I wanted to show a really simple Valentine’s nail art look for all you procrastinators out there! This one was inspired by those awful-tasting Conversation hearts- you know, the pastel ones seemingly made of chalk that has Valentine-y phrases on them like, “Call Me,” or “Get Lost.” They’re the texture of drywall and have an odd taste, but they endure year after year. So here it is:
I know these colors are a little darker than real conversation hearts, but I like bolder colors. I actually mixed these colors myself, but if you’re doing this at home, just pick a few pastel shades that you like. If you don’t have pastels, you can add a little white polish to darker shades and get pastels. Use a silicone baking cup or artist palette and drip a few drops of color into a little puddle of white polish. Then mix and apply! Use a cheapo white- any brand will do- and use the brush from the white polish to mix the shades. Wipe with a paper towel or lint-free towel between colors. Just like mixing tempera paint when you were a kid! Just don’t contaminate your original darker shades.
I then used a nail-art marker to write the conversation words, but you can use a Sharpie. I know some purists will gasp at this, but for a single day manicure it’s OK if you use a good base coat. They can stain nails, but so can nail polish. Just for a few hours should be fine if used sparingly.
These nails are matte, just like conversation hearts. I used a mattifying topcoat (Essie Matte About You) but there are many different ones on the market and they are all basically the same. Essie is probably the most expensive but not particularly better than any of the others.
I stuck on a couple teeny hearts on the pinkie and index finger just to break up the look a little bit, plus I’ve been wanting to use those hearts and today is a good excuse! 🙂