Regardless of any relationship status, Valentine’s nails offer the perfect opportunity to show your nails a little love. When it comes to romance, we highly endorse a self-care sesh, and setting aside time to zone out, nourish cuticles and emerge with a design that brings good vibes each time you look at it is effort well spent in our opinion.
As for which designs to choose? Red for Vally Day may not be groundbreaking, but it’s an undeniable classic. We’ve seen some stunning manis that remix traditional pinks and rouge in a modern, covetable way, whether it’s across the whole nail, ombréd out, or making a guest appearance as an accent, like a French tip or retro swirls (which are proving very popular).
Likewise, hearts and kisses can easily lead into mushy territory, but we’ve been crushing on clean, minimalist renditions that feel cool and grown-up – though we’re here for maximalist multi-layered heart designs too. We’ve even seen manis that incorporate the nail shape into a heart design, using the tips as the point.
If reds and pinks are not your bag, monochrome black or white heart nails keep things interesting and go with everything. And if you want to stand out, 3D Vally designs are bold and beautiful.
To help inspire your decision, we’ve put together an edit of the most beautiful nail ideas that work equally well across acrylic nails, gel nails and every different nail shape. There’s options for long coffin nails through to short and natural shapes. For the romantics, we’ve found beautiful red, pink and heart designs. And we’ve got modern twists on classics with cutout details and heart French tips.