This week, EBONY.com caught up with freelance nail artist Tahra Clarke to get the details on how to re-create her “I heart me” manicure we fell in love with.
The Trend: This cute creation is all about fun love messages right at your fingertips. Show cupid you're ready for your Valentine with hand written nail notes. Check out the details below on how to re-create your own self-love manicure.
EBONY: Tahra, can you tell our readers how you created this design?
Tahra Clarke: First, I painted the base of the fingers with pink, red, and black polish. The black "I love me" nails and cheetah accents were written with nail dotting pens and the pink and red nail designs were created with white striping pens. For the black accent nails, I like Essie Nail Color in Licorice ($8.00). Along with the usage of a dotting tool, I also recommend Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ‘ME’ Anti-Aging Color Treatments Polish in 'Opulence' ($14.00) to create your own love message!
(Editor’s note: Practice makes perfect so have fun playing with text styles.)
EBONY: With so many nail trends popping up each season, which would you particularly like to see stick around?
TC: I really love the the matte top coats, bling nail decor, stiletto shaped nails and screw driver nails (stiletto nails with the tip squared). They are really my favorite right now and I hope they stick around this year.