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Nail Art Studio: Valentine-Inspired Step-by-Steps

Six NAILS readers submit their Valentine's Day-inspired nail art designs.

Fly Butterfly


1. Use a paper hole puncher to punch out a hole in the tip. Add green glitter to clear gel and apply. Add dots of green, pink, and white gel.

2. Drag a striper brush through all three colors to create the design shown. Apply two coats of clear gel. Cure. Wipe, file, and buff.

3. Using an electric file, make a slit at the top and bottom of the punched-out hole. Cut wire and place a butterfly bead onto it. Place the wire, and apply gel on either side to hold the wire in place. Cure, then wipe (make sure the bead spins). Add Cina flower decals around the punched-out hole. Apply top coat.

Julia Barrios, ASP Aspire educator, Hatillo,Puerto Rico

Lady in Red


1. Use red polish to create a V-shaped smile line. Polish the remainder white.

2. Add gold glitter to the smile line.

3. Apply a red rhinestone in the center of the smile line. Add gold glitter around the rhinestone. Apply top coat.

Midori Arriaga, K Charles & C.,San Antonio, Texas

Hearts & Flowers


1. Polish the nail frosty white. Handpaint three red hearts.

2. Using a striper brush, add green stems.

3. Accent the stems with green glitter. Add teardrop-shaped rhinestones with the hearts. Add a silver green accent on top of the bouquet. Apply top coat.

Patricia Amato, Glitz & Glamour, Garfield Heights, Ohio

Love is in the Air


1. Polish the nail black.

2. Using pink and purple acrylic paint, add hearts and partial hearts.

3. Using white acrylic paint, add hearts. Add the word “love” inside a heart. Outline some hearts in black to make it look like they are overlapping. Apply top coat.

Yoriko Kandono,Tokyo

Lovely Ladybug


1. Polish the nail red.

2. Using a striper brush, paint the tip black, then paint a line vertically down the middle.

3. Using a dotting tool, add black dots randomly on each side.

4. Add more dots. Apply top coat.

April Abeyta, Salon Tabu, El Paso, Texas

Dr. I See Dots



1. Polish the nail white. Add pink dots.

2. Add red circles.

3. Add black circles. Apply top coat.

Theresa Lawrence, The Ultimate Spa Salon, Monona, Wis.


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