Valentine’s Day Nail Art - Dainty Lovelies Tutorial

There’s no better time to go all out with nail art than Valentine’s Day. Flowers are nice but polish is always better (especially when pampering yourself with festive designs!). Now’s the time to be creative, mix and match, and design nail art around the ‘love’ theme - there are many ways of conjuring up Valentine’s Day inspiration through polish. For this design, I wanted to have a dainty pattern that included florals, candy stripes, delicate lace, and of course, hearts.  I have included a tutorial below for the floral design since you could create an entirely cute manicure out of that pattern alone.

For this Valentine’s Day manicure, I used Sally Hansen’s newly released I Heart Nail Art nail art tools, such as the Stripers and Nail Art Pens, because the products were easy to use and allowed for precision. The Sally Hansen Striper formula is highly pigmented, opaque and in a rich red shade; the brush on the striper is a perfect medium length (not too long - that can be more cumbersome than helpful).  The I Heart Nail Art pens come in a variety of fun colors, and the packaging is sleek and comfortable to use.

The fine tip of the pens is quite precise and the formula is fluid and opaque - I’ve really been loving these for the hearts design! The newly released pens are of a higher quality than in the past and are affordable alternatives for nail art beginners or pros. Because Sally Hansen must have known our love of nail art, Sally Hansen also recently released nail art tools collections and polishes designed specifically for perfecting the art of pretty nails.

I used the following products (c/o): I Heart Nail Art Pen Green, I Heart Nail Art Striper Red, Xtreme Wear Polish Bubblegum Pink, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Pink BlinkSally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear White On.

VALENTINE NAIL ART TUTORIAL STEPS 

1.  Apply base polish on your nails.
2.  Using a light pink, paint three large dots at random.
3.  Grab your dotting tool and apply 5 smaller dots around the circumference of the large dots you previously painted (this will create a ‘lacey’ effect).
4.  For the roses, dot three small dots of your darker pink inside the larger dots from Step 3 in order to imitate flower buds.  Using the red striper polish delineate petals - the petals design does not have to be exact but try to emulate the round shape of a rose.
5. Add small leaves to the roses by using a green polish.  I recommend two leaves per rose pair as to not crowd the design.
6.  Using your dotting tool, apply smaller white dots randomly throughout to create depth and dimension.
7.  Apply a top coat and repeat as you wish!

I hope all of your have a lovely Happy Valentine’s Day! Let me know in the comments what you plan on doing for Valentine’s Day - I’m inspired for my nail art but now need some actual events to show off this cute manicure!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16757611222415772717 Sharlynn Ng

    Sooo sweet and pretty! I totally love the diagonal stripes and the nail with the heart!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15565724461305286543 Becki Jess Dunn

    You got some skills ladies! I can barely do one hand let alone, my left! Its like a disaster! Becki from http://www.lifelooksperfect.com xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02788911615032012676 Heather Nixon

    Gorgeous design! So cute (and neat!) x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07006357647680461884 SheerBeauty (Kayla)

    So cute, I love these :)

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01073446866799077227 Miraclewhip
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02329219544963549605 Christina Beaute

    You are so amazing at nail polish designs! super cute :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10678744060247292663 jess buckley

    so pretty! love the floral designs <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05886188610080236104 vicki bruce

    You have serious Nail Art Skills! Your nails look so good. I love your floral thumbs
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12078237985914434258 kfc

    ahh this set of nail art is so cute too!!! You are indeed truly talented! I wish I had the patience and dexterity to create something like this..even for just one hand! Haha, love this. Happy Valentine’s Day (early)!!

    k.f.c. =P

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10602799497353452362 Claire

    So unbelievably cute :)
    xxx Claire
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/