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Manicure Monday: Back to Design

Manicure Monday: Back to Design via The Collabor-EightI wanted to thank everyone for the kind words I’ve been receiving about starting up my weekly Manicure Monday posts again. For those that don’t know, I’m coming out of quite a busy period in my life. I was applying to new jobs, helping to plan my sister’s wedding, and moving to a totally different area all at once. Unfortunately, manicures completely fell off my to-do list, so manicure tutorials weren’t happening. I actually went about a month and a half without polishing my nails at all – it killed me. Now that I’m settled in at my new apartment and my new job, I can finally start my manicures back up again! It’s making me feel more like myself – but to hear from other people that it makes them happy to see my tutorials again? There’s really no better feeling. This manicure is for all the kind words I’ve received – I’m going back to design with this week’s manicure tutorial!

Chevron 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 Pinterest and Instagram pages – so why wouldn’t I bring it back? For this manicure, I kicked it up a notch with neon and glitter. Somehow, even with print, color, and glitter, this manicure still manages to be pretty and versatile.

Clean nails, base coat – you know the drill. After that, I began the color. I applied two coats of Color Club’s London Calling to my pinkie and middle finger, two coats of Zoya’s Snow White to my ring finger and thumb, and three coats (I really wanted opacity in the glitter!) of Essie’s Beyond Cozy to my index finger.

Let your polish dry completely because you’ll be using my favorite impromptu nail art tool – a Sharpie! – to create the chevron pattern. Once your polish is completely dry, carefully draw out the chevron lines on your ring fingers and thumbs – or whichever fingers you applied white polish. I’ve used Sharpie in plenty of manicures, so I’ve tested and tested this. Give your Sharpie design a good 20-30 minutes to dry and then carefully sweep on your top coat. I actually load lots of polish onto the brush for the top coat – the more clear polish on the brush, the less likely you’ll smudge the design. I always use Essie’s Good to Go so that there’s nearly no drying time post-top coat!

What do you think of this week’s Manicure Monday? Share with us in the comments below!

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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!

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