How To: Date Night Manicure

Good morning lovely readers! It’s Friday and the weekend, and for many of you, that might mean it’s date night. I see a lot of people on Facebook, twitter, and elsewhere asking about what to do on their nails for their date night, so I thought I would share with you two outfits and 3 manicures I’ve done for each outfit.
How To Date Night Manicure | Be Happy And Buy Polish

“Night Out With Friends” Outfit + Manicures

Let’s say you’re going out with your friends for a night out! Usually for a night out with friends, I’m going dressy-casual: a nice top, jeans, and sandals (or boots when it’s chillier).
Night Out with Friends outfit | Be Happy And Buy Polish

For the first manicure, I’ve done a simple mix-n-match two-color manicure with Jessica Sharktooth and Color Club La Petit Mint-Sieur:
Jessica Sharktooth, Color Club La Petit Mint-Sieur | Be Happy And Buy Polish

For the second manicure, I’ve punched up the simple manicure with some stripes of Jessica Tangerine Dreamz:
Jessica Sharktooth, Color Club La Petit Mint-Sieur, Jessica Tangerine Dreamz | Be Happy And Buy Polish

For the third manicure, I’ve also added some flowers:
Jessica Sharktooth, Color Club La Petit Mint-Sieur, Jessica Tangerine Dreamz | Be Happy And Buy Polish

“Date Night With Your Honey” Outfit + Manicures

A date night for my husband and I is a fairly rare thing – mainly because he hates going out and I have to drag him. So I tend to really dress up (and make him dress up!) and look nice in a dress and heels.
Night Out with Honey outfit | Be Happy And Buy Polish

For the first manicure, I’ve started again with a mix-n-match two-color manicure, with Barielle Berry Posh and Taupe Notch (press samples):
Barielle Berry Posh, Taupe Notch | Be Happy And Buy Polish

For the second manicure, I’ve simply added a stripe of gray down the center of the ring finger:
Barielle Berry Posh, Taupe Notch | Be Happy And Buy Polish

For the third manicure, I added studs to the stripe, and dots on the rest of the nails with Sinful Colors Snow Me White:
Barielle Berry Posh, Taupe Notch, Sinful Colors Snow Me White | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Suggestions for Your Night Out Manicure!

Here are my suggestions for your night out manicure:

  • Start out by making sure your nails are clipped/filed, clean, and apply base coat.
  • Choose complementary colors to your outfit (including your shoes & other accessories).
  • If you’re only going to a one-color manicure, make sure you create the maximum impact by choosing a striking color and cleaning up your manicure properly.
  • If you’reΒ going to do a more complicated design, make sure you leave yourself enough time to complete it!
  • Top your manicure with a good top coat (Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That, ellagee Glass, HK Girl are some of my favorites) and let dry. After all, you want your manicure to last all night through dinner, drinks, and other activities!
  • From personal experience: either do your makeup before your nails, or make absolutely sure your nails are dry before doing your makeup. There’s nothing worse that having the perfect nails and then doing your makeup and smudging your nails (especially the tips)!

I’d love to know what you do for date night nails! Do you keep it simple, or do you tend to glam up your nails?Β I’d love to hear about the last date night or fun night out with friends that you’ve had!

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62 thoughts on “How To: Date Night Manicure

  1. This is a cool post. I usually just go with whatever is on my nails at that moment (ofc it has to look neat and tidy, no chips etc). If I do happen to have more time or it’s a planned event, I’ll do a matching design, if I have little time, I just go with something simple – a matching colour and maybe some stamping or dots.. or an effective texture gradient πŸ˜€

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  8. Great post! This could be a fun series! I love the mint and coral combination with the flowers! I never would have thought to try those colors together but it works wonderfully!

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