Red Valentine’s Day nails are a prerequisite for all your February 14 plans. Yes, even if you’re just going to Wendy’s to get a cheeseburger and fries to eat on your couch. It’s the day of love, and that includes loving yourself, your nails, and your Frosty. And your boyfriend’s Frosty.
Dress up your claws for this loving holiday in the most sensual color there is: bright red. From classic heart designs to sparkly, show stopping patterns, we have manicure inspiration for every type of Valentine there is. Hallmark haters or a laud-er of love are all welcome here!
And you can choose whatever nail shape you want for these. We just recommend having a pointy one to help you rip open all the chocolate boxes. Trust us, it’s a time saver.
17 Red Valentine’s Day Nails
1. Sparkly Red Valentine’s Day Nails
For a simple take on Valentine’s Day nails, paint them red and go over it with confetti polish. We’re talking five coats of nail polish, max. Or ten, if you forgot you painted them and accidentally got in the shower before they dried. Hey, sparkly hair is a vibe, too!
2. Red Heart Nails
This manicure is all about gorgeous simplicity. This example uses a white nail and a red accent, but you can choose whatever color combo your heart desires. We’ll finish ours after we follow our heart right to the bakery. Heart-shaped donuts only come around once a year!
3. Geometrical Red and Pink Manicure
If you have steady hands like this nail artist, you too can make your red nails geometric. If you need help, tape is your friend. Sometimes. Definitely not when you’re trying to open a package with your latest Amazon obsession in it.
4. Chrome Valentine’s Day Nails
This chrome Valentine’s Day nail design has it all. A little edge. A little shine. And an excellent excuse to break out that fine tip Sharpie.
5. Heart French Tip Nails
Teach a woman to paint the tips of her nails to look like hearts, and she’s got endless nail designs at her fingertips. You have hearts. You have peaches. And you even have Corgi butts. What more could anyone ask for?
6. Peace and Love Nails
These nails are the yin to our yang. Now that we’ve feng shui-ed our nails, can someone help us with the giant pile of clothes on our bed?
7. Red Nails with Swirly Hearts
If you thought the red sparkle nails needed more pizzazz, just add some heart doodles! You can get as creative as you want by free-handing them — it’s totally fine if they’re wonky. That adds character, we tell ourselves as we gaze upon our apartment walls.
8. Wild Valentine’s Day Nails
We are obsessed with how gorgeous these animal print Valentine’s nails are. You can copy the design, or choose to paint the animal print on top of red nails. If we’ve learned anything from RuPaul’s Drag Race, it’s that “too much” is a social construct.
9. Swirly Heart Nails
Since the shape we use to represent hearts isn’t anatomically accurate anyway, these swirly designs aren’t any less realistic. In a manifesting mood? Use cartoon eggplants instead. What? Eggplant parm is delicious.
10. Dramatic Love Nails
“Dramatic” is the best descriptor we have for this red Valentine’s Day manicure. These super-long coffin nails are matte perfection, and the bold lettering makes it super clear how you feel about February 14th. Or more specifically, February 15th. Half-off chocolate? That’s our love language.
11. Cherry Bomb Valentine’s Day Nails
Cherries are inherently sexy, so why not add them to your Valentine’s Day nail art? This cute set mixes a graphic design with pinks and reds. Start practicing your stem tying skills now! It’s extra hard with long claws. If only there was another way…
12. Red Valentine’s Day Nails
Hearts on sleeves are so basic. Hearts on nails are next level. If you struggle with freehand drawing, try a stencil or nail sticker instead. Or just roll with the idea that white blobs are cute, too.
13. Red Rose Nails
14. Bold Red Valentine’s Nails
The only problem with this “more is more” style is that we simply wouldn’t know when to stop adding designs. Next thing you know, we’ve got 12-inch long nails and we’ve lost control of our lives. But it’s probably worth it.
15. Pink and Red Valentine Nails
These red and pink nails are subtle, sweet, and not at all sour unless you taste test the nail polish.
16. Bedazzled Valentine’s Day Nails
These nails come with everything but the ring. We don’t even know where to look first, because it’s all so good. Oh look, a candy bar!
17. Lux Valentine’s Day Nails
This set just feels like luxury. The metallic gold adds shimmer to this manicure that’ll make you the center of attention on date night. Although the buffalo wings are tough competition.