Monday, September 2, 2013

31DC2013 Day 02: Orange Gradient Chevrons

It's day two of the #31DC2013 and the theme is orange nails. I had a hard time getting inspired by this particular prompt! I tried pulling out some orange shades to see if staring at them would help me come up with an idea... Unfortunately, it didn't.

So off I went to my Instagram "Photos you've liked" page to see if anything there inspired me. Luckily, this tactic yielded better results than my first one. I saw a beautiful gradient chevron manicure tutorial by Storm and Stars and knew I just had to give it a go.

For my version, I used Essie Blanc as the white base, China Glaze Sun Worshipper as the lighter orange, and Orly Melt Your Popsicle as the darker shade.



Ultimately, this is a tape manicure, so you will need zigzag craft scissors or pinking shears to cut the tape. I checked out the craft scissors at Michael's first, but wasn't really impressed. They seemed pretty dull! So I moved on to the sewing section and picked up some pinking shears from Loops & Threads. They're a little more expensive than the craft scissors but they are super sharp and worked great. Don't forget to use a coupon!

The original tutorial uses scotch tape, but I opted to use painter's tape myself. Be sure to stick it to wax paper while you are cutting it -- it makes the tape much easier to work with. I applied the cut pieces to my nails and then sponged a gradient over the top of them. A few minutes of cleanup and I was finished!



I'm super crazy about how well these tape chevrons turned out, and I'm glad I invested in the more expensive shears. I know I will be using them a lot in the future!

Again, for more details on how to achieve this look, visit Storm and Stars' tutorial.

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39 comments

  1. wow the gradient looks awesome!! I love the colors ;D

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  2. Ooooh I really love these! For some reason they make me think of orange juice, haha!

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  3. Haha they made me think of creamsicles and eggs!

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  4. Your nails are always so beautiful and absolutely flawless! Love these, they're perfect. x

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  5. Those are really awesome tips for using tape - thanks! I'm not usually super successful with tape, so I shy away from it, even though I've wanted to try it on chevrons for a while now.

    Love how these orange nails turned out! :D

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  6. stunning. this is a great look for a fun party on the beach.

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  7. These look amazing!

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  8. I really like it! Do you think that painters tape is the best for tape nail art?

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  9. Love this, really pretty and orange is one of my fave nail colours :-)

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  10. I find painter's tape is best anytime you need to get the tape into shapes other than straight. I think it holds up better to the cuts/punches! I do think it is harder to get a solid seal on the edges though, so you have to work a little harder to get clean lines when removing.

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  11. This is really nice, have to try it!

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  12. Love it...I want to try this nail art

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  13. Gillian from PlumeriaPaintedSeptember 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Love the neon shades used for this, overall really attention grabbing design :)

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  14. Hey hey! I started the challenge earlier but I am too slow :D can I tag mine also, even if they are not from 1st september? :D

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  15. This looks amazing! I'm hesitant about orange because of my skin tone but with the white this looks really classy while still being bright and fun!

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  16. Love it!

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  17. Ahh I really need those special scissors, or some sort of chevron stickers. I love orange manis and this one is amazing, it even matches my blog ;)

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  18. Peace, Love, and Polish by BetSeptember 2, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    This is sooooo awesome! I did a chevron design for one of my orange nails, too. Love the challenge!

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  19. The top (first) photo is showing up with a bit more glossy shine then your photos usually have - I LOVE it!!!!! Great design - simple - classic - well done - just the right thing to do with orange...orange can be tricky and end up looking like Halloween...this is anything but that!

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  20. *_* these chevrons are so perfect!! Need to try that out soon! :D

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  21. Gorgeous mani! I went with zebra print for today. I am having so much fun with this challenge :)

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  22. This is so great! Storm and Stars does such great manicures, and your version is beautiful!

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  23. Love this!! xXx

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  24. that's so pretty!!!

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  25. this might be my favorite look you've EVER done. so classy and funky!

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  26. amazing job!

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  27. I'm obsessed about them too! The gradient turned out so well, and you chose the most perfect shades of orange for it. Great work!

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