How-To: Valentine’s Day Nail Art

United Kingdom-based freelance nail artist Amy Rickaby created a set of stiletto tips inspired by heart-shaped candies, rosy bouquets and handmade cards.

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United Kingdom-based freelance nail artist Amy Rickaby created a set of stiletto tips inspired by heart-shaped candies, rosy bouquets and handmade cards.

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“Classic Valentine’s Day hues, my signature smoky marble and vintage rosebuds brought this design together and meshed various textures,” says Rickaby. “I love a mash-up of nail styles inspired by a theme or color palette.”

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Recreate the Look

Step 1
Apply two coats of sheer white gel polish. Cure.

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Step 2
Apply a line of pink, white and red gel colors side by side on a color palette. Use a dotting tool to mix the colors in a zig-zag motion.

Step 3
Apply a layer of blooming gel onto the nail, but do not cure. Use a gel brush to scoop up the mixed color and apply it to the nail, slowly wiggling the gel off the brush with light pressure.

Step 4
Allow the colors to disperse to create a smoky marble effect, and then cure. Finish with gel top coat.

Rosebud

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Step 1
Apply two coats of sheer white gel polish. Cure.

Step 2
Paint leaves sporadically across the nail with dark and light green acrylic paint. Use the two colors together to create depth.

Step 3
On a palette, blend white, red and pink acrylic paint and use it to paint rosebuds next to the leaves on the nail. Once dry, finish with gel top coat.

—by Angelina Lewis

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