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5 Valentine’s Day nail art ideas

5 Valentine’s Day nail art ideas
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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

@base_coatstudio

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? 

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A gorgeous gradient

@sophieemand

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! 

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Add some edge

@sophie_wayt

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! 

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Simple and sweet

@jodiesnaillounge

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.  

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X’s and O’s

@base_coatstudio

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. 

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As a beauty fanatic I'm always on the lookout to try and experiment with new products! I’ve been writing about everything beauty for over 3 years and specialise in skincare so have plenty of tips and tricks to help put blemishes at bay and get your complexion glowing. Whilst being a content writer at LOOKFANTASTIC I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with incredible brands including Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and La Mer, taking my understanding of the industry to the next level. In the past I’ve been a freelance makeup artist and have collaborated with brands including NYX and Revolution Beauty on a personal level, sharing my makeup creations for the world to see. My ride or die brands have to be PIXI, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown and I can’t live without my trusty MAC Velvet Teddy!
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