The Simple Way to Make your Neon Polish go on Easier and Brighter


Nail Care Tip : The Simple Way to Make your Neon Polish go on Easier and Brighter || as seen on

Last night I painted my nails with the newest color from this month’s Julep Maven box called Neha.  Today, I decided it would be fun to add a neon accent nail since summer is almost over and soon I will be bringing out my fall nail color hues.  One of the things I have learned since really diving into nail care, including polish application, is that sometimes you have to give your color a neutral base in order for it to be as bright as it should be once applied to the nail.  Applying a coat of opaque white polish before you apply your neon polish is a very simple way to make your neon polish go on easier and brighter.

The neon shade that I chose to use was Orly’s new Tropical Pop orange polish.  However, on one accent nail I did two {thin} coats of Julep’s Alexandra first.

Not only did applying this white{ish} base coat first make the neon color pop on my nail more, the neon polish went on SO much easier.

Neon and bright colored polishes are notorious for being thin and streaky in their formulation.  So you end up either applying really thick coats or about fifteen different coats to try and avoid “the streak” on the finished nail.

Nail Care Tip : The Simple Way to Make your Neon Polish go on Easier and Brighter || as seen on

In my final comparison picture you can see that I really should have done at least one more coat of the orange on the finger that didn’t have the white base {there was still some pretty significant streaking going on still}.  Shown in the picture is two coats.

But here is the thing, on the nail without the white base, I was applying the polish a little thicker to try and prevent streaking and polish was getting everywhere {on my cuticle beds, backsides of my fingers when attempting to try and fix the cuticle beds, on my vanity, etc}.  It was a mess.

On the nail that already had a white base down, I was able to apply the neon orange color in thin, even layers and after just two coats the color was fully opaque, had no streaking, and I didn’t have a big mess on my hands {literally}.

Try it for yourself, I promise you will not be disappointed and this extra “step” of putting down a white polish first really doesn’t add all that much time and is a super simple thing you can do to get big results.  This white-base-coat method is also great to use on light colored polishes and glitters with clear jelly bases {much like I did with this look here}.

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14 Comments on The Simple Way to Make your Neon Polish go on Easier and Brighter

  1. Amanda
    September 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm (5 years ago)

    Awesome advice! I love neon nail polish but stopped wearing it mainly because the formulas were always so streaky. I will have to try this and break out the neon pink polish. Thanks!

    • Jen Cassellius
      September 29, 2014 at 12:01 pm (5 years ago)

      Oh, it would be so sad to never wear the neon polish again, so definitely give this a try!

  2. Alex
    September 27, 2014 at 3:57 pm (5 years ago)

    That is a great tip, thanks! I have quite a few nail polishes that have this problem.

    • Jen Cassellius
      September 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm (5 years ago)

      Definitely pick up some white polish and give this a try!

  3. Katrina
    September 27, 2014 at 4:27 pm (5 years ago)

    Great tip! I always get so discouraged when I do my own nails and the color doesn’t come out right.

    • Jen Cassellius
      September 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm (5 years ago)

      This white base coat trick will definitely help with any color being truer on your nails!

  4. Melodi Steinberg
    September 27, 2014 at 9:23 pm (5 years ago)

    what an awesome tip! I will have to try it next time I paint my nails!

    • Jen Cassellius
      September 29, 2014 at 11:59 am (5 years ago)

      Let me know how it works out for you, Melodi!

  5. Janeane Davis
    September 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm (5 years ago)

    This reminds me of the idea that when you paint a wall you need to use a base coat.

    • Jen Cassellius
      September 29, 2014 at 11:58 am (5 years ago)

      Yes, that is definitely a good comparison!

  6. Priya
    September 29, 2014 at 6:35 am (5 years ago)

    Lovely tips! thank you for sharing.

  7. Vigora
    June 24, 2015 at 4:35 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing this secret. Now my nails really look brighter.

  8. 999drugs
    June 20, 2016 at 2:40 am (3 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing this secret. It is summer time and we, girls, always try to look as bright as possible and our nails play a great role in composing the general appearance.


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