Chevron details: Rebecca Minkoff nail-inspired look


It’s that time of the year again.  We are currently in the midst of Paris Fashion Week, with New York, London, and Milan having already showed their collections these past few months. Although many of us will never get the chance to don the gorgeous collections that so many designers send down the runway, it’s not just about the clothes that are setting the trend for the seasons to come. Beauty and nails are also taking a front-row seat, also setting the bar for what’s going to be hot in this next season.

This month’s NYC Beauty Pro challenge was to recreate a nail look from New York Fashion Week.  There were tons of different fabulous options to choose from, but I had to go with Rebecca Minkoff’s chevron manicure from her Fall 2015 collection.


This manicure is seriously so simple to recreate, and you only need three colours, in fact, you can even pull it off with two.  It doesn’t look like she used a nude base, but I chose to go with a nude lacquer all over the nail just to keep it nice and clean.  I believe that the actual colours used were Essie, however, I’ll be using New York Color polishes, which are way less expensive ($1.99 a pop) and probably last the same amount of time on the nail (I don’t find essie to be very long lasting).

Here’s how you can DIY this simple, gorgeous manicure.

Steps 1. Lay down a base coat to protect your nails and to even out the nail bed. I used New York Color Strip Me Off Base Coat ($1.99), which lets you peel off the colour as opposed to using a nail polish remover.  This stuff is great with glitter polishes.  I have the OPI version of this base coat as well, and they are quite handy, essentially it’s like Elmers glue (it even smells like it).  The only thing I didn’t like is that it takes a while to dry on your nails, way longer than a traditional base coat.

2. Paint a nude-coloured polish all over your nails.  You may have to use two to three coats to make it completely opaque. I used New York Color In a New York Minute Quick Dry Polish in Prospect Park Bloom.  Make sure this is completely dry before moving onto the next step.

3. With a red colour, like New York Color In a Minute Quick Dry polish in Rivington Red, create two diagonal lines at the tips of your nails, making a chevon pattern.

4. After the red is completely dry, with a grey or navy blue, like New York Color Quick Dry polish in Chinatown, make that same chevron pattern over the red, making sure to make the lines smaller, so the chevron is stacked.  Make sure that it’s completely dry (I had to use two coats of the grey to make it opaque), and then finish off the manicure with a topcoat, like NYC In a New York Minute Quick Dry polish in Grand Central Station.


And that’s it!  Super easy, you just have to have some patience and make sure you do the steps nice and slow. I was actually surprised at how well this turned out.  I used the brushes straight from the polish, but you could also choose to use a nail art brush for more precision.

What was your favourite nail look from NYFW?

Please note, I am part of New York Color’s #NYCBeautyPro program.  All opinions are my own.

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