Neon Chevron French Mani Tutorial
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I love a classic French manicure but in the Summer it’s great to funk it up a little bit and create something zingy. I was recently sent these W7 Nail Polishes in Orange Sorbet* and Lemon Sorbet* and I thought they’d create a great alternative French manicure.
Here is my simple step-by-step tutorial to creating this bright Neon Chevron French Mani.
Here is the kit that you will need:
- 2 bright co-ordinating nail polishes – I used W7 Nail Polishes in Orange Sorbet and Lemon Sorbet
- French Nail Tip Guide stickers in a chevron shape
- A clear top coat nail polish – I use Chanel Extreme Shine Nail Lacquer
First, paint all of your nails with two coats of one of the nail polishes and allow the nails to dry thoroughly. I used Orange Sorbet as my main colour.
Once the polish on your nails is completely dry carefully stick a French Nail Tip Guide over the tip of each nail. I place them on gently at first to make sure I get them in the right position, then press down firmly to get a good stick. Make sure you press them down really well at the edges.
Using the other nail polish (I used the yellow Lemon Sorbet shade for this part) carefully paint a thick layer over the tip of the nail that is exposed beyond the French Nail Tip Guide sticker. Be careful not to slip and paint the wrong side of the sticker! Wait for around 30 seconds so that the polish is still tacky but not runny, and using tweezers carefully remove the French Nail Tip Guide sticker – it helps if you have a little piece of paper or card to stick the discarded stickers onto.
Allow the nails to dry thoroughly before finishing with a coat of clear top coat nail polish. This will give the nails a nice shine, plus it will help to give them a smooth appearance.
Here’s the result, what do you think?
You might need to tidy up the nails with a cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover, you can see on my nails how some of the Lemon Sorbet shade has run over the edges of my nails when I have been painting the tips.
I think this alternative French manicure would also look good using pink and silver polishes, or even try monochrome using white polish with black tips. The next time I try it I will go for the paler colour underneath and use the darker colour for the tips, otherwise the darker colour can show through if it’s used for the base.
I really like the W7 Nail Polishes that I used, they’re cheap and cheerful, the bottles are a really good 15ml size and they don’t smell too strongly. You do need to apply the polish briskly in 3 or 4 strokes or it does start to dry quickly and go a bit blobby (maybe that is just because of the current hot weather).
Where to buy:
- W7 Nail Polish in Orange Sorbet is priced at £2.99, available from Amazon. W7 Nail Polish in Lemon Sorbet is priced at £2.99, available from Amazon.
- French Nail Tip Guide stickers are priced at £0.99 for a pack of 10 sheets (enough for several manicures), I bought mine from Ebay. As well as the chevron shaped stickers you can also get standard straight French manicure ones and heart shaped ones.
- Chanel Extreme Shine Nail Lacquer clear top coat is priced at £18, available from House of Fraser.
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