Valentine's Day Nails

Valentine’s Day. You can love it or hate it. Either way, there’s plenty of chocolate to be had. In my book, that is never a bad thing. I’ve known many people who have hated this particular holiday for years, usually because it serves as some reminder of being “alone” or left out. But there’s too many fun things to take advantage of this time of year. The more holidays we can fit in that center around eating chocolate the better. Personally, I love wearing red so I really ramp that up for Valentine’s week. And it’s a great chance to be grateful for all the love you have in your life, even if you don’t have a romantic partner. Heck, go old school and buy little superhero cards for all your friends or coworkers. Host a Galentine’s Day party for all your best gals. Bake or buy yourself a delicious cake and see how much of it you can eat in one sitting. I dare you! There are too many ways to get in the spirit. Including, you guessed it, cute nails!

First, I want to apologize that the photo quality isn’t the best up there, but I hope it’s enough to at least get the gist of what we’re shooting for. I promise to do better next time. I hadn’t been planning to post this one here, but I decided I had to share it.

You’ll need:

  • 2 different color polishes (white and red work well)
  • tape (washi, masking, or Scotch)
  • thin striping tape
  • scissors
  • 1 ton of patience


  1. As always, begin with a clear base of your choice. Next up, as many coats of a good white polish as you need to get a decent base down. No streaks. Let that dry! Give it a day between if you can.
  2. Now for the tape! Cut small sections of the striping tape, one for each finger (8, if you’re doing the same as I did). And place them near the base of the nail, or wherever you’d like to create your stripe. Great start!
  3. Next get yourself two pieces of tape long and wide enough to cover most of your nail. One at a time, fold them in half (sticky side out). Then carefully cut a delicate half heart along the fold of the tape, just like you learned in kindergarten. Open the tape back up and you’ll have a full heart. Magic! Place each heart in the center of the nail.
  4. Now get out that red polish and, being careful not to disturb the edges of the tape, paint over the nail. Try not to let this layer get too thick and let it dry for as long as you can stand to have all that tape on your fingers. Watch something on Netflix for a bit!
  5. Once they’re as dry as possible, CAREFULLY peel the tape off. Touch up any smudges that happened in the removal process. Give it some more time to dry (red LOVES to bleed onto white) and then get a top coat slapped on top to smooth things out and give the finished product an, ahem, polished look. And you’re done!



What’s your favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Let me know how the nails turn out!

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