Be My Valentine | Nail Tutorial

francesca sophia's hand, with white polish on her finger nails and pink glittery hearts painted on each one

Oops, two nail posts in a row – and featuring the same polish – I’m such a bad blogger!

I really wanted to share this look, though – it’s a cute, fun little salute to Valentine’s day, and is much easier to replicate than it looks. Personally, I’m having a Girls’ Night In with my housemate this Valentine’s, so I felt like this was an appropriate way to get into the mood.
from left to right; cellotape, scissors, pink glittery nail polish (models own northern lights), and white nail polish (models own hypergel in white light), all lying on a floral duvet

All you need to replicate this look is a pair of scissors, some sticky tape, and two nail polishes (you could always mix it up and use a few different colours, if you wanted to, though); I used Models Own HyperGel in White Light, and ‘Northern Lights’ from their Wonderland collection.

a piece of cellotape folded in half, over a girl's fingera piece of cellotape folded in half, over a girl's finger, with half a heart shape cut out
The first thing you want to do is prepare your heart stencil; to do this, take a piece of sticky tape and press one end of it over your forefinger of your less-dominant hand (you’ll need the other one to cut with), and fold the piece in half (as shown above), looping the end around the other side of your index finger. This will make it easier to unfold the tape when you’re done. Now, you just need to cut half of a tiny heart out of the folded piece of tape, and unfold your stencil; hopefully, it should look something like the one below.
a piece of sellotape with a heart shape cut out of it

The rest is pretty simple; paint your nails with two coats of your base polish, and allow to dry thoroughly – I’d recommend giving them at least 30 minutes, otherwise the adhesive on the tape with ruin the finish. Then, stick your piece of tape over the top of your nail, placing the heart wherever you’d like it to go (I did mine all slightly off-centre because I thought it looked cute), and paint two coats of polish over the top of the stencil, being careful not to move it around too much. I used glitter polish just because it dries so much quicker, so give it a few minutes to dry if you’re using a regular polish. Once it’s dry to the touch, peel your piece of tape away, and repeat on the rest of your nails. I’d just run out of top-coat when I did mine, but if you have it, it’ll really increase the wear of your Valentine manicure!

francesca sophia's hand, with white polish on her finger nails and pink glittery hearts painted on each one

 What are your nails wearing this Valentine’s Day?

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