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11.16.2012

How To: Chic Chevron Nails

This one comes as a special request! Here's a quick tutorial on my absolute favorite nail look right now. I've been obsessed with it for the past 3 or 4 months and don't see myself wavering from it any time soon. (Though the holidays might call for a classic red nail.)

I'm calling this the "Chic Chevron" manicure. Let's also make it clear that I believe this is a manicure-only look because 1) it would require an exorbitant amount of dexterity and flexibility to try to create this on your toenails and 2) from far away, it would probably look like you have razor sharp talons instead of regular toes. So, let's stick with the hands, shall we?

So, what does it look like?

What a scary hand!...but what a fun manicure! (Yep, that hand is SO not scary.)

It's one of those manicures that goes with everything, gives you a bit more aesthetic flare than a regular nude manicure, but doesn't go so far as to put you in a situation where you have small decorations hanging off of your hands or distracting miniature Da Vinci murals on each nail.

For colors, I like to work with OPI's Step Right Up & Essie's Licorice. Additionally, Seche Clear Basecoat & Seche Vite Top Coat are my saviors. They have been my absolute fav base & top coats since forever. You can pick those up at CVS! Nonetheless, feel free to use whatever combination of colors works for you. These are just my personal choices.

Ok. Ready? Here we go! (I've given you two options - one for people who are a bit more seasoned & have the hands of a brain surgeon AND one for people who need a little guidance & help.)

Don't ever expect me to draw an entire hand...that's like asking me to paint the Mona Lisa.

Note: If you're going with the "hard route", try to get yourself a nail art brush. That way the nail polish won't immediately dry up and make the brush into a rock solid stick. (This happened to me when I tried to use an art brush once. It basically turned into a miniature javelin.)

Now, that wasn't too bad, was it? It takes some practice, this is true, but the more you try it, the better you'll get! And, for one reason or another, this manicure lasts me at least two weeks. I may clean up the tips with the black polish and give it another layer of top coat after a week or so to refresh, but the results are stellar!

Let me know if you try it out and feel free to share your results with me! And I'd love to hear what your go-to color or nail art is right now! I mean, I'm going to have to try something new again eventually!

2 comments:

  1. By not try jamberry nail wraps they have several chevron choices.. Quicker, easier, no chipping, smudging or dry time:
    Www.anngie.jamberrynails.net

    Email me.with your thoughts! Anngie1013@aol.com

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  2. By not try jamberry nail wraps they have several chevron choices.. Quicker, easier, no chipping, smudging or dry time:
    Www.anngie.jamberrynails.net

    Email me.with your thoughts! Anngie1013@aol.com

    ReplyDelete