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.
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.