Neon & Gray Nails ~ Outlined Manicure

You can’t win em all, right? I love the colors. I love the idea {inspired by this mani}… I even tried out my new nail art toolsbut oh it turned out horrible. It wasn’t so much that I couldn’t follow the line of the inner nail, it was more that I couldn’t keep the neon yellow off of my skin. So a template OVER wouldn’t work but rather a template around maybe? I think the key is to paint the neon first… THEN, using some template that covers the edges only, paint the gray over the neon. OR possibly by using a nail polish paint pen.

Needless to say, it’s gotten better over the past few days and I’m still wearing it as I type this. I can’t say I hate it, but it’s not my best work, lol.

* two coats RGB Gray nail color
* two coats neon Magical yellow nail polish
* Essie “good to go” top coat

* Nail art tools

* I simply painted a thin line all the way around each nail… again, for possibly better alternatives, read the paragraph above.

Essie Lapis of Luxury on my fugly toes

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Debora Bondì

    June 4, 2012 |

    wow…. original!!

    Giveaway MARNI AT H&M on my blog!


  • el_martina

    June 4, 2012 |

    I love all your DIY projects!!!!

  • C.A.R.

    June 4, 2012 |

    I actually quite like it actually, the colors, the design, i find it all really nice and different 🙂 – i actually like your version better than the one that inspired you!

  • Nuha

    June 4, 2012 |

    i don’t think it looks all that bad! it’s definitely eye-catching and different!

  • Maria @ GLD

    June 4, 2012 |

    Thanks for posting something that you don’t love! It makes you more real. Actually I like the idea and next time you’ll make it perfect!
    I’d love for you to post more casual outfits since I find myself uninspired and don’t want to just wear sweats…
    Have a great Monday!

  • jenn~the stylish housewife

    June 4, 2012 |

    ha ha…i do love the color combo as well. i def think painting your whole nail neon and then adding the grey center might work better. =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • Megan, The Frugalista Diaries

    June 4, 2012 |

    whoa! i don’t hate it though.

  • Marlee

    June 4, 2012 |

    I like the color combo! Reminds me of this mani:

  • Güler

    June 4, 2012 |

    perfect idea:)

    my nails and DIYs —>

  • Kat

    June 4, 2012 |

    That is a great idea! Especially with neon being so in lately! I give you an A for AWESOME/Effort!

    Always so creative Maegan!

  • Birdieshoots

    June 4, 2012 |

    I’ve been wanting to try that manicure idea! I think your nails turned out great, I love the color combo too!

  • Tairalyn

    June 4, 2012 |

    Honestly… I don’t mind it!
    You’re very right – the colors are all sorta of right!

    Loving the neon and grey!

    Hey! I would love to have you over to Little Miss Mama and give me some feedback on your thoughts. I work so hard to make my blog as lovely as yours and some of my other blogger fashion favs.


  • Jennifer

    June 4, 2012 |

    Great idea! Even if you don’t think it turned out well, I think it looks great!

    xo Jennifer

  • Mawiyah

    June 5, 2012 |

    yep – it’s pretty bad – LOL – but man those colors are killer!! You still ROCK 🙂

  • Sara

    June 5, 2012 |

    I definitely haven’t seen a manicure like this yet, but I like it, especially the color combo! It looks pretty good to me, but if you have problems with the polish getting on your skin, get a nail polish remover pen. I’ve been through several and you don’t have to be nearly as precise with your polish when you have one to touch up with afterwards.

  • Alee R.

    June 5, 2012 |


    hope you can check out my blog and follow back via GFC and Bloglovin? :))

    xoxo, Alee

  • becomingelizabeth

    June 10, 2012 |

    I tried this with gold trim the other day and it turned out awfully horrible :/ It’s so hard to keep your hand steady and make the lines so thin, but yours is the best execution I’ve seen so far!

  • wish-fashion

    June 20, 2012 |

    I love the colors too.

  • Amber

    June 21, 2012 |

    I would have done the first color then put a sticker over the middles for the outline

  • Anonymous

    July 9, 2012 |

    Try using tape around your nails. I do that for water-marbling and it works pretty great.

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