Alexa Chung at New York Fashion Week
Me in my backyard, lol
It was the middle of winter and we spotted Alexa Chung wearing a palm tree manicure to kick start New York Fashion week at the Barney’s event in honor of Carven. She was also spotted the following day at Christian Siriano’s A/W ’11 show with the manicure still in tact. I LOVE it. It is freezing in New York in February, but in true Alexa form, she is always a season ahead of the fashion curve lol. Now that it is spring, I thought it was perfect timing to recreate this beachy manicure – I’m so ready for a margarita poolside underneath the palm trees.
Palm Tree Manicure DIY Ingredients:
- Seche Clear Base Coat
- China Glaze in Snow
- Stripe Rite Nail Art Brush in Sea Green Metal
- China Glaze in Life Preserver
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
To recreate this look, first prep your nails with a base coat and a base color. I used Seche Vite Clear Base Coat and China Glaze Snow, although any bright white creme will do.
For the palm leaves, I went out and bought some inexpensive nail art brushes which was a huge mistake! Even the longest softest brush wasn’t soft enough, so the design was a big blurry blob. Yes, I was cussing lol. The next day, I ran out to Sally Beauty Supply and picked up a Stripe Rite brush in a beautiful metallic teal green (yes, these manis are often a few day long process before I get it right lol). I didn’t even realize until working on this post that the name of the color is Sea Green, very appropriate lol. I’ve seen these nail art brushes before and always overlooked them thinking I would NEVER attempt a free hand design, but this palm tree manicure couldn’t be any easier for a first attempt. The Stripe Rite brush is super long, thin, and soft for the perfect precision. I did each palm tree with a slightly different design – some with four leaves and others with five.
For the trunk of the tree, I couldn’t find a Stripe Rite in the perfect shade of coral, red or brown, so I cleaned up the brush that I used for the leaves and dipped it in my China Glaze Life Preserver from the China Glaze Spring 2011 Anchors Away collection. Each trunk is just one swipe of the brush all the way to the end of my nail curved towards me. I gave the design a few minutes to dry to avoid smudging and finished it off with a heavy coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.