I am a heart print junkie. Seriously, the fastest way to get me to buy something is to put a heart on it! That’s probably why the first half of February is my favorite time of year to do nail art. So many hearts, such little time!
Life was busy this month though and I only had time to do 3 Valentine-themed manicures. I’m a little bummed that I didn’t have time to do more because I had a ton and a half of polishes I wanted to play with, as well as a set of press-ons I am dying to get on my nails. I did the best I could with the time I had though, and I think I got some cute nail looks for my efforts!
Valentines look #1: I did this manicure late at night and it shows! Sorry for the scraggly cuticles and bad clean up job… my eyesight is not great and neither was my lighting. In real life, though no one is looking this close at my nails so I made it work for a few days! I used “Jenna” and “Colleen” from Zoya, and I really liked the color combo. My free-hand nail art skills leave something to be desired so I used vinyls from Twinkled T to do the hearts. I had a little bit of trouble keeping the details on the ring finger and thumb sharp, but practice makes perfect I guess! I do really love how the single hearts on my index and middle finger turned out and the single heart stencils were extremely user-friendly! I used a dotting tool to do the polka dots on my pinky, but if I was doing this manicure again I would probably just leave it plain. Considering I had not done any nail art since before Christmas I was reasonably happy with how these nails turned out.
Valentines look #2: I couldn’t remember the last time I wore a French manicure so I thought I’d give it a try. Prior to this, all my French manicures have been done in the salon with acrylics. I haven’t had acrylic nails since the late 90s so that gives you a little idea as to just how long it’s been! I always like how a French looks on other people, but have never attempted to do it myself before this. For a first attempt, I think they turned out pretty good! It was definitely a lot easier to do than I thought it would be.
My natural nails have extreme ridges so I used the gelie-cure system from Zoya as my base. Gelie-cure works a million times better than any ridge filling base coat out there, and I highly recommend it, especially for those of you who need more than 1 coat of ridge filling base coat to come anywhere close to a smooth nail surface. I don’t use it for every manicure, but I do use it whenever I am doing any sort of sheer look, and whenever I am using one of those polishes that accentuate every single flaw on the nail. (You know what I’m talking about!!)
Once I had my base in place I used Orly‘s “Pointe Blanche” to get that nice, bright white French manicure tip. The brush on this one is a lot thinner than the standard Orly brush which makes it easy to paint on the tip. I used a small brush dipped in acetone to clean up my smile lines before applying 1 coat of “Pink Perfector” from Zoya’s Naked Manicure line. This adds a subtle healthy tint to the nail bed and helps blend the white tip a bit for a more natural look. I added 2 coats of “Heart Attack” from NCLA to get the random spattering of hearts across my nails. Of the three Valentine looks that I did this year, this one was hands down the one I got the most compliments on – those heart glitters are simply too adorable!
Valentines look #3: For my final look of the season I wanted to do something eye-catching and bright, as well as try out some of my newer, untried polishes. So, I finally opened up the limited edition Birds of Prey trio that Orly released back in January. Harley Quinn is one of my all-time favorite DC characters so I had purchased the trio pretty much as soon as I found out about it! The trio consists of 2 cream polishes and a glitter topper, and the whole set is super bright and fun. I once again used the single heart stencil from Twinkled T, and a dotting tool to add some extra pizzazz to a few nails! I love how this colorful look turned out and I think this would make a great summer manicure as well.
I woke up this morning craving a change, but only had about 5 minutes to spare, so I added a matte topcoat. It is not unusual for me to get bored with my nails and want to change them up after a few days. When this happens and I’m short on time, a matte topcoat is my go-to fix. It’s not a big change, but it’s just enough to tide me over until tomorrow when I have time for a full manicure. I’m calling this Valentines look #3.25! Overall, I think I preferred this one glossy, but I am loving how the matte topcoat gave my glittered nails a textured appearance even though they are smoothe to the touch.
Which of these Valentine manicures do you think turned out the best?