Nailspiration: Marc Jacobs Nail Art

Marc Jacobs Nail ArtIn the comments on my China Glaze Red-y to Rave post Nat and I were talking about mixing nude and neon polishes. That is one of my favorite summer trends. It was big last year and is still around this year. One of my favorite manicures from last summer was my Tried the Trend Nude and Neon mani. So when I saw this pin on Pinterest I immediately pinned it to my Nailspiration board and had to give it a go.

The inspiration photo used Marc Jacobs Enamored nail polishes. Marc Jacobs polishes are expensive ($18!) so I decided to use what I already had. I’m also really loving China Glaze Red-y to Rave right now (this picture will explain why!) so I was looking for an excuse to wear that polish. Again.

To create this manicure I started by painting all my nails with essie Topless & Barefoot. That is one of the best nudes for my skintone. I let the base dry then added the blocks of color with Red-y to Rave. I didn’t use any nail art tools to create this cool; I just applied Red-y to Rave straight from the bottle. I used two coats of Red-y to Rave. The first coat I just tried to get the general shape I was going for then I used the second coat to get the color even.

I really love the way this manicure turned out. If you’re not a fan of a full blown neon manicure this is a great way to wear the neon trend but tone it down a bit.

One tip if you do decide to try this manicure is to make sure the neon polish you are using is fairly opaque. Sometimes neon formulas can be thin and that would be difficult to do with this particular nail look.

As always, there are swatches under the jump!


Essie Topless & Barefoot and China Glaze Red-y to Rave China Glaze Red-y to Rave and Essie Topless & Barefoot Essie Topless & Barefoot and China Glaze Red-y to Rave nail art Essie Topless & Barefoot and China Glaze Red-y to Rave swatch


  1. Ooh that looks pretty!! I’m going to have to try that! Wearing neon in an office environment isn’t always the best idea, but something a little more subtle like this would be ok. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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