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Neon Mosaic Summer Nails – Tutorial

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summer nailNow that we told you about our Spa & Beauty Expo experience, it’s the time to show you the manicure we sported there – Neon Mosaic Summer nails, we called it. The inspiration began with the shades from the new L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis collection. While refining ideas (because we always have more than 5) we also took into consideration our Expo outfits and altered the design to suit. By the way, the unusual manicure in neon shades came very handy. You know, when you’re talking about nail art with the world class manicurists and they casually ask who did your nails and want to have a closer look :)

So here they are – Neon Mosaic Summer nails! The coloured studs contrasting with the yellow base create a statement manicure juxtaposed with details that are so small and neat they make the mani look more complex then it actually is. In fact, it’s easy and super fast to do!

We must add that the idea of coloured studs does not exclusively belong to us. After seeing this nail design by the French nail blogger La Paillette Frondeuse we’ve wanted to try coloured stud nails too. The process of creating coloured studs wasn’t as straight forward as it initially appeared but after some experimenting we’ve finally worked it out. So if you wish to re-create the look, check out the nail art tutorial below!


  • summer nail art tutorial
    1. Apply a protective base coat. Apply 2 coats of yellow polish on all nails. Apply high shine top coat.
    2. Attach studs on all nails in the pictured pattern.
    3. To colour the studs, paint with a detail brush using different polishes. Allow enough time for polish on studs to dry.
    4.  Seal the whole nail with a fast drying, high shine top coat to secure the studs.


    summer nailsummer nailssummer nails 2summer nail designUsed: ORLY Nailtrition – base, L’Oreal Paris Color Riche shades – #834 Banana Pop, #833 Wasabi, #827 Acid Watermelon, #829 Atomic Purple, SallyHansen Diamond Flash top coat.

    How do you like these Neon Mosaic Summer nails? Will you try coloured studs? Have you already tried coloured studs? Either way, why not Tweet or Instagram us a photo of your pretty summer nails (tag #sonailicious). We’d love to see them!

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  • la paillette frondeuse August 29, 2013, 10:23 pm

    Your mani is beautiful, it look like a kind of aztec nails !! A big thanks for the credit of the concept, you are adorable ? personally i paint the stud before the mani so i don’t need to be very accurate with my brush and i have no drying time when i do my nails :)
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    • Maria V August 29, 2013, 10:55 pm

      My pleasure lovely, I wasn’t sure who exactly came up with this idea so I credited you, because that’s where I saw it first, so enjoy the fame :)

      As for the studs I’ve tried doing it that way (first painting them) but then it was difficult to apply them on nails without damaging the paint. So I did the other way. But yes, either way it was sooo quick and easy! So many other potential variations too!

      Maria xx

  • Manisha September 11, 2013, 12:45 pm

    Love this mani. It is so pretty and creative.

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