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26 Valentine's Day nail art ideas we're crushing on (that you can recreate at home)

Image: Meraki Nails Cardiff/Instagram
Image: Meraki Nails Cardiff/Instagram

We might not all like Valentine's Day celebrations, but we can all get on board with Valentine's Day nail designs. An at home manicure is that little moment self-care that we all deserve – plus, there are a plethora of cute, artistic designs that vary in difficulty so that everyone can get involved.

To help inspire your decision, we've put together an edit of the most beautiful nail ideas that work equally well across acrylic nails, gel nails and every different nail shape. There's options for long coffin nails through to short and natural shapes.

For the romantics, we've found beautiful red, pink and heart designs. We've found modern twists on classics with cutout details and heart French tips. We've found minimalistic nods to the occasion with pretty ombre options in alluring shades (we love this design from Melanie at @overglowedit) and we've got something for the non-conformists too with emoji designs and "love" logo nails (@betinagoldstein's hand painted letters are pure mani goals).

And, to give you guys a bespoke design complete with an easy step-by-step, we've got to rep our monthly collaboration with our fave local nail bar, TOWNHOUSE. For Feb, we're bringing you dinky heart details that you can recreate yourself at home.

So get your nail polish collection out and create something you can truly crush on.

Queen of Heart’s

Play your hand in matters of the heart with this delicate Queen of Hearts inspired design. For the more accomplished among us, attempt the lettering freehand (although the inexperienced may want to invest in a cheeky nail sticker).

Heartbeats 4 You nails

Romantic but less kitsch than a traditional love heart, this heartbeat design is perfect for those who want to switch up their usual mani.

Love logo nails

Not the easiest design to start off with, but if you're a dab hand with a paint brush (or an old eyeliner brush), it's a pretty and minimalistic nod to Valentine's Day.

Heart french tip nails

Matte icon nails

A matte topcoat adds the perfect velvety texture to Valentine's nails and these rose, lips and booty sketches are a cheeky addition.

Ombre Valentine's Day nails

Don't fancy something mushy? Skip the heart designs and stick to a pretty ombre in shades of pink.

Cut-out heart nails

This clever negative space mani incorporates heart details in a fresh way.

Black heart nails

A monochrome option for the minimalists.

Dinky nails

This teensy nod to Valentine's is pretty and discreet, you can stick to accents on just one finger.

Metalic heart nails

For when you really want to run with the theme, this is unapologetically romantic.

Confetti heart nails

Instead of sticking to one heart, scatter your tips with tons.

Pink foil heart nails

Add metallic foil for a fresh twist on heart French tips.

Heart Frenchie nails

Another way to update a french mani, stick to tiny white hearts just at the top where the normal white tips would fall.

Bright logo nails

You don't have to stick to reds and pinks. Bring in your personality by opting for the shades you love.

Bare heart nails

This is simple and pared back. The tiny heart details are ultra delicate on top of this bare base.

Negative space heart nails

We love this dark sultry red shade and the clever cut-outs.

Black base nails

If you like to stick to navy and black for your nail base, just add a contrasting heart detail on top.

Pink tips nails

Pretty, flirty and romantic without being overt.

Love note nails

This love note nail design spreads the message subtly (and we love the glitter accents).

Gradient heart nails

Scattered hearts in different shades of pink. We like.

Matte cut-out nails

We love the mix of classic Valentine's hearts with offbeat shades, cutout details and a matte finish.

Love emoji nails

The ultimate self-love mani – capturing all the things you love across your fingertips.

Pink and red heart nails

A classic love heart look for Vally Day.

Confetti heart nails

This classic ballerina pink mani is mixed up with a single statement confetti design.

Heart tip nails

Cool and romantic, we'd happily wear this all month long.

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