With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to get in the holiday spirit, and what better way to do that than with festive nail art? To help you celebrate in style, here’s a tutorial for decorating your nails like the ultimate V-Day candy classic: conversation hearts.
Follow these steps to create some digit-al romance (ha). This works best with nails that are a bit longer – just past your fingertips is ideal. Wash your hands and shape your nails before getting started!
What You Need:
- Base coat – As always, I used Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat.
- Various pastel polishes – I chose 5, one for each of my fingers, that are similar to the original conversation heart colors. The colors I used are Essie Carousel Coral, Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in White on, OPI Hey! Get in Lime, Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams and Revlon Scented Perfume Nail Enamel in Gum Drop. (Yes, I just said scented! It smells like gumdrops when it dries, how cool is that?)
- Top coat – My favorite is Seche Clear.
- Optional: Tape
What To Do:
- Start with a clear base coat. If your nails are stained (like mine often are from over-polishing), you may want to paint them a nude color before moving on to the next step.
- Take one of your pastel colors and – if you have steady hands – swipe it along the tip of your nail like you would to make French tips. If you have a hard time painting straight lines on your nails, take a piece of scotch tape and place it just below the tip before adding color to create a perfect line. Another option is to do it freehand and not worry about making it perfect, and to then go back and clean it up with a Q-tip dipped in polish remover.
- Repeat step 2 on all your nails, alternating colors on each one. I picked a pattern for mine – more on that later.
- Now comes the tricky part. To make the hearts, I find it easiest to use your polish brush to make a downward-facing V, basically dabbing it once going at one diagonal and then the other. Don’t try to “draw” the heart on with your nail polish brush like you would on paper; the brush isn’t fine enough and you’ll end up with a blob. Until you get a feel for how much polish to use to make the hearts, start with very little on the brush; it’s always easier to add more than it is to remove what’s already there. This part got especially difficult for me when painting my right hand, but if it doesn’t end up perfect on your first try, don’t worry, just like with the tips, you can always clean up the edges with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover later!
- You’re done! Finish if off with a shiny top coat and let the flow of compliments begin.
Some Notes About Colors and Patterns:
I didn’t want any of my nails to have the same color combination, so when I first painted the tips on one hand, I chose a pattern (purple, green, white, blue, pink) and then used the same pattern starting with a different color on the other hand (green, white, blue, pink purple). I then did the same thing with the hearts, using the same pattern on each hand but starting at a different point in the pattern than I had before.
You can choose to alternate your colors however you’d like, but I found this to be a simple way to achieve the effect I wanted.
Show Off Your Handiwork
And there you have it, nails that are cute as a button and reminiscent of elementary school Valentine’s Days spent exchanging boxes of Conversation Hearts!
What Do You Think?
How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? Would you try out some special nail art for the holiday? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!