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Neon Toes

Jamie Hess of Valentine’s Salon & Day Spa in Greencastle, Pa., is seeing lots of clients who love to get neon nail polish on their toes.

“The young girls especially,” says Hess. “When I first started using the neon colors I had problems with them looking transparent and not as vibrant as they appear in the bottle. But applying a coat of white nail polish after the base coat solves this problem. It’s like putting a primer on your walls before you paint.”

Though the design of this neon toenail set looks difficult, it is actually quite simple when broken down into steps.


1. Prep nails and apply base coat to all 10 nails and allow to dry.

2. Apply white polish to nails. Use a newer bottle of polish that is still fairly thin, and not one that is used for French services because it will be too sticky from being opened and closed so many times throughout the day. Make sure this layer dries completely.

3. Start with any neon color you like and randomly apply small blots of color to each nail.

4. Repeat this step with each polish you choose until all the white is covered. Hess likes to use neon pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

5. Use a black striping brush to put strokes from side to side on each nail, pressing harder on the outside edges and letting up as you get to the center of the nail.

6. After making sure all the nails are dry, apply top coat.

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The light-colored half-moon shape at the base of the nail; where the matrix connects with the nail bed.
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