It’s time to start hunting out some inspiration for your nails for Valentines Day, and we’re totally excited at the prospect of that. If there is ever the perfect excuse to fill your nails with designs of hearts and kisses, it’s Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t matter whether you’re celebrating with a loved one or just showing yourself some much-needed and long-overdue love, there’s a nail design for every occasion. We hope that you can find some inspiration in a few of these absolute stunners:
31 Looks: Nails for Valentines Day
1 – Coffee & Cream Valentine’s Day Nails
Perfect for a coffee date with that special someone … or just yourself! These coffee and cream nails for Valentines Day really are everything we love and more, a hint of holographic foil pieces added just to help them pick up the light. It’s the drizzled love heart in the centre of that middle nail that we love the most. It’s easily achieved using a heart stencil and some careful dribbling too. Definitely at the top of our Valentine’s Day lust-list, but how about you? We love this a latte! (We know, we know, bad pun!)
2 – Turquoise & Pink Nails for Valentines Day
Feeling something a little more pastel? How about these cute turquoise and pink nails for Valentine’s Day, complete with a beautiful shimmery silver background to really liven things up? With tape and stencils, you could achieve any number of clever designs, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with. As always, if you want to be featured, just give us a shout. We’d love to feature you and your designs!
3 – Simple White, Black & Red Love Hearts
A few simple designs have been thrown together to achieve these beautiful nails for Valentine’s Day, although we definitely can’t pick our favourite from this fab bunch. The ‘Love’ tips are amazing — the word ‘ love’ is used to separate the natural nail from the red tip. We also love the negative space effect used in the red nail with the black swirly-heart. In fact, there wasn’t a lot that we didn’t love about these romantic nail designs. Would you recreate all that you can see in this look? Or would you just pick one element and work that into your Valentine’s Day theme?
4 – Pastel Marble Swirls
There’s not a love heart in sight with these pretty-in-pink designs, but we think they’re still perfect for Valentine’s Day. The marble effect is a really cool and glam one, and one that can be customised in so many ways, it’s a design that could literally be used to match any outfit choice you have in the line-up. Finish things up with a slick of gold glitter, just like you can see here, and you’ve got something that sparkles as much as you do, whether you’re celebrating with someone special or just hanging out with the girls … Who, let’s face it, are your special people anyway.
5 – Black, Pink & Gold Love Heart Nails
Just in case you were having love heart withdrawals, we’re bringing them right back with these fab nails for Valentines Day. Pink and black is a very classic combination for one of the most romantic days of the year, but the glittery gold edge helps to bring the whole thing together and sparkle under the light. And, you never know, you might need those fabulous nails for a new ring that might just make its way onto your finger …
6 – Love & Kisses Nails for Valentine’s Day
For when you want to spread some love and kisses, how about these love and kisses-themed nails for Valentines Day? Using the classic colours of the occasion – red, gold, black, and pink, they’re cute, customisable, and absolutely perfect for the most romantic day of the year. You could get really creative, using a design like this as inspiration. That’s even more so the case when you look at using nail decals and transfers. We’ve actually found some really cute designs that would make doing your nails quicker. Take a look at these, for example, spotted on Etsy. It’s okay to ‘cheat’ and use decals, transfers, and other nail art pieces. When you don’t have time to head to the salon, or you’re just trying to save a few quid on maintenance appointments, DIY’ing your nails come in handy.
You don’t need to be an artist or a nail professional in order to have professional-worthy talons. (And even they use ‘cheat’ methods, such as decals and transfers, from time to time too!)
7 – Rose Gold & Negative Space
Rose gold is still one of the biggest colours around, and these nails are fab for when you want to inject some rose gold into your life. The design on these is also super cute, perfect for both long and short nails alike. We also love the blend of matte and glossy finishes. When you have high contrasts like that, your nails will really stand out. Isn’t that what you were hoping for?
8 – Heartbeat Nails
A very cool design, but also a very simple one, these heartbeat nails are perfect for Valentine’s Day. The design and shape of that heartbeat design work really well with the pointed, long nails that you can see here, especially with that black love-heart design on the thumb too. Cute, simple, and you could customise that heartbeat line however you wanted. These are one of our absolute favourites, and probably the ones that we’re going to go for this Valentine’s Day!
9 – Drizzled with Raspberry Love
This nail look reminded us of raspberry sauce drizzled over ice cream, but that’s not the only reason we loved it. That love heart design is particularly awesome, created relatively easily with both stencils and careful hand-painting. We also have a lot of love for that awesome, yet simple, pink glitter nail. Layered up in that way makes it look like the wrapper around a candy treat. Perhaps the candy treats that you’ll be unwrapping from a special someone this year?
10 – Pink n’ White Ombre
We love an ombré nail, a design that is so simple, yet incredibly effective. A pink and white ombré nail is the perfect backdrop for a wide range of designs that would be just awesome for Valentine’s Day, but the simple rose gold and shimmery hearts on just one or two of the nails that you can see here is another fab way to finish it all off. Also: these nails look a little bit like marshmallows, and we can’t get enough of that.
11 – Written With Love
Red is the colour often associated with love and passion, so it just makes sense to incorporate the colour into your nails for Valentine’s Day. If you’re opting for a bright and bold red shade, why not look at “jazzing” things up a little, just like you can see in these scribble-style, romantic nails? They’re a little bit retro, a truck-load of fun, and just perfect if you want to leave no doubt as to your feelings and intentions on the big day itself.
12 – Nude & Black Valentines Day Nail Art
If you were on the hunt for something a little more muted and understated this Valentine’s Day, these nails might just tick all of the right boxes for you. A little bit of everything all thrown together in the right way has made this romantic manicure definitely one to take some inspiration from. Plus, it’s a look that’ll go with pretty much everything else you could have thought about wearing. Winning!
13 – Pastel Lovers Dream
If you’re feeling all of the pastel vibes this Valentine’s Day, we can definitely recommend these little wonders. We’re loving the pointed look of thes, quite the edgy opposite to those innocent pastel shades. Whether you’re thinking pink or blue, these nails for Valentines Day are perfect for you. And yes, we know that was the world’s worst love poem. We do still love these nails though.
14 – Grown Up Gold & Maroon Nails for Valentines Day
For when pastels aren’t quite your cup of tea, these grown-up gold and maroon nails might act as great manicure inspiration. Gold nail tape will make this look much easier to achieve, and although the gold love heart embellishments aren’t necessary to make this a cute look, it certainly helps to bring the romantic theme into play.
15 – Rose Gold Love
We love, love, love this look, and then we love it a little bit more than that too. Although we’re bringing you inspiration for the smaller, minor details to help you celebrate the big day, try not to get too hung up on the little details. It’s a day of showing love. Show some love your nails and outfit, yes, but don’t do it at the detriment of your personal relationships or bank balance. Sometimes it pays to go back to basics. Remember what Valentine’s Day is really all about.
16 – True Love Valentines Nails
Feeling flirty than romantic? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, especially with these brightly coloured treats. You could have whatever love-inspired words you liked emblazoned across these totally customisable nails, but we do recommend keeping things somewhat ‘safe’ and family-friendly if you’re going to need to rock them at work. You know what your boss is like …
17 – Embroidered Hearts
We couldn’t work out if these Valentine’s Day-themed nails looked more like they were embroidered patches or gingerbread-men-style biscuits. We do know, however, that we absolutely adore them. Sweet like biscuits, red and romantic, stunningly simple … What more could you possibly want? We’ll have these ones, thanks!
18 – Glittered With Love
We’re spelling it out, but this time with all things pink, silver, and glittery. When you think about it, that’s everything you need to bring a simple, yet effective Valentine’s Day theme to your next manicure. Take this one as inspiration — it’s ticking all the boxes.
19 – Bye, Na Uh Nails
We could think of quite a few Valentine’s Days past where these cute nails would have come in quite handy. Like that time our boyfriend broke up with us, rather than present us with the extravagant gift we’d hoped for. For when you’re not feeling romantic or lovey-dovey at all, how do you feel about this cute mani?
20 – Nude-Pink & Stamped With Love
If nude-pink tones are your palette of choice for your romantic celebrations, these nails might come in handy for inspiration. A very pretty and shimmering colour, it has just the right a,punt of pink to match the love and hearts theme. Not that you need to match that colour scheme at all, of course, but just in case you wanted to.
21 – Red & Black Romantic & Short Nails
Roses are red, violets are blue, we think these red and black Valentine’s Day nails are just perfect for you. Okay, the rhyme is corny, but the nails are totally cute, right? Will you be feeling all the love for this design?
22 – Matte Black Nails for Valentines Day
Sticking with the square-shaped nails for Valentine’s Day, we’re super excited to show off these matte black and glossy purple nails. Darker nails probably aren’t your first thought for something romantically-based, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock the look regardless. We love it when you creative lovelies think outside the box. It’s so simpl, very easily customised, and just right for the occasion.
23 – Artistically Romantically Long
Talking of things’outside the box’, what are your views on these long and artistic nail designs? They’re certainly Instagram worthy, that’s for sure. Long and absolutely lovely, a clever mix of nail designs have been used to piece the look together, including silver nail embellishments, pink and red tones, for the romance and passion, and even some transparent, glittery tips too. You could really go crazy with a design like this one.
24 – Glitzy & Glam Pink Nails for Valentines Day
Just in case you were keeping your eyes peeled for something pretty and pink, how about these glitzy and glam nails for Valentines Day? Bright and bold and with just the right amount of sparkle too, these have got romantic special occasion written all over them. Although, not literally, of course.
25 – Red & White Hearts Nails
It’s easy, cute, and matches the romantic theme perfectly, but that’s not the best thing about this look. The best thing about it is that you can add as many or as few love hearts as you like. The shape is a relatively easy one to hand-paint, but decals are a fab way to ‘fake’ it if you don’t have the highest levels of patience. This one’s a Valentine’s Day winner for us. What are your thoughts? Could this design be your Valentine’s mani?
26 – Spelling It Out
For when they’re just not getting the hint, spell it out for that potential special someone in your life … Quite literally. When you’ve got the word, ‘love,’ written across your talons, there’s no way they won’t get the hint. To make sure they know EXACTLY what is on your mind, maybe you should spell it out with glam nails for Valentines Day like these?
27 – Matte Pastel Heart Tips
This is a pretty cool look, don’t you think? The pointed tips have been cleverly used in the heart-shaped design for these pastel pretties. The matte finish certainly helps to make a difference too. Subtle and understated, not even your boss will mind about these romantic delights. (Although, you probably shouldn’t quote us on that.)
28 – Pink Glitter Thing
For when you want a pop of pink, but not a love heart in sight, what are your views on these glittertastic delights? Simple, great for natural nails, and very quick to do yourself at home, glitter is the best way to add some sparkle to the occasion, especially in this pretty pink way. If you use a really good base coat (and a layer of PVA/craft glue), you’ll even find that the glitter comes right off, nice and easy, for when you need to back to real life. Sadly, Valentine’s Day doesn’t last forever. It would be super expensive if it did!
29 – Queen of Hearts Nails
It might be a day that’s totally dedicated to couples, but there’s nothing wrong (and everything right) with being the queen of your own heart. Bad puns aside, these queen of hearts nails are absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day, and young could even spice things up a tad, injecting different colours into the mix.
30 – White & Burgundy Love Heart Nails
These are pretty darn fabulous, don’t you think? White and burgundy might not seem like the most romantic combination in your colour boss, but the Valentine’s Day theme has been brought in with the love heart shapes. When you think about it, that means you could pick pretty much any colour combo that you liked and still make it work. We’re loving this glam, grown-up theme, but which shades would you put together for your nails for Valentines Day?
31 – Simply With Love
Cute Snoopy-themed Valentine’s Day nails like these ones give us all the feel-good vibes, and they’re so cute on shorter nails too. Just in case you thought you needed longer talons to show off a super cute design, this nail look shows exactly the opposite. Shorter nails are just as cute, and you can get just as creative too. Oh, and they’re more practical to boot. That sounds very much like a winning design combo to us, how about you?
Wow! Those were some beautiful nails for Valentines Day, don’t you think? We’d like to give lots of love to the amazing artists behind these images, for letting us share their work. We’d also like to give lots of love to you for reading. We can’t wait to hear which of these looks have given you the most inspiration. We’d also very much like to check out your work if you’re a nail artist (professional or otherwise). Get in touch. We’d definitely love to feature you!
Happy Valentine’s Day!