NAIL ART: Valentine's Day Berry Smoosh Mani

by - February 09, 2022

If you've been following my nail art for any period of time, you'll know that one of my favorite techniques is a smoosh and it's one that I always come back to. It's just so, so versatile and I feel like I can not only do a smoosh for every mood and occasion, but there's also different versions of the smoosh for different looks. For Valentine's Day themed nails this year, I knew I wanted to pull out a smoosh because there's just something about it that I love for this particular occasion. 

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Last year for Valentine's Day, I did this pink and red smoosh with negative space stamping and I knew I didn't want to so anything too similar this year, so I kept that in mind as I was choosing my colors and stamping. For the smoosh, I wanted the pinks to lean more berry/purple than a warmer, redder pink so I grabbed for really rich polishes in plum, fuscia and a sort of pinky mauve. I also grabbed for a white to really bring some contrast and visual interest to the overall look. For the stamping, I decided to go with this sort of squiggly heart image from the Whats Up Nails B024 Love Is Everywhere Stamping Plate because I felt like it would stand up enough over the smoosh while still being sort of delicate. 

I started by applying my base polishes. I used one coat of the lightest pink shade for the nails that I was going to smoosh as well as two coats of the plum shade to the rest of my nails. To do the smoosh, I applied a handful of random dots of each polish to the head of a stamper and then pounce the stamper onto the nail a few times until I got the desired amount of smooshy blend. I did this one a little bit differently than I usually do this style, rolling my stamper slightly on the last smoosh to get that subtle sort of sunburst effect on the nails. At this point, I used a clean up brush to remove some of that extra polish from the smoosh. I ALWAYS apply a latex cuticle barrier when I do a smoosh to aid in clean up, so at this point I just got the excess out of the cuticles and left the barrier on my skin. 

I gave the smoosh a few minutes to dry down before I went in with my stamping, which in this case was really quick and easy. Finally, once I was happy with the design, I cleaned up a little bit more, sealed the design in with a nail art top coat and then finished all of my nails with a generous layer of QDTC. And voila!

All Products Used
Color Club - French Tip
Color Club - Can You Dig It?
Color Club - Twice Bitten
Heroine NYC - Lovesick
Whats Up Nails - Blanc My Mind
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Cuticula Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat
Whats Up Nails B024 Love Is Everywhere Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Stamper & Scraper

I swear, pretty much every single time I do a smoosh mani, I find myself wondering why I don't do them more often.... though I think that's probably because I forget that I actually do do them pretty often. Anyway, I actually wasn't sure about this one immediately after I did it, but the longer I looked at it the more in love with it I fell. I think that's one of my favorite things about nail art. Not only is it a trust the process kind of a thing, but there's also an aspect of letting it grow on you.

Anyway! Be sure to head over to @pblnails on Instagram to check out the video tutorial for this mani and be sure to follow me there to keep up on all of my nail designs!

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