Vintage Nails How To: Number 2

Time for the second installment of my “Vintage Nails How to!” This time I am going to have a look at how you can create some different vintage looks using the classic “heart-tip” technique. I was lucky enough to have the brilliant Helen Morgans of Morgans Beauty create the nails in this first image. Helen used GELeration gel nail polish by Jessica here and I was able to pick up lots of handy tips to try it out myself with my home Sensationail gel kit.

I began, as before, by shaping my nails into an oval tip, then pushing back and trimming my cuticles. If your nails are really long, you can even file your nails into more of a point to give that true heart shape for the final look (unfortunately my nails still have a little growing to do). I then applied a coat of Sensationail gel primer, clear transparent gel base & top coat, followed by Babydoll Pink Sensationail gel polish (curing under the LED lamp between applications). For the heart tip, I find it easiest to start from the side of the nail, and sweep the brush upwards in a curved motion towards the tip of the nail. I then repeat this on the other side of the nail. If you make any mistakes, simply dip a striper nail art brush into a little gel cleanser and tidy up the line into a neat heart shape before curing under the lamp. The look can simply be left like this, finishing with a coat of clear transparent gel base and top coat…or you can jazz it up a little!


Here I used Red Carpet gel in Black Stretch limo to create a black heart tip accompanied by some simple dots using the dotting tool.


Alternatively Scarlet Red Sensationail gel polish can be used for the tips. I used the dotting tool here to drag white sensationail gel polish along the curve of the heart. I find it easiest to use a dotting tool for this rather than a brush as you can apply the colour slowly and join it together in a more controlled manner. I completed the look with some statement dots on my ring finger (again using the dotting tool).

There are so many ways this classic heart tip can be adjusted using different colours and dots…even the addition of some glitter at this festive time of year. The possibilities are quite simply endless. I have used gel polish here, but there is no reason why conventional nail varnish would not work as well. So why not give it a go? And be sure to show Papow and I the amazing results!

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