Nail your Valentine’s Day manicure with one of these super-sweet designs. Bold shapes, sugary hearts and that classic red and white color palette will have you feeling the love in no time.
Make it look like someone — someone with very tiny lips — has planted one on each of your nails by painting slightly imperfect kiss marks with a red nail polish like OPI Big Apple Red ($10.50, amazon.com) on a nude backdrop.
A candy-pink base — like CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Be Demure ($10.50, amazon.com) — and bold pinkish-red stripe make a lovely statement that won’t be missed.
Heart to Heart
You’ll want to file your nailsinto an almond shape before creating little ovals on the outer tips of your nails. Let your heart art dry completely before finishing with a clear top coat to prevent smudging and voilà.
Dreamy Half Moons
We’re over the moon about this cotton-candy-colored mani, but our favorite part is the minuscule heart stickers. How cute are they?
Love have you seeing stars? Channel that celestial feeling through this space-inspired manicure using Essie Luxeffects Topcoat Nail Color in Stroke of Brilliance($9, dermstore.com).
Celebrate the only time of year when these delightful little candies are absolutely everywhere. Don’t just eat them — put them on your mani, too! Use Bundle Monster Stamping Plates ($12, amazon.com) to get a picture-perfect finish.
Eye Heart You
Not all Valentine’s Daymanicures have to be quiet, sweet and subtle. Get funky with this bold, blue-and-pink graphic design.
Butter Me Up
Don’t feel like you have to stick to traditional colors like pink and red. Unexpected shade like buttery yellow — in this case, Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish in Unicorn ($7, amazon.com) — and black work just as well with heart shapes.
Experiment with negative space for a cool, modern look by using two shades, keeping an empty diagonal gap between them. Pick similar colors like red and scarlet for a coordinated look or opt for contrasting hues to achieve a less-than-subtle style.
Spell It Out
Inspired by Scrabble, this mani deserves way more than nine points. Use a beige shade like Butter London Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquer in Dapper ($18, dermstore.com) to mimic the look of the game pieces.
Just Add Stripes
Who knew that baby blue would be the new color of love? Just add a bit of shiny striping tape and a touch of pink glitter for a whole lot of pretty.
Shades of Pink
Tips chipping on your red mani? Add a swipe of pink in seconds for a color-blocked look.
This design is oh-so-subtle, yet totally unique and pretty when you get a little closer. Add a pretty set of rings to jazz up the overall look.
Talk about poetic — this minimalist manicure turns your nails into a heart monitor with a nail art brush, complete with a little extra “love” for your pointer finger.
How adorable is this dotted look? It’s like calorie-free candy dots at the tip of your fingers. Plus, you can simply switch up the colors for any other holiday.