Love and Heartbreak
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Manicurity created this nail art based on the theme "Love and Heartbreak." Regardless, we love it wholeheartedly. The heart-and-dot pattern is easy to re-create with a dotting tool. Try mixing up pink and black hearts as she did, or choose one combo and run with it. If you go full-on anti-Valentine, we won't pass judgment.
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This darling nail design from Manicurator uses a couple of cool techniques to create a tweed effect. For the nude base, coat your nails with your first shade of polish and let it dry. Then, apply a second color and blot it with plastic wrap to get the marbled effect. Use a small art brush to paint the stripes and heart and finish with glitter and a matte topcoat.
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For a unique manicure, mimic Will Paint Nails for Food's stained-glass nail art. This is perfect for nail polish hoarders who want to put a bunch of colors to use. Start with your favorite polish and glitter combo; then add the stained-glass lines with a black nail marker. Carefully fill the spaces with a small brush, and presto—a mani masterpiece!
Photo: Will Paint Nails for Food
Sweet & Understated
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Feeling especially feminine? Re-create Brit Nails's understated Valentine's Day look. Combine peachy pink nails, gold studs, gold glitter, and a delicate white pattern for a manicure that's anything but ordinary. It's perfect for date night and will impress friends at your Galentine's bash.
Photo: Brit Nails
Patchwork Heart Nail Art
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This patchwork and plaid nail art by Fairly Charming makes for a playful Valentine's Day look. She uses gray, white, and fuchsia polishes, but a combo of pink shades would be a pretty alternative. Paint the heart with the bottle's brush, and then create the outline and stripes with a small nail art brush.
Photo: Fairly Charming
Ombré Polka Dots
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Attention, nail art novices: This ombré look from Let Them Have Polish couldn't be simpler. Pick out an assortment of pink shades, and apply them from light to dark with a dotting tool. Finish with a topcoat, and you'll be set to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Photo: Let Them Have Polish
Pink & Silver Triangles
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A glam date night calls for nails with a little sparkle. For this design, Honeymunchkin pairs soft pink with holographic silver for a sweet and simple alternative to your average mani. We suggest using tape to create neat lines on the triangles.
DIY Heart Decals
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Try your hand at these fun DIY nail decals. Hey Wanderer shows you how to create the heart shapes with nail polish and a plastic paper sleeve. When they're done, simply stick one on each nail and secure with a topcoat. If you're feeling creative, mix things up with other designs or even words.
Photo: Hey Wanderer
Sweet Candy Hearts
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Cue the grade school nostalgia, and take inspiration from every kid's favorite Valentine's treat: conversation hearts. Youtuber HannahRoxNails shows you how to freehand-paint this sweet-as-can-be candy heart design on your nails. Customize your messages or stick to the classics; our favorites include "UR A 10" and "Tweet Me."
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Give chevrons a Valentine's twist with binder reinforcement stickers. Jenna Beth layered shades of pink to create this charming heart-shaped chevron design. The stickers ensure clean lines so even rookie nail artists can tackle this look. We're smitten.
Photo: Jenna Beth
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French is the language of love, and we're willing to bet the same can be said of a French manicure. For Valentine's Day, try out A Girl and Her Polish's twist on the classic look. She paints on pink tips and adorns each nail with dainty hearts. Now all you need to make this Valentine's Day perfect is a glass of French Champagne.
Photo: A Girl and Her Polish
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Keep things sweet and simple with a single heart on your thumb or ring finger. To create the heart, make three dots of polish in a triangle and drag them inward to meet each other. Whatsoever Things Are Lovely chose to paint her nails in a dazzling shade of red and then added a white heart, but you can make the look all your own with your favorite polishes.
Photo: Whatsoever Things Are Lovely
Negative Space Hearts
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We're in love with the negative-space nail art trend right now, and One Nail To Rule Them All is making us envious with this heart design. Between the soft pink, white hearts, and Swarovski crystals, this makes for one seriously sweet Valentine's mani. Check out the step-by-step guide for full instructions.
Photo: One Nail To Rule Them All
Love You Like XO
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Go ahead and obsess over this adorable XO nail art by Wondrously Polished. The candylike colors are a cute alternative to pinks and reds but still perfectly festive for Valentine's Day. Add the X's and O's with a toothpick, and finish off your design with a topcoat. Try a matte coat for a softer effect.
Photo: Wondrously Polished
Red & Pink Ikat
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You don't necessarily need hearts to spread the love for Valentine's Day. For a more subtle approach, try something like Lacquerologist's red-and-pink Ikat nail art. The motif is a cool take on the holiday. Once you master the technique, switch out the colors all year long for a fresh look every season. This could totally be our new go-to.
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This Valentine's Day, show yourself a little love with a kiss-covered mani. Chit Chat Nails achieved this coral design with a nail stamp. But if you're not inclined to buy a lip-shaped stamp, draw inspiration from one and freehand-paint flirty lip shapes with a nail art brush.
Photo: Chit Chat Nails
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This mani proves you don't have to wear pink polish to pull off a Valentine's look. Adventures in Acetone layered a coat of teal polish with white hearts to create this cool effect. The black heart is the perfect finishing touch for ladies who aren't into traditional Valentine's hues.
Photo: Adventures in Acetone
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Get somebody's heart racing with this playful nail art from Nailstorming. Check out the step-by-step guide, and re-create the EKG design yourself for Valentine's Day. Simplify the look even more by using a nail art pen to draw the zigzags.
Pizza My Heart
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The only thing better than a Valentine's pun is a Valentine's pizza pun. Am I right? Nailstorming created this adorable pizza-themed nail art for ladies who know the two most important things in life are love and food. Check out the tutorial, and then make takeout plans with your significant other.
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Celebrate love with this dainty nail art by Love Maegan. To get the look, just add two brush strokes in a V shape to each fingertip. The shades of pink are appropriate for the holiday, but a white-and-black combo would stun, too. We're head over heels for this simple heart design!
Photo: Love Maegan
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Who doesn't appreciate snail mail? Especially when it's from a special somebody. That's why we love QTPlace's fun ode to the love letter. Get the look with black and white nail pens and your favorite pink polish. Then pop some real valentines in the mail.
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So Nailicious's unique Valentine's manicure immediately stole our hearts. The colors and designs are modern and trendy–eyes are everywhere right now! Re-create the cool-girl nail art with a striping brush and a selection of bright polishes. Check out the step-by-step guide for full instructions.
Photo: So Nailicious
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Nothing says romance quite like a bouquet of roses. But even if a bunch doesn't show up on your doorstep this Valentine's Day, you can still sport these sweet flowers on your nails. The Nailasaurus shows you how to freehand the floral pattern, and it's easier than you might think! You'll need an assortment of polishes and a small nail art brush.
Photo: The Nailasaurus
Luxe Leather & Diamonds
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Perforated leather and diamonds—both of which make our V-Day wish list—inspired this nail art. Send your valentine a subtle hint with nails as pretty as the handbag you've got your eye on. Chalkboard Nails offers tips and tricks on the leather technique, so you'll be a pro in no time.
Photo: Chalkboard Nails
Red Glitter & Hearts
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For an easy and luxe look, think glittery ruby red like this manicure. Pshiiit finished her fingers with sketchy black hearts for a perfect Valentine's Day manicure. You could stamp them as she does, or use black polish and a thin nail art brush to freehand-paint them yourself.
Oh How I Love You
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We're enamored with this nail design by One Nail to Rule Them All. The cute birds-and-leaf motif, inspired by British artist Rob Ryan, couldn't be sweeter for Valentine's Day. Get the look with a small detailing brush and a combination of nail polish and acrylic paint.
Photo: One Nail To Rule Them All
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Show off your wild side with this Valentine's-inspired leopard nail design! The heart-shaped spots are an adorable take on animal print, and we love that Pink & Polished used shades of pink for a fierce and girly manicure. Re-create it with your favorite polishes and a dotting tool.
Photo: Pink & Polished
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There's nothing wrong with a plain pink manicure, but for Valentine's, consider upping your nail game with flocking. Cupcake's Clothes shows you how easy the technique is. The textured nails look like cotton candy, so they're totally appropriate for the sweetest day of the year.
Photo: Cupcake's Clothes