I’ll admit, I don’t really see the point in Valentine’s Day. I don’t think it’s fair to say that you should limit your affection for just one day of the year. No, I’m not cynical, but so far this year I haven’t seen a single bouquet of flowers being delivered. Yet today, it’s like every other car is a florist. And for some bizarre reason, a single red rose triples in price! But one thing that I do agree with is the opportunity to dress up!
You spend hours picking the perfect outfit and doing your make up just so; you straighten and curl, pin and twist and make sure that there’s not a hair out of place. After spending all this time making sure that you look perfect, it’s important that you make sure that you add the finishing touch. And of course, what’s better than a good manicure? A fresh coat of nail varnish instantly makes you feel better, and brightens up any outfit.
If you don’t know by now, I love an excuse for a new manicure. Halloween, Fireworks Night, Chinese New Year. You name it, I’ll have a fresh coat of nail varnish to celebrate the occasion. So, when it came to Valentine’s Day, I hardly needed persuasion to do my nails. It took me a while to decide what to do, though, I didn’t want just a bog standard red or pink.
I wanted the whole Valentine’s spin to be understated, with little effort used to make it a true look to fall in love with. So, I went for a nude, barely there base livened up with a small red heart. Different shapes and sizes so each nail is different, and I think that just adds to the fun of it all.
I love experimenting with different patterns and styles, and finding new ways to create different looks. Using every day, household objects not only works amazingly well. But it’s a lot cheaper and more convenient than paying out for expensive equipment. It’s incredible what you can do with the things that you can find just lying around the house.
I’ve used a pencil, eyeliner, and even sellotape. But this time I used the oh-so versatile cocktail stick. The things that you can do with them things are seriously mind blowing. They can hold wraps together, ice a cake, and are perfect for party food. But who knew just how good they are at nail art? They’re perfect for adding all the small, fine details, and are surprisingly easy to use. So, knowing that I wanted a small, petite heart, I knew that a cocktail stick was the perfect option.
Easier Then It Looks!
It’s one of them things that look a lot harder to do then it actually is. All you basically do is dip your cocktail stick into the red nail varnish, so there’s a blob at the end. With this, you draw two dots and link them together by making a ‘v’ shape. It may sound a bit tricky, but once you practice and see the pictures, you’ll see just how simple it really is!
Time for that finishing touch,
Heart Nail Art
The Perfect Finishing Touch!
What You Need:
- Base Coat
- Nude Nail Varnish – I used Sinful ‘Naked’
- Red Nail Varnish – I used Seventeen Nail Colour ‘Dark Heart’
- Clear Top Coat
- Cocktail Stick
Getting The Look:
- Apply base coat to all nails and allow to dry.
- Paint all nails with 1 – 2 coats of the nude nail varnish, allowing the nails to fully dry between each coat.
- Once your nails are fully dry it’s time to paint the hearts! Take your cocktail stick and dip into the red nail varnish bottle so a small blob of polish covers the pointy tip of the stick, and paint a small dot onto your nail.
- Repeat this step, this time placing the dot close to but not touching the first dot. This has to be done fairly quick to avoid the nail varnish drying.
- Draw a line downwards from each dot to create a ‘V’, re-coat the cocktail stick if necessary.
- If you’d like you can also lightly fill in the centre of the ‘V’ to create a slightly fuller heart.
- Repeat on each nail, varying the position each time.
- Allow to dry and apply a top coat.
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