For Valentine designs, I like a lot of pink, white and red. So I searched YouYube and google for some cute designs. "Cutepolish" on YouTube did this adorable pink plaid and hearts design, so I decided to try it out. It wasn't all that great because my nails were soooooooo short. But still, it was ok.
This was around January 8th, 2016, right after I removed my acrylics and trimmed away all the damaged stuff, pretty much bringing my nails down to the quick.
I had been using glue on nails and acrylic nails all through the holidays, to give me a bigger canvas to paint all those lovely holiday designs on. But at this point, I had made the decision to forget glue-on fake nails and acrylic nails, and start growing out my real nails. I began taking "skin, hair and nails" vitamins, keeping my nails moisturized with cuticle oils and lotions, and developing a good nail care routine, using a brush on treatment. More about that later...
But this was how I started, using cuteness to cover up the lack of length, until they grew out. I knew Valentine's Day would be the next holiday, so I wanted to have my own nails grown out enough for decent nail art by then.
Next I tried a different variation of "hearts and plaid". I thought this one was adorable too, inspired by google images.
Now this design, I saw online while searching for "conversation heart candy nail art". I just thought conversation hearts would make cute nail designs, for some reason. I found a really cute design, but the problem was, the original artist used a "stamping plate" with a conversation heart theme, which I did not have... I also knew it would be a real pain in the neck painting all those hearts directly onto my nails (left and right hands), then going over them again to put the letters on. So I figured a way around that....
So I went to work painting little hearts in pink. purple, light green and yellow, on a plastic document protector. Then I allowed them to dry overnight, and used a thumb tack needle dipped in polish to write cute little phrases on them.
I painted all my nails a hot pink color. Then went to work placing the hearts on my nails in a similar pattern to the one I saw online. I trimmed away any excess parts and pressed them down to secure them.
Then I added a top coat and there I had it! A cute design that got me a lot of compliments at work.
My final Valentine design was this one-- red and white hearts. Inspired by a YouTube video, of course. Alternating red and white sections, with countering hearts. Kind of reminds me of playing cards, lol. But adorable, still.