Do you already have an idea for your Valentine’s Day nails? It’s not that we necessarily think V-Day is all that important or genuinely romantic, it’s just that any excuse for a new manicure is a good one!

Valentine's Day Nails: V-Day Nail Designs

Valentine’s Day nail designs are not copyrighted or trademarked, so feel free to copy the examples we’ve gathered here or take inspiration from a bit of one design and a bit of another to make your own totally unique Valentine’s Day nail art.

We’ve selected all kinds of different examples of Valentine’s Day nail art that range from simple to complex and from adorable to sophisticated, so no matter your skill level or personal taste, you will find something to like.

1. Upside-Down Heart Mani

So simple yet so sweet! This gel manicure features a simple yet unique take on Valentine’s Day nail designs, with a white upside-down heart painted close to the cuticle on two accent nails, and the rest of the nail painted a baby pink, with just a thin line of the bare nail in between for that ultra-chic negative space.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@jenniferxlauren

2. Sketchy Valentine’s Day Nail Art

We love this minimalist touch of nail art over long, almond-shaped nails since it’s simple yet impactful. The nails were painted a matte pink-to-white gradient, which is already a cool look on its own, but then little line-based hearts were added here and there on different parts of each nail to add that sketchy, whimsical touch.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@majamarkowicz

3. Xs and Os Manicure

Some ideas for your accent nails, with a red and white heart pattern on the ring finger and an XO accented by a heart on the index finger. If you’d like your Valentine’s Day nails to be a bit subtler, just keep the color story simpler by drawing on the hearts and XO on the accent nails in the same pink shade as the rest of the mani.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@purposeandpassionblog

4. Coffee Lovers Manicure

If your V-Day date is going to involve a coffee date or if you’re just a plain ol’ caffeine addict, this adorable Valentine’s Day nail art could be a lot of fun! These coffee and milkshake cartoons can be drawn over any kind of manicure with a skinny nail art brush, while the surrounding hearts can be freehanded or stamped on.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@zhenya__borisova

5. Have a Sweet Valentine’s Day Nails

Cupcakes and chocolate? Yes, please! This super-sweet manicure can be done with jelly stampers, so while it looks complex, it can be easily accomplished at home! A coat of a sparkly glitter nail polish completes the playful look.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@tanyasdiaries

6. Pearly Pink Valentine’s Day Nails

We love the comeback of pearlescent polishes for Valentine’s Day nail designs. This simple pearly pink look features alternating nails painted with two different shades of pink, as well as white nail art that’s easy-peasy to create.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@jenniferxlauren

7. Matte Cupid Valentine’s Day Nail Art

Valentine’s Day nail designs don’t all have to come in shades of red and pink, as proven by this stylish orange and blue manicure. A layer of matte topcoat softens the shades and gives an antique feel that works beautifully with the old-school stamps of Cupid, the word ‘cherub,’ and a heart pierced by an arrow.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@shalneva_nails

8. Wintery Valentine’s Day Mani

February can be just as much about the frost and snow as it is about Valentine’s Day, so we love this combination of love and winter motifs. We also like the uniqueness of having just one hand decorated with playful nail art, while the other is painted a vivid red.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@kotenko_studio

9. More Is More Valentine’s Day Nails

If you’re the extravagant type, you will love this loud and dramatic manicure – extra-long nail extensions a must! The thumb is red, acting as an accent, but white is the perfect base for the other nails, which are decorated with ombres, stripes, and different kinds of hearts for maximum joy and love.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@majamarkowicz

10. Smiling Heart Manicure

Alternatively, keep things simple with more understated Valentine’s Day nail designs like this one! Keep the accent nail mostly bare, with the exception of a cute smiling heart design and some glossy topcoat, and then paint the other nails any other color your heart desires, including this non-traditional avocado shade.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@namoro0327

11. Patterned Valentine’s Day Nail Art

This unique combination of nail art patterns works thanks to the cohesive color story, with two different styles of gingham and checked patterns and a lovely dot-accented heart. Simple, clean, yet unique – this would look great even on shorter nails!

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@majamarkowicz

12. Valentine’s Day Kitty Cat Manicure

Who needs dates when you can have cats? This kitty cat manicure will cure any heartache, with adorable kitten stamp decorations embellished with stripes, which add a sophisticated touch to the playful manicure.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@zhenya__borisova

13. Candy Sparkle Valentine’s Day Nails

This manicure is oh-so-pretty yet shockingly simple to achieve! Simply paint your nails with your favorite pinky nude nail polish shade, and then add a layer of silver glitter and a few small white hearts clustered wherever you desire.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@majamarkowicz

14. Handheld Heart Nail Design

We love when a manicure gets profound and makes us think, and this counts. The art on the thumbs is like a painful metaphor for love, told with just a simple design. No need to go over the top with the other nails when the thumbs already say so much.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@we_nail_you1

15. Heart-Shaped Trajectory Manicure

Paper airplane nail art offers a lot of room for playfulness since every paper plane can hold its own hidden message. The heart shape of the trajectory suggests it’s a love note, so what better Valentine’s Day nail art can be there?

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@we_nail_you1

16. Blue Valentine’s Day Nail Art

Red, white, and blue is a classy color combination, and it is wonderfully vivid in this Valentine’s Day manicure. Big red hearts over a layer of white solid polish make the perfect way to contrast against the rest of the glossy blue nails.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@nailsrnd

17. Cartoon Couple Valentine’s Day Nails

This adorable little cartoon couple will turn your nails into a Valentine’s Day comic! Painted over a nude polish, these little black designs can be added to nearly any type of manicure, but keeping the other nails red is a classic choice for the most romantic day of the year.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@nailsrnd

18. Sweetheart Candy Manicure

One of the best parts of Valentine’s Day is getting cheeky sweetheart candies and reading what they say! These simple candies are also easy to adapt into nail art, with a design that works nicely over the softly pink nails. A fire design on the ring finger adds a bit of spice to the look.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@be_more.ua

19. V-Day in the Desert Manicure

Do you live somewhere hot? In that case, this desert-inspired art with cacti and blue skies might be a better fit for your Valentine’s Day nail art! Just make sure to decorate one finger with a heart, so people know what time of year it is.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@be_more.ua

20. French with a Sketch Valentine’s Day Nails

French manicures ain’t going nowhere, even not during Valentine’s Day! However, you can give your mani a romantic twist by adding a cutesy sketch to your accent nail of choice.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@zhenya__borisova

21. Romantic Devil Nail Art Your

Valentine’s Day nails can be sweet, but they can also be a little devilish. These heart with devil horn nails definitely fit the bill! Drawing this kind of nail art over a nude-colored nail is a great idea for keeping things subtle.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@zhenya__borisova

22. Squared-off Valentine’s Day Nails

This is another manicure with upside-down hearts painted just above the cuticle, which is a quick and easy way to achieve V-Day nails. We love the contrast between the rounded shape of the red hearts with the square nail shape.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@zhenya__borisova

23. Pink, Blue, and Foil Valentine’s Day Nail Art

We’re obsessed with this silver and pastel color story, which is so sweet but stays away from the traditional Valentine’s day reds. The textured foil effect on the accent nail isn’t easy to achieve, but it’s super pretty with these soft colors, while a simple heart is a cute and easy additional design.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@alipova.nail

24. Olaf Loves You Valentine’s Day Manicure

The cartoon snowman from Frozen is a great winter-time decoration while adding a few hearts cements the fact that you’re rocking Valentine’s Day nail art. We also love the twist with matte, three-dimensional appliqués on the pointed figure, which end up reminding us of a cozy sweater pattern.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@jakie_paznokcie

25. Love Is in the Air Valentine’s Day Nails

There are so many ways to play around when changing up the nail art designs just a touch from one hand to the other. Nails are totally covered in tiny hearts on one hand, while on the other one, the design is more minimalist, with the lovely figure sniffing the plants on the middle finger.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@culturamanicura

26. Chocolate Valentine’s Day Nail Art

Chocolate represents commitment and love – two things that can be useful to have in any situation, including relationships, so we think it makes for a nice little decoration even for Valentine’s Day. Just paint the base of the nails a pretty brown and add a heart for good measure.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@agnesnails.stylizacjapaznokci

27. Negative Space Hearts Manicure

There is something stunning yet sinister about this negative space manicure. Despite the sweetness of the heart shape, it still feels dark thanks to the combination of a totally bare nail, burgundy nail polish, and a glossy effect that makes the nails look as though they are moist.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@lima.beautystudio

28. Pastel Hearts Nail Design

If the words you want your Valentine’s Day nails to evoke are sweet, cute, or girlish, then this is the design to pick, and we think it’ll work on all nail shapes! All you need is a coat of clear or nude polish, followed by a variety of pastel-colored heart stamps.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@barbrafeszyn

29. Lines and Watercolor Valentine’s Day Nail Art

This manicure, as a whole, is a lot of fun thanks to the combination of glitters and mattes on different nails. What really stands out here, however, is the matte watercolor effect topped with line-art hearts as well as the messy lines applied with Spider Gel.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@barbrafeszyn

30. L.O.V.E. Valentine’s Day Nails

What better emotion to express on Valentine’s Day than love? This all-caps lettering is quirky and fun, with a few hearts over through to better drive the point home. It’s great over a taupe but would like just as stunning over a pale pink or beige tone.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@barbrafeszyn

31. Succulent Valentine’s Day Nail Designs

The obsession with succulents may have ended for some people, but we still love the hearty desert plants. Their cartoon figures also make for the perfect nail designs, and with a few hearts and some pink, it becomes a perfect V-Day manicure.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@barbrafeszyn

32. Teddy Bear Valentine’s Day Nail Art

A soft little teddy bear is just lovely on V-Day, and you can draw it on all by yourself by creating small circles and lines. This cute nail design also features a few stars and hearts here and there, which adds an air of romance to the manicure.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@ewuleeek

33. Hearts and Dots Valentine’s Day Nails

To finish things off, here you have an easy Valentine’s Day nail art that you can do by yourself or have done in seconds by a pro. Over the pink base, tiny little polka dots have a retro feel, while randomly placed black hearts give Valentine’s Day vibes.

Valentine's Day Nails: Valentine's Day Nail Designs
@ewuleeek

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