5 Valentines Day Nail Polish Ideas

Valentine’s Day is coming up and no matter if you have a special date or if you just want to have some fun with your style, a good place to begin is at your fingertips. Get inspired by the colors and themes of Valentine’s Day for your next manicure. There are thousands of looks out there, but here are a few ideas.


1. Reds
One of the first colors to come to mind when you think Valentines Day is Red, of course. It’s the color of roses, hearts, a symbol of passion and a stunning color that anybody can pull off. There’s an array of reds to choose from, from ones with blue undertones to fiery orange-reds. Certain shades will look best depending on if you have cool or warm undertones. Cool or blue-reds look best on people with cool undertones and red-oranges look best on those with warm undertones. When you find the right red that’s right for you, it’ll pop against your skin.

2. Pinks
Sweet, girly pinks are another fun color for Valentine’s Day. They’re always flirty and can range from a darling ballet slipper shade to a punchy fuchsia. Light pink would be great for a romantic date in the park whereas its bolder cousin would look amazing for a fun night out on the town. Keep nails filed short when wearing hot pink since the color is so bold already. Coral-pinks can be another fun way to decorate your fingers for Valentine’s Day.

3. White
White nails are striking, modern and unusual. They’re great for Valentine’s Day and the winter season in general. You can go for a brilliant snow white or white mixed with a nice silver or gold shimmer. A French manicure is a classy look to consider that always looks good with white. Since a solid white nail is so striking, keep the length short. Anybody can pull this color off.

4. Glitter
Whether it’s tiny, big and chunky or even shaped like hearts for Valentine’s, glitter is a fun way to punch up your nails. You’ll want to go for something in the pink or red family to stay in the Valentine’s Day spirit. Try festive heart shaped glitter for a cute holiday look. You might even want to try applying one heart and leaving the rest of the nail a pale color or even clear. Get even more creative with glittery polish by doing a shimmery French manicure or maybe even stripes.

5. Nail Art
One trend that’s very popular right now is kiwai nail art. This trend comes from Japan and uses acrylic nails as well as clay and various materials to get a unique look. Nail artists can sculpt hearts for Valentine’s Day out of the gel or Fimo clay they’re using as well as an array of other shapes. If you don’t have the time or money to get a professional manicure you can always paint your own designs with fine brushes that can easily be found in craft and beauty supply stores. For example, paint the base of the nail pink then paint on a deep red heart, Cupid’s arrow or some angel wings. Get creative and have fun. Lack time? Look for nail stickers and press on art at your local drugstore.

Overall, be imaginative with your Valentine’s Day manicure. It’s a great holiday to get playful and try designs that you might not normally wear. Have fun with the colors and let everybody know that your fingertips are holiday themed by sporting pinks, reds, or some of the other colors that have been suggested.

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5 Hottest Nail Polish Colors this Christmas

With the holiday season well under way, the need for a well manicured set of fingernails is increased. With all of the holiday parties at work, family dinners, and present exchanges with friends coming up, beautiful grooming will be noticed and appreciated. Plus, following some of these hot trends for the winter 2011 season will set you apart.

Red holiday nails


The ombre style is a very versatile one. When done with bold colors, the two tone look can be great fun for a tropical splash look in summer, but can, and should, also be tailored to fit the winter season. A few suggestions on how to make this look work are to choose darker hues, mix and match colors, and be bold. A dark green top with black base looks fantastic on longer nails, as does bright blue with black for a more startling effect.


Classic, elegant, and simple – the manicure version of a beautiful pearl necklace. Nude nails are always in fashion and give the impression of someone who is very conscientious. Nude nails are quite versatile with different fingernail lengths, so they can be worn either long or short. This light, neutral shade is convenient for outfits with more ornamentation, sparkle, or sexiness to them, as the nails will not any way detract from the garment. Neutral nails can also allow for more fun with eye or lip make up choices.


A year round standard with a subtle winter twist. Scarlet hues are very in fashion for nail polish colors this winter and look fabulous on short nails. When worn on long nails the color can be a bit overpowering so be sure to trim up if sporting this look. If wanting to get out of the dark red family, an orange red color can also be worn this season, but again, make sure to keep the fingernail length short to wear it properly.


This nail polish color has been popular all year and will continue to be so during the Christmas season. Taupe looks great on long or short nails so it provides a lot of options for its wearer. Additionally, unlike some of the other color options this season, taupe can be worn in either a glossy or matte form and still be trendy. Much like the family of nude polishes, a taupe manicure allows for more fun with color elsewhere in the outfit.

Deep, Earthy Greens and Blues

For those searching for a traditional dark look for the holidays, there is nothing hotter than the deep colors available in greens and blues. Picking a glossy shade usually helps complete this look as the light will hit the color better than in matte form. The shine also helps to distinguish the green or blue undertone to what at first glance could appear to be just plain black. This look works on short to medium length nails, but is not recommended for long nails as the dark colors can be overwhelming at that length.

Christina is a fashionista for her local shopping center, providing fashion advice and style tips to her clients while they find the right outfit for them. She recommends you use enamel paint on your nails, as it’s hard wearing and can take whatever you throw at it, whether it’s sun, sand, surf or snow this Christmas.

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The Best Nail Polishes In 2011

Curious about the best and worst nail polishes? The Total Beauty article below is essentially a list of nail polish awards for 2011 with items such as most chip proof and most likely to chip in one day. If you want the shiniest polish or the one with the best special effects, this is also the place to look.

Best Nail Polishes of 2011

Total Beauty gives out the 2011 year’s Nail Polish Awards! Click below to see the best brands that you should grab for your next home polish date or manicure, and also see which polishes are best to avoid

Total Beauty tested hundreds of nail polish brands and shades to complete this list of the best and the worst polishes. See which one is the most chip-proof, which delivers the most pigmented colors, and more.See the winners here

Best Nail Polishes of 2011

This is a TotalBeauty.com nails article


What is your favorite polish? Are there any polish awards that you would give out?

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