Valentine’s Day Nail Art 2018

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  • Get inspired by Valentine’s Day nail art looks from top nail brands and beauty vloggers
  • Learn what tools and tricks you need to create the designs at home 

Sarah Ferguson For Dailymail.com

Whether you’ll be spending this Valentine’s Day on a hot date or indulging in wine and chocolate with your best friends, the holiday is the perfect excuse to get creative with your nails. 

You don’t have to be a professional to create festive nail art that will have you feeling the love. 

From the literal (like a cutout heart design) to the understated (like a red stud-embellished mani), read on to get inspired by fun ideas that every skill level can try in time for February 14.

BEGINNER 

Think pink: Millie Bobby Brown, 13, matched her simple white and pink nail art to her dress and make-up at the SAG Awards in January, a move we plan on copying this Valentine's Day

Think pink: Millie Bobby Brown, 13, matched her simple white and pink nail art to her dress and make-up at the SAG Awards in January, a move we plan on copying this Valentine's Day

Think pink: Millie Bobby Brown, 13, matched her simple white and pink nail art to her dress and make-up at the SAG Awards in January, a move we plan on copying this Valentine’s Day

Millie Bobby Brown was ready for Valentine’s Day a month ago when she walked the SAG Awards red carpet in a pink sequin dress, pink make-up and nail art to match.

‘I wanted my nails to play off the white and pink pops in my outfit, so I chose a nail art design with bold pink lines,’ Millie told allure.com of the manicure that we plan on recreating this February 14. 

Millie’s manicurist Steph Stone said that she began by painting nails with two coats of Essie’s Blanc, an opaque white shade. Once dry, she used a striping brush dipped in Essie’s Cascade Cool, a bubblegum pink, to paint a thin line down the center of each nail. Simple! 

BEGINNER 

Keep the party going: This glittery look, created by nail artist Hang Nguyen, is one you won't want to take off on February 15

Keep the party going: This glittery look, created by nail artist Hang Nguyen, is one you won't want to take off on February 15

Keep the party going: This glittery look, created by nail artist Hang Nguyen, is one you won’t want to take off on February 15

‘Perfect for Valentine’s day and not too Valentinezy cheesy to pull off and rock the days after,’ said Los Angeles-based nail artist Hang Nguyen of the glitzy look. 

Hang created a light pink manicure using JINsoon nail polish in Blush and then topped the bottom half of nails with the brand’s multi-dimensional glitter polish, Fete.

To achieve the gradient effect, apply the glitter polish at the cuticle and then drag the brush up mid-nail. Continue to add more glitter to the base of the nail blending upwards until you’re satisfied with the coverage. 

INTERMEDIATE 

Love is in the nails: This cutout design from YouTube channel Cute Polish is easier than it looks

Love is in the nails: This cutout design from YouTube channel Cute Polish is easier than it looks

Love is in the nails: This cutout design from YouTube channel Cute Polish is easier than it looks

This heart cutout design created by Sandi from the YouTube channel Cute Polish is minimalist, but looks impressive. 

First, choose the nail on each hand you want the cutout design to go on and paint them with two coats of glitter nail polish (Sandi used a sheer gold glitter shade from Modi Glam Nails). While that dries, paint two coats of red polish on the rest of your nails.

Next use a striping brush or a small acrylic brush to draw the outline of a heart in red polish on the two glitter accent nails. Sandi recommends drawing a dot where you want the bottom point of the shape to land and another dot where you want the top point to land to help guide you as you paint. 

Once the outline of the heart is done, fill in the areas outside of it with the red polish. It may take several coats to achieve an opaque finish. 

INTERMEDIATE 

What a stud: Nail artist Madeline Poole used nail studs that she painted red to give a neutral manicure festive flair

What a stud: Nail artist Madeline Poole used nail studs that she painted red to give a neutral manicure festive flair

What a stud: Nail artist Madeline Poole used nail studs that she painted red to give a neutral manicure festive flair

What a stud: Nail artist Madeline Poole used nail studs that she painted red to give a neutral manicure festive flair

What a stud: Nail artist Madeline Poole used nail studs that she painted red to give a neutral manicure festive flair

The only reason this look by Madeline Poole falls under the intermediate level is because it requires a bit of crafting to achieve. 

The Sally Hansen global color ambassador painted silver nail studs red and then used double stick tape to adhere the studs to the base of each nail. 

If you’re going to apply the studs on top of painted nails, make sure to apply top coat and allow the polish to fully dry so it doesn’t smudge while you’re embellishing.

ADVANCED 

French kisses and nails: YouTube vlogger Hannah Lee of the channel HannahRoxNail created a French tip in the shape of a heart for the upcoming holiday

French kisses and nails: YouTube vlogger Hannah Lee of the channel HannahRoxNail created a French tip in the shape of a heart for the upcoming holiday

French kisses and nails: YouTube vlogger Hannah Lee of the channel HannahRoxNail created a French tip in the shape of a heart for the upcoming holiday

If you’ve got a steady hand and can work a nail polish brush, challenge yourself to this sweet take on the French manicure created by YouTube vlogger Hannah Lee of the channel HannahRoxNail for Sally Beauty. 

Start by applying a base coat on each nail. Using bright red nail polish, paint a curved shape from the middle left corner of the nail to the center. Repeat this on the other side of the nail to create an upside-down heart shape. 

Once dry, repeat the steps using a pink polish further up the nail to allow the red to peek out. Take out your red again to add a final layer (allowing slivers of the red and pink to show).  

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