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You've got your date, your dress and now, a gorgeous Valentine’s Day manicure!
“Let your nails do the talking this Valentine's Day!” says star nail art blogger Sarah Waite of Chalkboard Nails. “Whether you're head over heels or living the single life, nail art can help show what you're feeling inside.” Roses inspire romance, while rhinestones set the scene for seduction, she explains. “And here’s a hint: Conversation hearts can be sweet or sassy.”
Give yourself a bouquet of red roses — on your nails! You’ll need two shades of red polish, two greens, a cream color and a white to recreate Chalkbord Nails’s floral design.
With every beat
The Nailasaurus turned such an unexpectedly romantic image — an EKG graph — into this creative design.
Here’s an easy way to spell out your feelings, courtesy of French nail art blogger Pshiiit: Paint on a sparkly red polish, then use a black nail art pen to spell out “love” or “kiss!”
Dare to bare
There’s something so cool about designs that leave part of the nail bare. This style from Chalkboard Nails features black tips accented by various shades of pink ... kind of like red-soled heels on bare legs.
Can’t choose between sentimental hearts and chic gradients and stripes? Love girly pinks and chic beiges? Take inspiration from The Nailasaurus and mix ‘em all to your heart’s content.
Bit of bubbly
Love Maegan whipped up these glam nails using hot pink polish, bubble-style rhinestones and tweezers. We think it would look amazing wrapped around a perfectly chilled glass of champagne.
Soft and romantic, this So Nailicious design is what Valentine’s dreams are made of. The key to creating such delicate little hearts? Dab on a tiny dot of silver polish, follow with a smaller dab of pink and quickly drag a needle though both colors.
So Nailicious used little rubber nail stickers—aka “fimos”—to create heart-shaped balloons that seem to float off her fingers!
Talk to me
Zygomatics pulled out the pastel polishes for this manicure inspired by conversation heart candies. The best part: You can customize the phrases to suit your Valentine’s Day mood.
Nail artists often use striping tape to guide their polish, but Petite Peinture made the sticky lines part of her darling Valentine’s design.
Little blue box
Want to show off your engagement bling or send a not-so-subtle hint to someone special? Look no further than Petite Peinture’s robin’s egg blue manicure, based on classic Tiffany & Co. packaging.