Found: 40 Valentine’s Day Nail Designs That Aren't Cheesy

Keep it cute.

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We've long associated the colors pink and red with Valentine's Day. Those colors are gorgeous, and you should totally wear them if you want (we have options below). But just because you like being on theme doesn't mean you have to choose these shades for your nails (opens in new tab) on February 14. How about switching things up with nail art designs? Dappling in metallics? Playing with ombré palettes? Whether you have a date with your girlfriends, significant other, or your couch, feel empowered to step away from the expected and do things a little differently (opens in new tab) this year. We're sure one of these nail designs will speak to your heart.

1. Tiny Hearts, Big Love

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Go for a classic bubblegum pink nail shade with teeny, tiny hearts.

2. Hearts on Fire 

Check out these mesmerizing almond shaped nails, complete with striking heart-shaped designs reminiscent of flames.

3. Hearts and Swirls 

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Get into this masterpiece of a manicure! From the sleek nail shaping to the design, everything about this set is amazing. Click to the next photo for a trippy angled view.

4. Negative Space Pyramids 

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A vibrant red will forever be a V-Day staple. Consider incorporating negative space in the form of mini pyramids.

5. Gradient Hues 

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No need to choose one nail color when you can simply incorporate multiple shades for the perfect ombré-like look.

6. Golden Cuticles 

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Accentuate your red manicure with a subtle gold accent along your cuticle line.

7. Nail Art Stickers 

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Add a simple pop to your solid mani with these super cute decals. Emulate the above nail look using the stickers from Olive & June (opens in new tab).

8. The Reimagined French 

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Reimagine the classic french manicure with this pretty-in-pink iteration.

9. The Classic Pink Manicure 

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Proof that you can't go wrong with a beautifully muted pink manicure.

10. Touch of Jewels 

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Go for a nude shade compatible with your skin tone and accessorize with jewels for some extra pizzazz.

11. These Pastel Shades 

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Mix and match opaque and sheer shades in the same color family for a unique take on your V-Day manicure.

12. Geometric Shapes 

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Try this super sleek design of sharp angles and thin lines.

13. Pretty Purple Hues

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How beautiful is this magenta and lilac nail color pairing? Recreate this design by freestyling shapes along the tips of each nail.

14. Heart Tips

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Adorn the tips of your nails with candy apple red hearts for the perfect conversation-starting mani.

15. This Pink and Red Duo

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It's okay to stick to a classic pink and red color combo. Let this shapely design serve as inspo.

16. Layers of Pink 

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This curvy design is absolutely divine. Plus, the use of negative space makes way for a long-lasting manicure as your nails grow out.

17. These Glitzy Ombré Nails 

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Go all out this Valentine's Day and style your nails with pink specs of glitter.

18. These Triangles and Curves 

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We're obsessed with this geometric nail look. Recreate this design using your favorite color combo.

19. This Rouge French

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Swap out your white tips for a vibrant red for your next French manicure.

20. These Overlapping Lines 

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Grab your favorite color trio and try out this perfectly layered nail design.

21. These Freestyle Shapes 

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Don't be afraid to freestyle your design. Take a look at the horizontal and diagonal shapes created on these almond nails.

22. These White Tips 

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No, this isn't the classic French manicure you're used to. For all of you minimalists out there, try extending the lines like here in this gorgeous nail look.

23. This Pink and White Combo

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Try this subtle pink and white design for Valentine's Day and bookmark the look to wear again during the spring and summer months.

24. Dipped In Gold 

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Your manicure deserves to be just as vibrant as your jewelry selection. Recreate this nail design using a shimmering gold polish or gold nail foil.

25. These Soft Curves 

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Let your nails take center stage and pair a soft tan with a wine shade to recreate this curvy work of art.

26. Dots and Fine Lines 

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Give your coral manicure a bit of pop by adding a thin line complete with a centered polka dot.

27. Hearts of Gold 

Do away with the go-to nail color shades for V-Day and accentuate your classic nude manicure with small bright gold hearts.

28. Oval Shapes 

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In case you haven't noticed, shapes are the perfect way to amp up your manicure game. Have fun with the pink and red color combo by adding ovals of various sizes throughout your manicure like this super cute take.

29. Glitter Tips 

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Having a hard time narrowing down your nail color choice? No problem, look to this pink and silver duo for inspiration.

30. Blush Ombré Nails 

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Go pink but keep it subtle. If you look closely this pink manicure seamlessly fades into a beautiful nude shade.

31. Metallic Tips 

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Put away the pink and red and reach for a bold metallic silver this.

32. New Press-On Nails

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Looking for an at-home option? Try press on nails. These cute and easy to apply nails deserve to be flaunted in dozens of nailfies.

33. This Curvy French Manicure 

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Want to take your French mani to the next level? Alternate between your favorite shades of red and pink and extend the lines for a fun take.

34. Hints of Pink 

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If you're not all that into pink try pairing it with a deep burgundy color. Try creating small half moons along the edges of your manicure, similar to the above.

35. Pearl Embellished French

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Take note of these nails, complete with cute and dainty pearls for a non-basic take on the French manicure.

36. Swirls of Pink 

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From the shade combo to the design work, we can't get over the perfection of these swirly pink tips.

37. These Nude Nails 

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There's something about a minimalistic nude shade that's so satisfying, no matter the occasion.

38. This Shimmering Manicure 

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Let your manicure take center stage by opting for a striking glitter finish.

39. These Minimal Lines 

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The perfect mani for a minimalist. Take note of these thin lines for your next appointment.

40. French Tips and Dainty Heart Details

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Alternating french tips, coats of classic red, and dainty heart details make this V-Day mani subtle yet swoon-worthy. 

Chelsea Hall
Chelsea Hall

Chelsea Hall is the Assistant Fashion and Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers celebrity style, fashion trends, skincare, makeup and anything else tied into the world of fashion and beauty