15 Not-Too-Obvious Valentine’s Day Nail Designs

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Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day comes with a few benefits. First, it means that flowers and chocolate are readily available. (Who doesn’t love that?) Second, it’s an opportunity to double down on self-care. (Who better to love than yourself?) Third, it means we can get our nails done (if only as an excuse to be in the spirit of the season). It might sound like a flimsy excuse, but it’s not. We’re serious when it comes to our nails.

However, classic Valentine’s Day manicures can sometimes leave something to be desired. Load up too much on cutesy red and pink hearts, and the design can feel too… obvious. That’s why we’re looking for something different this February 14. Maybe it’s a minimalist nail design. Maybe it’s a velvet-effect manicure. Regardless, we don’t want our nails to scream Valentine’s; we want them to quietly whisper it. Ahead, see the 15 nail designs we’re considering this year.

Sometimes, a strategic nail charm is all you need to make an impact. Use nail glue to attach it to one nail, keeping the rest of the nails bare. It’s simple yet effective.

An easy way to upgrade a reverse French manicure is to make it silver and sparkly.

Londontown

Nail Lacquer in Tinsel

Classic red is made more interesting when you add a hint of pink near the cuticles.

Essie

Nail Polish in Pencil Me In

White may not be the most obvious choice, but that’s kind of the point.

Dior

Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 007 Jasmin

This manicure is giving Beauty and the Beast in the best way.

OPI

Nail Lacquer in Ochre to the Moon

Why not opt for a wine-colored manicure to match your date-night drink?

Chanel

Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir

Beige and red is the unexpected color combo we didn’t know we needed.

Butter London

Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquer in Her Majestys Red

This black bow design is the perfect mani for lovers of the coquette aesthetic.

JinSoon

Nail Polish in Absolute Black

Velvet nails will always make our Valentine’s Day mood board.

ILNP

Velvet Rope Dark Magenta Holographic Metallic Nail Polish

The only thing better than chocolates on Valentine’s Day? Chocolate-colored nails.

Essie

Nail Polish in No To-Do

We’re calling these “pink daydream nails,” and they’re so pretty.

Cirque Colors

Sheer Nail Polish in Rose Jelly

A minimal black French manicure is so elevated. Be sure to apply a super-glossy topcoat over it to give it that little something extra.

Rose quartz is the stone of self-love, so why not bring it into your manicure?

Essie

Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers

We’re obsessed with the delicate black designs on this red French manicure.

This is proof that an all-black manicure can still be romantic.

OPI

Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx



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