Valentine’s day is approaching, I can hardly believe that we are already halfway through January. Now I don’t really consider Valentine’s Day a holiday but it can be fun and something to look forward to in February. If you are in a relationship it’s fun to do little thoughtful gift or a date night. With covid still hanging around a night in with maybe a home cooked dinner would be nice. It can also be a fun day if you are single- think Galentine’s day, celebrate with your best gal pals. This year we have complied 15 Pretty Valentine’s Day nail ideas.
Now if salons are still closed in your area you could do a DIY manicure and do a simple and cute design for Valentine’s. Speaking of Valentine’s Day we love gifting a spa day or manicure we think it’s the perfect gift. Of course pink, red, and hearts are huge for this fun holiday but there are also more subtle designs if that’s not you cup of tea. One trend that we are really loving lately are coloured French tips, and for Valentine’s Day red or pink French are the perfect choice for a chic and subtle nod to the day of love. From simple red and pink nails to more elaborate designs, here are our favourite Valentine’s Day nails for 2022.
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In addition to choosing a nail colour or design you must also choose a nail shape. There are quite a wide variety to choose from especially if you are doing acrylic nails, you can’t do as much with the shape of natural nails. Depending on the type of look you are going for different shapes and lengths can give each nail design a whole different vibe. There are definitely more classic and timeless shapes so if you are looking for wedding or engagement nails these might be a good choice (like rounded or oval). Check out this chart of nail shapes to help you choose! Another thing to also consider is the length of your nails, depending on the look you want. If you are going for more of a timeless classic look I would recommend steering clear of super long nails as they can look too trendy and end up looking dated over time.
Round/Oval Nails: It mirrors the contour of the nail with a circular edge at the tip. This shape helps to elongate your fingers and is a classic look.
Square Nails: Filed straight across the top, with flawless 90 degree angle sides. If you have narrow nail beds and slim fingers, this is the perfect shape for you.
Squoval Nails: Take a square shape nail and round out its edges and you end up with this hybrid. This is a universally flattering nail shape that looks good on short and long fingers.
Coffin Nails: Mimicking the shape of a coffin this shape is tapered on the sides with a straight edge on the tip. This shape is for the fashionistas of the nail world
Almond Nails: An elongated nail with tapered tips. These are really popular lately but they also give off a chic timeless look.
Stiletto Nails: Long, pointy, and dramatic. These nails usually come with dramatic designs and are not really practical for everyday.
Types Of Artificial Nails
Acrylic Nails: Acrylic nails are made of a combination of acrylic glass and liquid monomers. This mixture looks like a paste, bonds to the natural nail, and begins to harden pretty quickly. During this time the desired shape is created.
Gel Nails: Are liquid like regular nail polish but is then cured under a UV or LED light. Basically anything that comes out of a bottle and is brushed on your nail and then cured under a light to harden is a gel nail. This type also includes shellack.
Dip Powder: Dip powder nails are the newest trend to blow up on the nail space. They have been around for a while, but have not really gained much popularity until the last couple of years. Dip powder is basically acrylic in a powder form.
15 Pretty Valentine’s Day Nail Ideas
How to Grow Longer Nails
Now if you are looking to grow your natural nails so that they are healthy and long we have some great tips to help you achieve that! A lot of the time I just have my natural nails and paint them having your natural nails will save you money and you won’t have to go to the nail salon every few weeks which is nice. Now nail and health experts know that a great healthy diet is key to growing long and beautiful hair and nails but there are a few other things that you can do to grow longer nails.
- Use a cuticle oil daily. The secret to growing your best nails is: hydration, hydration, hydration. Cuticle oil works by hydrating the cuticle and nail bed, which is why it’s such an important step in nail care. This goes double if you live in a really dry climate like I do, your hands and cuticles can become super dry. Keeping the cuticles moisturized is essential to helping grow healthy and strong nails.
- Consider vitamins for hair and nails. Brittle nails prone to peeling and breakage could be a sign of biotin deficiency, so it might be a good idea to supplement your diet with an extra dose of this essential B vitamin.
- Eat a nail friendly diet. Eat the rainbow include a variety of fruits and vegetables. Not only is this good for your skin, nails and hair its great for your overall health too! This may be one of the most important tips to growing long beautiful nails, beauty starts on the inside!
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