Valentine’s Day Nail Art and Designs You Can Wear Long After The Holiday

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Love is in the air this season, and that means Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Though a new outfit may be on your mind, there’s a bunch of Valentine’s Day nail art designs to inspire your tips. Whether you have a bae or not, go all out for yourself regardless. 

Valentine’s and Galentine’s Day calls for love of every kind — but especially self-love. No matter who you’re celebrating with, the holiday is another excuse to get dolled up.

This year, brands and nail artists are gearing up for the season of love to bring you various sweetheart-worthy designs. 

Nail designs have evolved big time. We’ve come to a point where you can literally match nail designs to an outfit of your own styling.

With super cute press-on designs from Dashing Diva and Kiss (among lots of indie brands), you may want to stock up on these red and pink picks for when V-Day is long gone.

If you’re spending Valentine’s Day with the girls, with a boo thing, or by yourself, there’s no reason not to look like the snack you are.

Get your claws out now! Here are the best Valentine’s Day nail art designs. 

Red Kisses 

Who says hearts have to dominate your Valentine’s Day Nail game. There’s nothing like a set of nude nails.

You can try to freehand this look, go to a professional or use a nude base color and a nail stamp. 

Millennial Pink & Glossy

Dashing Divas Valentine's Day Nails

If you don’t have time to paint, design, or do anything super extra on your night out, throw on some press-on nails. These pink and glossy set from Dashing Divas should tickle your fancy. 

Dainty Rose Bud Nails by Ketel One Botanical x Chillhouse

Rose Valentine's Day Manicure
Dainty Rose Bud Nails by Ketel One Botanical x Chillhouse

Chillhouse, a spa meets beauty TK, shared a guide on  how to achieve this cute dainty rose look using CND nail polish.

This particular nail design was created by Kesang Gurung.

According to the brand, you will need CND Lavishly Loved as your base color, CND Candied for the rose bud, and CND Rose Bud for the rose bud lines.

First, you’ll apply a base coat to all 10 nails, let it dry down, and then follow up with the CND Lavishly Loved. Using a thin liner brush, draw alternating circles (they don’t have to be perfect either) on each nail using CND Rose Bud.

Fill in all the circles with the regular brush head and color in with the CND Candied.

Bring back the thin liner brush to draw line details in the circle, switching between CND Lavishly Loved and CND Rose Bud.

Once you’re finished, let it dry and finish with a top coat to seal it in. 

Candy Apple Red Matte Finish from Dashing Diva

Pink is classic, but red is romantic. These matte red press-on nails are easy to throw on and go. Plus, it comes with 30 nails to fit your nail size. 

If you know how to do gel or acrylic nail, kudos to you.

But for the rest of you who seek out the professionals, these bubble heart nails are cute enough to sport for the holiday with any colored outfit. 

Red Hearts 


Using shades from Orly, Nail Art By Queenie creates these cute light red and nude designs.

You can recreate this look by adding red hearts, descending in size, to the middle of each nail.

If you don’t have a steady hand to draw a cluster of hearts on the ring finger, use a heart stamper

Heart Strings 

For a more extensive look that’s glamorous, these should give you what you need.

Using a nameplate or freehand, you can get this look with layering gold glitter polish on your thumb and pinky. Just add hearts with lines attached.

For the most accurate line, use tape to align all the hearts. 

Pink Glitter Nails 

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Written by Ari

Ari is a plus-size blogger and writer with a focus on representation in fashion and beauty from a Black, fat, and queer perspective. Having worked in media for over 10 years, she has delved into television and fashion show productions as well as public relations. Ari and her work have been featured in Bustle, Apartment Therapy's sister site, The Kitchn, Revelist, Narcity, Refinery29, The Cut, the late, and now The Curvy Fashionista

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