• Before you even consider a french manicure for the most romantic day of the year (just don’t), take a look at these cool ideas that will score you so many more compliments. The best part is, they don’t require a celebrity nail technician to achieve, but everyone will think you paid mega-bucks for one. 

    “Love you like XO!” Beyoncé would totally approve of (and rock) sparkly scarlet talons with white X’s and O’s on them. Just paint two coats of this Red Carpet Manicure lacquer on each, then use a white nail art pen to draw on the letters. PS—the polish is made from real rubies. #Luxe

    Try Red Carpet Manicure Dazzling Gems Nail Polish in Lady in Red ($11.99, ulta.com) and Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in White ($6, drugstore.com)

  • Can’t decide which pink or red shade to go with on V-Day? Go for an ombré mix of both—the result is 100% sweet without all the cals.

     Try Essie Nail Color in Fiji ($8.50, beauty.com), Spaghetti Strap, Mod Squad, Secret Stash, and Bachelorette Bash (in that order). 

  • On February 14th, we like to live by the motto: “Go big or go home with your nail art.” 

    Try Nail Rock’s Frou Frou Kit in Gold ($10,rockbeautylondon.com).

  • Who doesn’t love candy hearts?! We’re pretty sure they get even more delicious when worn across your 10 digits.

    Try NCLA Valentine's Day Nail Wraps in Candy Hearts ($16, shopncla.com).

  • Instead of sticking five of the same strips on, leave one accent nail out and paint that finger crimson. The ring can go there.

    Try Jamberry Nail Wraps in Make Me Blush and Jamberry Polish in Kiss ($15 each, jamberrynails.net).

  • The crossbones on these stickers make them a liiiiitle less sappy. You know, If you’re into the whole anti-Valentine’s Day thing.

     Try Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Heart Breaker ($9, target.com).

  • Looking for him to make the first move? Drop an obvious hint with your mani. 

    Try Nails Inc. Crystaltastic Nails in Kiss and Lips ($17, sephora.com).

  • Paint this clear lacquer loaded with tiny hearts over natural or matte white nails for a confetti party on your hands. Try Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer in Have a Heart ($8, ulta.com).

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8 DIY Nail Designs to Try on Valentine’s Day


8 DIY Nail Designs to Try on Valentine’s Day

Bonus: They're super easy to recreate.

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