V-day manicure inspo to help you really *nail* the aesthetic
We’ve got heart eyes for these looks…
By Emma Allcock
Beauty Content Assistant / February 21 2024
Whether we realise it or not, our nails define our vibe. From the ultra-chic, to the bright and playful, we like to mix it up. But our fave nails? Those sprung from the seasons. Candy canes come Christmas (a must), haunted houses for Halloween (so spooky) and of course copious amounts of hearts for loved-up Valentine’s Day.
If you’re looking for a standout salon mani we’ve sorted your reference shots, and if you’re more of a DIY enthusiast, we’ve got you too: save your inspo and head to the shops with our product recommendations for vivacious Valentine’s Day nails.
So, get ready to be totally infatuated with the madly in love mani inspo we’re serving up to you hopelessly devoted lovers…
Chrome heart nails
This magnetic look is bound to catch some attention, so manifest your love with this velvet-inspired Valentine’s Day manicure. The bonus? You can even click through to nail artist Zola’s Insta to see exactly how she created the look.
Image Credit: @nailsbyzola
This tiny touch of red will make your heart grow three sizes. It’s the most elegant way to create a red heart nail look, while still looking ultimately elevated.
Image Credit: @nailsbyshige
Mob Wife Ride Or Die
The aesthetic that’s completely taken over TikTok needs its own nod to Valentine’s Day. Mob Wives have their man’s backs no matter what, and honestly we’re here for that ‘BIG’ love. An oxblood mani with a little heart cut out might be a close call for life imitating art in the context of the world of The Sopranos, but who wouldn’t want to play pretend IRL?
Image Credit: @betina_goldstein
Star of all the ‘Conversation Hearts’
Like the (incredibly tasty) candy hearts, this look will always be a winning option. If you’re leaning ALL the way into Valentine’s Day, this heart-dotted inspo will set your heartbeat racing.
Image Credit: @nailsbycaroline_
Whether you’re giving off an avoidant attachment style, or a serious love for the intergalactic, this chrome-coated mani will send you to space. And in the most elegant, V-day way possible.
Image Credit: @jessicawashick
Heart French manicure
Oh the classic (and incredibly luxe) French mani. Is there a more failsafe look? We think not. So why not let your V-day nails incorporate that simple stylish white tip with a simple nod to the season of love?
Image Credit: @nailsbyluuce
Gothic heart nails
Pinks and reds don’t do anything for you? That’s totally understandable; the ultra-romanticised V-day inspo isn’t for everyone. Instead, take a cue from this monochrome gothic-inspired look. Understated elegance, all while totally on theme.
Image Credit: Pinterest
Pastels and hearts just have that same vibe. So what better combo than to pair your fondness for V-day with a last hit of summer colours in this seriously sweet mani?
Image Credit: @_studio.m
OPI Perfect Pair Gift Set in ‘Pink In Bio and Spring Break The Internet’
This limited edition set will have you seeing pink! Sure 2023 was all about the perfectly pretty in pink manis, but we think there’s still plenty of room in our hearts (and on our nails) for more shimmering pink shades. With two colours to pick from, you’ve got plenty of choice to mix and match or alternate in the lead up to love day. ‘Pink In Bio’ offers the softest pinky shimmer while ‘Spring Break The Internet’ ramps up the colour in a bold look-at-me glittering pop of hot pink. The best part? Both shades are from OPI’s Infinite Shine range, meaning these colours are designed for long-lasting wear.
$34.95 at Adore Beauty
$34.95 at The Iconic
$34.95 at Myer
Acrylique Strawberry French 75
Want to get in the spirit of love? The pretty little hearts and dreamy reds taking over the feeds around you are oh-so-sweet but may not ultimately be your vibe for multiple weeks. Well, now you get to embrace the femininity short-term with Acrylique’s press-on nails. The seriously easy to apply set will have you seeing hearts everywhere, and when you’re ready to see the end of all the lovey-dovey simply (and gently) lift the nails off (and even keep them for next V-day!).
$44.95 at Acrylique
Emma Allcock is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Content Assistant, advocate of inappropriately Capitalised words, and can honestly talk to a wall if asked. She’s a sunrise chaser and coffee addict aficionado (goes hand in hand with the sunrises). Lover of all things beauty, she doesn’t discriminate, although she’s very partial to her acrylic nails.