Thursday 7 August 2014

Twin nails: Multi-coloured skinny chevrons over a white base

Mani swaps are so 2013! Bestie twin nails is where it's at. Nah, I'm just messing with you, they're both still cool and fun to do but I feel like people generally go for the mani swap because it's easy. In other words, all ya gotta do is pick a mani that the other person did and re-create it. Now,  twin nails, on the other hand, requires EFFORT ladies. Cause you have to find a pattern or something online to be inspired by, and it ain't easy. Rough life for us nail bloggers.

Today I've got a twin nails mani with the lovely and talented Lisa of Loud and Lavish inspired by a completely random chevron pattern we found on Google. And guys, she's only 16!! So much talent. When I was 16 I was playing with Sally Hansen's Prisms collection and putting a different colour on each nail and calling that nail art. Back then nail art wasn't a 'thing', people just thought I was tacky. LOOK AT ME NOW, naysayers.

Twin nails with Lisa of Loud and Lavish

Lisa and I did not discuss the specifics of each nail, we both drew what we did from the inspiration photo from our respective imaginations. It's more fun that way! Interesting to see how two people interpret the same image.

I used skinny or 'mini' chevrons from the Nail Vinyls shop to create the zig zag lines and hand drew in the little white diamonds in the middle of the orange double ended chevrons with a small detail paint brush.


This video should be straight forward enough in terms of steps. Here's some general notes about this mani:

  • Before I tack on the mini chevron nail vinyls I got from here, I always use a quick dry top coat - HK Girl by Glisten & Glow and let fully dry. 
  • When you paint the polishes between the vinyls, take off the vinyls right away so that the polish doesn't dry. This is why I did it in steps and went line by line as opposed to colouring them all in and then taking off each vinyl. 
  • Before I do the final topcoat I always wait a good 5-10min to avoid the top coat streaking the colours. This is especially important when working with highly pigmented/vibrant colours over a white base.

Polishes used:
- Pure Ice 'Superstar' (white creme)
- Essie 'Forever yummy' (red creme)
- Essie 'Meet me at sunset' (orange creme)
- China Glaze 'At vase value' (light turquoise creme)
- Seche 'Wonderfully witty' (navy blue creme)
- White acrylic paint from my local craft store (for small inner diamonds only)

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