There’s nothing like dressing up your nails for the holidays. And there are plenty of options for doing just that. My most favorite time for nail art, though, has to be Valentine’s Day. Outside of it being designated as the most romantic day of the year, it combines two of my favorite things — the color pink and hearts.
After scrolling through Instagram’s plethora of amazing nail design inspo, we’re sharing our standout favorites with you so you too can partake in fun Valentine’s Day nail art trends that are hot in 2023. And you don’t have to be an expert to get these great looks all by yourself.
Before you get started, a couple of things you’ll want on hand:
- Any nail art design you want to create is a kit — and there are so many options at your, er, fingertips. You’ll want a set of brushes like the five-piece Double-Ended Brush and Dotting Tool Kit ($5.99) on Amazon. It’s our pick (and Amazon’s) for nail tools. Brushes are awesome for painting and fixing mishaps that will inevitably happen.
- If you want more types of brushes and blingy things, Amazon’s Nail Design Kit ($8.39) is a perfect starter for budding nail pros.
Note: Some of the same colors are options for several of the designs, so you can have multiple ways to do your nails.
Cute DIY Valentine’s Day Nail Art Design Ideas
1. Valentine’s Day Wavy Nail Designs
Don’t have the steadiest of hands for making these wavy lines perfect, like Instagram’s @nailsbyanahi? That’s OK because, with some nail stickers and neutral polish, you’ll be ready for Valentine’s Day in a blink.
2. Pink Hearts Valentine’s Day Nails
For Instagram’s @aagistyle_nails pink polish, try Sally Hansen’s Insta Dri Nail Color in In A Blush. This one is my favorite pink polish because, even though it’s light, the color is creamy and covers with just one coat.
3. Red Heart Tips Valentine’s Day Nails
The perfectly pink shade and the red tips make this artificial nail design look fabulous. Even though @embellishedbymariam is a professional nail tech, that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate the look yourself. Check out this video from Born Pretty for tips.
4. Pink Heart Tips Valentine’s Day Nails
A cute take on French tips that @peaccibrand has captured perfectly. It just takes a few shades of pink and a nail art brush to achieve.
Get the Look: Try Wet n Wild Fast Dry AF Nail Color in Cotton Candy ($3.61), Sally Hansen Good, Kind, Pure Vegan Nail Colour in Pink Cloud ($6.36) and Peony Origins ($7.57) on Amazon.
5. Valentine’s Day Nail Art
These fabulous Valentine’s Day-inspired nails by Instagram’s @she_has_evolved_ are not for the weak. Thankfully, there’s just one heart accent nail — on each hand.
Get the Look: Try the China Glaze Nail Polish in Low-Maintenance ($8.95), the Nail Design Kit ($8.39), OPI’s Milan Collection Nail Polish ($22.98 for two colors) on Amazon, and black and white colors you probably already have, along with a lot of patience.
6. Simple Valentine’s Day Nails
Simple? Yes. Boring? They’re anything but! The great thing about Instagram @stylebyuzzy’s look is that it works for any nail length.
Get the Look: Try the Heart Love Nail Art Stickers ($7.99), which come with eight sheets of different heart colors to match your mood, and Sally Hansen Good, Kind, Pure Vegan Nail Colour in Pink Cloud ($6.36) on Amazon.
7. Short Valentine’s Day Nails
We super puffy heart love @pepperandgold‘s amazingly brilliant short and sweet Valentine’s Day nail art.
Get the Look: Try Essie’s Expressie Nail Polish in Seize The Minute ($8.49), Heart Love Nail Art Stickers ($7.99), and Sally Hansen Good, Kind, Pure Vegan Nail Colour in Pink Cloud ($6.36) on Amazon.
8. Classic Valentine’s Day Nails
Instagram’s @sineadcrowe takes it back to the basics — a light pink hue and randomly placed red hearts. We’re in love!
Get the Look: Try Sally Hansen’s Insta Dri Nail Color in In A Blush ($6.99) at Ulta and the Heart Love Nail Art Stickers ($7.99) on Amazon. Or, you can draw the hearts yourself with OPI’s Big Apple Red Nail Polish ($11.49) at Ulta.
9. Black Valentine’s Day Nails
Maybe pink and red colors don’t quite match your vibe. That’s why mixing it up like Instagram’s @itsalexishaines does with black polish instead.
Get the Look: Try the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Color in Black Heart ($1.69), Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure Nail Polish in Light Lychee ($6.36) and the Nail Art Stencils ($5.99) on Amazon.
10. Comme des Garçons’ Play Heart Face Nails
The Comme des Garçons heart logo was designed for their Play line of casual streetwear back in 1999. People are still obsessed and so are we with Instagram’s @glosshouse homage to the brand.
Get the Look: You can definitely paint these cute heart faces yourself, but you can also get the Comme Des Garçon Nail Stickers ($7.99) on Amazon.
11. Peek-A-Boo Comme des Garçons Play Heart Face Nails
Instagram’s @stephaniedesantisbeauty is another tribute to the Comme des Garçons brand, but these include a red French manicure-inspired tip.
12. Graphic Designs Valentine Nails
So these nails from Instagram’s @thais.m might be my favorite for Valentine’s Day and every other day of the year. You can make any design you want. All you need are different colors of nail polish and a nail kit.
Get the Look: Your own stash of nail polishes, the Nail Design Kit ($8.39) from Amazon, and your own imagination.
13. Red Valentine’s Day Nails
These Valentine’s Day nails from Instagram’s @sameda_phiartist may look complicated, but with a few nail guides, your nails can look just like this.
Get the Look: Try the Nail Art Stencils ($5.99) on Amazon, which comes with over 1,700 stencils and 60 designs, and OPI’s Big Apple Red Nail Polish ($11.49) at Ulta. For a matte finish, try OPI’s Matte Top Coat ($11.49) at Ulta.
14. Abstract Negative Space Valentine’s Day Nails
Instagram’s @alina.bulboaca Valentine’s Day nails literally make us swoon. They feature negative space abstracts that are different and equally dazzling on each nail.
Get the Look: Try Essie’s Expressie Nail Polish in Seize The Minute ($8.49) and Sally Hansen Good, Kind, Pure Vegan Nail Colour in Pink Cloud ($6.36) on Amazon.
15. French Manicure Valentine’s Day Nails
This look from Instagram’s @abrowngirlrecommends mixes a classic French tip with Valentine’s Day inspo. And if I’m being honest, you can wear the red hearts any time of year when the love bug strikes.
Get the Look: Try the Glamnetic Ma Damn Press On Nails ($15) at Ulta for the French tips, which come with 24 nails in 12 inclusive sizes, and the eight-sheet Heart Nail Art Stickers on Amazon ($7.99).
16. Candy-Inspired Valentine Nails
This shade of pink worn by Instagram’s @dawenails is my absolute favorite shade of polish. However, I have yet to find it outside of the salon. Drop me a line if you come across it.
Cute Valentine’s Day Nail Stickers
17. Valentine’s Day Nail Art Designs
Slap any of these designs on to sprinkle a dash of Valentine’s Day into your mani. It comes with six sheets of love-themed phrases, lips, cartoons, hearts and other cute decals.
Price: $7.99 on Amazon
18. Conversation Heart Candy Nail Stickers
With these nail stickers, you can add any message to your nails so your secret admirer gets the hint. You get eight sheets of conversation heart candy nail stickers in two different styles.
Price: $8.99 on Amazon
Valentine’s Day Press-On Nails
19. KISS Gel Fantasy Allure ‘Be My Angel’ Nails
The new coffin-shaped KISS Gel Fantasy Nails in Be My Angel comes with 28 nails, pink gel glue, a prep pad, a mini file, and a wood stick for an adorable Valentine’s Day look that can last up to seven days.
Price: $11.99 at kiss.com
20. Clutch Nails ‘Lips Don’t Lie’ Pop-On Nails
For instant Valentine’s Day nails, try Clutch Nail’s press-on kit. They’re designed to last one to two weeks and come with 24 reusable nails that can be cut and filed as if they were your real nails.
Price: $9.99 at clutchnails.com
21. Static Nails ‘Send Valentines’ Pop-On Manicure
These almond-shaped press-on nails by Static Nails come with 24 Valentine-inspired nails and glue. They’re totally reusable and can last up to 18 days.
Price: $22 at Ulta