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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! One thing you need (besides a gift for your Valentine or BFF) is a killer on-theme manicure. It’s the perfect occasion to sport hot pink nails, French tips, ease into pastel colors for spring, or try those heart shaped nail stickers you’ve been holding onto.

From hearts and flowers to pretty pearl accents, creating your own Valentine’s Day nail look is easier than you think. Need a little inspo? We’ve rounded up some super fun mani ideas with help from celeb nail artists Hannah Lee and Steph Stone, plus lots more to get you started. Continue reading for our best Valentine’s Day nail art ideas that you’re sure to fall for.

About the Experts:

Hannah Lee is a professional manicurist.
Steph Stone is a Los Angeles-based celebrity manicurist.

1.Jelly Valentine’s Day Hearts

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We’re already obsessed with the jelly nail trend, and this Valentine’s Day-inspired take on trend is giving us major heart eyes. Start with a coat of a sheer jelly polish, or DIY your own by mixing a few drops of clear top coat in with your fave pink polish. Let it dry completely before adding dainty hearts scattered around your nails. Use a dotter tool to add two small dots next to each other, then use a clean toothpick to drag the bottoms together into a point.

2. Stars Aligned Valentine’s Day Mani

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Star light, star bright, this stars aligned V-day mani is just so right. We can’t tell what we love more, the ombré blushing effect as the base or the bright white galactic accents placed over top. Regardless, these nails were an instant add to our Valentine’s Day beauty mood boards.

3. All Tied Up V-Day Nails

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Coquettish black ribbon bows, pearl accents, and delicate little cherries? Say less! This Valentine’s Day mani is giving retro Betty Boop and we can’t get enough. The best part? You can totally recreate this look at home with a few tools, like a nail dotter and detailer nail brush, and just a couple nail polish colors. You’ve got it!

4. Mini Valentine’s Heart Nails

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With a neutral base coat and alternating colored hearts, it’s a fresh, and fun take on your traditional Valentine’s Day heart nails. The best part? You can customize it with any colors you want—blues, purples, even neons—keep the base color muted and it’ll go with all your looks.

To create it, apply two coats of MISCHO Nail Polish in Angel and let it dry. Then, use a dotting tool or toothpick dipped in light pink, purple, or red polish and apply two vertical dots at the base of your nail (one for the tip of the heart, and one where the arches of your heart will meet). Use the dotting tool to finish your heart shape, then fill it in with polish using a thin paintbrush.

5. Modern Animal PrintValentine’s Day Nails

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Edgy, sexy, a little bit wild—we love this take on the animal print nail trend by Stone. She uses nude, black, and red to create a totally unique mani that’ll pair perfectly with your LBD or your fuzziest sweater.

To create it, Stone says to alternate painting your nails with nude and black polish. On your black nails, use a white polish to paint two half circles on each side of the tip of your nails as the base for your heart-shape French tip. While they dry, move on to your nude nails and use a dotting tool to paint tiny spots with brown polish. Then, use a striping brush to add little black C-shapes around the brown spots. Go back to your black nails and paint red polish over the white areas (the white helps the red pop!), then apply a clear top coat over all.

6. Matte Candy HeartsV-Day Nails

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What’s sweeter than this candy heart-inspired mani by Lee? Not much, tbh. It’s guaranteed to bring some joy to your Valentine’s Day and a smile to anyone who sees it. Make it your own by writing your own sayings on each nail—they sky’s the limit.

To create it, apply a clear base coat to each nail.Then, pick out three to four polishes (one option we love isMISCHO BEAUTY Nail Lacquer in Manicured) and draw two curved lines that meet in the center of each nail. Fill them in with polish and let dry. Take a bright color (like red) and use a thin paintbrush to carefully write in your letters. Then, finish with a clear matte top coat.

7. Red French Manifor Valentine’s Day

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When we think of romantic nail ideas, we almost always think French mani—a style that’s timeless, classic, and looks good on just about everyone. And this modern, colorful twist takes it to a new level of gorgeous. We love red for Valentine’s Day, but feel free to switch it up with any color you want—soft pink, lilac, and deep purple are equally fun to play with. Just don’t forget the gold accents for a little touch of luxe.

To create it, apply a clear base coat and let your nails dry completely. Then, take a piece of tape and section off the tip of your nail. Paint the section red using a thin paintbrush and let it completely (totally) dry. Peel the tape off, then apply a dot of gold polish (you can use nail glue and a gold stud, too!) to the center. Seal it all in with a clear top coat.

8. Solid MauveValentine’s Day Nails

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If you're either not into or not great at executing nail designs, you’re not alone (we’ve had some eye-opening Instagram vs. IRL moments ourselves). Instead, simply opt for a soft nail polish that’s both romantic and effortless. Red nails or pink polish are always popular for Valentine’s Day, but we’re loving this sweet and slightly unexpected shade of mauve that you’ll want to wear well past the holiday. Apply it on all fingers, paint it on an accent nail, alternate with other shades you love—it looks great on all skin tones and pairs well with your pink Valentine’s Day makeup looks.

To create it, start by applying a base coat. Then, top that with a mauve polish. Finally, finish up with a clear coat to keep it looking flawless.

9. Soft Pink MarbleValentine’s Day Nails

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What’s more luxurious than gorgeous marble? It’s one of our favorite nail trends and surprisingly, not as complicated to create as it looks. Instead of using a plain white or nude polish, infuse a little bit of V-Day spirit into this look by using a light pink nail polish like . Need some help to expertly execute the marble nail art technique? Follow our marble mani tutorial here.

10. Pearl Accents

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There's a common misconception that in order to create epic DIY nails you have to be able to master super intricate, hand-painted designs. Sure, it helps, but there are other ways to create standout nails. Take these delicate pearl nails for example. Here, the only real skill required is gluing a pearl accent onto each finger, so go for it—you got this.

To create it, start with a clear base coat, then top that with a nude pink nail polish. Once everything has dried, use a small drop of clear nail glue to adhere a pearl accent to each nail. Keep things understated by only applying one pearl (or many) to each finger. Lock it all in with a clear top coat.

11. Geometric Shapes

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We’re in love with the shape of you, geometric mani. This triangle nail art is a little bit edgy, a lot chic, and perfect for shaking up your Valentine’s Day nail look. You can create it in almost any color you want, like red or bright pink, but we love how modern it looks in deep, rich purple.

To recreate this manicure, start by applying pink nail polish as a base coat. Apply tape in a triangle on the side of your nail. Paint in the triangle using the purple polish (we love PRETTY WOMAN's Don't Be Jelly Nail Polish). Allow that to dry, then remove the tape and top everything off with a clear top coat.

12. Random Hearts

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If you're looking for something fun, flirty, and Cupid-approved, this look will win hearts. Choose two colors (like soft pink and mauve) and alternate nails and heart shapes in each color. Add one or two, create a custom heart pattern—you can’t go wrong!

To create it, paint a few fingers using the pink polish and the rest using a darker mauve nail polish. Once that’s dried, dip a toothpick or a super fine nail polish brush into the darker color to create small hearts on the lighter nails, and light hearts on the darker nails.

13. V-Day Waves

Who doesn’t love a wavy, retro mani? The truth is, you can create this nail art no matter what time of year. Of course, the pink and red are what make it Valentine’s Day approved.

To create it, choose two shades of red and two pinks. Like the inspiration photo, you’ll notice one of the pinks is a bright pink and one is a bit more sheer or baby pink. The idea is to choose colors that will complement each other and create dimension. Grab that striping brush, you’ll need it to create the waves.

14. Yellow Hearts

If pink isn’t quite your thing but you still want to have a festive manicure, why not pick another color for dainty hearts?

This look is so simple, choose your sheer or nude base coat and grab a striping brush for the tiny hearts. We love the use of yellow as it feels like spring is right around the corner but might we suggest a sky blue as well. We think it would be super cute!

15. Natural Valentine’s Day Nails With Black Hearts

Here’s a manicure idea that you can sport all year long. We see minimalist black and clear nails like this during Fashion Week all the time. It’s a clean look and it shows off your natural nail shape. Use a true black for these itty bitty hearts.

16.Water Drop Heart Valentine’s Day Nails

Another barely there manicure that looks so sweet and chic. 3D gel has become more and more popular with the rise of indie nail trends. Designing a clear gel heart or choosing a light pink would make the perfect jelly manicure. You’ll need to show a picture of this to your manicurist. They’ll know what to do and can create the free form shape.

17. Rose Gold Hearts

Don’t forget about rose gold during Valentine’s Day. While the color is great for jewelry, it’s often overlooked as a metallic nail color. It pairs well with other pinks, white, even black accents. All you need is a striping brush for this look to create all of the hearts.Check out NAILMEDIC Nail Polish for a great rose gold color.

18. Brown & Black Hearts

If you loved the above black manicure but want something a bit more maximalist, this is the manicure for you. We never thought to blend a mocha-colored base coat with black accents, but this manicure is more than just Instagram worthy.

To get the look, choose a light brown or nude base. You’ll want to choose something that compliments your skin tone without looking too similar. Have your manicurist place a heart on the majority of nails and add a V-shape French tip to the others.

19. Velvet RhinestoneValentine’s Day Tips

We say it all the time, but every single manicure we come across that features baby pink or blue and rhinestones makes us think of Cassie from Euphoria. These nails also remind us of early 2000s accessories when everything was seemingly pink with bling. This specific look uses a cat eye gel. Ask for cat eye gel or ‘velvet nail polish’ at your salon. It’s best to show them this photo.

20. Radiating Hearts

This radiating heart manicure is all over social media. It screams ‘that girl’ status and many even have matching phone cases that resemble the look. It can be hard to nail on your own unless you have a steady hand and a lot of patience. This could be another you leave up to the professionals, they’ll be able to get the design down precisely with gel.

21.Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Day Nails

This nail look thrives off being imperfect. Truly, your lines don’t have to be symmetrical or clean. Just take a look at the photo - not all of the heart shaped French tips are alike. Start with a clear base (we even like to do a sheer pink like P.R.M.I.T BEAUTY GELlusion) then freeform your heart shaped tips with nail brushes. The more imperfect, the better. They also resemble lips which are so sweet.

22. Pink FrenchValentine’s Day Nails

If you haven’t already guessed, we love French manicures. There are just so many ways to achieve them. They’re a classic for a reason! Try picking out two complimentary pink colors (one light, one dark) for this look.

23. Hearts & StarsValentine’s Day Nails

What a great spin on the confetti nail trend! These nails feature hearts, sparkles, and cute little polka dots. We can’t wait to try this one on ourselves and play around with colors.

24. Maroon Tips

Pink and red aren’t quite your jam? Try maroon! This deep, burgundy mani looks so classic whether you do all French tips or incorporate a heart.Pick up COLOR CLUB Nail Polish in Rocky Mountain High nail polish, it’s the perfect deep color for this mani.

25. Mix & Match Valentine’s Day Mani

A mix and match manicure will always have someone asking about it. The key to pulling it together is having a common color or theme. If you don’t love this example, pull a couple inspiration photos from this entire article and borrow ideas from many manicure photos. But how sweet is that little peach? Too cute!

26. Light Pink FrenchValentine’s Day Nails

We had to throw in a fool-proof option. Something that you can quickly do on your nails when you’re running late to your Galentine’s Day dinner or in the uber to your date (we’ve been there). You just need two colors, you pale pink and your shiny top coat.

27. Glitter Candy Hearts

Does anyone actually eat conversation hearts? Whatever the case, we can certainly all agree that they’re super cute and a Valentine’s Day staple. Try these conversation hearts inspired nails – you could even write a message in a big heart on your thumb nail.

28. Spring Fever

For many, Valentine’s Day is the beginning of Spring. So who says your V-Day manicure can’t have cute pink butterflies and bright spring colors? This set reminds us of the pink heart and sparkle emojis.

29. Sweet Cherries

Receiving chocolate covered strawberries or cherries from your Valentine is always such a treat. If you look closely, this manicure uses tiny hearts as the cherries on the stem!Not feeling confident with your hand-painting skills? No problem! There are a ton of press-on nails and nail stickers that can help you get the look if you can’t get a pro nail appointment.

30. Cupid’s Bow Tips

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These are actual press ons! But there’s on catch, they’re custom fit to each fingernail size. If you love these Cupid’s bow tips, you can easily recreate the look with a set of nude and red nail polish and a little patience. Just start with a nude base, let it dry completely, then use the red bottle brush to create the heart-shaped tips.

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and one popular way to celebrate is by creating a festive manicure. From jelly Valentine's Day hearts to stars aligned manicures, there are plenty of creative nail art ideas to choose from. To help you get inspired, we've rounded up some of the best Valentine's Day nail art ideas from experts in the field.

Jelly Valentine’s Day Hearts

One trendy nail art idea for Valentine's Day is the jelly nail trend. This involves using a sheer jelly polish as a base and adding dainty hearts scattered around the nails. To create the hearts, you can use a dotter tool to add two small dots next to each other and then use a clean toothpick to drag the bottoms together into a point [[1]].

Stars Aligned Valentine’s Day Mani

Another fun idea is the stars aligned V-day mani. This manicure features an ombré blushing effect as the base and bright white galactic accents placed over the top. It creates a celestial look that is perfect for Valentine's Day [[2]].

All Tied Up V-Day Nails

For a retro-inspired look, you can try the all tied up V-Day nails. This manicure features coquettish black ribbon bows, pearl accents, and delicate little cherries. It can be recreated at home with a few tools like a nail dotter and detailer nail brush, along with a couple of nail polish colors [[3]].

Mini Valentine’s Heart Nails

If you prefer a more subtle look, you can try the mini Valentine's heart nails. This manicure features a neutral base coat with alternating colored hearts. You can customize it with any colors you want, such as blues, purples, or neons, while keeping the base color muted. The hearts can be created using a dotting tool or toothpick dipped in light pink, purple, or red polish [[4]].

Modern Animal Print Valentine’s Day Nails

For an edgier look, you can try the modern animal print Valentine's Day nails. This manicure combines nude, black, and red polish to create a unique design. The nails are painted with alternating nude and black polish, and white polish is used to create half circles on each side of the tip of the nails as the base for the heart-shaped French tip. Brown spots and black C-shapes are added for a leopard print effect [[5]].

Matte Candy Hearts V-Day Nails

If you're looking for a sweet and chic manicure, you can try the matte candy hearts V-Day nails. This manicure is inspired by candy hearts and features curved lines that meet in the center of each nail, creating a heart shape. Bright colors like red can be used to write letters on each nail, and a clear matte top coat is applied to finish the look [[6]].

Red French Mani for Valentine’s Day

A classic and timeless option for Valentine's Day is the red French manicure. This modern twist on the French manicure involves painting the tip of the nail red using a thin paintbrush and adding a dot of gold polish to the center. A clear top coat is applied to seal the look [[7]].

Solid Mauve Valentine’s Day Nails

If you prefer a more effortless and romantic look, you can opt for solid mauve Valentine's Day nails. Mauve is a soft and slightly unexpected shade that looks great on all skin tones. You can apply it on all fingers or paint it on an accent nail. Finish with a clear coat to keep it looking flawless [[8]].

Soft Pink Marble Valentine’s Day Nails

Marble nails are a luxurious and trendy option for Valentine's Day. Instead of using plain white or nude polish, you can use a light pink nail polish to infuse a little V-Day spirit into the look. The marble nail art technique can be achieved with the help of a tutorial or by visiting a nail salon [[9]].

Pearl Accents

For a standout manicure without intricate designs, you can try pearl accents. This manicure involves applying a clear base coat and a nude pink nail polish. Pearl accents are then adhered to each nail using clear nail glue. The number of pearls can be customized to your preference [[10]].

These are just a few of the many Valentine's Day nail art ideas you can try. Whether you prefer bold and vibrant designs or subtle and romantic looks, there's a manicure out there to suit your style.

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FAQs

What color nails will be used in February 2024? ›

This month marks the transition from winter to spring, and it's the perfect time to embrace soft and pastel shades. Try a lovely lavender or lilac color to capture the essence of blooming flowers. Alternatively, opt for a mint green or baby blue hue to create a refreshing and calming manicure.

What is the nail trend in 2024? ›

Summer 2024 Nail Trend: Pastel Nail Colors

Tell the eye-popping brights to back off. “This summer, soft and delicate pastels will gain popularity with baby pink, mint green, and soft lemon leading the palette,” says Walton.

What color should I paint my nails for Valentine's Day? ›

Simple and fun, the easiest way to achieve a chic Valentine's Day nail is to paint each finger different shades of pink and red.

What color nails for February? ›

“A rich and luxurious dark red that can be worn either as a solid or incorporated into a negative space design” is a great option for your February manicure, Haye says. “Dark red shades give a divine touch of drama to your nails.”

What is the nail trend in February 2024? ›

2024 Nail Trend: Oyster Nails

"Dewy" isn't just for your skin and hair anymore. Nope, we're taking glow to our nails, thanks to the nail looks at Sandy Liang, Annie's Ibiza, and Alice and Olivia. Think: Shimmery, duo-chrome sheer shades in ultra-glossy finishes that mimic an oyster or mother of pearl.

What is the nail color of the year in 2024? ›

Primary Colors

Bright, saturated shades will have their place in 2024, each with a pop-art infusion that makes the palette feel fresh. Goldstein expects a want of bold primary colors like cobalt blue, mustard yellow, and scarlet red, while Choi predicts vibrant wildflower hues like fuchsias and oranges.

What nail color attracts guys? ›

The answer to this question can vary depending on personal preferences, but generally, guys tend to like natural or classic colors for nails. This includes shades like nude, light pink, and red. These colors give off a clean and put-together look that is attractive to many guys.

Are coffin nails in style 2024? ›

Birthday-Themed Acrylic Coffin Nails for Spring 2024: Celebratory and festive, birthday-themed acrylic coffin nails will be a hit in Spring 2024. These designs might include playful art like balloons, confetti patterns, or glitter accents, perfect for medium-length nails.

Are French nails in style 2024? ›

The classic French manicure is making a major comeback in 2024 — but with a twist. Perhaps the most undefeated nail trend to exist is the classic French manicure (remember when square acrylic...

What are the colors for Valentine's Day in 2024? ›

Shades of Love: Red and White Color Combination for Valentines Day Decor in 2024. As Valentine's Day approaches in 2024, love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate this special occasion than by infusing your surroundings with the timeless and captivating combination of red and white?

What is the color palette for Valentine's Day in 2024? ›

In this color palette centered around purple, a regal hue takes center stage, exuding elegance and sophistication. Complemented by shades of lavender, mauve, and hints of pink, this palette offers a charming blend of romance and allure, perfect for capturing the essence of love and passion on Valentine's Day.

What is the perfect color for Valentine's Day? ›

Red is often associated with Valentine's Day, making it the ideal color for the holiday. Additionally, pink is also a popular color to wear, as it usually signifies romance and affection. Peeace.

What color nail polish for February March? ›

“When it comes to my favorite spring nail polish colors, I'm drawn to pastel hues like baby blue, lavender, and mint green,” says Nailing Hollywood manicurist Hang Nguyen. “These colors feel light, airy, and refreshing—capturing the feelings of springtime.”

What is the most attractive nail polish color? ›

Soft pastel shades like baby pink, lavender, or light blue can evoke a sense of sweetness and femininity. These colors are often associated with a gentle and approachable personality. Many guys find pastel nail polish attractive because it gives a feeling of innocence and charm.

What nail color is on trend right now? ›

While we're used to seeing pastels and floral-inspired colors in the spring, this year, spring nail colors are bolder and brighter. Think fiery reds, splashy blues, and even vivid yellows alongside classic springtime hues like lavender and pink.

What are neutral nails in 2024? ›

Our quick neutral polish picks

Brown nails are so trendy right now, so this warm, chocolatey hue is perfect for every day and is so flattering on short, 'squoval' nails. For a low-maintenance look, you can't go wrong with a soft, dusky or muted pink, like this shade from Manucurist.

What is the color of the year for nails? ›

To come up with a color each year, the Pantone team of color experts uses trend analysis and forecasting. This year's color, Peach Fuzz, is “a velvety gentle peach tone whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul.”

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