I've tried the chevron design many times and could never get it right. Free hand with acrylic paint or nail polish was close to impossible. I even tried cutting scotch tape with pinking shears and it just wasn't working for me. I finally found something that works for me, a Sharpie!!
I started by painting all of my nails in Sally Hanson Mint Sorbet. I looovvee mint green polish and this one is a great shade and covers nice and evenly. It's important to let the polish dry completely before you start to draw with the marker.
I have heard of people using permanent markers for nail art and I wasn't so sure it would work for me. But I love it!! I'm ready to run to my local craft store to buy a whole rainbow of colors. The best part about it is if you mess up (which I almost always do) you can easily wipe off the marker with a tissue (or a tissue with rubbing alcohol if necessary) and try again without messing up the base polish. You certainly can't do that with acrylic paints!
What kind of designs have you tried with permanent markers?