Valentine’s Day Nail Art Ideas That Will Make Your Heart Skip a Beat

February 06, 2023
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
Hand with long rectangular nails with yellow, pink and blue French tips and decorated with colored candy hearts

If you already have your Valentine’s Day makeup and hairstyle planned out, it’s time to start thinking about your nails. Whether you’re celebrating the lovey-dovey day with your significant other or ringing in Galentine’s with chocolates and your BFFs, you’ll fall in love with at least one of these festive nail art designs. From subtle pink nails to heaps of hearts, check out our favorite Valentine’s-Day-inspired manicures, below.

Simple and Sweet

Wear your heart on your nails with this super cute manicure. Pick a nude or light pink base (like Essie Ballet Slippers) to keep the look lowkey, then paint on French tips with a glittering silver and add small hearts on every nail. If you’re not confident in your free-hand skills, just opt for nail stickers — so easy.

Heart Tips

Give your French tips a lovely upgrade by trading in a white stripe for multi-colored hearts. We can’t get enough of this look.

Wavy Hearts

Incorporate the wavy nail art trend into your Valentine’s Day mani by painting on squiggles and hearts in the shades of pink. To make your manicure last, finish it off with the Essie Stay Longer Top Coat.

3D Jelly Hearts

Channel a classic V-Day sweet — a heart-shaped lollipop — with these impressive 3D heart nails. This look combines multiple different nail trends, including jelly nails and the textured mani. Make sure your nails are prepped, healthy and strong with the Essie Hard to Resist Advanced Nail Strengthener

I Love You Bear-y Much

There’s something so sweet about receiving a stuffed animal on Valentine’s Day. Drop some subtle hints to your crush on what you really want this year with adorable little bears and balloons on your nails.

Sweeter Than Sweethearts

Turn your favorite Valentine’s treat into something a little bit sweeter — an adorable manicure. While it might take you some time to DIY, it’ll be worth it when you’re flooded with compliments.

Cute Cut Outs

We think cut out nails are going to be the next big nail art trend. Try it out for yourself with fun heart cutouts. Keep things simple with a matte or glossy shade, or go all out with a super sparkly polish.

A Minimalist Touch

For a look that’s easy to execute at home, start by painting your nails with a light pink polish. From there, use a nail art dotting tool to create itty bitty red hearts near the cuticle. It’s a simple look that still shows your excitement for the holiday.

Photo: @bombshellnails1

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