Chevrons were always big in nail art but I always found them so, so hard to do. Tape never really worked for me and freehand was better but took way too long. Then I discovered the baking paper method! I don’t know where this originated from (if you do, I’d love to know to credit them! Edit: @ohmygoshpolish on IG is who we’re pinpointing so far! – thanks for the info Elissa!) but this method was mostly used to make flower decals or the like. And I wondered if it would work to make an easier chevron and woopdedoo, it did!
Here’s a manicure I did using the baking paper method. Polishes used: All from Lime Crime – ‘Milky Ways’, ‘Peaches<3Cream’ ‘Crema de Limón’, Once in a Blue Mousse’, ‘Lavendairy’. (Not shown: ‘Parfait Day’ on my thumb)
The Baking Paper Method
- Paint your base colour on your nails and let it dry completely. Add top coat.
- Grab some cheap baking paper (if you don’t know what that is, it’s the non-stick paper you can use to bake cookies etc). Using the polish colour you want for your chevrons, paint a strip straight onto the baking paper. Make sure the strip is wide enough for your nail.
- Let it dry completely, or for around 4-5 hours (Edit: Or you could chuck it in the fridge for a faster drying time – thanks for the tip @arhammock on IG).
- When dry, using normal scissors, cut the strips out.
- Then using your zigzag scissors, cut out chevron pieces to whatever thickness you’d like.
- At this point, if you’ve let the strips dry properly, you can either use your hands – or I recommend tweezers – to peel the polish layer from the baking paper backing. Voila! You have a chevron decal!
- There are multiple methods you could use to get the decal onto your nail but I tend to use just a bit of PVA glue to attach it to my nail.
- Cut off any excess with small scissors if the decal is too wide for your nail.
- Top coat it. Done!