Friday, January 27, 2012

Valentines Nails - Paperclips Never Fail to Impress Me!

Here we have my first of 3 Valentines nail art tutorials on the run up to the big day. Knowing how many manicures with red, white, pink and combinations of all of three, I wanted to try something different. 

Tools for the job: 

  • Base colour: Nails Inc, Paddington
  • First accent: Nails Inc, OMP!
  • Second accent: Essence, Lime Up
  • Paperclip
  • Toothpick
  • Foil to work from (quickest & easiest clean up)

After your basecoat, apply two coats of your base colour and allow to dry. 

Place your accent colour(s) on the foil for use, if you are trying this for the first time, one colour at a time will be easier. This prevents the second colour from drying too fast as you work. 

Dip the end of the paperclip in your first colour...
& place it on the nail bed
A Second touch at the base of the first and angled away makes your heart!
Place three or four hearts, depending on your nail bed size (Different directions works best for a quirky effect)
Move onto your second accent colour and repeat!

Using either end of a toothpick (or small dotting tool) place tiny dots in alternating colours to fill the gaps and tie the design together. 

The hearts can be tidied using the toothpick too. If you have smudged or been a little over zealous with the paperclip a touch of your base colour on the toothpick should clean it up nicely. 

Finish with a swish of your favourite shiny top coat and that's them. Valentines nails in minutes!

What do we reckon? Will you give them a go?


Makeup Over Mind said...

They are fab! :) Would be so upset when they finally chipped though! :(

Girlwiththeskew-earring said...

Awesome! I shall be attempting this with pastel colours and see what I get :)

Jewels said...

So cute!!

S said...

They look fab, have a brown colour on my nails atm & might try this with red & blue :) Gorgeous!

Sue Jordan said...

Girls, Dying to see your pingys if you do try them out. I've a different variation for next week. A little more 'Traditional' ;)

Marian McCarthy said...

pretty! :D

Unknown said...

Great tutorial, thank you! Looove it! <3

wonderlust nails said...

Like these because they're not too obviously Valentines. Am def going to try the paperclip method.

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