Blame Euphoria or a slew of performative celebrity couples, but it feels like love-inspired nail art is all the rage right now. From nail designs directly dedicated to one’s paramour (we’re looking at you with that nail chain, Megan and MGK) to Y2K’s revival of all things cutesy and kitsch, there’s never been a better time to seek inspiration for some romantic nail looks.
Whether you’re wanting to go OTT with nail art or prefer to dip your digits into the trend with a more minimal design, we’ve got you covered with our round-up of celeb-approved Valentine’s Day nails to try in 2022 – whether you’re coupled up or enjoying some self-love.
Embrace negative space à la Euphoria‘s Cassie
Cassie’s cabernet nails with negative space hearts quickly took over TikTok after the character (played by Sydney Sweeney) donned the design during that epic on-screen meltdown. The rhinestone detail in the centre of the heart on each hand adds extra sparkle.
Make your mani metallic like Kourtney Kardashian
Kourtney Kardashian originally wore these metallic red tips during the Christmas season, but new posts on her Instagram account show that she brought the look back for the month of love.
Take traditional hearts into abstract territory
Hearts don’t have to be boring. Celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik, who looks after the likes of Selena Gomez and JLo, created this abstract design, which gives the typical heart shape a modern twist.
Opt for simple details
Prefer to wear your nails natural? You can still get in on the romantic mood by adding a single heart-shaped detail to your nail. Go for a stick-on diamanté or have a tiny ruby heart painted on a nail.
Classic French gets gradient
If you can’t quit the classic French manicure, why not make your tips follow a pink and red gradient? You could also opt for softer shades for a more subtle effect.
Choose a marbled finish
Pink marble offers an unexpected take on romantic nail art that transcends Valentine’s Day, ensuring your manicure still feels relevant long after the Hallmark holiday has come to an end.
This Ace of Hearts design by celebrity manicurist Betina Goldstein is unique and chic in equal measure.