Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching — blink twice and the day will basically be here. No judgment if you can’t stand the holiday and refuse to partake in any sort of activities (i.e. candy-eating, teddy bear-gifting or emotional movie-viewing), but we have a hard time believing you’re not into the themed nail art. Some of it’s cheesy, sure, but there are so many unique ideas to recreate, either at home for a fun DIY project or with the help of a professional nail artist.
So maybe you’re somewhere in between disliking Valentine’s Day and loving it so much, you started celebrating a month ago. Ahead, check out six nail art ideas perfect for every personality.
XO-Inspired Nail Art
Celebrity manicurist Rita Remark created this nail look using the new Essie Valentine’s Day Nail Polish Collection. She used the sheer baby pink shade named Crush and Blush to coat the nails, followed by the true-red shade named Essie Love to create the XO art. If you’re going to DIY, we recommend using a nail art striper brush to perfect the look.
Forget Real Roses
A dozen red roses are pretty and all, but chances are, a good manicure will last longer (unless we’re talkin’ Venus et Fleur). Skip the bouquet and recreate this thin-lined rose illustration — or have a professional nail tech perfect the look for you.
A Minimalist Touch
For an nail look that’s easy to DIY, paint your nails with a light pink shade of polish like Essie Mademoiselle. From there, use a nail-art dotting tool to create three intertwining red hearts.
This Chic-But-Simple Nail Art
Perhaps you don’t want your nails to scream “Valentine’s Day.” In that case, opt for a chic mani like this one from Paintbox.
Heart-Tip Nail Art
Heart-themed nails are all over Pinterest, and in truth, they’re not all so great. But a version we can definitely get behind are these heart tip acrylics by Fariha Ali.
V-Day Nails for the ’Gram
Delicate Pressed-Flower Nails
Betina Goldstein casually recycled baby’s breath flowers from a cocktail (like it’s easy), and they managed to stay on her nails for three days. In her Insta comments, Betina explains, “The flowers are very delicate, so you have to make sure you just gently pat dry your hands when you shower or wash your hands. Ideally, I would put a top coat on top of them to seal it. I just loved the rustic finish of the natural flowers without shine.” Since this mani won’t last more than a few days, it’s perfect to debut for V-Day.