DIY Nail Art: Metallic Nails with Neon Stripes

I’ve been really into nail art lately. Remember the Christmas present nail art NOTD I did a few weeks ago? Well, I thought I’d take things to the next level for today’s DIY nail art: metallic nails with neon stripes!

DIY Nail Art: Metallic Nails With Neon StripesThis manicure has a nice metallic chrome finish with criss-crossing lines of neon polish. Very pretty!

Instead of just showing you my manicure, I thought I’d also show you exactly how to do it. Yay! Want to do this, too? Then read on!

What You’ll Need

DIY Nail Art: What You'll NeedFor this look, you’ll want five neon shades (I used blue, green, pink, orange and yellow), a metallic silver or chrome nail polish and a base/top coat. Also, to make the stripes, you’ll need really thin nail tape. This is what I used:

(You can find thin nail art tape all over Amazon.)

If you have everything you need, then we’re ready to start!

DIY Nail Art: How to Get Metallic Nails with Neon Stripes

First, as always, you want a clear base coat.

DIY Nail Art: Step 1--Paint Nails Neon ColorsAfter that, paint each nail a different color. I used the same order for each hand, but in reverse. (green on the thumb on the left hand and the pinkie on the right.)

These nails don’t have to look great since you’ll be covering up most of it with the metallic polish. For most nails, I used only one coat.

Make sure that your nails are completely dry before moving on. This is important!

DIY Nail Art: Step 2--Taping the NailsNext, use the tape to create striped patterns on each nail. I varied the design so each nail was unique.

Since you’ll be peeling this tape off your nails, make sure that a bit hangs over your nail. This’ll make it easier to peel it off later.

DIY Nail Art: Step 3--Paint with Metallic PolishPaint over the nails and tape with your metallic nail polish. At this point, you shouldn’t see any neon (unless you went a bit out of the lines like I did.)

Let this dry only partially—about one or two minutes—before moving on.

DIY Nail Art: Metallic Nail with Yellow StripesPeel the tape off each nail. Pull slowly and firmly to prevent the metallic polish from puckering or peeling.

You’re done! All that’s left is a clear top coat.

DIY Nail Art: Metallic Chrome Nails with Neon StripesYou’re left with super pretty DIY nail art that you’re sure to get a lot of compliments on. I know I did!

Have you done this manicure? I’d love to hear how it went in the comments!


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  1. What a cool idea! Your nails look gorgeous!

  2. I love this! Looks awesome 🙂

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