Chanel-Inspired Mani

Hello everyone! Today I have a boujie AF mani for you, a Chanel-inspired quilted mani. Way back in September I finally tried my hand at creating a Burberry-inspired mani, and from then on I knew I wanted to do more fashion-inspired manis. Chanel was the clear sequel to me, and here it is!

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This mani features matte quilted nails with gold studs, chains and pearl details! I even specially ordered some Chanel charms. The end result is an extremely extra mani. Whether you would wear it on the daily or not, I think this nail art can be appreciated by everyone!

I took inspiration for this mani from various pictures on Pinterest, but I was sure to put my own twist on the concept. Two places in particular had good examples of Chanel manis, Sloteazzy on Instagram, and the blog That Beauty Secret. Also, you may have noticed that I have changed my nail shape! To keep it fresh I am now sporting a tapered square, and I’m really liking it so far! And I better like it, because it took me an hour to shape them from a classic square shape after getting a new set of nails! Phew!

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  1. For this manicure, I started by applying my favourite base coat, Orly Bonder, to all of my nails.
  2. I then painted all of my nails with a black creme (China Glaze Liquid Leather), except for the middle finger, which I painted with a white creme (China Glaze White on White).
  3. Once the polish was slightly dried, I painted the tip of the middle nail with the black polish.
  4. Once I was happy with opacity of all the nails, I applied a glossy, thick, fast drying  top coat (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat). I always use this top coat, but this one is specifically good for this mani because it is thicker. Because it is thick, it will be easier to make the quilted design more obvious.
  5. Before the top coat dried completely, I dropped a gold Chanel charm on the white section of the middle finger.
  6. When the top coat was dry to the touch (5-10 minutes-ish) I applied a matte top coat to all of my nails, and to the black part of the middle nail. 
  7. Before making the quilted design, I waited another 10 minutes so that the polish was relatively set on the surface, but was still wet and malleable in between all the layers (it takes an hour or more for nail polish to be properly set all the way through). Once my nails seemed relatively ready I used a dental floss stick to gently press lines into the black polish. You don’t want to press too hard because you don’t want to cut through the polish all the way to the base of the nail, but hard enough to make an indent. I did this in a cross-hatched pattern to mimic a quilted design.
  8. I then pressed small gold circular studs (La Paloma Boutique) on each intersection of the quilting design on all of my nails, and the black section on the middle nail. 
  9. To really make this mani boujie, I applied small sections of gold chain (from a past Scratch Monthly Mani Kit) to the black-white interface on the middle nail, and in two draping strings on the ring finger. I used a gel top coat to do this and set it with a UV lamp to ensure it adhered well and quickly.
  10. To finish this mani off, I applied small flat-backed pearls to mimic another draping string on the ring finger between the two draping gold chains.

Well, how do you think I did? Boujie and extra enough for you? I knew when I did my Burberry manicure in the Fall that I would have to do a Chanel-inspired one next!

What have you been wearing on your nails lately?

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10 thoughts on “Chanel-Inspired Mani

  1. This looks way too incredible! All of the detail on all of the nails is just amazing. The nail with the gold chain is so cool!
    Ugh the idea of going in with floss to make the quilted pattern is so stressful to me hahaha. So many ways to screw that up and have to start all over again.

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    1. Thank you so much! I think it came together really well. I also like the chain detail! I never would have thought to put chains on nails but I received one in the Scratch nail subscription box over a year ago so I just had it laying around!
      As for the floss, I did do a test on a swatch stick, but I basically just went in full steam ahead since it’s hard to know how fast things are drying. And different nails take different amounts of time to dry too. Regardless, it worked out just fine! I think I want to do a more girly pink and pearl version of the quilted nails, maybe around Valentine’s day!

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    1. Thank you so much! It certainly took a while, but not much longer than any of my other mani’s. Hehe, we all have our hobbies! Nails just happen to be mine 🙂

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