Valentine Nails

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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?

Valentine 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.

Hey Sailor!

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.

The Classic

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.

Image: Shutterstock.com

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Written by

Chantelle loves the beauty industry and is a junkie for all things high-tech. A background in skincare therapy and a secret dream of becoming a copywriter steered her in the direction of beauty blogging. To read more of her writing, visit her blog NotAnotherPoppie.com.

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  1. Sue1N

    Fun, but one needs a real steady hand!

    5 years ago •

  1. Glamista

    This reminds me of those candy heart sweets!

    5 years ago •

  1. Heidi G

    Thank you for these type of posts that give us such great ideas!

    5 years ago •

  1. Talia

    Ooh so pretty and creative! Love the studs and stripes idea

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Love nail art and the simple tips given in this article – thanks!

    5 years ago •

  1. van der Walt

    I love this idea – look awesome!

    5 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    The Sweethearts candy (conversation candy) nails are super cute! I will definitely be trying that for Vday next year ;)

    5 years ago •

  1. Claire

    I really struggle with decorating my nails..Id love to try all the funky looking designs and colours that I see but I dont know if its appropriate for me..Im a mom..a young mom but still a mom and im struggling to find that balance of where my style fits into that. It looks really amazing but I dont think i can pull it off.. I tend to only put dark, bright, bold colours on my toes and softer shades on my finger nails.. would love to try these styles out though..but where do I start?? I love the valentines day nails.. really so sweet and would definitely be a great conversation starter. Enjoyed this article

    5 years ago •

  1. **Pixieminx**

    ncooo the “I heart you” nails are so cute!

    5 years ago •

  1. Hess

    It’s is an awesome article, but will stick to the classic!

    6 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    I love the conversation nails. It would definitely get people talking. Clever and cute ideas.

    6 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    A big fan of the classic Red nail polish

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love nail stickers, they are so easy to use, and look so professional!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lauren

    Its amazing how nail polish completes me :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Makeup Addict

    I think colourful nails are the “in thing” now. They really stand out! I love them, can’t wait to try them on my own nails!

    6 years ago •

  1. JUST-Relax

    I love nail art, so nail art tutorials are always welcomed with open arms.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Interesting, so much you can do with nail polish

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I must be too old, I prefer the classic french manicure.

    6 years ago •

  1. GoldenShimmeringCloud

    I really need to teach myself to apply nail polish..

    6 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    Oooh i love this article with the nail art tips, i’ll try the hearts today!

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Love a good coat of pretty nailpolish! Adds that something extra to an outfit!

    6 years ago •

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