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20 Valentine's Day nail looks we've fallen head over heels for

Check out the manicure designs that we're currently crushing on…


Nails with pink tips and red hearts
Orin Carlin
Content Writer
Updated: January 16, 2024
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Irrespective of your relationship status, Valentine's Day presents the ideal opportunity to up your mani game and indulge in some serious self-love.

Forget showers of roses or elaborate grand gestures, this year we're all about perusing the plethora of stylish love-themed nail art looks out there, and choosing 'the one' to suit our February 14th vibe.

Curating a feed full of super skilled nail techs is our forte – and this year we are utterly spoilt for choice.

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From glitzy heart gems to romantic French tips, the looks we've handpicked would not only be perfect for honouring Saint Valentine, lots of them could actually work all year round. Enter: your new nail crush...

Hello! Fashion shares the Valentine's Day nail looks that we've fallen head over heels for:

Aura Nails

Pink aura nails © Instagram / @@clw_nailartist
Created by @clw_nailartist

Hazy and vibey, aura nails tend feature a blurred circular centre, and this pink colourway feels utterly apt for Valentine's.

Vibrant French Tips

Pink French tip nails© Instagram / @lorna_marie_nails
Created by @lorna_marie_nails

Slim French tips are making a return, and we love this colourful take on the mani classic.

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Pillar Box Red

Red nails © Instagram / @paintedbyjools
Created by @paintedbyjools

Not into elaborate nail art? No problem. Go for a solid colour classic with pillar box red. 

Minimalist Red Hearts

Pink squoval nails with red hearts © Instagram / @jessmaynard_nails
Created by @jessmaynard_nails

If you're wanting a subtle nod to the season, try red hearts layered over a blush pink squoval base.

Glitter Tips With White Heart Accent

Nails with glitter tips and white heart accent © Instagram / @bygemmagunn
Created by @bygemmagunn

Champion understated glitz with pink glitter tips and a single heart in a contrasting shade.

Broken Heart 

Broken red heart nails © Instagram / @betina_goldstein
Created by @betina_goldstein

Expert manicurist Betina Goldstein's quirky, unforgettable nail art lives in my mind rent-free all year round, not just around Valentine's, and this heart-centric thumb look is just adorable.

Gold Hearts

Gold heart nails © Instagram / @tiffanyabbigailebeauty
Created by @tiffanyabbigailebeauty

Unswayed by the traditional red-pink colour scheme? Lean into metallics with molten gold hearts.

Mix 'N' Match Moment 

Hand with mix 'n' match red nail art © Instagram / @karin.nailedit
Created by @karin.nailedit

For a super playful Valentine's nail moment, opt for the mix 'n' match approach and try a look with different designs on each individual nail.

Heart-Lined Tips 

Nails with pink tips and red hearts © Instagram / @queenbcreative_
Created by @queenbcreative_

Tips needn't be uniform, and I love the fluidity of the pink line in this understated, heart-inspired mani look.

Contrasting Coat Of Arms

Nails with red and pink hearts and red tips © Instagram / @naileditbeauty
Created by @naileditbeauty

This graphic heart nail look reminds me of a modern, uber-romantic coat of arms - and I'm here for it.

Holographic Gems

Nails with silver glitter and heart gems © Instagram / @kuypernailart
Created by @kuypernailart

If you're looking to dial up the glitz factor, consider layering heart gems over a wash of glitter. 

Bold Tip Contrasts

Nails with alternating red and pink hearts and tips © Instagram / @bycheznails
Created by @bycheznails

For a simple, high-impact look, alternate pink and red tips with heart detailing.

Pink Chrome

Pink chrome nails © Instagram / @lacisundays
Created by @lacisundays

Cool-girl chromes are everywhere right now, and for Valentine's, a glossy raspberry finish is the way to go.

French Tips And Pink Hearts 

Nails with pink hearts and white tips © Instagram / @embrace.nails
Created by @embrace.nails

Embrace negative space by pairing square French tips alongside classic pink hearts. 

Multi-Coloured Hearts

Nail look featuring multi-coloured hearts in lilac, white and pink © Instagram / @lecame.shesaw.shepainted
Created by @lecame.shesaw.shepainted

Hearts are synonymous with Valentine's Day, and this look featuring lilac, white and punchy fuchsia feels super cute. 

Coquette Cool-Girl 

Nails with bows, cherries and hearts © Instagram / @ognailsuk
Created by @ognailsuk

Bows are having a serious moment across both the fashion and beauty spheres. Hop on the trend and style it alongside sultry red tips for the season of love.

Lovestruck Minimalism

Nails with red heart and gold line running through © Instagram / @miaambernails
Created by @miaambernails

Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve, it's all about the nails. This manicure design features tiny, centrally-placed red hearts with gold lines down the centre, richly reminiscent of Cupid's golden arrow.

Itsy Bitsy Hearts 

Pink nails with red line of hearts near the cuticle © Instagram / @studiobyhannahbeth
Created by @studiobyhannahbeth

Wanting to pay a super subtle tribute to Saint Valentine? Tiny cuticle-bordering hearts over pale pink is the look I'm currently crushing on.

Almond French Tips 

White tip nails with white hearts © Instagram / @overglowedit
Created by @overglowedit

Amp up an otherwise understated almond French tip look with white hearts and sparkly gems.

Red-Pink Check

Red and pink check nails © Instagram / @alyssanailtech
Created by @alyssanailtech

If you're into graphic impact, this red and pink checked design featuring a focal point heart is a striking choice.

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