To celebrate both The Essie’s nail contest, Essie celebrity manicurist and judge for the competition, Michelle Saunders, created Valentine’s Day nail art to keep your digits festive: one for single ladies and the other for those in a relationship! Pick the one that matches your status – or just the nail art design you like most – and try it out before the 14th! Also be sure to check out The Essie’s and enter this month!
Look #1: For those gals with a significant other
Step 1: Use the corner of a piece of tape to create a triangle shape at the cuticle.
Step 2: Apply 2 coats of Essie Fiji over the tape and cover the entire nail.
Step 3: Quickly remove tape to reveal triangle shape.
Step 4: Fill in space and sides with Lilasicm to begin the top of heart shape.
Step 5: Finish the heart shape by applying Cute as a Button in the shape of a V-French tip.
Look #2: For single gals
Step 1: Apply two coats of Blanc to the left half of the nail.
Step 2: Next, apply two coats of Licorice in a thin vertical line to the right side of the nail.
Step 3: Apply one coat of Berry Naughty slightly overlapping Licorice (about the width of the brush).
Step 4: Apply one coat of Fishnet Stockings slightly overlapping Berry Naughty (about the width of the brush).
Step 5: Then, apply one coat of Fiesta slightly overlapping Fishnet Stockings (about the width of the brush).
Step 6: Finally, apply Fiji in a thin vertical line, slightly overlapping fiesta.
Image: Brian Nichols/People; Essie