If you have a romantic night in/out planned on Valentine’s Day, you might have an outfit in mind already. You might even have thought about what you’ll do with your hair, or which perfume you’ll wear. But have you thought about what you’ll do with your nails?
Some words of advice: try to avoid the classic red-white V-day combination, as chances are good that this will look tacky. Also resist the temptation to add glitter and hearts and swirls and flowers all at once – they’re fingernails, not a Christmas tree.
I heart you
Paint your nails any colour whatsoever, and add a heart or two just for fun. Creating solid hearts is really simple, and you don’t need any nail art tools: dip a toothpick (or a dotting tool, if you have one) into your nail polish, and make two dots next to each other. Using the toothpick, drag both dots down in a 45º angle until the lines meet. Fill in any remaining blank areas and off you go.
If you’re wearing a pop of red, navy blue nails will give your look some class and edge. Make sure it’s a glossy polish, and create a couple of accent nails by adding white horizontal lines with a striper brush or stick-on strips – I’d avoid doing the whole hand though, one or two nails per hand should do the trick. If you’re feeling especially crafty, add a red heart (described above) to each striped nail.
Never, ever underestimate the power of red nail polish. You can use any type of red you like, just ensure that it’s well applied and chip-free. While you’re at it, make sure that your nails are neatly filed and cuticles trimmed and moisturised. Since red nail polish is Valentines-ey enough, I wouldn’t add anything to it.
Studs and stripes
Take a walk on the wild side and add some animal print and dotted nail art to hot pink nails. The best news is that they come in the stick-on variety, so no nail art skills (and very little time) are required. Get Elegant Touch Nail Candy kits from Clicks, R99.
Conversation candy nails
Stepping away from the traditional colours but sticking with the theme, conversation candy nails are very sweet indeed. Paint each nail with two or three coats of a different pastel colour and let dry. You can then either stamp words on if you have something like the Konad scraper (and the right words, of course), or you can write short messages on your nails with a toothpick or dotting tool – it’s easier than it looks. Follow with a matte top coat to create the powdery, chalky finish of the sweets and let dry.