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Monday, February 10, 2014

A Valentine's Day Manicure to Outlast Your Date

You know the saying. "A kiss is just a kiss...but diamonds are forever." Well, diamonds might not be in the cards for many of us this V-Day, but a manicure that outlasts your date at the very least can be! Longtime readers will know that I'm a fan of long-lasting manicures and nail art - although I'm not always top-notch when left to free-hand myself. Luckily, with a little help from some affordable nail finds, adding some stamina and romance to a standard mani is within reach!

What you'll need:   

Those without an at-home gel manicure kit can sub in similar shades you already have, but the Sally Hansen pens are a MUST for those as inept at nail art as I am. Drawing on yourself has never been easier with these, and they're only $5.99 a piece!

What to do:

  1. Prep the nails with the Max Adhesion Sanitizer that comes with the kit.
  2. Apply structure base coat
  3. Cure for 45 seconds under the LED lamp
  4. Apply a different polish shade to each nail
  5. Cure for 45 seconds under the LED lamp
  6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 for more opacity
  7. Draw small white hearts on the index finger, small red hearts on the pink finger, and a large broken heart on the thumb
  8. Apply Brilliance coat
  9. Cure for 45 seconds under the LED lamp
  10. Swipe nails with cotton pad saturated with Purify Pre & Post Cleanser
  11. Apply Revitalize Cuticle Oil to the skin directly around the nail
  12. Done!
It's that easy! The key is letting the nail art pens dry adequately before applying the brilliance coat. It shouldn't take long, but it's essential to keep your hearts from smudging under the Brilliance coat. 

Want more at-home gel nail art tutorials? Check out a prom-inspired glitzy gradient!

What will be on your nails this Valentine's Day?

What You'll Need