The month of February might still be a little chilly and dark as far as winter weather goes, but the joy of Valentine’s Day and the love that glows from celebrating it with our family and loved ones always makes us feel a little brighter!
That might sound cheesy to come, but there’s something about the colour schemes and shapes that are associated with Valentine’s Day that just make us feel cheerful, and we like to display and share that feeling in whatever little DIY ways we can! Lately, we been thinking about how our nails good use a good, cheerful makeover, so we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for cute Valentine’s themed manicure designs that we think we might be able to manage at home.
Do you like the idea of giving yourself an adorable Valentine’s Day themed manicure this February just as much as we did, if not more?
Check out these 15 stunning ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration!
1. Pink sponged tips
Are you a bit of a beginner when it comes to doing fancy things with your own nails but you’re feeling determined to add a bit of Valentine’s Day cheer to your hands anyways? Then maybe you should start with this super simple colour and texture concept from CW Tampa! They suggest using a cut bit of sponge to add some bright pink visual texture to the ends of solid white nails.
2. Black and pink with sparkles
Who ever said that cheerful Valentine’s Day aesthetics can’t involve dark colours or even black? If you ask us, it’s totally suitable so long as there’s some cheerful balance for a pop of colour! That’s why we loved this black, pink, sparkly, and detailed design from She Ideas so much. Try using a toothpick for your polka dots and hearts!
3. Pink nails with jewels
Are you the kind of person who always likes a little more when it comes to your personal style, whether that be a little more texture, sparkle, shine, or colour? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to give something like this jewelled Valentine’s Day manicure featured on Love Maegan a try! They show you how to add little white, pink, and red embellishments to a pretty solid pink look without losing any as you go about your day.
4. Polka dotted hearts
Do you love the idea of adding shape, colour, and visual texture you your manicure but you’d rather stick to using just nail polish because you’re better at freehand painting than anything else and you can’t have extra glued to your nails for work? In that case, we’d definitely encourage you to take a look at the way Life, World, Women used a technique like pointillism to make these lovely dotted designs and hearts on a white background all across their nails.
5. Heart shaped sequin edging
Have you ever seen tiny heart shaped sequins or confetti pieces in crafting stores and wondered whether those couldn’t be incorporated into beauty somehow, because you think they’re just so darling? Then we’re absolutely convinced that you’ll adore the way Fundamentally Flawless used those little hearts to give their light pink nails a fantastic Valentine’s Day themed edge by arranging them stuck down on their nails in a circle.
6. Love letter nails
Are you feeling rather artistic indeed and looking for a manicure idea that will let you get a little more unconventional with your techniques than you might have been before? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Nail Deesignz made these super impressive love letter nails by doing some ink printing and some freehand painting! We love the thumb envelope.
7. Negative space heart nails
Are you actually a regular nail painting enthusiast who’s always trying to challenge yourself and make awesome new effects on your own nails besides just sticking to seasonal themes and colours? Then we think you’ll get a real kick out of learning how to create this coloured and clear negative space effect that One Nail to Rule Them All walks you through in this pretty rhinestoned Valentine’s heart tutorial.
8. Floral heart halves
If you’re also a more general crafting enthusiast outside of nail art then it’s probably a safe bet that you’ve tried or at least heard of decoupage before, but did you know that you can do it on your nails too? Well, if you didn’t or you’ve never tried it, then here’s an awesome Valentine’s Day inspired tutorial to help you fix that! Check out how More.com used little floral pieces of paper to make these adorable half hearts across your nails.
9. Sailor heart nails
Are very visual patterns your absolute favourite effect to create on your nails above just about anything else because you adore creating colour and shape contrasts? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to give these awesome sailor inspired Valentine’s Day nails a try! Get the full details for doing the stripes and the heart courtesy of Maryam Maquillage.
10. Heart shaped tips
Do you usually prefer a nail design that’s a little bit more minimalist even though a bit of shape and colour is something you’re still totally open to, since you are going for a Valentine’s Day theme after all? In that case, we’d be willing to bet that you’ll get along quite well indeed with these little red heart shaped tips outlined in clear detail on Cosmopolitan!
11. Sparkly key to my heart nails
Are you actually quite talented at careful freehand painting and you have lots of practice doing so on all kinds of textures and surfaces? Then we doubt you’ll have much trouble transferring those skills to your nails in order to make a quite impressive effect that ties the whole manicure together! We’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Chickettes made this “key to my heart” themed design by breaking up the image of a key carefully across separate nails.
12. Tainted love manicure
Did we actually catch your attention with our original mention of darker colours in Valentine’s Day manicure schemes and now you can’t help wondering whether there might be designs out there you can recreate that are just a touch darker in their theme all round, rather than being full of bright pinks and reds? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give this “tainted love” themed manicure featured on So Nailicious some consideration.
13. Love birds nails
Are your very favourite kinds of manicures and nail art always the ones that are adorable and look a little more cartoonish or fun than super fashionable? In that case, we think these little love birds outlined step by simple step on Lacquertude might be a little more up your alley! We love how they lay out each layer and detail of the birds using clear and very helpful pictorials.
14. Love is in the air manicure
Have you actually been scrolling through our list hoping to come across a design that’s a little more whimsical than some of the things you’ve seen so far? Then we think you might prefer this absolutely adorable “love is in the air” themed manicure courtesy of Nail Art Gallery! They suggest using your rounded shape skills and a toothpick to create white clouds on a blue background and top the whole thing off with little red and pink hearts.
15. Heart strings manicure
Is creating very thin shapes with very small details actually your very favourite kind of nail design to do, in general and our of everything you’ve seen on our list so far? Then we’re pleased to report that your patiences has paid off, as this tutorial from Lucy’s Stash has just the kind of thing you’re looking for! Take a better look at their page to learn more about making these delicate little hearts on strings happen on your own nails.
Do you know someone who adores nail art and loves changing their nails with the seasons, and you know they’re always collecting new ideas for the holidays? Share this post with them to make sure they have lots of super cute options for Valentine’s Day!