How-To: Perfect A Valentine's-Themed Mani At Home - STYLE Canada


We know, we know – a D.I.Y manicure is intimidating (unless you’re a nail artist or technician). But with COVID in the way of returning to your favourite salon for a clip, buff and paint, it’s time to face the “love music” if you want a fresh set in time for Valentine’s Day.
One thing: Don’t forget to buff. When you create a smooth surface before applying a base coat of polish, you lessen the chances of your master work being ruined.
Ready to try your hand at recreating some holiday inspo? Take the following tips and products into consideration.

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This little nod to Comme des Garçons makes loveable nail art. Plus, it’s totally accomplishable with a splash of “Blazing Lacquer” from Bio Sculpture’s new GEMINI collection. GEMINI is fast-drying and long-lasting, and it contains hardening plant extracts derived from aloe vera, lemon and ginseng that add strength to the nail. It also promotes even application and consistent coverage, making your at-home mani a breeze.

To mimic the small details that this mani possesses, we recommend using a dotting tool. This five-piece, dual-ended set from Amazon costs less than $10 and helps you get the job done.

Bio Sculpture GEMINI Blazing Lacquer, $20.50, available at

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The cheekier, the better, right? Be your own cupid and use your new dotting tool to draw these fanciful hearts overtop of a coat of shimmery “Gilded Goddess” – a nostalgic standout in ESSIE’s new Valentine’s Day collection.

ESSIE Nail Polish in Gilded Goddess, $9.99, available at mass and drug retailers across Canada

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For a darker, sultry and sophisticated hue, try on Bio Sculpture’s “Ravishing Red” for size. Simply apply your base coat, then apply two coats of “Ravishing Red”, then a clear top coat for extra protection like Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat – a drugstore classic.

Bio Sculpture GEMINI Ravishing Red Lacquer, $20.50, available at

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