If you’re the type who prefers doing your own nails, allow me to make a suggestion: take your birthday off. Give yourself this one day out of the year and treat yourself to a salon experience. Let someone else worry about the design, spilling glitter, and application, while you sip champagne.
Sure, I had some ideas for birthday nail art I could do myself, but when it came down to it, I wanted things done right so my nails would look their best for all the festivities this week brings.
I headed over to see the very talented Jae’tte and showed her some pictures of manicures I had in mind. Most of them were extremely blingy (which is my personality), so I found it interesting that her creation seemed to most closely resemble the mani above from Mallory Choi.
She used Morgan Taylor glitter polish as the base, then drew the hearts on the tips with OPI polish and a striping brush. The black heart is done with my new favorite Morgan Taylor polish, New York State of Mind. The nails were cured with a gel top coat before adding the gold embellishments.
All in all, this manicure is pretty much everything I wanted and didn’t know it. I had loved the look of the heart tip for so long, and yet I knew I probably couldn’t recreate it myself. I also love that Jae’tte used lots of color (I’m a sucker for a colorful manicure) and blinged it up in a way I wouldn’t have thought to do myself. This nail art was the perfect birthday surprise. I learned that a good nail artist is like a mind reader, they just know what you want. And for your birthday you should get everything you want, right?
The heart tips I heart above are from one of my favorite nail art blogs. Learn how to get nail icon Nicole Richie’s punk-inspired hearts here. Follow Jae’tte on Instagram and catch more of her creations @hot_pink_polish.