Manicure Monday: Chevron Stripes

IMG_5351I look for inspiration for my Manicure Monday designs in a lot of places. Sometimes I think about what events I’ll be attending that week, sometimes I look at what new techniques I’d like to try, and sometimes I just stare at my nail polish collection and hope that something comes to me. Today’s Manicure Monday was totally inspired by a dress I bought. The dress is solid black on top, with sheer, billowy sleeves. The bottom is a flowy, silk black and muted gold chevron pattern. I loved the pattern of the skirt so much that I created this week’s Manicure Monday from it!

For this manicure, I had one accent nail on each hand and the rest of the nails had a modified French manicure. You can change it up and create the accent design on every nail, leave out the modified French on the other nails, or even just stick with the modified French. You can change up the colors, add some sparkles, and do whatever you want! Make this manicure yours – but here’s how I made it mine.

After starting with clean nails and adding a base coat of Seche Natural, I began my manicure with Essie’s Sand Tropez. It’s a great neutral base, with just enough color to stand out.  I used two coats of Sand Tropez, and then I let it dry completely.  It’s important not to move on to the next steps until your polish has dried completely because we’ll be using tape and that will mess up your base color.

IMG_5425Once your polish is totally dry, cut out skinny strips of tape. The thinner the strips are, the more stripes you’ll be able to get on your nail.  Begin adding the tape to your nails, creating a “V” shape that points down towards the center of the tip of your nail.  For the inverted French, you can stop here.  For your chevron accent, continue creating the “V” shape with the tape up your nail, leaving space to create the stripes, as displayed here.

Before applying polish, make sure to press down the tape all over your nail, especially at the edges. This helps to lock out any new polish and keep your lines clean.  I like to use blue painter’s tape for my nail designs because I like to think that if it works on real paint, it should work on nail polish!

Once the tape is all set, take your accent color – I used Maybelline’s Color Show Nail Lacquer in Onyx Rush. For the modified French nails, apply the black polish at the tips of your nails, ensuring that you stay underneath the tape you put down.  For the chevron accent nail, you can apply the black polish all over the top of your nail and the tape. Be sure to get all the way out to the edges of your nails so that the strips extend across your whole nail.


Before removing the tape, allow the black polish to dry a bit. I’d say to wait at least five minutes, but more if you can. The drier the black polish is, the less likely you’ll mess up any stripes that you worked so hard to get! Once it’s dry or you can’t wait any longer, remove the tape and set with a top coat. As always, I like Seche Vite.

Will you try this Chevron Stripes manicure? What are you rocking for Manicure Monday?

About Kathleen Tower

Kathleen is the style editor for The Collabor-eight. She's a 23-year-old true Jersey girl; big hair, bigger heart. Her passion for beauty and makeup started with an internship at Seventeen Magazine and has grown ever since. After graduating from Villanova, she turned her love for Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter into a full-time job as a social media coordinator! When she's not at work, she's browsing everywhere from the Internet to the streets for her own "Manicure Monday" inspiration. She believes that true style comes from a mix of high and low, designer and drugstore, expensive splurges and nearly steals!

8 comments on “Manicure Monday: Chevron Stripes

  1. I’m always like, “why is chevron so major right now?!” And then I see it. And I know why.

  2. Where did you buy that dress?

  3. […] Want to learn how to get this look yourself? Read on for a few different ways to recreate this fun chevron […]

  4. […] is one of my favorite prints – I know it’s trendy, but I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. One of my chevron manicures was even featured on Sephora’s […]

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