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Five Simple Designs for Valentine’s Day: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

Whether you celebrate or shun Valentine’s Day, you have to admit it’s a great holiday for nail art. No matter how small your lacquer collection may be, you’re bound to have at least one pink or red polish on hand. Here are five fun looks to jazz up your nails for the special day.

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Pretty in Polka Dots: Begin by painting your nails with the pink polish of your choice. I’m using Flip Flop Fantasy from China Glaze. Once the polish has dried, use a Q-tip, paperclip, or other pointy tool to create polka dots across the surface of your nail. I used the white dotting pen in the Birchbox + Color Club Nail Art Kit for fool-proof spots. Make sure to let the dots dry completely before adding a top coat so you don’t smear your work!

Subtle Stripes: Start with the pink polish of your choice and wait for it to dry. Next, use a striping tool or a thin paintbrush to apply diagonal lines across the nail. Don’t worry if your lines are a little wiggly—perfection is not vital here. This design is fun and modern, but from far away your nails will simply look solid pink or red (perfect for the office). 

Nail Stickers: I love using seasonal nail stickers with iconic shapes and designs for holidays. I’m wearing Valentine’s Nail Wraps from Nail Rock in a too-cute candy hearts design.

Simple Hearts: If you think tiny hearts are too tricky to pull off, think again! After you’ve applied a base color (I chose white for high contrast), apply two small dots of red polish next to each other on your nail. Immediately use a pin or the tip of a pen to pull the wet dots together to a point, forming the bottom of the heart. It’s as simple as that!

Foil Flakes: I’m crazy about Ciaté’s ColorFoil kit that I tried out last week. For an edgy Valentine’s look, I applied pieces of the metallic pink foil on top of a shiny black lacquer. If you can’t get your hands on the kit, pick up some foil flakes in the nail polish section of your drugstore or beauty supply store. You can also play around with chunky pink or red glitter on top of black polish for a vampy V-Day look.

What will you be wearing on your nails for Valentine’s Day? 

—Anna

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