Valentine’s Day Manicure ideas

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I’m sure every woman is basically the same.  We have a mental checklist of things to do for a special occasion; date, time, venue, dress shoes, hairstyle, accessories.  Have you every really considered treating your nails as an accessory that can compliment an ensemble?  Sure, the easiest, win-win way would probably be the perfectly done French Tip, perhaps a neutral shade, but why settle?  These simple manicure ideas can be done at home but look like you had them done by a pro.

Always put a basecoat to protect your natural nails.  Use a topcoat afterwards to protect your design and get a shiny surface.  Start with the lightest color first and let your layers dry completely before applying anything over it.  I prefer using acrylic paint over nail polish whenever I can because any mistake I make can easily be washed off with soap and water without damaging my base colors underneath.  Maintain a steady hand at all times and most importantly, be patient!

If you would like a manicure that goes beyond the ordinary crème shade but are still hesitant to wear an intricate nail design, you can opt to wear a holographic shade.

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Ozotic 518

Ready to step up from holographics?  Try this glitter gradient that is also an ode to Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid.  To complete your glitter gradient, start with your base color.  Do one coat of the glitter polish on each nail.  For the next coat of glitter polish, stop halfway to the tip.  Do a third coat stopping a third of the way.

OPI Planks a Lot topped with a yet-to-be-named Game Over glitter
OPI Planks a Lot topped with a yet-to-be-named Game Over glitter

Dainty flowers and rhinestones can accentuate the classic French Tip.

Use the white polish to create French Tips.
Use the white polish to create French Tips.
Apply one coat of the shimmer polish on each nail.
Apply one coat of the shimmer polish on each nail.
Load the flat brush and use it to dab five petal shapes on each nail. Use the smallest dotter to dab clear polish at the center of each flower and top it with a clear rhinestone.
Load the flat brush and use it to dab five petal shapes on each nail. Use the smallest dotter to dab clear polish at the center of each flower and top it with a clear rhinestone.

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A color gradient is another step up from a crème shade.

Paint your nails with Powder Puff and let dry.  Load the make-up sponge with the pink polishes, beginning with the lightest shade and ending with the darkest.
Paint your nails with Revlon Powder Puff and let dry. Load the make-up sponge with the pink polishes, beginning with the lightest shade and ending with the darkest.
Lightly dab the sponge on your nails, You need to do this a few times to completely cover the surface.  Reload the sponge if it gets too tacky.
Lightly dab the sponge on your nails, You need to do this a few times to completely cover the surface. Reload the sponge if it gets too tacky.

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This sweet and cute design is quick and easy to do.

Use the round brush to create small hearts on the nails.
Use the round brush to create small hearts on the nails.
Make small lines rom the bottom of the heart towards any part of the nail.  You may create loops if you want.
Make small lines rom the bottom of the heart towards any part of the nail. You may create loops if you want.

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A plain black manicure can do with some decorating too.

Use the white acrylic paint and the round brush to make hearts on your nails.
Use the white acrylic paint and the round brush to make hearts on your nails.

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Care for a little glamour?  This red and black colorblock design is for you.

Use the striper to create three triangles on the nails.  The triangles do not have to be the same size nor positioned the same way.  Fill in the triangles using either the striper or a regular black polish.
Use the striper to create three triangles on the nails. The triangles do not have to be the same size nor positioned the same way. Fill in the triangles using either the striper or a regular black polish.
Take the smallest dotter and use it to dab clear polish at the center of the triangles.
Take the smallest dotter and use it to dab clear polish at the center of the triangles.
Pick up a rhinestone with the same dotter and press it unto the clear polish.
Pick up a rhinestone with the same dotter and press it unto the clear polish.

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I personally avoid clothes with prints that are too loud or too big.  I cannot say the same for my nails though.

Double load your flat brush with pink and white.
Double load your flat brush with pink and white.
Keeping the brush straight and the pink inwards, draw U's and inverted U's to mimic petals.
Keeping the brush straight and the pink inwards, draw U’s and inverted U’s to mimic petals.
Some parts of the nail may have parts of a petal, or half a flower.
Some parts of the nail may have parts of a petal, or half a flower. Use the green polish to create small leaves.

This design is my favorite.  I was browsing the web for party invitations and came across a vintage floral print.   Youtuber Robin Moses provided inspiration for this design.

Paint your nails with two to three coats of For Audrey, and let dry.  Take the medium dotter and create dots as if to make French Tips.
Paint your nails with two to three coats of China Glaze For Audrey, and let dry. Take the medium dotter and create dots as if to make French Tips.
Take the medium dotter and make three blobs on your nails with the pink polish.
Take the medium dotter and make three blobs on your nails with the pink polish.
Take the green polish and create little triangles for the leaves.
Take the green polish and create little triangles for the leaves.
Dip the smallest dotter in white polish and make short lines around the pink blobs.
Dip the smallest dotter in white polish and make short lines around the pink blobs.

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Soon to come are nail art ideas using things around the house!

All images © 2014 Ann Itoralba

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Written by: Ann Itoralba

 

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