Red is the colour of love, so it’s no wonder that demand for red valentines day nail designs increases when Valentine’s Day comes around. If you’re thinking about what kind of manicure to get the next time you visit the nail salon, why not take a peek at these looks, perfect for red Valentine’s Day nails inspiration.
We’ve got a little bit of everything sprinkled in here, but we’d love to know if you’ve seen another red look on Instagram or elsewhere that you’re considering replicating. Shout out your favourite nail accounts!
1 – Matte Red Valentines Day Nails
According to Who What Wear UK, matte manicures are going to be a big thing over 2020. Not that we ever stopped loving it, of course. If you’re as much of a fan of matte manis as we are, you might just fall in love with the first of our red Valentine’s Day nails! Matte, red, love hearts, and square-tips … these talons have basically everything we’re looking for.
2 – Cute Love-Themed Valentines Day Nails
Are you in love? Feeling like you might want to shout it from the rooftops? How about shouting it from your nails instead? Nothing says ‘I’m in love’ more than a happy couple on your talons, right? We loved this nail design for its cute factor, but what do you think? Are you a fan of the super cute, or are you looking for something more sophisticated?
3 – Mixed Shape White and Red Valentines Day Nails
Did someone say sophisticated? Well, we think we’ve got that box ticked with these gorgeous nails. This look is perfect for when you can’t make up your mind what shape of nail you’d like that day. There are flat-edged and pointed tips in there, the pointed one used cleverly to create the heart detail. We’re also a very big fan of those red heart rhinestones, too. How about you?
4 – Nude with Red Hearts Pointed Nails
Want to keep your love on the down-low? Keep things subtle and sweet with these pointed, nude and red love heart Valentine’s Day nails. The best thing about these nails is that you could get away with the nude ones any time of the year. Simply use a ‘featured’ nail – like the ones with the red hearts here – to get the message across. In this case, Valentine’s Day, but you could use green clover for St. Patricks’s Day, or candy cane for Christmas …
The possibilities are endless!
5 – Red and White Valentines Day Nails
The addition of rhinestones to this otherwise simple nail look really brings it to life, adding some sparkle, bringing the red and white colour scheme together, and – in the case of those red lips – incorporating a theme. In this case, of course, we’re talking about a Valentine’s Day theme. Imagine these with gold and green rhinestones plus a Christmas tree decal, however, and you can soon understand how easy it would be to make these nails fit any kind of theme you needed.
6 – White, Black and Red Valentines Day Nails
These are super cute, don’t you think? We certainly do. Utilising a white background, the red and black accents really pop in contrast, and they’re actually very simple when you break the look down into segments. Even better than that, nail decals and stamping kits could easily help you to recreate this look without the need for hand-painting.
7 – Cupid and Kisses Valentine’s Day Nails
For when you can’t make up your mind what kind of Valentine’s Day-themed decals and features you’d like on your nails, these ones might just tick every box. Cupid’s in there, as well as the red lips, plus love hearts and letters … If you wanted a little bit of everything on your red Valentine’s Day nails, these ones are definitely in the running.
8 – Red and Nude Almond Nails for Valentines Day
Simple yet effective, these almond/oval-shaped nails are really glamorous, nude, red and gold mixed in together really well. The negative space feature is one that is predicted to be a big trend in 2020, but did it ever really go out of style? We don’t think so.
9 – Deep, Dark Red Valentines Day Nails
Fancy something a bit … darker? This deep, dark red nail look might just tickle your pickle, so to speak. You can pretend they’ve been decorated with the blood of the all the ex-lovers who did you wrong. (Not that we’re bitter about our exes, or anything.)
10 – Red n’ Retro Valentines Day Nails
Simple and retro — two reasons why we proper love these short Valentine’s Day nails. With just a hint of red, they’re still very much on-trend, but also subtle. Those red dots are such a simple addition, but one that really does make all the difference.
11 – White and Red Love Hearts
Filled with love? Is it overflowing? Got the best partner in the world and want the entire world to know about it? Or maybe you just have a lot of love for yourself? We hope you’ve got some love in your life this Valentine’s Day, no matter what form it comes in. And we also hope that your talons look just as beautiful as these ones.
12 – Square-Tipped n’ Short Valentines Day Nails
These are fabulous, aren’t they? We love that they’re short because we’re hopeless we’re really long nails in every day, non-Instagram-selfie life, plus they’re artistic and a little different. Romantic, but modern. Do you agree? And can you guess how many tries it took us to get our thin, black line straight? (We’ll give you a hint: HUNDREDS of tries!)
13 – Red Roses and Petals
Roses and Valentine’s Day go together almost better than red love hearts and Valentine’s Day, and that’s absolutely why we’ve chosen to add these gorgeous white-tipped nails to the list of red Valentine’s Day nails. The petal detailing is really very cute and we love it. It goes back to what we said earlier about tearing off those petals and wondering if the one we’re thinking about, is thinking about us.
14 – Marble Red Valentine’s Day Nails
With red and white nail polish, plus a cocktail stick or similar to marble-up the two shades, you, too, could have beautiful swirling talons like this. If you want to join the Valentine’s Day theme without all of the hearts and kisses, these nails are perfect to use as your inspiration. Not a love heart in sight!
15 – Simple Neutral and Red Valentines Day Nails
In the mood to keep things simple and neutral? These red Valentines Day nails might just tick all of the boxes for you. They’re simple, neutral, but still love-themed. You could even recreate that red love heart design after you finish work, before heading off to your romantic date, taking you from business to romance in just as much time as it takes for you to blow your nail(s) dry.
16 – Red-Tipped Valentine’s Day Nails
We’re sticking with the love-heart tips with this red Valentines Day nails look, but we’re throwing some nude in for good measure, and we’re painting the tips of all nails, not just the one featured nail. Another simple design that you could do at home, there are also lots of ways that you could customise it to make it more outfit/event/you-appropriate.
17 – Marble White and Red Valentines Day Nails
If it’s gorgeous, simple, short and flat-tipped nails you want, that’s exactly what you’re going to get with these marble white and red Valentines Day nails. The simple addition of that glitter really does transform a simple design into something else. That’s the beauty of glitter. We made it our New Year’s resolution to use them more.
18 – Red and Gold Stamped Valentines Day Nails
And if embellishments aren’t quite your thing, what about nail stamping? It’s a great way to recreate a pattern or look or uniformity across your nails, as well as being suitable for one-off design applications. Easy to use (once you get the hang of it) and available in so many designs and styles now that you’re bound to find something you like, we love these stamped floral nails, and we also think they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day.
19 – Short n’ Simple Valentines Day Nails
Short n’ simple is how we’d describe these, but they’re definitely a lot more than that too. The design is beautiful, and definitely something that we’d recreate for ourselves for Valentine’s Day. Multiple layers of red glitter polish will help you get that multidimensional look, and a slick of clear topcoat over the top will leave things nice and glossy or stick to a matt glitter finish.
20 – Heart-Shaped Tips
We’re going back to those red, love heart-shaped tips for these gorgeous, red Valentine’s Day nails. But this time, we’re adding a pink feature nail to make them really stand out. It’s a really simple addition, but this clever nail design just goes to show how the addition of one extra, small detail can completely change the outcome of your design.
21 – Gemtastic Red Pointed Nails for Valentine’s Day
If no one else is going to buy you gems, buy them for yourself. And what better way to start than with talons full to the brim with gems and other sparkly things. We’re not sure just how practical nails like these would be, especially if you have long hair and you’re like us, constantly running our fingers through it all the time. They sure do look splendid though, don’t you think?
What’s your verdict on them? Would you go for gemtastic red Valentine’s Day nails like these?
Have we given you enough inspiration for red Valentine’s Day nails for you to make a decision about your next manicure? Or are you in the market for more inspiration still? We’ve got plenty of other designs to show you, which you’ll find below, but don’t forget to take a peek at the artists’ Instagram pages we’ve shown you today. You’ll find so much inspo you’ll never be able to make a mani decision ever again …