I’ve seen lots of Heartbeat Nail Art all over the internet for months and always thought how fun it would be to wear and how wonderfully simple it is.
Finally I took a stab at it. It helped that I had already been wearing Zoya Rekha as a manicure for a few days.
Although it’s a very easy design, I still did a nail-art tutorial with some tips and tricks because the Neon Skulls design was the most recent freehand design, and that was some time ago!
If you try this or any of the other nail designs that I’ve shown on Swatch And Learn, please feel free to post them on my Facebook wall so that everyone can see it and be inspired!
Heartbeat Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 2 coats of Zoya Rekha (This was provided by Zoya.)
- Heart & Heartbeat: Milani Nail Art Nail Lacquer Black Sketch (This was provided by PR.)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
*~* Heartbeat Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails a Base Colour
Okay, so I was already wearing a red nail polish as an existing manicure for a few days. But, if you’re freshly painting your nails, make sure that you wait about 10-15 minutes to allow them to dry a little before proceeding to the next step. You don’t want the polishes to bleed…unless you want bleeding heart nails. (Actually, that might look really cool!)
Step 3: Draw the Heart
I used a black striper because it gave me more control over drawing what I wanted. You may prefer to just use your regular brush from a black nail polish if it’s easier.
Decide which nail you wish to accent with the heart.
My tip for drawing the heart is to first draw a “V”. Then, go back with more polish and ‘flesh it out’ – i.e. make the two round parts at the top curvier so that the whole thing resembles more of a heart than a V.
Step 4: Add the Heartbeat Lines
Take your striper brush and draw a line with random zig-zags. You’ll want to do this roughly on the middle of your nails.
I suggest creating more short and tall contrasting peaks because that’ll look more interesting. See what I did on my pinkie? I think it would look better if you do that kind of pattern on the rest of your nails instead of what I did on my index and middle fingers. The more variation in peak height, the more it actually looks like a crazy heartbeat!
Now, since the heart you painted early has a thick layer of polish, I advise that you wait a good 30 minutes or more to allow your nails to dry. If you rush to put on a top coat, you’ll smear it…and while a bleeding heart design is very cool, if you didn’t want it to be one, you may be very disappointed. So…patience, grasshopper!
Step 5: Add a Top Coat
After you add a top coat, the ‘bumpiness’ of the heart will smooth out a little.
Hope that you enjoyed this short and easy nail-art tutorial. I especially like sharing nail designs with you that don’t require too many steps and that utilize only a few tools because I feel like they’re more accessible to the general public and aren’t too intimidating. And once you build up your confidence with simple nail art, you’ll dare yourself to try crazier and more complex designs.
Would you ever try heartbeat nail art? What makes your heart race? Do you like simple or complex nail art more?