Ahh Valentine’s Day. The day that we girls are guaranteed chocolates, flowers and romance (unless it’s a leap year, of course, then it’s the girls’ turn to treat the guys). Since I love to theme-ify pretty much everything, I went on the hunt for some of the best and most appropriately romantic nail art tutorials to fit this love-filled holiday. So whether you’re going out for a fancy dinner, cozying up together on an outdoor picnic, or even just spending the night with a couple of your dearest girlfriends (and wine), make sure your nails reflect the charming yearly reminder of love.
Love is in the Air
They say that when you’re madly in love you have your head in the clouds; well for the beginning stages, at least. If that’s how you’re feeling than you may as well depict it on your nails, too!
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – NailsMagazine
Remember how many love letters you used to write and receive back in school? I don’t really get love letters anymore (it’s more like love post-its), but maybe I can hint with these adorable envelope nails.
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – NailsDesignz
Cats in Love
Is there anything cuter than these lovey-dovey cats? The pink tips give a nice little hint of romance while the cats really bring home the love. All you really need is a dotting tool (a bobby pin will work just as well).
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – BeautyBySuzi
Negative Space Hearts
Negative space (or cutouts) on the nails are really trendy right now, so integrating that into your loved-up nail art is a great way to stay fashionable. This tutorial is especially perfect for those who aren’t so good with thin, perfect outlines.
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – OneNailToRuleThemAll
If regular old hearts are just too boring for your booming personality, then this floral heart design may really catch your eye. Get ready for all the oohing and ahhing that you’ll be hearing and people fawn over your fresh and funky nails!
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – DivineCaroline
Take a dip in the nautical theme for something a little less obvious than floating hearts. Although this design incorporates a few hearts, the blue and white stripes take the focus off somewhat, so it’s not quite as in-your-face as some of the others.
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – MaryamMaquillage
This is one of my absolute favorite looks because it’s a bit more understated, yet it’s so damn clever and effective. Oh, and it’s super quick and easy to do! If you want the hearts to stand out even more, do them on a white background.
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – Cosmopolitan
Key to My Heart
This concept really is so fresh and so much fun. If you and glitter aren’t the best of friends, though, just use black or any regular color nail polish for the key.
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – Chickettes
Don’t you just love the use of the ikat pattern here to put a spin on the traditional hearts? I’m a fan of the pink combination, but you can use different shades of reds or purples if you prefer. And if you don’t have three separate shades, use a bit of white to mix up what you do have to create the perfect color combination.
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – DivineCaroline
Give Me a Kiss
Instead of heart, make smooches! You can do these on a white background, too, but I actually really like the blue and red combination.
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – Youtube
So what do you do if you want a nice subtle Valentine’s heart but just can’t seem to paint those perfect hearts, freehand? This tutorial shows you a genius way to make a stencil from washi tape so that you get a perfect heart for your perfect date.
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – TheBeautyDepartment
Try something a little more modern and a little less hearty with this color blocking design. The color scheme gives you the Valentine’s feel, but you can still keep the look for a few days afterwards without feeling like you’re pushing it too far (like people who keep their trees up way past Christmas).
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – PolishYouPretty
Here’s a simple way to add a little something extra to your hearty nails; the vertical lines almost look like stems, making these look like flower hearts – a perfect combination!
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – Uvgelunghie
If you prefer something a little more simple and understated then all you have to dot a heart on your nail. You can make one on each nail, or just got for one accent nail like in the video.
I had to put this one in to prove that you don’t have to feel bound by bright pinks, reds or purples. If you simple aren’t a fan of those colors then there’s no need to use them just because it’s February 14th. Pick your favorite color, add a heart, and you’re good to go!
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – SoNailicious
For a little something different, add some plaid to your design. You’ll be surprised to see how easy it actually is to create the lines with the right tools. The result is a perfectly themed design that’s fun, flirty and girly.
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – CutePolish
Here’s a good one for you advanced nail artists to try! The birds may not resemble actual lovebirds, but in theory, they represent the doting affectionate nature of the feathered cuties.
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – Lacquertude
Barbed Wire Heart
If you’re a little more hardcore with a guarded heart then you’ll really enjoy this one. The hearts still make it Valentine’s-ey, but the barbed wire makes it just that little bit less fluffy and cute. Awesome!
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – JaeMarie2008
Does your love make your heart skip a beat? Show it off with this awesome heartbeat pattern. It’s fun and cute, and offers a nice little twist on the traditional heart design. And don’t worry about the tape part not being perfect; you can fix any bleeding or irregular lines with the black outline.
Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – Jamegackie
Pastels are perfect for the springtime, so the inclusion of some cute little hearts makes this an ideal, on-trend nail art design for the day of romance. You don’t necessarily have to stick with just pinks and reds – any pastels will look adorable with this!