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Valentine’s Day Nails: Pink Sponged Hearts


Happy Valentine’s Day! I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I love all the nail art that is done for the occasion. My Instagram fills up with pink and hearts – two of my favourite things. So of course I had to do some cute Valentine’s Day heart nails too. I chose to do white hearts with sponging of various pinks around them. It’s the same idea behind my popular Pink Ribbon Day Nails that I know many have recreated for Valentine’s Day.

Pink sponging and heart nails for Valentine’s Day

To create this mani I started with a base of Powder Perfect Turtledoves which has to be my most used polish as I love this off white for nail art and as a mani by itself. Then I placed some of the What’s Up Nails Open Heart Stencils on each finger and sponged a mix of pinks over the top. I used three shades of pink, Powder Perfect Search The Kingdom (pastel pink creme), Powder Perfect Principessa (mid toned pink creme with a delicate shimmer) and Pretty Serious Fluffykins (bubblegum pink creme). I randomly dabbed the colours on a damp sponge and then patted that on each nail, reapplying the nail polish colours onto the sponge between each application. I then removed the heart stencils on each nail before the nail polish was dry, which created nice crisp lines on the hearts.

Powder Perfect Turtledoves swatch
Powder Perfect Turtledoves swatch

Unfortunately the top coat I used smeared the colours together so they aren’t as distinct as they were, and the hearts now look a bit like they’re crying – so maybe this is supposed to be an anti-Valentine’s Day mani instead …

Valentine’s Day Heart Nails

My health hasn’t been great lately, so these did take a while to complete as I battled with blurry vision and shakes, but I got there in the end. The intention was for this manicure to be pretty Valentine’s Day heart nails but the end result doesn’t look like I intended it to. It could be called pink watercolour nails for Valentine’s Day, or even crying hearts I guess? Hopefully my next nail art attempt will be more successful than this. Did you do anything to celebrate Valentine’s Day or do some nails for the occasion?

Love, Alinta


  • Kez | acaciasdreams 16/02/2017 at 8:14 pm

    I love what you have done, it looks perfect, I have no idea how you make it look so clean and precise (especially if you have the shakes!?!), thats talent girl! A great tutorial! Xx

    Kez |

    • Alinta McMurdo 25/02/2017 at 12:02 am

      Thanks lovely. Half of my polishing time is spent with acetone and a clean up brush trying to wipe away all the excess polish from my cuticles lol – it takes forever because I get it everywhere haha

  • jacquelinefcolman 20/02/2017 at 12:50 pm

    This is a lovely look!

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