Valentine’s Day is always worth celebrating. Whether it’s with your ladies or someone special, a fresh and fun manicure is always a great way to show some love. Neroli Nail Designer, Lisa shared a unique way to celebrate the love holiday.
Orange Wood Stick
Yellow Block Buffer
Aveda’s Beautifying Composition
Aveda’s Cuticle Control
Nail Polish Remover – I used Zoya’s “Remove +” (it nourishes your nails as you use it)
Base & Top Coat – Zoya’s “Anchor” & “Armor”
Nail Polish Color
* For this design, I used the following colors: OPI: Tiramisu for Two, Alpine Snow, Big Apple Red, This Colors Making Waves, Black Onyx
*Fine point paint brush
Prep time: 5 min
Polish time: 30 min
Art design: 20-30 min
Drying time: At least 30 min to be safe.
Step 1: File nails with your nail file. When finished, apply Aveda’s Cuticle Control to your cuticles. Let sit on for 5 minutes, then rinse off. Push back cuticles with an orange stick.
Step 2: Apply Aveda’s Beautifying Composition to cuticle area and massage into nail beds to add hydration. Buff nails with your yellow block buffer as this will allow for a smooth surface.
Step 3: Prep nails for polish with nail polish remover. This step is really important! Any oil or lotion that is on your nail won’t allow the polish to adhere and dry properly. Next, apply a thin base coat.
Step 4: Apply 2 color coats to nails, giving about 10-20 seconds to dry in between each layer. Applying thin coats is important so it can drop properly and evenly. Let nails dry for 5-10 minutes before starting art.
Step 5: Paint your nails any varying colors you’d like – Pinks and reds are great for the holiday.
Step 6: On your pointer finger, paint an oval shape with a small art brush. The idea is for this to be unique and pop, so white is a great color choice.
Step 7: While the outline of the eye is drying, start your “U”. I chose a sparkly red base.
Step 8: Heart – Starting with a plain red paint, create the base of your heart. Create the outline by painting one side at a time, meeting in the middle when connecting the top and bottom; then fill in. Layer in either a plain red paint or in a red glitter like I did to match my base for the other nails. Layer a few costs until you achieve your desired look.
Step 9: Once you have your heart, add a little red sparkle if you’d like an extra pop.
Step 10: Outline your white oval with a line black line, then start to draw lashes around the upper and lower lids.
Step 11: Begin to draw the pupil of your “Eye Love You”. I picked a color that would pop, then added a small black dot in the center.