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Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year that promotes (and excuses) unapologetically indulging in sweets and spreading the love via a cheeky note or two. But if you ask me, indulging in a manicure, especially a Valentine’s Day manicure, is one of the best acts of self-love. Manis are even more fun when they’re inspired by something celebratory…aside from celebrating yourself, of course.
Whether you have plans for Valentine’s Day with your crush or S.O., are hosting a festive Galentine’s Day soiree with your roommates, or you know, just want to get into the V-day spirit, February is the perfect month to test out new romantic hues. Think cherry reds, deep burgundies and all shades of pink. It’s about embracing your inner maximalist by embellishing your nails with copious amounts of glitter and heart decals.
Personally, I’m loyal to my rotation between a firey orange-red polish and a creamy nude hue, but this month love is in the air, and it’s left me wanting to switch things up with holiday nail art and pops of bright pink…why not, right? Even if you’re not exactly a fan of the quintessential Hallmark holiday, these V-day inspired manicure ideas are anything but cheesy—in fact, there are plenty of spirited options that even the most die-hard minimalists will fall head over heels for. Whether you plan on heading to the salon to get the look or opt for a DIY version, we’ve got plenty of inspiration to get you in the mood.
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Dashing Diva Sugar Crush Gel Nails
These festive press-ons look straight out of a salon.
Moon Sugar Decals Valentine’s Day Nail Art Heart Decals
A fool-proof way to get V-day nail art without heading to the salon.
Essie Nail Polish in Sand Tropez
The perfect nude backdrop for subtle nail art.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Got the Blues for Red
This vampy, blue-toned burgundy is ideal for a dramatic manicure.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Pink Up
A flashy bright pink that will transition well into spring.
ALLYDREW 24 Sheets Valentine’s Day Hearts
Kisses, pink heels and other romantic Valentine’s Day motifs to jazz up your mani.
Ellemme Designs XOXO Press on Nails
Press-on gel nails with glitter and hearts so you can skip the salon and save your cash.
Essie Nail Polish in A Cut Above
This glittery blush polish will be smashing for Galentine’s Day.
Le Mini Macaron ‘La Touche Finale” Mini Nail Stickers
These heart-shaped tips are too cute for words.