Queen of Hearts Valentine's Day Nail Art

by Megan Beauchamp

Overview

We could be cynical and claim that Valentine's Day is the most commercial holiday of them all, but that's very much fun. Instead, we tasked talented celebrity manicurist Elisa Wishan to come up with a festive nail art DIY to help us get into the Valentine's Day spirit. Although this mani features hearts, the geometric pattern keeps it from being over-the-top cutesy.

The Tools

To create this manicure, you'll need red polish, white polish, top coat, and a fine-tip brush or red polish with a nail art brush.

Prep Your Nails

Square nails offer a great base for this card-inspired mani, but you can create this design on any nail shape.

White Base

Apply two coats of white polish to your nails. Be sure to wait until the first coat is completely dry before applying the second.

Red Stripe

Using a fine-tip brush, paint a diagonal line across each nail. Fill in half of each nail with red polish alternating between the top half and the bottom half of each nail with the exception of your ring fingers. Simply paint a diagonal stripe across each of these nails.

Hearts

Using a fine-tip brush dipped in polish, make a dot on your nail and a second dot next to it. Then, use the brush to drag one of the dots down at a 45 degree angle. Drag the other dot down at a 45 degree angle to meet the other side. We placed hearts on both the middle and ring fingers, but get creative and make the look your own.

Top Coat

Apply a top coat to protect your polish from chipping and to really make it shine.

House of Cards

Now you're ready to enjoy a box of chocolates! After all, it is Valentine's Day.

Photo Credits

  • Luke Wooden

About the Author

Megan Beauchamp is a lifestyle editor at eHow. Her writing has appeared on Bustle, The Kind, Brit+Co., and BUST, among others.