Heart Accent Nails

Welcome to my Valentine’s Day Mani Series! (2/3)

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Tools Needed: Either scotch tape and scissors OR a dotting tool (both options will be shown below)

For the second manicure in my Valentine’s Day series, I will be showing you how to do a big heart on the accent nails (ring finger and thumb). This manicure could be done in any colors, black and white, red and pink, etc. But I just wanted to show that not everyone wants the typical looking Valentine’s Day red and pink. This manicure gives you the freedom to choose any color combination while throwing the hearts in there for the holiday. Although, I would wear this any time of the year.

This manicure is simple to do. I love the contrast of colors and switching the background for the hearts so they tie the whole manicure together. Let’s go through the step-by-step tutorial.

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1. Start with a base coat to protect your natural nail bed.
2. Paint your thumb and ring finger a brighter base color, while painting the rest a muted color. (Notice there is a mistake on the middle finger, almost like a nail polish bubble. No worries, because you’ll see that a good top coat is all you need to smooth that out.)

Two Options: Now is the time to take out your tool(s).

IMG_14033A. Take a small piece of tape that you know will fit your nail bed. Fold the tape in half and cut out half of a heart, so when you open the piece of tape back up again, you will see the full shape of the heart. Place that tape on your extremely dry thumb/ring finger and paint over the tape. Quickly pull off the tape before the nail polish dries. You should be left with a nice big heart design.

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3B. Take your dotting tool and dip it into the polish. Make your marks of two dots, which will be the guidelines for the top of the heart shape. Take your dotting tool again, and starting at the dot, drag down diagonally on one side and repeat for the other side until the two sides join together to form a point. You should be left with a cute little heart design.

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4. Once the manicure is done, smooth out the nail art design with a quick drying top coat. This will make the nail look shiny and protect the nail, making the design last longer.

Let me know if you try out this manicure and send a picture of it to me on Instagram with the hashtag #iidoydoyii

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the next and last manicure in my Valentine’s Day Mani Series.

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List of Products:
Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Base Coat
Butter London Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat
ORLY Pure Porcelain
Covergirl After Dark

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