IT’S time to ditch the cards and let your nails do all the talking this V-day as we spread the love with these simple talon designs.
Celebrity manicurist Emily Schacter, has created us these two super-simple bespoke designs to get your art pumping. So whether you’re an absolute beginner or fancy yourself as a bit of an artiste there’s something for everyone…
Fabulous Apply two layers of base coat in a colour of your choice
How do you create mini heart nails?
TIME 2 minutes (plus drying time)
Apply two coats of your base shade, we love Nails Inc Chiltern Street Gel effect Nail polish, £15 (Nailsinc.com). Allow to dry.
Emily explains: “This look is easy and effective – you can even add it to your gel or freshly polished nails if you’re rushed for time.”
Using a dotting tool, make two dots on the tip with a contrasting colour like Rimmel 60 Seconds in Double Decker Red, £2.99 (Boots.com). Emily says: “The key is to make sure the base coat dries fully to avoid any smudging.”
Fabulous With a dotting tool it’s easy to keep things neat
Join the dots together to create heart shape.
Allow to dry fully to avoid smudging.
Apply topcoat to add shine.
Emily explains: “When it comes to nail art, it always looks better finished with a high gloss topcoat.”
Fabulous Finish off with a top coat How do you create tiered heart nails?
TIME 5 minutes (plus drying time)
Apply two coats of your base shade, we think Nails Inc Chiltern Street Gel effect Nail polish, £15 (Nailsinc.com) works great as a base for any pink themed V-Day design, but this look is so versatile, it works with any colour. Allow to dry.
Emily explains: “This look can be adapted for all year round, it’s taking a basic three-tiered design and throwing an easy Valentine’s Day heart into the mix.”
Using a second, darker shade (we chose to reuse the Rimmel 60 Seconds in Double Decker Red, £2.99 (Boots.com) from the mini hearts mani), paint two strokes and leave the middle bare in a heart shape. Allow to dry.
Emily says: “It is really important to make sure that coats are fully dry in between tiers to avoid peeling.”
Fabulous You can easily create a heart shape with two simple strokes Step Three
Take a third shade (this should be the darkest of the three, if you’re going for pink and red like us, The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Varnish in Red Bellious, £5 (Thebodyshop.com) is a perfect choice) to repeat your heart shaped strokes just on the tip of the nail. Allow to dry.
Emily mentions: “The beauty of this look is that you won’t lose the overall effect if the tiers aren’t identical in shape.”
Fabulous This layered rainbow effect is super eye-catching Step Four
Apply top coat to add shine.
“Whether you’ve got two or five minutes, these manis are perfect for a statement look on the go,” says Emily.
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Cheat your way to super-cute rainbow heart nails this Valentine’s Day