I am always looking for new nail art techniques and designs to share with my fellow nail artisans, so I am very excited about the one I am going to show you today. A friend sent me a photo of a nail art design called “V-Gap”. Some of you may have heard about this, but it was new to me. This is a nail art design that is very popular in Europe. The look is sleek and modern and I think it is really cool. The design can be used in many, many different ways and you only need one color of nail polish to accomplish it, so pick your favorite shade and let’s go.
Nail Polish Remover
Polish Remover Pads
Clear Base Coat
Nail Polish of your choice
Clear Top Coat
Step 1: Remove all old nail polish, wash the polish remover off and moisturize your hands. File and buff your nails.
Step 2: Apply a clear base coat and let it dry.
Step 3: The reason that the technique is called “V-Gap” is exactly that – you are going to make a “V” shape at the top of the nail, while leaving a very small “gap” all the way down the nail to the end of the nail tip. Begin at the top and side of the nail and free-hand a half “v” shape. Dip your brush into the bottle and beginning where you left off with the half “v”, paint a straight stroke down the nail to the tip. Dip the brush again and fill in the half “v”. The key to painting this design is not to paint too far toward the middle of the nail with the first stroke. It took me a couple of tries before I got the feel for it. If you paint too far with the first stroke, your “gap” will be off-center.
Step 4: Repeat step 3, but of course, in the opposite direction. You need a steady hand and some patience, but don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t turn out perfect (mine didn’t). However, your friends will still be impressed that you painted such a neat pattern. Just remember to go slow and if you make a mistake, just remove it and start over (I love that part of painting).
Step 5: Apply a top coat and let dry
The “V-Gap” is a very unique design and as I said earlier, it lends itself to a lot of different looks such as: adding rhinestones down the “gap” for a more elegant look, or adding tiny “x’s” down the “gap” to look like lacing. The possibilities are endless!
So, have fun with this new look from our friends across the water and I will be blogging again soon.
Keep those nails covered,