Chevron Nails Are Trending Up For Summer, and They’re Easier Than They Look

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This guest post was written by Sammy of The Naulasaurus. You can also find Sammy on Twitter, Facebook and Etsy.

Chevron nails

Chevron nails, sometimes called the reverse French mani, are trending up for summer. They’re funky and unusual, and way easier to do yourself than they look. Believe it or not, all a girl needs for these is a little know-how, some nail polish and a bit of scotch tape.



You’ll need…

  1. Scotch tape, and if you don’t have any on hand, you can use masking tape or sellotape instead.
  2. Two Summery colours of your choice. Today I’ve chosen NYC Lexington Yellow and Rimmel Urban Princess.
  3. A clear top coat.

Chevron nails: step 1

Step 1:

Paint on your base colour, and wait for it to dry completely. You could even use a fast drying top coat like Seche Vite to speed up the process. Make sure this is the lighter colour of the two because we’ll be painting the other colour over the top.

Chevron nails: step 2

Step 2:

Use your scotch tape to mark off a triangle at the base of your nail. Be warned! If your base coat isn’t 100 percent dry, the tape will definitely ruin the whole mani.

I learned this the hard way when I first started using tape in my manicures. My impatience led to a lot of frustration when I kept pulling off my polish with the tape before it was dry.

You can stick the tape to the back of your hand before you use it on your nails to remove some of the stickiness if you think it will mess with your base colour.

Chevron nails: step 3

Step 3:

One nail at a time, paint the second colour over the nail and tape, and immediately go to step 4…

Chevron nails: step 4

Step 4:

Very carefully, remove the tape from the nail while the second colour is still wet.

Chevron nails: step 5

Step 5:

When you’ve finished steps 1-4 for each nail, use a clear top coat to smooth over any ridges. That should leave you with a super shiny finish.

My favourite top coat is NYC’s In A New York Minute in Grand Central Station.


Chevron nails: step 6

Step 6:

If there’s any stray polish left around your cuticles, use a small paintbrush dipped in acetone or nail polish remover to clean it up.

All finished!

Now wasn’t that as easy as I made it out to be? ๐Ÿ™‚ Go forth and rock those summer nails in style!

The finished look

SammyAbout the Author
This guest post was written by Sammy of The Naulasaurus. You can also find Sammy on Twitter, Facebook and Etsy.


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  1. What an interesting idea, thanks for sharing! It’s not for me, but I think it looks cool on you, Sammy!
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  2. Yelena says:

    what a great idea! thanks sammy!

  3. Ariana says:

    thanks I’ll never mess up this nail art super easy and funky!

  4. I love this! I am definitely going to do it soon.
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  5. Lisa says:

    What a great, easy to understand tutorial! I love the colors you chose as well! Well done, Sammy!

  6. Wow! what an awesome idea!!! I loved it! any other styles you don’t mind sharing? You are very artistic!

  7. YAY wtg Sammy, another winning design ๐Ÿ™‚
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  8. Love this, Sammy! I love how the tape makes the lines look extra crisp :).
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  9. Tanya says:

    Wow even just the 2 tips to make the tape less sticky and clean up messy nails with a paint brush (cause a cotton tip is never small enough) are amazing! thankyou

  10. Sara says:

    Love this nail look! I love painting my nails also. I will definitely be trying this look out once I get my hands on some scotch tape.

  11. Ashesela says:

    Fantastic tutorial, and adorable nails!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Kristen says:

    Great tutorial and wonderful color selection!

  13. Kejal says:

    Love it Sammy! Great Post!
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  14. Karen B says:

    That looks great. Perfect for a day at the beach.

  15. Becca says:

    These are the cutest nails ever! LOVE the 2 colors you used and love the chevron design. These are perfect for summer. I am so going to CVS tomorrow to pick up those polishes so I can do this manicure. Hopefully mine will turn out as good as yours did!
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  16. Kim says:

    Your nails look super cool, Sammy! Great job on the tutorial and excellent tip about cleaning up excess polish on your cuticles. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Josette says:

    I have been getting into nail polish, so this post is so up my alley right now. I love the multiple spring trends portrayed in this mani–bright color, color-blocking, chevron; I am so happy you guest blogged here so I could discover your nail blog, which is absolutely wonderful!

  18. I can barely paint my nails without slapping polish everywhere… I applaud you.

  19. Rads says:

    Love the way you have done your nails…and also your photos!

  20. Cute summer mani! Economical diy! : )

  21. Sadhana says:

    wow, that looks fabulous!! Great color combo…I love the NYC In a New York Minute polishes. They are smooth, vibrant, and long lasting. Thanks for this tutorial!

  22. Lucy says:

    I love this idea! I’m currently doing navy as an all over cover and silver for the triangles ๐Ÿ˜› I love it even though it isn’t summery ๐Ÿ™‚

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