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Love is in the Air - Expressive Valentine Designs

by Staff Writer | November 22, 2010
<p><strong>Split Decision </strong></p>
<p>Martin used pink and white polish to hand-paint this abstract design. </p>
1/17

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Split Decision

Martin used pink and white polish to hand-paint this abstract design.

<p><strong>Let’s Get to the Point </strong></p>
<p>Muñoz used silver glitter, red, and white polish to create this Valentine-themed design. </p>
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2/17

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Let’s Get to the Point

Muñoz used silver glitter, red, and white polish to create this Valentine-themed design.

 

<p><strong>Bling Thing </strong></p>
<p>Martin marbleized pink polish along a white hand-painted background, then finished it off with some pink and silver rhinestones.</p>
3/17

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Bling Thing

Martin marbleized pink polish along a white hand-painted background, then finished it off with some pink and silver rhinestones.

<p><strong>Delicate and Dainty</strong> </p>
<p>Pink rhinestones, silver glitter, and pink, red, silver, and white polish come together to create this dainty tip by Muñoz that is perfect for February 14. </p>
4/17

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Delicate and Dainty

Pink rhinestones, silver glitter, and pink, red, silver, and white polish come together to create this dainty tip by Muñoz that is perfect for February 14.

<p><strong>Hugs and Kisses </strong></p>
<p>Muñoz first applied one coat of glitter polish to this tip before painting half of it pink. She then added glitter to the pink, hand-painted “xoxo” across, and finished it off with glitter dots.</p>
5/17

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Hugs and Kisses

Muñoz first applied one coat of glitter polish to this tip before painting half of it pink. She then added glitter to the pink, hand-painted “xoxo” across, and finished it off with glitter dots.

<p><strong>I Heart You </strong></p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Davis used acrylic to design these pink hearts on a neutral white background. </p>
6/17

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I Heart You

 

Davis used acrylic to design these pink hearts on a neutral white background.

<p><strong>Sweet Tooth </strong></p>
<p>Candy hearts say it all in Plyter’s design, which features 3-D acrylic and craft paint. </p>
7/17

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Sweet Tooth

Candy hearts say it all in Plyter’s design, which features 3-D acrylic and craft paint.

<p><strong>Be Mine, Valentine </strong></p>
<p>Going for simple yet cute, Plyter created this design using craft paint. </p>
8/17

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Be Mine, Valentine

Going for simple yet cute, Plyter created this design using craft paint.

<p><strong>Melting for You</strong> </p>
<p>This hand-painted design by Muñoz used all of the colors of our Valentine’s Day theme — pink, white, red, and silver. </p>
9/17

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Melting for You

This hand-painted design by Muñoz used all of the colors of our Valentine’s Day theme — pink, white, red, and silver.

<p><strong>Over the Borderline </strong></p>
<p>Munoz went heart-crazy with this hand-painted design. </p>
10/17

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Over the Borderline

Munoz went heart-crazy with this hand-painted design.

<p><strong>Pretty in Pinks </strong></p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Davis used colored acrylic to create this graduating effect. </p>
11/17

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Pretty in Pinks

 

Davis used colored acrylic to create this graduating effect.

<p align="left"><strong>Rhinestones and Polish </strong></p>
<p align="left">With a little bit of bling and a little bit of glitter, Muñoz hand-painted a heart in two shades of pink onto a tip, while also incorporating pink rhinestones. </p>
12/17

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Rhinestones and Polish

With a little bit of bling and a little bit of glitter, Muñoz hand-painted a heart in two shades of pink onto a tip, while also incorporating pink rhinestones.

<p><strong>Ribbon of Love </strong></p>
<p>Using red and white acrylic, Davis created this zigzag design. </p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
13/17

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Ribbon of Love

Using red and white acrylic, Davis created this zigzag design.

 

<p><strong>A Rose by Any Other Name </strong></p>
<p>Martin mixed media to create this 3-D design. She incorporated colored acrylic, polish, and rhinestones to make this festive tip. </p>
14/17

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A Rose by Any Other Name

Martin mixed media to create this 3-D design. She incorporated colored acrylic, polish, and rhinestones to make this festive tip.

<p><strong>Sealed with a Kiss </strong></p>
<p>Craft paint was Plyter’s medium of choice as she created this simple and straightforward design. </p>
15/17

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Sealed with a Kiss

Craft paint was Plyter’s medium of choice as she created this simple and straightforward design.

<p><strong>Sweet Hearts </strong></p>
<p>Jazzing it up with some glitter polish, Muñoz hand-painted this Valentine’s Day tip. </p>
16/17

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Sweet Hearts

Jazzing it up with some glitter polish, Muñoz hand-painted this Valentine’s Day tip.

<p><strong>True Love </strong></p>
<p>Using pink, white, and red polish, Muñoz then added silver rhinestones for an eye-catching touch. </p>
17/17

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True Love

Using pink, white, and red polish, Muñoz then added silver rhinestones for an eye-catching touch.

<p><strong>Split Decision </strong></p>
<p>Martin used pink and white polish to hand-paint this abstract design. </p>
1/17
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Split Decision

Martin used pink and white polish to hand-paint this abstract design.

<p><strong>Let’s Get to the Point </strong></p>
<p>Muñoz used silver glitter, red, and white polish to create this Valentine-themed design. </p>
<p> </p>
2/17
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Let’s Get to the Point

Muñoz used silver glitter, red, and white polish to create this Valentine-themed design.

 

<p><strong>Bling Thing </strong></p>
<p>Martin marbleized pink polish along a white hand-painted background, then finished it off with some pink and silver rhinestones.</p>
3/17
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Bling Thing

Martin marbleized pink polish along a white hand-painted background, then finished it off with some pink and silver rhinestones.

<p><strong>Delicate and Dainty</strong> </p>
<p>Pink rhinestones, silver glitter, and pink, red, silver, and white polish come together to create this dainty tip by Muñoz that is perfect for February 14. </p>
4/17
Slider

Delicate and Dainty

Pink rhinestones, silver glitter, and pink, red, silver, and white polish come together to create this dainty tip by Muñoz that is perfect for February 14.

<p><strong>Hugs and Kisses </strong></p>
<p>Muñoz first applied one coat of glitter polish to this tip before painting half of it pink. She then added glitter to the pink, hand-painted “xoxo” across, and finished it off with glitter dots.</p>
5/17
Slider

Hugs and Kisses

Muñoz first applied one coat of glitter polish to this tip before painting half of it pink. She then added glitter to the pink, hand-painted “xoxo” across, and finished it off with glitter dots.

<p><strong>I Heart You </strong></p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Davis used acrylic to design these pink hearts on a neutral white background. </p>
6/17
Slider

I Heart You

 

Davis used acrylic to design these pink hearts on a neutral white background.

<p><strong>Sweet Tooth </strong></p>
<p>Candy hearts say it all in Plyter’s design, which features 3-D acrylic and craft paint. </p>
7/17
Slider

Sweet Tooth

Candy hearts say it all in Plyter’s design, which features 3-D acrylic and craft paint.

<p><strong>Be Mine, Valentine </strong></p>
<p>Going for simple yet cute, Plyter created this design using craft paint. </p>
8/17
Slider

Be Mine, Valentine

Going for simple yet cute, Plyter created this design using craft paint.

<p><strong>Melting for You</strong> </p>
<p>This hand-painted design by Muñoz used all of the colors of our Valentine’s Day theme — pink, white, red, and silver. </p>
9/17
Slider

Melting for You

This hand-painted design by Muñoz used all of the colors of our Valentine’s Day theme — pink, white, red, and silver.

<p><strong>Over the Borderline </strong></p>
<p>Munoz went heart-crazy with this hand-painted design. </p>
10/17
Slider

Over the Borderline

Munoz went heart-crazy with this hand-painted design.

<p><strong>Pretty in Pinks </strong></p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Davis used colored acrylic to create this graduating effect. </p>
11/17
Slider

Pretty in Pinks

 

Davis used colored acrylic to create this graduating effect.

<p align="left"><strong>Rhinestones and Polish </strong></p>
<p align="left">With a little bit of bling and a little bit of glitter, Muñoz hand-painted a heart in two shades of pink onto a tip, while also incorporating pink rhinestones. </p>
12/17
Slider

Rhinestones and Polish

With a little bit of bling and a little bit of glitter, Muñoz hand-painted a heart in two shades of pink onto a tip, while also incorporating pink rhinestones.

<p><strong>Ribbon of Love </strong></p>
<p>Using red and white acrylic, Davis created this zigzag design. </p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
13/17
Slider

Ribbon of Love

Using red and white acrylic, Davis created this zigzag design.

 

<p><strong>A Rose by Any Other Name </strong></p>
<p>Martin mixed media to create this 3-D design. She incorporated colored acrylic, polish, and rhinestones to make this festive tip. </p>
14/17
Slider

A Rose by Any Other Name

Martin mixed media to create this 3-D design. She incorporated colored acrylic, polish, and rhinestones to make this festive tip.

<p><strong>Sealed with a Kiss </strong></p>
<p>Craft paint was Plyter’s medium of choice as she created this simple and straightforward design. </p>
15/17
Slider

Sealed with a Kiss

Craft paint was Plyter’s medium of choice as she created this simple and straightforward design.

<p><strong>Sweet Hearts </strong></p>
<p>Jazzing it up with some glitter polish, Muñoz hand-painted this Valentine’s Day tip. </p>
16/17
Slider

Sweet Hearts

Jazzing it up with some glitter polish, Muñoz hand-painted this Valentine’s Day tip.

<p><strong>True Love </strong></p>
<p>Using pink, white, and red polish, Muñoz then added silver rhinestones for an eye-catching touch. </p>
17/17
Slider

True Love

Using pink, white, and red polish, Muñoz then added silver rhinestones for an eye-catching touch.

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Your clients have love on their minds, and you want to create the perfect Valentine-themed designs to go along with their romantic moods. Four talented techs show us their Valentine’s Day nail art using only the colors red, pink, white, and silver. 

Featured nail artists include Erica Plyter, Wet Paint, Fort Stewart, Ga.; Donna Davis, Sun Palace, Medford, Ore.; Trena Martin, OPI guest artist; Adela Muñoz, Artistic Bride-All, Fontana, Calif.

Photography by Kelly Bracken

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