How To Paint Hearts On Your Nails... Using Tape!

Try this easy nail art idea for Valentine's Day.
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Try this easy nail art idea for Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day nail art

It's V-Day tomorrow! This means two things:

1. I'm giving you some THEMED nail art!

2. The post-Valentine's chocolate sales are nearing! I can almost taste all the leftover "love chocolate."

But I digress. Here's my take on Valentine's Day nail art. For the past few weeks I've seen some amazing, cute nail art using a heart-shaped hole puncher. However, I ain't got one of those! (Who has that laying around their house, anyway?!) So, instead, I made these little guys using Scotch Tape.

What you need

  • Base and top coats
  • Black nail polish (I used SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Street Smart)
  • Pink and/or red nail polish (or feel free to mix it up like I did with multiple shades—I used Quo by Orly Nail Polishes in La La Land, #1 Red and Precious, and Essie Nail Polish in French Affair)
  • Silver nail polish (optional—I used Quo by Orly Nail Polish in Cinderella Moment)
  • Scotch Tape
  • A detailer brush, thin paintbrush or a toothpick

Step one

Apply a base coat as per usual (I use SpaRitual Laquer Lock ColorStay Basecoat). Then, paint your nails with a black (or dark) polish. This is SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Street Smart.

Valentine's Day nail art - step 1

Step two

Wait about an hour before you create your hearts. If you do it any sooner, the Scotch Tape will peel away the base colour.

Pro tip: If you are impatient like me, run your fingers under cold water for a few minutes to speed up the drying process.

Okay, here we go. To start, rip off three pieces of Scotch Tape from the dispenser. To make the top "v" of the heart, attach the corner of one piece of tape at the base of your nail. Then line the other two pieces of tape up so that they meet right at the tip of your nail. Make sure to align the points of the "v's."

Valentine's Day nail art - step 2

Now, you mightbe thinking: wow, this is just going to look like a giant "v." Scotch tape doesn't have curves! However, since our nail beds are curved on the sides already, our natural nail shape takes care of that part of the heart!

Step three

Apply your favourite pink or red polish on top of the taped-off section. This one is Quo by Orly Nail Polish in Precious.

Valentine's Day nail art - step 3

Don't worry about the mess—it magically disappears when you rip the tape off.

Pro tip: Try to peel the tape off right after you finish polishing. If you wait too long, the polish will become tacky and "stretchy", and as you pull the tape, the polish might go with it. This will just ruin the clean lines that the tape was meant to give you in the first place!

Step four (you COULD stop here!)

Now, I must say, following the steps thusfar will land you a pretty good-looking heart. (I promise I'm not bragging, I'm just trying to prove it's so easy!)

You can either stop here with the cute little pink heart and apply your top coat... OR, you can give the heart a silver outline:

Valentine's Day nail art - step 4

All you need is a detailer brush, a regular paintbrush or a toothpick, and all you have to do is dunk your utensil into a silver polish and then trace the outline of the heart.

Step five

Repeat steps 2-4 with the rest of your nails, mixing up the pinks and reds if you so desire.

Valentine's Day nail art - step 5

On my pinkie is Quo by Orly Nail Polish in La La Land; my ring finger has Quo by Orly Nail Polish in Precious; my middle finger has Quo by Orly Nail Polish in #1 Red; and my index finger has Essie Nail Polish in French Affair.

Step six

Finally, apply your top coat. I used Jin Soon Choi'sJINsoon Top Gloss Quick Dry Top Coat.

Valentine's Day nail art - step 6

The cool thing about this mani is that depending on your comfort level (and how much time you've got on your hands—literally!), there are different difficulty levels you can try and hit. You can just do one heart as an accent nail, add a border if you like, or do all 10 digits!

Happy Valentine's Day—I hope you nail it!

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