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Cirque Colors: 2016 Vice Collection Neon Ikat Tutorial

Posted on Aug 19, 2016

Hi lovely people!  Thanks for stopping by my blog again today!  If you came by earlier in July, you probably saw my swatches of Cirque Colors’ new Vice Collection and maybe even a little of the color block nails I created using the collection.  Well today I’m back with more nail art using this amazing collection of neon cremes.  It’s even a design I’ve never done before!  I was nervous and excited all at once to try a design that I couldn’t quite grasp in the past and in the end, I’m so happy with the outcome!  If you’d like to find out how to do these Ikat nails using Cirque Colors’ 2016 Vice Collection, keep on reading!

Cirque Colors 2016 Vice Collection Neon Ikat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

Step 1

As always, start off with clean, manicured nails.  Push back your cuticles, shape your nails using a nail file, like the Cirque Colors Crystal Nail File, finish off with some of Cirque Colors’ Tea Tree Cuticle Oil and let it soak into your skin, leaving your cuticles nice and hydrated.  Don’t forget to wipe the excess oil off your nail bed with isopropyl alcohol or 100% acetone before you start painting.

Cirque Colors Step 1 | 2016 Vice Collection NeonIkat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

 

Step 2

Apply a coat of Cirque Colors’ Hold Fast Base Coat to a silicone mat and allow it to dry.

(If you aren’t familiar with silicone nail art mats, you can buy them from a lot of brands, there are even people who use silicone baking mats!  The mats are made of a flimsy silicone material and you can use them to create decals, swatch nail polish, drop puddles of polish on to create nail art, etc.  You don’t even need any nail outlines, like I use here.  The silicone mat does the work and the outlines are just an added bonus.  I like using a silicone mat for the more complicated nail art designs such as this because it helps me have a clearer view of the area I’m working on and I get more precise lines since it’s a flat surface and my nail has a strong C-curve.)

Cirque Colors Step 2 | 2016 Vice Collection NeonIkat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

 

Step 3

Next, put on a layer of your base color.  I used Cirque Colors High Roller for the base but you could use any color from the Vice Collection.

Cirque Colors Step 3 | 2016 Vice Collection NeonIkat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

 

Step 4

Apply a second coat of High Roller. Allow this to dry.

Cirque Colors Step 4 | 2016 Vice Collection NeonIkat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

 

Step 5

Take a very thin nail art brush, and use Cirque Colors Carpe Diem to paint uneven lines in a diamond or triangle shape.  Depending on your nail size and shape, you might only need to do triangle shapes since more than one full diamond won’t fit on your nail.  I chose to go with 2 offset triangle shapes since my nails are really short right now.  Allow Carpe Diem to dry.

Cirque Colors Step 5 | 2016 Vice Collection NeonIkat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

 

Step 6

Using the same technique in Step 5, use Rehab, Electric Daisy, Plastik or Sin City to do a smaller diamond shape or triangle on top of the white shapes.  Allow it to dry.

Cirque Colors Step 6 | 2016 Vice Collection NeonIkat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

 

Step 7

Again, using the same technique in the previous 2 steps, create an even smaller diamond or triangle shape on top of the colorful shapes using Memento Mori and then do the same along the outside of the white diamond or triangle shape.  Wait for the entire design to dry.

Cirque Colors Step 7 | 2016 Vice Collection NeonIkat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

 

Step 8

 

Time to get this design on your nails!  Apply a layer of Hold Fast Base Coat to your first nail.  While the base coat is still tacky (not completely wet or completely dry) quickly proceed to the next step.

Cirque Colors Step 8 | 2016 Vice Collection NeonIkat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

 

 

Step 9

Peel up the decal and then attach it to your nail (do one at a time)  Use your finger to press down the decal and push out any bubbles.  Use the edge of a cuticle pusher or cuticle scissors to remove the excess edges of the decal and a nail file to file off the excess on the free edge of the nail.

Cirque Colors Step 9 | 2016 Vice Collection NeonIkat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

 

Step 10

Clean up any excess left on the edges using a brush and acetone.

Cirque Colors Step 10 | 2016 Vice Collection NeonIkat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

 

Step 11

Repeat steps 8 – 10 for the rest of your nails.  Once you are finished, apply Cirque Colors’ Liquid Laminate Top Coat to finish off your design and give it a nice shine.

Cirque Colors Step 11 | 2016 Vice Collection NeonIkat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

And just like magic, you are finished!

Cirque Colors Step 12 | 2016 Vice Collection NeonIkat Tutorial | Peachy Polish

 

I should note, you can always do this directly on your nails of course!  Whichever way you are more comfortable with, you can do it that way.  You can also use just a couple of the colors from this collection and still get an amazing look!  It’s really up for interpretation.  Any way you go about it, it’s going to look fabulous!

I hope you had fun reading this!  I know I had fun creating my very first Ikat mani which frankly was long overdue!  Once again, if you choose to recreate the design, make sure you tag me and Cirque Colors on social media! :)

 

You can find all the polishes you need to create this look on Cirque Colors’ website.

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