DIY Heart-Tipped Manicure

Put a little love on your hands.

heart tip mani finished 1

I love heart-shaped everything. I own a heart-shaped lamp, wear heart-shaped sunglasses, and have ordered heart-shaped pizza (for myself). And now I have hearts on my fingertips! I’m sure yours could use some affection, too, so put a little love on your nails with this month’s mani.


What you’ll need:

  • A nail file. Here are some cute ones from Sephora.
  • A clear base coat to protect your nails. I used Seche Clear.
  • A nice deep red polish. I chose Floss Gloss’s Gangsta Boo.
  • The base color of your choice. I wanted something neutral, so I painted mine with Floss Gloss’s Dinge. I think a baby blue like Floss Gloss’s Wavepool or pink like their Perf would look adorable, too!
  • A clear top coat. As always, I recommend Seche Vite because my manicures tend to last longer whenever I use it.

How to do it:

1. If your nails are long, file the tips into rounded points—they’ll be the points of your hearts. If your nails are on the short side, like my thumbnail, file them into a shape that’s as rounded as you can get.

2. Apply your clear base coat, which will help prevent your nails from becoming damaged or discolored. Once that dries, add your base color. You can see Floss Gloss’s Dinge on my nails here:

hearttip mani step 1

3. Now, make your heart tips! Use the brush of your red polish to form a sort of half-circle shape, starting with a sweeping stroke from the outer edge of your nail that moves toward the center, like so:

hearttip mani step 2

4. Repeat that step on the nail’s other side. The half-circles should overlap in the middle, creating a heart shape. Add more red polish, if necessary, to even out the edges or to make the color darker.

hearttip mani step 3

5. Once you’re satisfied with your heart, repeat the process on the rest of your nails. Let the polish dry for a bit, and then finish them all off with a protective top coat.

heartip mani finished 2

Now you’re totally wearing your heart on your nails! Awww… ♦


  • julalondon December 27th, 2013 10:20 PM

    So prettyyyyyyy!!! <3

  • irismonster December 27th, 2013 10:34 PM

    Not especially relevant but last Valentine’s Day I found myself eating a heart-shaped cake, alone. It tasted deliciously melancholy, like broken coconut dreams.

    • Aurora December 28th, 2013 11:11 AM

      “Broken coconut dreams” is possibly the most awesome description of lonely-cake-eating to ever exist.

  • sophiebops December 27th, 2013 10:58 PM

    woah! this is actually a lot easier than i expected and it turned out so so cute! thanks marie

  • brett the boy December 28th, 2013 2:05 AM

    they kinda look like… something else. haha!

  • flocha December 28th, 2013 10:42 AM

    Eek I totally have to try this next time I do my nails

  • lexilikes December 28th, 2013 11:52 AM

    These are cute. Would look good with a darker colour, like a black heart in my opinion. Will have to try it!

  • Margo December 28th, 2013 3:34 PM

    I’ve gotta try this sometime!!!

  • isazabela December 31st, 2013 11:37 AM

    Us less coordinated can paint the entire nail red and then use reinforcement rings (for binders) overlapped on the tips, then paint the rest a different color!

  • mangointhesky December 31st, 2013 1:03 PM

    This was perfect for me especially- I am AWFUL at manicures. For some reason, though, when I tried this, it turned out halfway right! (five cheers for rookie!)

  • irismonster January 5th, 2014 6:20 PM

    i tried it! i trimmed down my normally-super-long nails because i thought it might look nicer, and they were getting annoying. i kind of wish i had done it with longer nails, but it still turned out super cute <3