Neon Dotty Manicure

I embarked on my most ambitious nail journey this week, a 10 colour manicure.

Essie Poppy Razzi - Camera, Lights, Action, Bazooka
Essie Poppy Razzi - Camera, Lights, Action, Bazooka

The idea came to me as I was staring at the new Essie collection, Poppi Razzi. I wanted to use all four of these neon shades but I would need to use the dreaded white polish to make the neon pop. I hummed and hawed over using the white base for about half an hour before deciding that I would do this mani properly. I started with two coats of MAC x Liberty London Vestral White. I was very careful with these coats. I took my time, minimized streaking and allowed each coat to dry. I then used two coats of Action for the overall base color.

Chanel Coco Blue, Essie Funky Lime Light
Chanel Coco Blue, Essie Funky Lime Light

Initially, I was only going to use Camera, Lights and Bazooka for the dots but I realized I needed more variety. I turned to another neon polish from Essie called Funky Lime Light. I felt that some blue and green were essential. I don’t have a neon blue so I used Chanel’s Coco Blue instead.

American Apparel Neon - Purple, Red, Green
American Apparel Neon - Purple, Red, Green

The American Apparel neons were perfect for keeping with the neon theme. I used a dotting tool to make my perfect circles. I used two sizes to keep the dots from overlapping as much as possible. It’s a lot easier than it looks but I still feel I don’t have the perfect dot alignment yet. That will come with practice. It took me about an hour to do this manicure which is about 40 minutes longer than my normal times. I really took my time with it as I wanted the white base coats covered by the coloured polish completely.

By Anita Clarke

Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.