I stopped caring about Valentine’s Day years ago, but the birth of my son and an impromptu trip to T.J. Maxx really got me in the mood to decorate for Valentine’s Day this year. So many things are different now, holidays included, and I’ve been thinking about how homes are not the only spots we can decorate for the holidays. We can also adorn ourselves! A festive sweatshirt or subtle heart earrings can get you in the spirit for V-Day. Plus, a cute Valentine’s Day manicure is a sweet way to treat yourself.
When it comes to finding a style that shows off your love for Valentine’s Day, the possibilities are endless. No matter if you love pink, red, white, or something a little less traditional, there’s something for everyone. Personally I’m a little biased, so I always choose a nice soft pink (think Pink Panther pink) as my base color.
To help you find a cute design in time for the celebration of love, we’ve rounded up 15 Valentine’s Day manicure ideas—plus products to help you get the look!
If you prefer a more clean look, or you’re just not the very best at doing your own nails and need to keep things easy (that’s me too, don’t worry) you can still show your V-Day spirit with simple solid colors. Here are a few ways to elevate your look, no nail tech skills required.
No rule says you have to paint all your nails the same color! We love the mix in this Valentine’s Day-themed set.
Deep Red Matte
Adding a matte finish to a deep, elegant shade like this maroon set gives the look a little more sophistication.
Soft Baby Pink
Taking your solid nails up a notch can even be as simple as opting for a polish with an ultra-shiny finish!
Get the Look:
Be Mine Set
This nail polish set features hand-picked shades for Valentine’s Day so you can create an amazing colorful manicure.
“Lipstick Stain” Nail Polish
A gorgeous deep red shade to channel that sophisticated look.
The Matte Top Coat
A mattifying top coat to achieve that unique look.
“SE” Nail Polish
A lovely baby pink shade with a smooth, ultra-shiny finish.
“Pucker Up Baby” Nail Polish
Grab this classic pink for V-Day and wear it all year long. Plus, Àuda.B’s polishes are vegan, cruelty-free, and PETA-certified.
A classic French tip is a nail design that will absolutely never go out of style, but exploring alternatives beyond a basic white tip is a newer trend that deserves just as much hype. Whether you’re giving these designs a go on your own or using them as an inspo pic at the salon, here are some fun designs to try out.
White Tips & Red Hearts
You can still stay loyal to the beloved white tips by simply adding a handful of dainty hearts on top to keep your look timelessly chic.
Red Heart Tips & Pink Nails
These lovely heart tips painted over a blush pink base are bold and fun yet still simple and elegant.
Pink Tips & Red Hearts
Changing your tips from white to pink and adding a singular accent nail is cute, easy, and absolute perfect for a Valentine’s look.
Get the Look:
“Cali Girl” Nail Polish
This pretty red color is both fun and flirty!
“Candy Girl” Polish
Use this sweet pink as a base before adding Valentine’s Day-themed nail stickers.
“Stellar” Nail Polish
This super-pigmented white shade is perfect for a classic French tip and lots of other designs.
Nail Art Design Tool Kit
If you want to give more detailed looks a go on your own, this nail design tool kit is a must.
As a busy mom, you may not have time to make it to the salon for an elaborate, intricately-detailed mani—but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it happen on your own. Nail stickers are the best DIY hack for stepping up your nail game with little to no extra hassle.
Pink Hearts on Pink Nails
Sweet and pretty, these heart-shaped stickers are just the thing to add to your favorite red or pink polish for V-Day.
If you want to try out a design other than hearts that will still work once V-Day is over, a pretty floral nail sticker set is a 10/10 option.
White Hearts on Red Nails
You obviously can’t go wrong with a red-and-white heart pattern of any kind, and this nail set is no exception.
Get the Look:
“Heart to Heart” Nail Art Stickers
Whether you want to mix and match them or just use a single sticker for an accent nail, you can create the manicure of your dreams with this affordable sticker set.
“Everyday Bouquet” Nail Art Stickers
Did someone say flowers? If you want to give someone a subtle hint what to gift you this February 14, this cute decal set will help you out.
If you’re a self-proclaimed nail art aficionado who can achieve salon-worthy looks at home, or if you want to treat yourself to an ultra-fun mani in the spirit of the holiday but are in need of inspiration, we’ve got you covered with these super cool designs everyone will be obsessed with.
Half & Half Pinks
This trendy, modern, and creative look is the stuff pink lovers’ dreams are made of!
Starry White & Pink
The combination of twinkles and clouds with adorable pink hearts makes for an adorable, ultra-feminine look.
Everyone knows the best part (or at least one of the best parts) of Valentine’s Day is all the sweet treats you can indulge in, including the iconic conversation heart candies we all know and love—so why not use them as mani inspiration as an ode to the holiday?
Get the Look:
“Best of Blush” Nail Polish Set
This polish set is perfect for achieving that half-and-half pink look.
“Marshmallow” Nail Polish
This polish has a more sheer finish to help you paint some dreamy clouds.
Pastel Nail Polish Set
The colors in this set perfectly match those used in conversation hearts—if that’s not a sign to use them as inspiration, I’m not sure what is.
And finally, the holy grail of easy peasy manicures: press-on nails. You can find a ton of different designs out there that are perfect for Valentine’s Day, but here are just a handful of some of our faves we stumbled upon.
Red & Gold Wraps
Nail wraps are just as easy to apply and are super similar to press-ons. Plus, they’re are a cute yet low-maintenance way to achieve a Valentine’s-inspired manicure.
Chic Colored Tips
Now I know we already gushed over colored tips, but if you want to achieve that look but don’t have the nail shape or salon time, press-ons are the way to go.
Clear With White Hearts
This particular set has a clear base, so you can customize the look to your liking by choosing your own nail color!
Get the Look:
“Love at First Sight” Nail Wrap Set
This design features the classic red associated with Valentine’s Day along with accent nails with red hearts and gold foil.
Press-On Nails Set
Like the look of tips but want it to be easier or don’t have time for the salon? Add this set to your next Amazon order.
“Heart Attack” Transparent Nail Wrap Set
Wear these nail wraps on their own or with a pretty Valentine’s-themed color underneath.
“Love Hue” Press-On Nails Set
This press-on set was too special not to include! It features two nail kits—one for you and one for a friend.
“I Luv Me” Heart-Shaped Press-On Nails Set
Whether you’re a fan of candy hearts or not, you’ll love this adorable homage to the V-Day staple.
Valentine’s Day Nail Wrap Set
Featuring accent nails with a pink base and red heart designs, this nail wrap set is sure to catch Cupid’s attention.
“Nobody Else” Press-On Nails Set
This limited-edition press-on nails kit features 28 nails and both adhesive tabs and nail glue to help you determine how long you want to wear your nails.
“Vampy Heart” Press-On Nails Set
These limited-edition press-on nails are for the rebel at heart. We especially love that the nails are made from recycled materials.