I'm an absolute sucker for Valentine's Day. Not so much the romance theme, but the actual stuff, the things. The Valentine's schtick, I heart it. Having a four year old, I now officially have an excuse to buy the boxes of Valentine's cards, the Sweethearts candies, the cinnamon hearts, and I love it, I love it all. I was "that Mom" who filled Xavier's classmate's cubbies with loads of dyed, glucose riddled junk along with a Transformers Valentine card and tattoo that I personalized on Xavier's behalf (because I just couldn't help myself). Then there's Valentine's fashion; all this translates to, for me, is wearing pink and red together. While none of what I just described is necessarily subtle this little DIY manicure is. Sweet and subtle. Unlike my beautiful girlfriend Lane, I do not have hand model hands. I have the opposite and I can use all the help I can get.
What you'll need:
- A base coat and/or top coat nail polish (just use what you've got). I used both OPI Top Coat.
- A bright, over the top red nail polish. I'd let you off the hook with an obnoxious pink (again, use what you've got). After going over my inventory of red nail polishes I chose OPI "The Thrill of Brazil."
- Anything with a rounded tip (think top of a push pin, an empty ball point pen, a dull pencil tip, I used the tip of a plastic paintbrush).
- A piece of parchment paper, waxed paper or plastic wrap. Essentially you just need something for you to dab your red nail polish on to.
What to do:
- Brush on a base coat. Let it dry.
- Dab some of your red nail polish onto your parchment as you would for a painting pallet. The directions in the following step are the "how" of creating the heart but I found it better to practice on the parchment before moving on to my nails to get a sense of how much nail polish to use and to steady my hand for the tiny stroke movements.
- Take your nail art tool and make a small round then gently pull a tiny stroke inwards and down for one half of the heart. Do the same on the opposite side to create the heart shape. Gently touch up and fill in any space with additional polish as needed. While I'm right handed and assumed I'd end up with a glorious left hand of painted hearts, the opposite happened. Go figure.
- After the red hearts dry, brush on your top coat, sit back, relax with your iPad and get caught up on some online celebrity gossip rag (you know how I love to plug for my homegirl Lainey Lui). I think Lainey would approve of this manicure.
- Note: I found that the dabbed red nail polish on the parchment became tacky quite quickly. I only got two nails per dab of red nail polish. The hearts were much easier to apply with "fresh" polish.