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Valentine’s Nail Art in the Blink of an Eye

by Staff Writer | February 15, 2010
<p>Nail Artists: Christina Landeros, <br />That Total Look Salon, Santa Maria, Calif.; Colin Lam, Hair Spectacular and Nails by Colin, Bremen, Ga.; Michelle Conde,<br />Nails by Michelle, Miami; Michelle Jackson, Diamond Girl Nail Salon, Morrow, Ga.; Miranda Lum, Wimp&rsquo;s Barber Shop, Poteau, Okla.; Ofelia Rochefort, Hair &amp; Nail Gallery, El Paso, Texas</p>
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Nail Artists: Christina Landeros,
That Total Look Salon, Santa Maria, Calif.; Colin Lam, Hair Spectacular and Nails by Colin, Bremen, Ga.; Michelle Conde,
Nails by Michelle, Miami; Michelle Jackson, Diamond Girl Nail Salon, Morrow, Ga.; Miranda Lum, Wimp’s Barber Shop, Poteau, Okla.; Ofelia Rochefort, Hair & Nail Gallery, El Paso, Texas

<p><strong>Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Shot Through the Heart</p>
<p>Nails by Landeros</p>
<p>1. In the lower righthand corner, use red acrylic to create a heart.</p>
<p>2. Cover the heart with purple glitter and form the smile line.</p>
<p>3. Apply pink acrylic to complete the French. File and buff.</p>
<p>4. Outline the heart with black paint. Add a black arrow and black smile line. Apply top coat.</p>
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Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS

Shot Through the Heart

Nails by Landeros

1. In the lower righthand corner, use red acrylic to create a heart.

2. Cover the heart with purple glitter and form the smile line.

3. Apply pink acrylic to complete the French. File and buff.

4. Outline the heart with black paint. Add a black arrow and black smile line. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Be Mine</p>
<p>Nails by Lam</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI Big Apple Red.</p>
<p>2. Paint a light pink heart and a white heart.</p>
<p>3. Outline each heart with the opposite color (pink or white). Write &ldquo;Be Mine&rdquo; in one heart and &ldquo;Luv U&rdquo; in the other.</p>
<p>4. Add silver glitter dots. Apply top coat.&nbsp;</p>
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Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS

Be Mine

Nails by Lam

1. Polish the nail with OPI Big Apple Red.

2. Paint a light pink heart and a white heart.

3. Outline each heart with the opposite color (pink or white). Write “Be Mine” in one heart and “Luv U” in the other.

4. Add silver glitter dots. Apply top coat. 

<p><strong>Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Lil&rsquo; Love Devil</p>
<p>Nails by Conde</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail&nbsp;with CND Oilslick. Water down your red acrylic paint (so it dries faster), then draw a wide heart with a tail.&nbsp;</p>
<p>2. Draw two side by side black zeros at the top of the heart. Add horns,&nbsp;high eyebrows,&nbsp;and a wide grin.</p>
<p>3. Fill in eyes with white. Fill in horns with yellow. Add black dots to the eyes for pupils. Highlight the tail, heart&rsquo;s edge,&nbsp;eyebrows,&nbsp;and pupils with white. Apply top coat.</p>
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Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS

Lil’ Love Devil

Nails by Conde

1. Polish the nail with CND Oilslick. Water down your red acrylic paint (so it dries faster), then draw a wide heart with a tail. 

2. Draw two side by side black zeros at the top of the heart. Add horns, high eyebrows, and a wide grin.

3. Fill in eyes with white. Fill in horns with yellow. Add black dots to the eyes for pupils. Highlight the tail, heart’s edge, eyebrows, and pupils with white. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Neon Hearts</p>
<p>Nails by Jackson</p>
<p>1. Cover the entire nail with black acrylic.</p>
<p>2. Apply clear acrylic over the entire nail. File and buff. Start creating 3-D hearts in a variety of neon colors.</p>
<p>3. Add more hearts. Add rhinestones. Apply UV top coat. Cure.</p>
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Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS

Neon Hearts

Nails by Jackson

1. Cover the entire nail with black acrylic.

2. Apply clear acrylic over the entire nail. File and buff. Start creating 3-D hearts in a variety of neon colors.

3. Add more hearts. Add rhinestones. Apply UV top coat. Cure.

<p><strong>Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p><strong></strong>Wild at Heart</p>
<p>Nails by Lum</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI Red Hot Ayers Rock.</p>
<p>2. Cut a heart shape out of Minx cheetah print, and adhere it to the nail like a sticker. Apply top coat.</p>
<p>3. Apply rhinestones around the heart&rsquo;s border. Apply top coat.</p>
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Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS

Wild at Heart

Nails by Lum

1. Polish the nail with OPI Red Hot Ayers Rock.

2. Cut a heart shape out of Minx cheetah print, and adhere it to the nail like a sticker. Apply top coat.

3. Apply rhinestones around the heart’s border. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Heart-y Patchwork</p>
<p>Nails by Rochefort</p>
<p>1. Apply seven patches of colored acrylic onto the nail.</p>
<p>2. While the acrylic is still wet, apply a heart decal to each section, pressing lightly.</p>
<p>3. Add white polish dots along the border of each section. Cover the entire nail with clear acrylic. Shape and buff. Apply top coat.</p>
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Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS

Heart-y Patchwork

Nails by Rochefort

1. Apply seven patches of colored acrylic onto the nail.

2. While the acrylic is still wet, apply a heart decal to each section, pressing lightly.

3. Add white polish dots along the border of each section. Cover the entire nail with clear acrylic. Shape and buff. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>&nbsp;Em&ldquo;bark&rdquo;ing on Love</p>
<p>Nails by Landeros</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail red. Use two different shades of brown (for &shy;dimension) to create a tree trunk.</p>
<p>2. Sponge on two different green paints to create leaves. Let dry. Add green glitter polish accents.</p>
<p>3. Use black paint to add a heart onto the trunk. Add the requested initials. Apply top coat.</p>
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Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS

 Em“bark”ing on Love

Nails by Landeros

1. Polish the nail red. Use two different shades of brown (for ­dimension) to create a tree trunk.

2. Sponge on two different green paints to create leaves. Let dry. Add green glitter polish accents.

3. Use black paint to add a heart onto the trunk. Add the requested initials. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Groovy Love</p>
<p>Nails by Lam</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail white.</p>
<p>2. Paint a big red heart outline in the center. Paint a smaller pink heart outline inside of the red, then an even smaller white heart outline inside of the pink.</p>
<p>3. Place a clear rhinestone in the center of the white heart.</p>
<p>4. Using acrylic paint and different sized dotting tools, apply light pink and red dots. Apply silver glitter dots. Apply top coat.</p>
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Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS

Groovy Love

Nails by Lam

1. Polish the nail white.

2. Paint a big red heart outline in the center. Paint a smaller pink heart outline inside of the red, then an even smaller white heart outline inside of the pink.

3. Place a clear rhinestone in the center of the white heart.

4. Using acrylic paint and different sized dotting tools, apply light pink and red dots. Apply silver glitter dots. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Candy Kisses</p>
<p>Nails by Conde</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI Thrill of Brazil. Using black water-based acrylic paint and a fine art brush, outline a lazy triangle.</p>
<p>2. Fill in the triangle with silver paint.</p>
<p>3. Dust glitter over the wet paint. Press the glitter into the paint and dust off excess. Add a white and baby blue flag at the top. Apply top coat.</p>
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Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS

Candy Kisses

Nails by Conde

1. Polish the nail with OPI Thrill of Brazil. Using black water-based acrylic paint and a fine art brush, outline a lazy triangle.

2. Fill in the triangle with silver paint.

3. Dust glitter over the wet paint. Press the glitter into the paint and dust off excess. Add a white and baby blue flag at the top. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Hot Lips</p>
<p>Nails by Jackson</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail white.</p>
<p>2. Using a red striper, outline the shape of two lips. Use the striper to fill in one of the lips, then the other.</p>
<p>3. Add glittery red polish to both lips to add depth. Add rhinestones. Apply UV top coat. Cure.</p>
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Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS

Hot Lips

Nails by Jackson

1. Polish the nail white.

2. Using a red striper, outline the shape of two lips. Use the striper to fill in one of the lips, then the other.

3. Add glittery red polish to both lips to add depth. Add rhinestones. Apply UV top coat. Cure.

<p><strong>Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Sweets for the Sweetie</p>
<p>Nails by Lum</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI Princesses Rule!</p>
<p>2. Use brown acrylic paint to make a rectangle.</p>
<p>3. Using white acrylic paint and a dotter tool, create icing.</p>
<p>4. Add a red heart-shaped cherry with a brown stem. Add various colored dots for sprinkles.</p>
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Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS

Sweets for the Sweetie

Nails by Lum

1. Polish the nail with OPI Princesses Rule!

2. Use brown acrylic paint to make a rectangle.

3. Using white acrylic paint and a dotter tool, create icing.

4. Add a red heart-shaped cherry with a brown stem. Add various colored dots for sprinkles.

<p><strong>Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Birds and the Bees</p>
<p>Nails by Rochefort</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI Suzi &amp; the Lifeguard. Add five silver waves.</p>
<p>2. Use a white striper to draw two swans.</p>
<p>3. Use OPI Big Apple Red to create a dotted heart as shown.</p>
<p>4. Add small black dots for eyes. Add short orange lines for beaks. &shy;Apply glitter top coat on the top part of the nail only. Apply top coat over entire nail. Add a heart-shaped rhinestone. Apply nail art sealer over the rhinestone.</p>
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Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS

Birds and the Bees

Nails by Rochefort

1. Polish the nail with OPI Suzi & the Lifeguard. Add five silver waves.

2. Use a white striper to draw two swans.

3. Use OPI Big Apple Red to create a dotted heart as shown.

4. Add small black dots for eyes. Add short orange lines for beaks. ­Apply glitter top coat on the top part of the nail only. Apply top coat over entire nail. Add a heart-shaped rhinestone. Apply nail art sealer over the rhinestone.

<p><strong>Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Signed and Sealed</p>
<p>Nails by Landeros</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail hot pink. In the lower righthand corner, draw a purple heart outline.</p>
<p>2. Add smaller hearts and dots in the same purple and in a lighter purple.</p>
<p>3. Add light purple dots in the heart outline. Add the requested initials. Apply top coat.</p>
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Signed and Sealed

Nails by Landeros

1. Polish the nail hot pink. In the lower righthand corner, draw a purple heart outline.

2. Add smaller hearts and dots in the same purple and in a lighter purple.

3. Add light purple dots in the heart outline. Add the requested initials. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Color Coordinated</p>
<p>Nails by Lam</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with Essie Short Shorts.</p>
<p>2. Using acrylic paint and a striping brush, paint white, light pink, and red swooping lines.</p>
<p>3. Using a dotting tool, make light pink and white dots. Apply top coat.</p>
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Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS

Color Coordinated

Nails by Lam

1. Polish the nail with Essie Short Shorts.

2. Using acrylic paint and a striping brush, paint white, light pink, and red swooping lines.

3. Using a dotting tool, make light pink and white dots. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS&nbsp;</strong></p>
<p>A Rosy Future</p>
<p>Nails by Conde</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI India Mood for Love. Use black water-based acrylic paint to draw a tear drop with an open top and a long, thin stem.</p>
<p>2. Fill in the tear drop. Add leaves below the bud and to the stem, making them thicker at the base and wavy as you drag the paint out.</p>
<p>3. Highlight the bud and leaves with white. Apply top coat.</p>
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Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS 

A Rosy Future

Nails by Conde

1. Polish the nail with OPI India Mood for Love. Use black water-based acrylic paint to draw a tear drop with an open top and a long, thin stem.

2. Fill in the tear drop. Add leaves below the bud and to the stem, making them thicker at the base and wavy as you drag the paint out.

3. Highlight the bud and leaves with white. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Forever French</p>
<p>Nails by Jackson</p>
<p>1. Apply glitter pink acrylic to create a French.</p>
<p>2. Using white acrylic paint and a striper, draw two small hearts. Outline each heart with a bigger heart.</p>
<p>3. Add white spirals in the corners. Use a silver glitter striper to add swooping lines. File and buff. Apply UV top coat. Cure.</p>
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Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS

Forever French

Nails by Jackson

1. Apply glitter pink acrylic to create a French.

2. Using white acrylic paint and a striper, draw two small hearts. Outline each heart with a bigger heart.

3. Add white spirals in the corners. Use a silver glitter striper to add swooping lines. File and buff. Apply UV top coat. Cure.

<p><strong>Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Showered with Love</p>
<p>Nails by Lum</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI Black Onyx.</p>
<p>2. Using a dotter tool, a detail brush, and brightly colored acrylic paints, draw hearts.</p>
<p>3. Add more hearts. Apply glitter top coat.</p>
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Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS

Showered with Love

Nails by Lum

1. Polish the nail with OPI Black Onyx.

2. Using a dotter tool, a detail brush, and brightly colored acrylic paints, draw hearts.

3. Add more hearts. Apply glitter top coat.

<p><strong>Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Fiery Passion</p>
<p>Nails by Rochefort</p>
<p>1. Create a V-shaped French with a red polish tip and a translucent pink base. Apply red glitter polish to the smile line.</p>
<p>2. Add nine white dots along the smile line.</p>
<p>3. Attach two red heart decals at an angle.</p>
<p>4. Use red glitter, blue glitter, and gold glitter stripers to create flames. Apply top coat.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
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Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS

Fiery Passion

Nails by Rochefort

1. Create a V-shaped French with a red polish tip and a translucent pink base. Apply red glitter polish to the smile line.

2. Add nine white dots along the smile line.

3. Attach two red heart decals at an angle.

4. Use red glitter, blue glitter, and gold glitter stripers to create flames. Apply top coat.  

<p>Nail Artists: Christina Landeros, <br />That Total Look Salon, Santa Maria, Calif.; Colin Lam, Hair Spectacular and Nails by Colin, Bremen, Ga.; Michelle Conde,<br />Nails by Michelle, Miami; Michelle Jackson, Diamond Girl Nail Salon, Morrow, Ga.; Miranda Lum, Wimp&rsquo;s Barber Shop, Poteau, Okla.; Ofelia Rochefort, Hair &amp; Nail Gallery, El Paso, Texas</p>
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Nail Artists: Christina Landeros,
That Total Look Salon, Santa Maria, Calif.; Colin Lam, Hair Spectacular and Nails by Colin, Bremen, Ga.; Michelle Conde,
Nails by Michelle, Miami; Michelle Jackson, Diamond Girl Nail Salon, Morrow, Ga.; Miranda Lum, Wimp’s Barber Shop, Poteau, Okla.; Ofelia Rochefort, Hair & Nail Gallery, El Paso, Texas

<p><strong>Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Shot Through the Heart</p>
<p>Nails by Landeros</p>
<p>1. In the lower righthand corner, use red acrylic to create a heart.</p>
<p>2. Cover the heart with purple glitter and form the smile line.</p>
<p>3. Apply pink acrylic to complete the French. File and buff.</p>
<p>4. Outline the heart with black paint. Add a black arrow and black smile line. Apply top coat.</p>
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Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS

Shot Through the Heart

Nails by Landeros

1. In the lower righthand corner, use red acrylic to create a heart.

2. Cover the heart with purple glitter and form the smile line.

3. Apply pink acrylic to complete the French. File and buff.

4. Outline the heart with black paint. Add a black arrow and black smile line. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Be Mine</p>
<p>Nails by Lam</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI Big Apple Red.</p>
<p>2. Paint a light pink heart and a white heart.</p>
<p>3. Outline each heart with the opposite color (pink or white). Write &ldquo;Be Mine&rdquo; in one heart and &ldquo;Luv U&rdquo; in the other.</p>
<p>4. Add silver glitter dots. Apply top coat.&nbsp;</p>
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Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS

Be Mine

Nails by Lam

1. Polish the nail with OPI Big Apple Red.

2. Paint a light pink heart and a white heart.

3. Outline each heart with the opposite color (pink or white). Write “Be Mine” in one heart and “Luv U” in the other.

4. Add silver glitter dots. Apply top coat. 

<p><strong>Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Lil&rsquo; Love Devil</p>
<p>Nails by Conde</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail&nbsp;with CND Oilslick. Water down your red acrylic paint (so it dries faster), then draw a wide heart with a tail.&nbsp;</p>
<p>2. Draw two side by side black zeros at the top of the heart. Add horns,&nbsp;high eyebrows,&nbsp;and a wide grin.</p>
<p>3. Fill in eyes with white. Fill in horns with yellow. Add black dots to the eyes for pupils. Highlight the tail, heart&rsquo;s edge,&nbsp;eyebrows,&nbsp;and pupils with white. Apply top coat.</p>
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Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS

Lil’ Love Devil

Nails by Conde

1. Polish the nail with CND Oilslick. Water down your red acrylic paint (so it dries faster), then draw a wide heart with a tail. 

2. Draw two side by side black zeros at the top of the heart. Add horns, high eyebrows, and a wide grin.

3. Fill in eyes with white. Fill in horns with yellow. Add black dots to the eyes for pupils. Highlight the tail, heart’s edge, eyebrows, and pupils with white. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Neon Hearts</p>
<p>Nails by Jackson</p>
<p>1. Cover the entire nail with black acrylic.</p>
<p>2. Apply clear acrylic over the entire nail. File and buff. Start creating 3-D hearts in a variety of neon colors.</p>
<p>3. Add more hearts. Add rhinestones. Apply UV top coat. Cure.</p>
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Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS

Neon Hearts

Nails by Jackson

1. Cover the entire nail with black acrylic.

2. Apply clear acrylic over the entire nail. File and buff. Start creating 3-D hearts in a variety of neon colors.

3. Add more hearts. Add rhinestones. Apply UV top coat. Cure.

<p><strong>Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p><strong></strong>Wild at Heart</p>
<p>Nails by Lum</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI Red Hot Ayers Rock.</p>
<p>2. Cut a heart shape out of Minx cheetah print, and adhere it to the nail like a sticker. Apply top coat.</p>
<p>3. Apply rhinestones around the heart&rsquo;s border. Apply top coat.</p>
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Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS

Wild at Heart

Nails by Lum

1. Polish the nail with OPI Red Hot Ayers Rock.

2. Cut a heart shape out of Minx cheetah print, and adhere it to the nail like a sticker. Apply top coat.

3. Apply rhinestones around the heart’s border. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Heart-y Patchwork</p>
<p>Nails by Rochefort</p>
<p>1. Apply seven patches of colored acrylic onto the nail.</p>
<p>2. While the acrylic is still wet, apply a heart decal to each section, pressing lightly.</p>
<p>3. Add white polish dots along the border of each section. Cover the entire nail with clear acrylic. Shape and buff. Apply top coat.</p>
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Fast: Nail Art in 5 MINUTES OR LESS

Heart-y Patchwork

Nails by Rochefort

1. Apply seven patches of colored acrylic onto the nail.

2. While the acrylic is still wet, apply a heart decal to each section, pressing lightly.

3. Add white polish dots along the border of each section. Cover the entire nail with clear acrylic. Shape and buff. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>&nbsp;Em&ldquo;bark&rdquo;ing on Love</p>
<p>Nails by Landeros</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail red. Use two different shades of brown (for &shy;dimension) to create a tree trunk.</p>
<p>2. Sponge on two different green paints to create leaves. Let dry. Add green glitter polish accents.</p>
<p>3. Use black paint to add a heart onto the trunk. Add the requested initials. Apply top coat.</p>
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Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS

 Em“bark”ing on Love

Nails by Landeros

1. Polish the nail red. Use two different shades of brown (for ­dimension) to create a tree trunk.

2. Sponge on two different green paints to create leaves. Let dry. Add green glitter polish accents.

3. Use black paint to add a heart onto the trunk. Add the requested initials. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Groovy Love</p>
<p>Nails by Lam</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail white.</p>
<p>2. Paint a big red heart outline in the center. Paint a smaller pink heart outline inside of the red, then an even smaller white heart outline inside of the pink.</p>
<p>3. Place a clear rhinestone in the center of the white heart.</p>
<p>4. Using acrylic paint and different sized dotting tools, apply light pink and red dots. Apply silver glitter dots. Apply top coat.</p>
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Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS

Groovy Love

Nails by Lam

1. Polish the nail white.

2. Paint a big red heart outline in the center. Paint a smaller pink heart outline inside of the red, then an even smaller white heart outline inside of the pink.

3. Place a clear rhinestone in the center of the white heart.

4. Using acrylic paint and different sized dotting tools, apply light pink and red dots. Apply silver glitter dots. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Candy Kisses</p>
<p>Nails by Conde</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI Thrill of Brazil. Using black water-based acrylic paint and a fine art brush, outline a lazy triangle.</p>
<p>2. Fill in the triangle with silver paint.</p>
<p>3. Dust glitter over the wet paint. Press the glitter into the paint and dust off excess. Add a white and baby blue flag at the top. Apply top coat.</p>
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Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS

Candy Kisses

Nails by Conde

1. Polish the nail with OPI Thrill of Brazil. Using black water-based acrylic paint and a fine art brush, outline a lazy triangle.

2. Fill in the triangle with silver paint.

3. Dust glitter over the wet paint. Press the glitter into the paint and dust off excess. Add a white and baby blue flag at the top. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Hot Lips</p>
<p>Nails by Jackson</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail white.</p>
<p>2. Using a red striper, outline the shape of two lips. Use the striper to fill in one of the lips, then the other.</p>
<p>3. Add glittery red polish to both lips to add depth. Add rhinestones. Apply UV top coat. Cure.</p>
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Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS

Hot Lips

Nails by Jackson

1. Polish the nail white.

2. Using a red striper, outline the shape of two lips. Use the striper to fill in one of the lips, then the other.

3. Add glittery red polish to both lips to add depth. Add rhinestones. Apply UV top coat. Cure.

<p><strong>Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Sweets for the Sweetie</p>
<p>Nails by Lum</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI Princesses Rule!</p>
<p>2. Use brown acrylic paint to make a rectangle.</p>
<p>3. Using white acrylic paint and a dotter tool, create icing.</p>
<p>4. Add a red heart-shaped cherry with a brown stem. Add various colored dots for sprinkles.</p>
12/19
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Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS

Sweets for the Sweetie

Nails by Lum

1. Polish the nail with OPI Princesses Rule!

2. Use brown acrylic paint to make a rectangle.

3. Using white acrylic paint and a dotter tool, create icing.

4. Add a red heart-shaped cherry with a brown stem. Add various colored dots for sprinkles.

<p><strong>Faster: Nail Art in 3 MINUTES OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Birds and the Bees</p>
<p>Nails by Rochefort</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI Suzi &amp; the Lifeguard. Add five silver waves.</p>
<p>2. Use a white striper to draw two swans.</p>
<p>3. Use OPI Big Apple Red to create a dotted heart as shown.</p>
<p>4. Add small black dots for eyes. Add short orange lines for beaks. &shy;Apply glitter top coat on the top part of the nail only. Apply top coat over entire nail. Add a heart-shaped rhinestone. Apply nail art sealer over the rhinestone.</p>
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Birds and the Bees

Nails by Rochefort

1. Polish the nail with OPI Suzi & the Lifeguard. Add five silver waves.

2. Use a white striper to draw two swans.

3. Use OPI Big Apple Red to create a dotted heart as shown.

4. Add small black dots for eyes. Add short orange lines for beaks. ­Apply glitter top coat on the top part of the nail only. Apply top coat over entire nail. Add a heart-shaped rhinestone. Apply nail art sealer over the rhinestone.

<p><strong>Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Signed and Sealed</p>
<p>Nails by Landeros</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail hot pink. In the lower righthand corner, draw a purple heart outline.</p>
<p>2. Add smaller hearts and dots in the same purple and in a lighter purple.</p>
<p>3. Add light purple dots in the heart outline. Add the requested initials. Apply top coat.</p>
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Signed and Sealed

Nails by Landeros

1. Polish the nail hot pink. In the lower righthand corner, draw a purple heart outline.

2. Add smaller hearts and dots in the same purple and in a lighter purple.

3. Add light purple dots in the heart outline. Add the requested initials. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Color Coordinated</p>
<p>Nails by Lam</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with Essie Short Shorts.</p>
<p>2. Using acrylic paint and a striping brush, paint white, light pink, and red swooping lines.</p>
<p>3. Using a dotting tool, make light pink and white dots. Apply top coat.</p>
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Color Coordinated

Nails by Lam

1. Polish the nail with Essie Short Shorts.

2. Using acrylic paint and a striping brush, paint white, light pink, and red swooping lines.

3. Using a dotting tool, make light pink and white dots. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS&nbsp;</strong></p>
<p>A Rosy Future</p>
<p>Nails by Conde</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI India Mood for Love. Use black water-based acrylic paint to draw a tear drop with an open top and a long, thin stem.</p>
<p>2. Fill in the tear drop. Add leaves below the bud and to the stem, making them thicker at the base and wavy as you drag the paint out.</p>
<p>3. Highlight the bud and leaves with white. Apply top coat.</p>
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A Rosy Future

Nails by Conde

1. Polish the nail with OPI India Mood for Love. Use black water-based acrylic paint to draw a tear drop with an open top and a long, thin stem.

2. Fill in the tear drop. Add leaves below the bud and to the stem, making them thicker at the base and wavy as you drag the paint out.

3. Highlight the bud and leaves with white. Apply top coat.

<p><strong>Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Forever French</p>
<p>Nails by Jackson</p>
<p>1. Apply glitter pink acrylic to create a French.</p>
<p>2. Using white acrylic paint and a striper, draw two small hearts. Outline each heart with a bigger heart.</p>
<p>3. Add white spirals in the corners. Use a silver glitter striper to add swooping lines. File and buff. Apply UV top coat. Cure.</p>
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Forever French

Nails by Jackson

1. Apply glitter pink acrylic to create a French.

2. Using white acrylic paint and a striper, draw two small hearts. Outline each heart with a bigger heart.

3. Add white spirals in the corners. Use a silver glitter striper to add swooping lines. File and buff. Apply UV top coat. Cure.

<p><strong>Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Showered with Love</p>
<p>Nails by Lum</p>
<p>1. Polish the nail with OPI Black Onyx.</p>
<p>2. Using a dotter tool, a detail brush, and brightly colored acrylic paints, draw hearts.</p>
<p>3. Add more hearts. Apply glitter top coat.</p>
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Showered with Love

Nails by Lum

1. Polish the nail with OPI Black Onyx.

2. Using a dotter tool, a detail brush, and brightly colored acrylic paints, draw hearts.

3. Add more hearts. Apply glitter top coat.

<p><strong>Fastest: Nail Art in 1 MINUTE OR LESS</strong></p>
<p>Fiery Passion</p>
<p>Nails by Rochefort</p>
<p>1. Create a V-shaped French with a red polish tip and a translucent pink base. Apply red glitter polish to the smile line.</p>
<p>2. Add nine white dots along the smile line.</p>
<p>3. Attach two red heart decals at an angle.</p>
<p>4. Use red glitter, blue glitter, and gold glitter stripers to create flames. Apply top coat.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
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Fiery Passion

Nails by Rochefort

1. Create a V-shaped French with a red polish tip and a translucent pink base. Apply red glitter polish to the smile line.

2. Add nine white dots along the smile line.

3. Attach two red heart decals at an angle.

4. Use red glitter, blue glitter, and gold glitter stripers to create flames. Apply top coat.  

As February 14 swiftly approaches, your clients are increasing their requests for nail art with hearts, flowers, and all things pink and red. We've got you covered with these designs that will get clients in, out, and on the way to their romantic rendezvous.

Photography by Kelly Bracken

Get 31 more Valentine’s Day designs at www.nailsmag.com/ohcupid.

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