With salons shut, many of us are having to fend for ourselves when it comes to our manicures. If you’re looking to get your talons in check for Valentine’s Day and need a little nail art inspo then we have you covered! We’ve gathered the hottest looks so you can take your nails up a notch for the big day.
Heart of hearts
Why choose between red and pink when you can have both?! This super cute design adds a little twist to a standard pink manicure with subtle heart enhancements.
Step 1: Start by coating your nails in a light pink polish of your choice. We love the nails inc. Chiltern Street Gel Effect.
Step 2: Take a deep red nail polish on a small detail brush and create the outline of a heart across your nail.
Step 3: Carry on this step, switching up the colours until your heart is complete. Who knew It could be that simple?
nails inc. Chiltern Street Gel Effect Nail Varnish (14ml)5 Stars 3 Reviews£15.00
essie 61 Russian Roulette Nail Polish 13.5ml£7.99
OPI RapiDry Top Coat 15ml4.67 Stars 3 Reviews£14.50
A gorgeous gradient
If you can’t choose between just one colour this Valentine’s Day, this look is for you. Give your nails a stylish gradient upgrade.
Step 1:Start by applying a light-coloured basecoat to your nails to ensure your polish stays bright and pigmented.
Step 2:Take an old beauty sponge and apply two colours of your choice next to each other.
Step 3:Dab the sponge onto your nail to apply the colour and get your perfect gradient. Clean up your edges with a cotton bud and you’re good to go!
Look Good Feel Better Flawless Complexion Sponge5 Stars 1 Reviews£5.99
OPI Mexico City Limited Edition Nail Polish - Mariachi Makes my Day 15ml£13.90
MYKITCO. My Mini 'On Point' Buds£4.00
Add some edge
Stepping away from your standard Valentine’s colour, this cute look is for those who love an edgy twist.
Step 1: Choose a darker nail shade as your base such as a warm chocolate brown.
Step 2:Taking a light pink shade on a small detailed brush, carefully paint small hearts at the bed of your nail.
Step 3:Top it off with a shiny top coat to finish the look!
Mavala Nail Polish - 54 Rio5 Stars 1 Reviews£5.50
Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish 8ml (Various Shades)4 Stars 1 Reviews£3.49
essie Gel Couture Clear Nail Polish Top Coat 13.5ml5 Stars 3 Reviews£9.99
Simple and sweet
Pretty and pink, this look is perfect for those who want to keep it simple.
Step 1: Start off by choosing a glossy pink basecoat such as the essie 23 Eternal Optimist Nail Polish and painting 4 fingernails.
Step 2:Coat your pinky finger in a light nude shade to make it stand out.
Step 3:Take a small detail brush and a red polish and add hearts on your chosen fingers to create your desired dainty look.
essie 23 Eternal Optimist Nail Polish 13.5ml3 Stars 1 Reviews£7.99
nails inc. Life Hack Self Care Sunday Nail Varnish 14ml5 Stars 1 Reviews£11.00
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 3.0 Keratin Strong Nail Polish - Right Said Red 14.7ml5 Stars 1 Reviews£7.99
X’s and O’s
This look is great if you’re after a stylish manicure with a subtle hint of Valentine’s.
Step 1: Start by using a pigmented base coat in a light nude shade to coat your nails.
Step 2: Take a jet-black nail polish on a small brush and paint a line over the top of your nail and an arch beneath. We recommend shaping them into your desired style first to make this look perfect.
Step 3:To finish the look, use small motions to create an ‘XOXO’ underneath your line work.
nails inc. Back to Life Recovery Treatment and Base Coat 14ml5 Stars 10 Reviews£15.00
Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Shades of Black Nail Polish (Various Shades)4.67 Stars 3 Reviews£3.49
essie 1 Blanc Nail Polish 13.5ml5 Stars 2 Reviews£7.99
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