Missoni-Inspired Manicure Tutorial

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Have you heard about the latest Target and Missoni collaboration? We were so excited about the September line that we created our very own Missoni-inspired chevron manicure. Since this design is a little more complex and time-consuming (everything is hand-painted), but if you've got an hour or so to spare this weekend, practice your nail-art technique and give this runway-ready striped style a go.

What You'll Need

  1. Revlon Nail Enamel in Moss

  2. Duri Cosmetics Nail Polish in Cognac 561

  3. OPI Nail Lacquer in Need Sunglasses  

  4. OPI Nail Lacquer in Mermaid's Tears

  5. Zoya Nail Polish in Shay

  6. Duri Cosmetics Nail Polish in Dragontini 566 

  7. (Not pictured: Duri Rejuvacote Base CoatSeche Vite Top Coat, and thin art-store paintbrush)

Step 1

PREP AND OUTLINE

First, study how you want to lay out your chevron shape. We decided to reverse the arrow direction on each hand. In broad, even strokes, apply a thin layer of any base coat you like. Use a thin art-store brush to apply your first chevron shape. Choose a nude polish to serve as an outline for your other stripes. If you mess-up the line, a nude shade will be easier to fix than a brighter color.

Step 2

APPLY FIRST COAT

Paint on adjacent stripes with your various colors. It might look a little splotchy and uneven at this stage, but don't worry about those details yet—you're just priming the design. To get the look pictured, make the stripes point in opposite directions on each hand.

Step 3

FINISH FIRST COAT

Paint the last two colors on the cuticle and raw edge of the nail. Again, don't worry about minor mistakes, you'll clean those up later.

Step 4

APPLY SECOND COAT

Now it's time to sharpen those lines. Go over your stripes again, taking care to create an even opaque line. [Editor's note: We used Orly Sweet Lemonade as a base for OPI Need Sunglasses to make it pop more!]

Step 5

CLEANUP AND TOP COAT

Clean up excess polish on the sides of your nails and make any final touches. Since the stripes are so close together, give your nails an extra 15 minutes of drying time before applying the top coat, otherwise the colors will bleed.

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