Love is Blind: Valentine’s Day Braille Nail Tutorial


Spring colors, glitter and a secret crystal love note – what more could a girl want?

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and it’s time to start making reservations, ordering flowers for delivery and getting that perfect outfit. What the what? Your paramour failed to do any of this for you last year? You know what they say – Love is blind. Or at least it needs to be. If you want a discreet reminder to keep your cool during any disappointments this holiday, try my Braille Nail. The tactile texture reads “I Love You” when felt up.

You’ll need: 

  • A smattering of colors

  • White is hot as we move toward spring.  Start with a soft white base and apply a light glitter to dress it up.  I’ve used “Tiara” by Nubar.
  • Let dry and apply your hearts in random areas and sizes.  Start with one half of the letter M shape, then finish and fill in:
  • Apply Swaravski crystals in Braille pattern. The blue nail is “I” , the yellow, lilac and emerald nail spell out “you” and the pink is a bit of a cheat.  I didn’t have enough small stones, but I would outline the pink in a full heart for the correct tactile feel.  You can create any message you like. I used this chart here:
  • You can lay the stones with glue or topcoat

You can outline the hearts for a bigger impression:

There you have it.  Will you try the Braille Nail this year?

~ Hillary



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Hillary Fry

Hillary is a licensed manicurist sharing her love for the little canvases that adorn our digits. She shares pro product discussion on her beauty blog, Solessence. As a salon and editorial nail artist, she finds joy in working with new materials and looks on nails, but it always starts with a holistic approach to nail, skin and hand health. She’s a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week veteran and has had her work featured on the Nails Magazine cover (January 2013).

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