Happy February, everyone! It’s going to be a month of fun and romantic manicures because I’ve decided to join the February GlamNailsChallenge whenever I can. I’m not convinced that I can get myself to change my polish often enough to keep up, but I’m going to try because the prompts look like a lot of fun!
For Feb. 1, the challenge was to come up with a heart themed manicure. I tried to think a little more outside the box and decided to do conversation hearts on my nails. I never liked eating them, but they’re pretty!
To start, I picked polishes in pastel pink, yellow, green, purple, and white that would match the candy’s colors.
From the far left, the colors used are as follows: Ulta- Encore Pink, Sephora by OPI- Read My Palm, OPI- Rumple’s Wiggin’, essence the gel nail polish- wild white ways, and Sephora by OPI- IM Beauty.
I chose a random layout of the colors, but I purposefully did not want to put pink and purple next to each other because they look a little too similar.
A plate from Bundle Monster has a lot of the classic sayings from the candy, so I was able to save some time by stamping some of these onto my nails.
Plate BM-425 from Bundle Monster.
Some care had to be taken to make sure the words would fit the nail I was stamping. My nails aren’t very big, so I made sure to use the narrowest design on my pinky.
Stamping was done with Konad Special Nail Polish in Red.
What I love about the stamping here is that it doesn’t have to look totally perfect. The candy often has faded letters in some places, and the words are not always placed in the center of the heart. If you decide to recreate this manicure, you will find that to be a very convenient excuse if things don’t work according to plan!
The last step was to paint a heart shape around the words. Again, because my nails aren’t very wide, I couldn’t fit an entire heart onto the nail. This allowed me to focus on just painting the top and bottom halves of the heart. I used a detail brush with craft smart acrylic paint to do this, and I decided to outline each nail with a darker shade of its base color. You can put a dot of color at the lowest and highest points of the curves of the heart and connect them in order to keep the outline more symmetrical as you initially paint the shape.
Some of my paint pots are getting old, so the formula is more lumpy on some nails compared to others. Oops.
Add some top coat, and you’re all set!
These hearts have a lot to say!
Part of me wants to do a cynical version of the hearts for an anti-Valentine’s Day theme, but that would require me to paint the letters by hand. It’s definitely a fun take on this mani, so I’ll have to make this happen at some point!