If you know me, you know I am frugal as all get out. I started waxing my own eyebrows 10 years ago to save money at the salon and I took off my acrylic nails around 5 years ago and started doing my own.
My daughter asked me to take she and her friend to the nail salon not long ago and I just CAN'T. DO. IT.
The last time I took her to get a manicure at the nail salon with her friend I ended up leaving $46 poorer and wondering how a $7 manicure turned into $46, but anywho...
This last time I was like, "I can do your nails. I'm better at it than the salon, anyway." (LOL)
So I took to my trusty Silhouette Cameo (the best die cut crafting machine on the market and it's currently on sale for $100 off if you click HERE) and sized some hearts to 0.30x0.30 and loaded up my metallic gold Oracal 651 vinyl , set my settings to a blade 2, speed 8, and thickness 9 and cut the hearts. Although, if you don't have a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine you can click HERE to buy some super cool ones on Amazon.
I applied an Orly rubberized basecoat , which is the best basecoat on the market. (Ask me how I know ;) ) ... Well, funny you should ask -- you see, when I first began painting my own nails I went through like, every nail product brand the market has to offer trying to figure out why my polish kept clumping, smudging, chipping, etc., and all those issues came to a halt when I began using this Orly basecoat. Truth be told, I've had the same bottle for almost 2 years and I still haven't run out yet. #winning !
After allowing plenty of time for the basecoat to dry, I applied Insta-Dri Go For Gold nail polish to all fingernails except her ring fingernails and I applied Insta-Dri Red Red nail polish to her ring fingernails and let them dry completely. I cannot stress enough how important it is to let your nails dry completely in between coats.
Ask me why I use Insta-Dri....
Thank you for asking, don't mind if I do...
I use Insta-Dri almost exclusively for 3 reasons.
#1.) It is a one and done polish. You only need one coat and you're done. Other polishes may *say* they are single coat nail polishes, but Insta-Dri truly is and you can tell the instant you apply it.
#2.) The brush size. The brush is the perfect size to where you only need to apply one or 2 swipes of polish, as opposed to the typical nail polish brushes that that you have to apply 4-5 swipes to cover the whole nail.
#3.) It dries SUPER fast. When I say super fast, I mean it.
After allowing her nails to dry, I applied a Sally Hansen no chip top coat to the gold nails only. We aren't going to apply a top coat to the red nails until after the hearts are applied.
Now to the fun stuff... Let's apply those hearts!
I took my trusty tweezers (these gold precision tweezers made in Germany are my favorite),
gently peeled the gold metallic hearts from the backing, and slowly applied them to where I wanted them on her nail. We decided to place them in the corners with a little slant (cute!). You want to be careful to place them exactly where you want them the first time and try not to touch any other part of the nail...
Once you've finished placing the hearts where you want them, apply your Sally Hansen no chip top coat and let that dry.
Voila! Valentine's Day heart nails!
**EDITED TO ADD: Everyone wants my pink nail polish color in the last picture. It is Poptastic by Color Club. It's the only non- Insta-Dri color I use and I have literally used it almost every single time I paint my nails for the past 10 years. It used to be called Pink Flame. I'll add it to the linked products below!
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