Thursday, October 27, 2011

Va-Va-Vamp

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I would go ahead and embrace my vampire costume and showcase some vampy nails. They're not traditional Halloween by any means, but boy they sure are fun, witchy, and perfect for any dark-lady costume.


I have never tried a chevron French tip before, nor have I ever attempted a two-color Funky French. Usually I always leave the top half of my nail naked and just paint the tip... but this is really fun!

I did not want to use Scotch tape or any kind of adhesive sticker to create the chevron. That's just too much work for me-- with the extra top coat, measuring the tip just perfectly... blah, blah, blah. I just decided to freehand it.

Since I wasn't smart enough to take step-by-step photos while I did my mani, I recreated the step-by-step instructions the old fashioned way, with pens and paper. Very high-tech. I know.

Here are the steps for my vampy chevron nails:



  1. Apply a real base coat (not drawn above). I used CND Stickey base coat.
  2. Apply your 1 or 2 coats of your base color. I chose OPI Color So Hot It Berns.
  3. Using acrylic paint, freehand a black line from the outer edge of your nail to the middle, making a diagonal line.
  4. Freehand a second diagonal line so it intersects the first.
  5. Still using acrylic paint, fill in the tip of your nail inside the black lines.
  6. Go over the acrylic paint with a sparkly fun polish of a similar hue to your acrylic. I chose China Glaze Lubu Heels.
  7. Using a dotting tool and acrylic paint, dot on 3 small dots along the edge of the chevron tip.
  8. Apply topcoat (I used CND Super Shiney top coat) and VOILA! You're finished!
All I have to say about this mani is Va-Va-Vamp!! RWARRR!

8 comments:

  1. Oh this is sooo pretty. Those dots are the perfect touch!

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  2. Funky French is the term you're looking for. It looks great - chevron tips aren't as hard as you thought they were, huh? This looks great!!! I like the little dots on the one side. And the glitter of Lubu Heels is a nice touch.

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  3. Thank you thank you!!! And Funky French... got it :)

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  4. Love this look. Youe freehand skills are fantastic.

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  6. Your nails look awesome! Dropping by from Follower Fest! :-)

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  7. New follower from the Followers Fest!
    LOVE your nails, can't wait to see what other patterns you come up with!!
    Hope you have a chance to stop by my blog =)
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