Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
I love Valentine’s Day because it serves as a reminder to appreciate the people we’re so lucky and blessed to have in our lives whether you’re happily married or single.
Will you all be my nail Valentine?
It seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve done a nail-art tutorial, and I couldn’t let February 14 roll by without doing something!
So, here are some quick little Valentine’s Day Nails. If you turn your head to the right (or look at my other photos in this post), you’ll see that they have fluffy, white clouds that have lightning and that are raining down a slew of hearts.
My inspiration for this was the cheesy (but fun!) song, It’s Raining Men! Instead of men, though, I thought I’d paint hearts.
This is a very easy manicure that you can whip up in a pinch. Hope that some of you will try it sometime, even if you don’t today.
I wish you all love and happiness! Thank you for being the best blog readers in the world – it brings tears to my eyes at how loyal you are!
Valentine’s Day Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Aquadelic (This was sent to me by PR.)
- Clouds: OPI Alpine Snow
- Hearts: L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer in Red
- Lightning: Milani Nail Art in 701 Art of Gold (This was sent to me by PR.)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
*~* Valentine’s Day Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails the Background Colour
I opted for a beautiful, bright blue-green – China Glaze Aquadelic from the ElectroPop Spring 2012 Collection.
If you don’t have this colour, how about a baby blue? You can choose any colour you want. Just make sure that it provides a nice contrast with the white clouds and that it’s not too dark so that the hearts will show up well.
Wait a good 10 minutes so that this has time to dry a bit. Then proceed to the next step.
Quickie China Glaze Aquadelic Review
I’ll be doing a separate post reviewing this polish in a few days, so this is just a super-mini review.
China Glaze Aquadelic is a highly pigmented polish that is very similar to China Glaze For Audrey. The formula is thick, but also runny at the same time.
Edit: Click here to see my China Glaze Aquadelic swatches & review in its own separate post!
Step 3: Add Some Fluffy Clouds
Add some white polish onto your piece of foil. You’ll be using the foil as a palette.
Using a large dotting tool, the end of a brush handle, or another tool you have handy, carefully dip it into the white polish. Add a bunch of dots in a little cluster on each nail. This will form your clouds.
Don’t worry about them not all being identical. In fact, I think they look better when they’re different. It adds a whimsical touch and makes it look like you did it by hand, so it’s more personal.
Step 4: Create Lightning
Using a glittery-gold nail-art striper brush, I added some bolts of lightning. If you don’t have this colour, you could use a metallic gold or even a metallic silver. And if you don’t have those, I think it could still work with a creme black polish. (The key is to use what you already have.)
Also, notice how on my index finger, the lightning bolts are off to the side compared to the ones on my other nails? It’s okay if they’re not all the same. By the time you add the hearts, it’ll all blend in.
Step 5: Add Cute Hearts
Add some red nail polish onto your piece of foil. Then, dip a smaller dotting tool into the polish.
To create each little heart, just add a dot and then slightly drag your tool down. Then, do the same just to the right of what you just painted. Connect them together.
I painted the hearts on randomly. There was no method to my madness. And I didn’t mind if two hearts overlapped. The more random the hearts are, the more interesting I think it looks.
Tip: I suggest using a jelly (i.e. translucent) red polish because it allows the glitter from the lightning bolts to peek through. Also, since the hearts are supposed to be like ‘rain’, it adds more visual interest.
Also, feel free to create pink hearts, green hearts, or even a smorgasbord of different-coloured hearts. Just do what makes you happy. These are your nails, so feel free to get as creative as your artistic heart desires!
Allow all of this to dry for a good 20 minutes or so before proceeding to the next step. If you get impatient and slap on a top coat too early, you may smudge your design with the top coat, and we don’t want that, right?
Step 6: Seal Everything with a Good Top Coat
Hope you enjoyed this very quick and easy Valentine’s Day nail-art tutorial!
If you try your hand at this or any of my other designs, please feel free to post photos of your manicure on my Facebook page. I’d love to see how yours turn out, and I know that everyone else would love to be inspired, too!
What’s on your nails for Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate February 14th, or is it just another day for you?
Edit: China Glaze retweeted this post to their followers! YAYYYY!