  48. Ally A. permalink
    April 30, 2012 11:23 PM

    I’m loving the sudden fanaticism over indie polish brands! I’ve snagged some fabulous, super bright glitters that will be perfect for summer beach days.

  49. Ally A. permalink
    April 30, 2012 11:27 PM

    Oh, and I follow you on Twitter, too! (@allyayers)

  50. Kaley Neven permalink
    May 1, 2012 12:41 AM

    This spring I’m looking forward to pastels and glitter. This summer, I’m looking forward to neon polish and glitter. As well, the outline or border mani, where the nail is painted one color and then the edges are outlined in an accent color, preferably neon, is looking awesome.

  51. Kaitlin permalink
    May 1, 2012 10:33 AM

    I’m loving the color blocking trend, and you can never go wrong with some glittery nails!

  52. Stacie Thiessen permalink
    May 2, 2012 3:42 AM

    This summer I’m really looking forward to the pastel polishes that have been popping up everywhere, It was my birthday today and I acquired my first bottle of a shimmery pastel blue polish called ‘Air’ by Sally Hansen. I love blues and greens, but I want to try out some other colours as well, reds and corals especially. This year I am graduating from high school and I would love to have some fun, and show off my summery mood with some funky summer polish. (:

  53. Stacie Thiessen permalink
    May 2, 2012 3:45 AM

    I am now following you on Facebook as well! hope I’m not too late.

  54. Meredith permalink
    May 2, 2012 9:10 AM

    I’m excited to be able to wear brights. I love the neon trend. So much easier to do on my nails than with clothing. Also excited for the China Glaze Bohemian collection.

  55. May 2, 2012 1:05 PM

    More than anything I can’t wait to incorporate some fun bright colors into my drab dark winter clothing! I get to spruce up my fashion and I feel more adventurous with my style choices during the summertime – probably because I’m rid of tights, oversized cardigans, boots, etc. I can be free in dresses, sandals, tanks and shorts!

  56. May 2, 2012 1:05 PM

    Also I’m following you on Twitter!

  57. MacKenzie permalink
    May 2, 2012 11:47 PM

    I might be too late for this, but I figured I would leave a comment anyways. I just found your site and absolutely love it!

  58. MacKenzie permalink
    May 2, 2012 11:48 PM

    And, I just liked you on Facebook!

  59. MacKenzie permalink
    May 2, 2012 11:50 PM

    Oh, and to answer the question about trends this spring/summer – I absolutely love the neon trend! I just painted my toenails in CG Pink Voltage and love it. I am really liking the Portabello color from Nails Inc.

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