Whether you’re on the hunt for love, have a stead-fast, romantic date set up or you’re going to spend the most loving day of the year with your gal pals, Valentine’s is fast approaching and you need a new set of nails for the occasion.
If only to use the day as an excuse to get a manicure, Valentine’s nails are trending on social media, which means there is a whole catalogue of inspiration to get our love senses flowing. We’re not talking about a pop of bright red nail polish – oh no, we’re talking some seriously cool and intricate nail art which will have you falling head over heels.
So, whether you have plans for the evening or not, get down to your local nail salon, Pinterest pic in hand, and experiment with some of the most stylish, creative and romantic nail art looks we’ve ever seen.
Flowers scream Valentine’s, so this is a good place to start. With classic red and white as a background base, this intricate design includes both full flowers, stems and extra pattern to boot. Painted onto extended acrylic nails means more room for designing, so why not get some extra tips this V Day to make your nail art pop?
New York-based nail technician, Alicia Torello uses floral stickers to achieve this feminine nail art. With multiple colours and flowers, you can create a garden of floral beauty on nails of any length. Finish with a high-shine top coat to make sure they last longer than just the 14th.
If you want to opt for something dreamy this Valentine’s Day, but aren’t too keen on the idea of florals, you can always try candy-stripe. These beautiful nails are the work of Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador, Madeline Poole, and unite saturated pastel colours with rusty muted shades to glorious effect. They’re the perfect manicure for those looking to step out and experiment this Valentine’s Day.
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If you’re not so into those super romantic and dreamy nail art designs, you can opt for something with a bit more of a razor edge. These gorgeous rose thorn nails are the work of Paintbox Nails – a nail salon in Soho – and they’re simply to die for. Minimal yet chic, they really do bring something new to table.
What could be more synonymous with Valentine’s Day but a rose? These nails were created by Imarninails, a nail salon in Shoreditch, and they definitely fit the dreamy, romantic vibe. We particularly love the attention to detail in the individual petals, stems and leaves – and by painting them on top of a white backdrop, they really do pop!
Just in case you don’t receive a huge sparkler for your ring finger this Valentine’s day, prepare in advance and cover your nails in diamonds instead. Jessica Washnick, a nail artist and Nike colour designer with over 69 thousand Instagram followers, designed this stunning, glittering creation. With a soft pink base, she surrounds the entire nail with Swarovski crystals, resulting in this eye-wateringly glittering manicure, enough to make any newly engaged gal jealous. Switch your base colour to hot pink or deep red for an even bigger impact.
Let Valentine’s Day be your excuse to experiment with some on-trend, creative and super loved up nail art this February. Whether you opt for feminine florals, minimal thorns or Swarovski-encrusted acrylics, achieve your perfect, romantic manicure and be ready for some nail art love this V Day.