Ikat Chevron Tutorial

Finally the tutorial for my Ikat Chevron nails from last week. These look intricate, but they are really very easy just a bit time consuming.

What you'll need: 2 or 3 fairly opaque polishes (no thin formulas for this technique), a flat brush, & a good top coat (I like Essie Good To Go)
  1. Paint all your nails with one coat of the lightest polish color (Mint). Don't worry if it's streaky.
  2. Add chevrons in your second color (Green) to all nails. I just used the polish brushes. You can be very messy & imprecise. 
  3. Add chevrons in the third color (Orange) to all nails. 
  4. Remember your chevrons don't need to be straight and perfect!
  5. Next put a drop or two of green polish on your palette (I just use the middle of a nail wheel).  Dip a flat brush in the polish & start creating your ikat lines. I recommend doing just two nails at a time at this point.
  6. Repeat step 5 with the orange & mint polishes, 2 nails at a time.
  7. It's going to look kind of terrible until you add the topcoat. Just go for it! Check the overall shape of your chevrons at this point. You can easily go back and add a few lines to straighten them up if needed. (You can see I added a line at the apex of my orange chevron
  8. Add a coat of topcoat before until continuing on to the rest of your nails. Beautiful, easy & foolproof!
Thanks for reading & let me know if you try this out. I'd be happy to post them on my blog if a few of you lovely ladies give it a go.


  1. That's a great tutorial, I always wondered how you did it. Lovely nails!

  2. Thanks so much for the tute! Think I'll try this out when I have some spare time to go slowly.

  3. thanks for the tutorial! I like this manicure a lot :)

  4. Awesome!! Thanks so much for the tutorial, I am sure going to give it a try soon enough!!

  5. Thank you so much, I was wondering how you did these nails since the time you first posted them!! Wanna try asap! :)

  6. great tutorial cant wait to give this a try!!!

  7. THANK YOU for this tutorial. I have wondered for so long how to do this!

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  9. Thank you so much for this graet tutorial!
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