Geometric Talons Nail Art- Essie Van D Go, American Apparel Polish

April 4, 2021

Essie Van D Go Swatch - Essie Van D Go Review
American Apparel Nail Polish Port Swatch - Stiletto Nails Tutorial
Geometric Talons Nail Art with cut outs and talon tips
Hmm, can you guess our inspiration for this pose?  (Miranda's wearing Wet n Wild Megalast Just Peachy matte lipstick)
The queen of stiletto and talon nails, Lana Del Rey, wearing razor sharp red nails into her glamorous and vintage style (Photo Credit:
Mackensie's Notes: 

Talons (or stiletto nails) have been a big trend in the nail community this season, as spotted on many celebrities such as Rihanna, Fergie, Lana Del Rey and many more fashion forward ladies.  Talons are an easy way to achieve a slightly dangerous, sexy yet elegant look, and even the nudest polish can make these be a striking statement.  Miranda wanted an edgy nail art design that didn't actually include overly long talon nails - with that challenge in mind, I focused on using color to give the illusion of shape. This post is inspired by that popular nail shape, yet geared for all the short nailed gals out there (until we all get the courage to get a set!).  This talon geometric manicure is a more wearable and lower maintenance version of those lovely stiletto nails, but with all the edge and sultriness included.  I found that this design creates the illusion of sharp, almond shaped talons and also elongates the fingers - again, this is perfect nail art for short nails.  Faux talons are also a nice graphic design that photographs great and can be altered to match whatever outfit you have planned.  

For this design I used Essie's "Van D Go" (the pinky coral pastel) and American Apparel's nail polish in "Port" (dark burgundy) with a medium striper brush (from my MASH nail art brush set) to achieve the thin outlines.  My base color is Romantique Shellac from CND, but any nude or milky color could be used as a base (for an affordable polish, try the Wet n Wild's 2% Milk which you can see swatched in a paisley nail art here).  I recommend that for the outlines you choose an opaque darker color so that you don't need to apply two coats for full opacity and also avoid uneven lines.  You can mix and match the three designs as you please, but just remember to have fun with it!

I include a tutorial below for how to achieve these nail art geometric designs - my sister picked these brighter Essie and American Apparel nail polish colors, but using contrasting colors of your choice adds to the 3D effect of the nail art.  
Dynamic effect shown through simple lines and dual chrome nail art 
A geometric manicure requires a bit of a steady hand but you can always use the pink Essie Van D Go to correct the darker burgundy Port if needed
(L) Essie's "Van D Go" Swatch, American Apparel "Port" Swatch (R)
Steps to achieve a geometric manicure - simply using lines and layering two colors allows you to create the impression of longer, sharper nails
Tutorial steps for the thumb design and talon tips; for the ring finger, follow the thumb design and tweak it a bit
Geometric nail art is fun and flirty (and works for short nails!)


  1. This is so pretty. I really need to buy a nail art brush. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. These are beautiful! I love them! :)

  3. You did a great job! Love the little tutorial you gave! :)

  4. Looks great! Might have to try it sometime.

  5. Your art work really does give a great illusion! Great idea! I just love the things you do and write about! Reia from

  6. Love you guys!!! Super tute. :) Super!

  7. Very energetic article, I loved that bit.
    Will there be a part 2?

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