Monday, July 29, 2013

Chevron Manicure Tutorial

An updated chevron tutorial! Yay! My technique has not changed, but my posing and photo quality has. :)
  1. After painting base coat and your base color, wait for it to be completely dry and hardened. To speed up the tape manicure process, use a fast drying top coat, such as Sally Hansen Dries Instantly. 
  2. Double up on tape to prevent tearing during removal. Using pinking craft scissors (I've purchased multiple brands from Micheal's and Target for $1), align the zigzags to achieve a consistent pattern. 
  3. Apply the tape on to the dry polish, taking care to properly align the zigzags. 
  4. Paint over the entire nail with one or two quick coats of your second polish color. 
  5. Remove the tape directly after painting. 
  6. After the polish is completely dry, add a top coat to create a smooth finish. 

For this look, I used Essie "Mint Candy Apple' and Deborah Lippmann True Blood "New Flesh". 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Chevron Cabochon Ring

Hi, all! Over the weekend, I went a little chevron crazy. ;) One can never have to many chevrons, right!? I loved these chevrons so much that I actually kept these on for three days until the chipping started. It's the longest I've kept a design on my nails since I started this hobby back in August 2012. Dang. Haha. This is a problem that I hope never goes away.

This right here is a cobochan ring that I purchased from Julep. You paint either the bottom of the clear stone or the housing of the ring (which is what I did). I designed this ring the same way that I do my nails. There is a chevron tutorial lower down the feed of my blog. :) I love this ring so much; it's my new pride and joy! As my fellow nail-crazy, Celina, told me: it is "my precious!" Hahaha. ;)

The nail polishes shown in this design are China Glaze "I'm Not Lion", Sinful Colors "Snow Me White", and Wet N Wild "Black Créme. :)