Nail Art Tutorial: Heartbeat Nails

Heartbeat-Nails-Nail-Art-Swatches-TutorialI’ve seen lots of Heartbeat Nail Art all over the internet for months and always thought how fun it would be to wear and how wonderfully simple it is.

Finally I took a stab at it. It helped that I had already been wearing Zoya Rekha as a manicure for a few days.

Although it’s a very easy design, I still did a nail-art tutorial with some tips and tricks because the Neon Skulls design was the most recent freehand design, and that was some time ago!

If you try this or any of the other nail designs that I’ve shown on Swatch And Learn, please feel free to post them on my Facebook wall so that everyone can see it and be inspired!

Heartbeat Nail Art Swatches

All swatches have:

  • CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Rekha (This was provided by Zoya.)
  • Heart & Heartbeat: Milani Nail Art Nail Lacquer Black Sketch (This was provided by PR.)
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Flash Photos


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Sunlight Photos


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Heartbeat Nails

*~* Heartbeat Nail Art Tutorial *~*

Heartbeat Nails Nail Art Tutorial Supplies

What I Used:

  1. CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
  2. Zoya Rekha 
  3. Milani Nail Art Nail Lacquer Black Sketch 
  4. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Step 1: Apply a Base Coat

Step 2: Paint Your Nails a Base Colour

Okay, so I was already wearing a red nail polish as an existing manicure for a few days. But, if you’re freshly painting your nails, make sure that you wait about 10-15 minutes to allow them to dry a little before proceeding to the next step. You don’t want the polishes to bleed…unless you want bleeding heart nails. (Actually, that might look really cool!)

Zoya Rekha Swatches & Review

2 coats of Zoya Rekha

Step 3: Draw the Heart

I used a black striper because it gave me more control over drawing what I wanted. You may prefer to just use your regular brush from a black nail polish if it’s easier.

Decide which nail you wish to accent with the heart.

My tip for drawing the heart is to first draw a “V”. Then, go back with more polish and ‘flesh it out’ – i.e. make the two round parts at the top curvier so that the whole thing resembles more of a heart than a V.

Heartbeat Nails Nail Art Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: Add the Heartbeat Lines

Take your striper brush and draw a line with random zig-zags. You’ll want to do this roughly on the middle of your nails.

I suggest creating more short and tall contrasting peaks because that’ll look more interesting. See what I did on my pinkie? I think it would look better if you do that kind of pattern on the rest of your nails instead of what I did on my index and middle fingers. The more variation in peak height, the more it actually looks like a crazy heartbeat!

Now, since the heart you painted early has a thick layer of polish, I advise that you wait a good 30 minutes or more to allow your nails to dry. If you rush to put on a top coat, you’ll smear it…and while a bleeding heart design is very cool, if you didn’t want it to be one, you may be very disappointed. So…patience, grasshopper! 😉

Heartbeat Nails Nail Art Tutorial Step 4

Without top coat

Step 5: Add a Top Coat

After you add a top coat, the ‘bumpiness’ of the heart will smooth out a little.

Hope that you enjoyed this short and easy nail-art tutorial. I especially like sharing nail designs with you that don’t require too many steps and that utilize only a few tools because I feel like they’re more accessible to the general public and aren’t too intimidating. And once you build up your confidence with simple nail art, you’ll dare yourself to try crazier and more complex designs. 🙂

Would you ever try heartbeat nail art? What makes your heart race? Do you like simple or complex nail art more?


18 thoughts on “Nail Art Tutorial: Heartbeat Nails

            1. Mary Post author

              Hey Randi!

              You did a wonderful job! I really like how everything flows well and is connected. Cool idea to use two different-coloured hearts. 🙂

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Gelic’ nail art!

      You should try it – it’s soooo easy and fun to wear. Plus you don’t even need to use a lot of tools or nail polishes to get the job done.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Karen!

      That’s very flattering – thank you! 😀 Do you know which polishes you’re going to use for the base? And do you think you’ll use black, white, or another colour for the lines and the heart?

  1. Emma

    Just found this site and within 5 minutes have got brilliant nails that I love! Gone for the traditional blood-red and black this time but think it will look amazing in neon colours too!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Emma!

      So happy that you found your way here. And I’m flattered that you chose to recreate this design. Thanks for showing me on Twitter. (I retweeted your photo so that all my readers could see it. You did a wonderful job!)

  2. Sandra

    Lovely tutorials! Even though it looks awesome but could a lot better if the heartbeat lines were done with opposite vibrant color like white or light pink. Your nail looks great though!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Sandra!

      I agree – the heartbeat lines need to contrast more against the red background, so it’s easier to see. It would also be cute to do dotted lines instead of solid ones.


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