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With the chilly days of handcuff season coming, Valentine’s Day is coming, and even if you don’t have a special someone to spend the holiday with, you can still celebrate February 14th with a Valentine’s Day manicure. There’s no set way to decorate your nails for the occasion, so we’ve put together a range of nail polishes and fake nails that are definitely reminiscent of Valentine’s Day. Keep scrolling for holiday manicure inspiration.
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1. That whimsical red Chanel nail polish
Want to match your manicure to dark winter days? Look no further than beloved Chanel Le Vernis in “Rouge Noir”, a very deep red. In addition to Valentine’s Day nail care and winter cross-treatment, the formula claims to supply nails with “bioceramics” and ceramides that are designed to “help strengthen and improve nail quality over time.”
$30 in Ulta
2. This nail polish duo by Essie
No matter the occasion, a French manicure is always a win-win choice, and the Essie Ballet French Manicure Kit includes the two shades you need for a Valentine’s Day manicure. (For inspiration, take a look at French Manicure by Manicurist Tom Bachik on Nicola Peltz Beckham). Blanc” (pure white to decorate the tips). For a top-notch design, check out tutorials on YouTube and TikTok for beginner hacks.
$18 in Ulta
3. Dior shimmery red nail polish
You can never go wrong with a classic apple red manicure on February 14th, but Rouge Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in 864 Fortune will take your typical red nail color up a notch. This deluxe polish “gives you a glassy sheen and long lasting life,” leaving you with a red manicure that glistens when exposed to light, according to the brand. Rest assured that decorating your fingers with this ruby red hue should be a breeze, as the brand claims the polish comes with a “precision brush that delivers the perfect amount of polish in one stroke.”
30 dollars in Nordström
4. Heart shaped nail topper from Nails Inc.
You can’t get a more festive manicure than a speckled heart manicure, and Nails Inc. can help you with that. Romancing in Regents Park Pink Holographic Heart Topper. After you paint your fingers in your chosen nail color – we can suggest pink, red or white maybe – complete your manicure with a single coat of this clear coat that contains iridescent pink hearts. And voila, your nails are ready to send love wherever you go.
8 dollars in target
5. These heart presses are from Olive and June
If you don’t have the patience (or time) to decorate your nails with little hearts, try this set of Olive and June Press On Fake Nails. Each nail is two-tone – half red, half pink – but even more festive is that there is a white heart in the middle of the nail where the two colors meet. Having tested them by trying the best false nails, Reviewed named Olive and June as the best choice because they are easy to apply and come in a variety of sizes that easily fit every nail.
10 dollars in target
6. This “Barbiecore pink” polish by Zoya
Remember when Barbiecore fashion took the internet by storm in the summer of 2022? We are sure. If you haven’t caught on to the trend yet, consider sprucing up your nails with Barbiecore hot pink Zoya nail polish in Lola, a color that pairs with traditional Valentine’s Day colors. Your manicure should last throughout all the VE Day celebrations in your schedule, given that the polish can last up to 14 days.
$12 in Ulta
7. These holiday fingertips from Static Nails
Mixing and matching nail designs just got a whole lot easier with the Send Valentines Almond Reusable Pop-On Manicures set from Static Nails. This 12-piece set contains six red-tipped nails, two heart-inlaid fingers, and four small pink ones. We at Reviewed tested the best false nails and found the Static to be second only to Olive and June due to its comfortable fit and easy removal.
$22 in Ulta
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