Valentine’s Day Nail Art Tutorial – Bows and hearts

Nail Romance - Valentines Day Mani - Hello darling transfers

Looking for a way to pretty up your nails for Valentine’s Day? Try nail transfers to update your manicure in minutes.

You don’t need to have a steady hand for this easy nail art. With so many designs available you can pretend you spent hours painting your nails with these simple transfers.

Valentine’s Day Nail Art Tutorial

Nail Romance Tutorial - How to use nail transfers

Start by painting your nail in your base colour. Allow 15 minutes to dry before applying nail transfers for the best results. My nails are painted in this pink-red ombre manicure.

What you need:

How to use nail transfers:

  1. Cut the transfer to fit your nail.
  2. Use tweezers to place the transfer in water for a few seconds. If it starts to sink you’ve left it too long. You just need to dampen the backing paper.
  3. Place the transfer on your nail and let the backing paper slip away. You can reposition the transfer while it’s still damp. Then press it down to remove any air bubbles or creases.
  4. Repeat for each nail and finish with a top coat to seal the transfer in place.

Nail Romance - Valentines Day Manicure - Hello darling transfers

The designs you can create are only limited by your imagination so have fun with your nails!

Have you tried nail transfers? How are you wearing your nails for Valentine’s Day?

Shredded Heart Nails – Valentine’s Day Manicure

Nail Romance - Shredded Hearts Valentines Day Mani

This quick and easy heart nail art is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Using washi tape, a Japanese masking tape that isn’t too sticky, you can cut any shape to create your own nail art.

I know it’s predictable, but these hearts are still cute for Valentine’s Day. Using a shredded or crackle polish keeps them from being too sickly sweet.

Nail Tutorial: Shredded Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Nail Romance - Shredded Hearts Valentines Day Nails Tutorial

  • I’ve started with this pink-red ombre manicure, but pick your favorite shade for your base color. It’s best to let your polish dry for at least 15 minutes before applying the tape.
  • Next take a small piece of washi tape, fold it in half and cut a small heart that fits your nail.
  • Place the washi tape on your nail and press down to ensure a smooth edge.
  • Paint a thin coat of your shredded polish. I used Maybelline Silver Stunner Shredded Topcoat. Only use one thin coat to make the most of the shredded effect. If you paint this polish too thick you won’t see the full effect.
  • Remove the tape before the polish dries to ensure you get a clean edge to your heart.

Nail Romance - Shredded Hearts Valentines Day Manicure

How will you wear your nails for Valentine’s Day?

Blue Valentine – Easy heart nail art

Nail Romance - Blue Valentine - blue purple ombre manicure

Nail Romance - Blue Purple multicolor nails with heart nail art

Nail Romance - Blue Valentine heart nail art - blue purple ombre manicure

Nail Romance - Blue Purple multi color nails with heart nail art

I’m not really into Valentine’s Day, though I do love hearts. This heart nail art is quick and easy to do, but won’t be too in your face for Valentine’s Day.

Blue Valentine – how to get the look

I first painted my nails in a mix of blues and purples. I couldn’t decide which color so I used them all in this ombre manicure.

Nail polishes used:

Miss Frou Frou SkyeHello Darling  DreamboatMaybelline Color Show Sapphire SirenMiss Frou Frou SurrenderBloom Emily Green Navy

Heart Nail Art

The hearts were inspired by …Love Maegan‘s nail art and I’ve also used the same technique on this simple heart manicure.

Using Hello Darling Dreamboat on the dark nails, and Bloom Emily Green Navy on the light nails, paint an X-shape that falls off the edge of your nails.

Style Secret

I use this nail art a few days into my manicure as it’s a great way to cover up any chips or wear on the edge of your nails. Just paint one heart for a sweet feature nail too.

Do you get into Valentine’s Day or do you play it a little more low key?