Valentine's Day nail art: how to wear your heart on your nails

Meet February 2021's break-out nail trends.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: A model shows off CND nails backstage for the The Blonds collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
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Valentine's Day isn't exactly everyone's thing. But Valentine's Day nail art? That's a trend everyone can get on board with even if they're not loved up and have some time to kill.

This year, Valentine's Day may look a little different. Even if it's a takeout for two or a socially-distanced romantic dinner over Zoom, you can still bring your A-game to the party with chic nails and your best huggie earrings. And who's to say a hot date with your couch and Sex & The City reruns doesn't warrant a mini mani?

To set the record straight, Valentine's Day nail art needn't be saccharine or cheesy. That said, it can be if you want it to be. When else do you have the excuse to wear glitter and multiple shades of pink on your tips as a grown up?

But if minimalist is more your vibe, the heart-tipped French manicure is trending right now. 

A cursory glance reveals it's simply a nod to the event - and so low-key, you'll want to wear the design well past February 14. Exactly as it sounds, the base is the same as a French manicure but instead of a traditional white stripe at the tip of the nail, you create a bowed heart shape.

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Chic white hearts

In the pink

Negative space red nails

Multi-colored hearts with yellow trim

Put a ring on it