An alternate title for this post could be "Valentine's Day Fingernails" or "Pinterest and Hearts in Nail Polish." But really, it's all about wearing your heart - or a heart or many hearts - all on your fingernails. (Also please ignore my dry hands, I'm in "wearing lotion all the time" mode.)
It's really no secret that I love nail polish. But I haven't really painted my nails since... right around Christmas. I think. I really haven't made the time for it, at least until I started seeing all sorts of cute nail designs for Valentine's Day popping up all over Pinterest.
Right before Christmas, like, on Christmas Eve, I picked up a nail art tool kit from Sephora that included a teeny striping brush and a double-ended dotting tool. It then went into a drawer during my "no nail polish" month. Seeing teeny hearts popping up on fingernails every time I searched nail art made me want to dig it out of my vanity and try it out!
So, I did - and it was both easier and harder than I thought it would be. Easier because it's just two dots dragged together to make a heart. Harder because getting that just right on my right hand was a bit of a challenge (I'm right-handed). Also because it took me a few tries on paper before I felt like I was ready to give it a shot, and even then? I wasn't so sure how it would work out.
So how did I do it? Practice. But not too much. I did a few test hearts on paper before I started painting my nails - and I tried with both my dominant and non-dominant hands to get comfortable with the technique.
Here is my how-to for wearing your heart on your nails this Valentine's Day:
You'll need two colors of nail polish - one for your base, and one for your hearts. My base color is Essie's "Ballet Slippers," and my hearts are OPI's "I'm Not Really a Waitress," but you can use any two colors you would like! Along with your polish, you need a dotting tool (or straight pin or toothpick) and something you can drip nail polish on without messing up your workspace (I used several pieces of paper layered together).
1: Paint your nails as you normally would with your base color. Let your nails dry for a few minutes - I think I waited 10 before I started my hearts.
2: To make the hearts, put a couple drops of nail polish onto what you chose to drip polish onto. Dip your dotting tool of choice into the nail polish and very, very lightly, put two "dots" of nail polish next to each other on your nail. Then, using the same end of your dotting tool, pull both dots down to meet in a triangle to make your heart.
3: Repeat on any other nails you want hearts on. Finish with a top coat. I use Essie's "Good To Go" because it's quick drying!
Once your nails are dry you're good to go. This is a really subtle way to wear your love of Valentine's Day throughout the week. It's also really cute, really romantic, and once you've got the hang of it, really easy!