Want to elevate your nail game this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered. This year, it’s all about metallic, glossy, ombre and coquette manis – all of which are perfect for V-day. If you’re struggling to find the perfect look, here are 26 Valentine’s Day nail ideas we’re crushing on.
26 Valentine’s Day Nail Ideas We’re Crushing On
1. Metallic Pink and Painted Hearts
How gorgeous is this pink metallic nail polish? We love the painted heart on the ring finger and the pretty light pink color she used for the base. If you haven’t mastered the art of painting hearts, use nail art stickers to recreate this look.
2. Ombre Hearts
Ombre nails are on-trend this year. While this look uses pastel pinks, you can choose any shade of pink you like. Use nail art paint to draw the hearts and add the polka dots, or just use nail art stickers to finish this cute look.
3. Matte Red and Pink Hearts
These velvety matte red and pink colors are perfect for Valentine’s Day. You’ll need some nail art paint to draw the hearts, but otherwise, this look is super simple to recreate at home or in the salon.
4. Glitter, Hearts and Strawberries
Wow – there’s a lot going on here with this look, but we love it. It’s one of our fave Valentine’s Day nail ideas because of all the little details. If you’re not a fan of the strawberry or heart designs, you can skip them. The glittery ring finger will make this look pop.
5. XO & Hearts
Are you a minimalist at heart? You’ll love this idea. It’s super simple and still perfect for V-day without being over the top. Choose a matte pink color you like and use nail art paint to draw an “X” “O” and heart – or you can cheat and use fun stickers instead.
6. Metallic Red and White Hearts
7. V-Day Kisses
If you want something simple and cute for Valentine’s Day, this look is it. Find a pretty light pink color that you love and add lip nail stickers.
8. Rounded French Tip Manicure with Hearts
Here’s an elegant look that’s still fun for Valentine’s Day. Get a rounded French manicure with red tips, and for your ring finger, add a string of hearts. Draw a simple line down the middle and add heart stickers or paint the hearts on.
9. A String of Hearts
You’ll be the queen of hearts with these nails. Choose a hot red color for your thumb and pinkie nails. Use a simple cream color as the base for your nail art and put your painting skills to the test. Or save yourself the headache, bring this look to the salon!
10. Heart Clouds and Glitter
We love the mix of matte and glitter here. Choose a shimmery shade of pink that complements your complexion and a matte pink color that goes with it. You can have your nail artist airbrush the white hearts, or you can use stickers if you’re doing your own nails.
11. Pink and White V-Tips
Rounded V-tips are one of the trendiest Valentine’s Day nail ideas. For this look, you’ll need two shades of pink and your favorite white nail polish. For the glittery accent, you can use a nail sticker if you’re doing this look at home.
12. Pink and Red French Manicure
This pretty look has a different design for each nail, but it all fits together so well. Use the same pastel pink and red colors for your manicured tips and hearts to create a cohesive design that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.
13. Swirls and Polka Dots
These nails look like candy. The red, white and pink swirls and polka dots are fitting for Valentine’s Day, but you can still rock this look after the holiday. If you’re doing this look at home, you can find nail stickers and stencils for the swirl and polka dot designs. The base color is a simple, nude nail color.
14. Pink Hearts and Stars
This look is all about the glimmer. The shimmery red base color is gorgeous and fitting for Valentine’s Day. The heart and star designs pull the whole look together, making it perfect for the office, a night out or wherever you’re celebrating this day. You can paint on the heart and stars, but we recommend using stickers to save yourself the headache.
15. Sparkle Heaven
Are you upset about the lack of sparkles on the list? Well, here is one for you. The main colors are a very light pink and a deep red, sparkle-based nail polish. Veronni offers a bright, sparkly red nail polish that will work perfectly for this design.
You can also add a heart sticker like in the Pin.
If you can, freehand the heart. Otherwise, these nail stickers have tons of heart designs to choose from.
16. Pink Nails + Heart Chaos
If you’re a fan of Barbie, you’re going to love this nail design. You’ll need pink for your nails and an array of darker shades of pink and red. Normally, I would recommend nail stickers to recreate a look like this, but I’m 99% sure that the person took the DIY approach.
A thin brush set and steady hands are required!
Start with creating the main two hearts in the middle of the design and work your way closer to the cuticle.
17. Stylish Gel Nail Polish Design
You can spend $50 to have this done in a salon, or you can put your own nail design skills to the test. You’ll need gel nail polish, and this 36-piece set is less than $1 per bottle and includes colors for all occasions. Paint on little hearts with a thin brush and your nails will be on point on Valentine’s Day.
18. Lip Excitement
Valentine’s Day nail ideas like this one are exciting because they’re easy to recreate using a simple sticker set and some tips. You’ll want to use tips like these and stickers for the lips. And, of course, some red and pink nail polish.
19. Tic Tac Toe Thumb Art
If you’re short on time, you’ll love this nail design. Why? It looks so professional, yet you can easily recreate it with some stickers. We couldn’t find an exact match, but this set has something very similar.
20. Cupid Nail Designs
Unless you’re a world-renowned artist, you’re going to need to use stickers for these designs. Baby cupids, shooting their arrow and spreading love are hard to recreate. Amazon has cupid stickers, like this one and this one.
21. Tic Tac Toe Love
Whew, a lot is going on here, but it’s really all about the stickers, isn’t it? You’ll find the artist uses multiple heart patterns (like this and this), but what really stands out to me is the tic tac toe pattern like this one. If you’re really enthusiastic, you can try painting on the tic-tac-toe board yourself.
22. Pink and Red Shooting Hearts
If you have a basic pink and red nail polish, you can recreate this look. The hardest part? Making the “shooting hearts” is going to require a steady hand and some very fine liner brushes. You can find a nice set of brushes between 5mm and 20mm thin for very cheap online.
23. LOVE Nail Art
One of the higher-end Valentine’s Day nail ideas is this amazing one from @lizzy_naildesigns. I recommend going to a nail salon, but if you’re tempted to DIY it, you’ll need nail tips, deep red nail polish, pink nail polish and white to write “LOVE.” The “V” adds a special touch, and this sticker will do the trick.
24. Hearts and XOXO
Red and white nail polish is all you’ll need for this look, but you will need a touch of black for the XOXOs. Stickers work great for the lips, and the XOXO looks like it was hand-painted. You can use this sticker pack for the lips and XOXO if you don’t want to paint them on yourself.
25. Matte-colored Lip Art
Pink and clear coats are a top choice for Valentine’s Day, but this artist added black, too. One key addition to this idea is that instead of hearts, the person added white, black, pink and red lips to their nails. You can use these adhesives or draw them yourself.
26. Pink, Red and Clear Nails with Hearts
Simple yet cute, you can easily mimic this style. You’ll need a lot of the basic colors mentioned already: red and pink. The artists used clear gel nail polish, and if you have thin nails, this one on Amazon works really well.