Valentine's Day Nail-spiration: Ten Ideas To Steal

(Source: Deborah Lippmann)

From boxes of chocolates to dozens of roses, Valentine's Day has to be the sweetest holiday of the year. It's also a good excuse to indulge in creative nail art—after all, you will be using your hands to open up love letters, pick up bouquets, and maybe even flash a new engagement ring. We rounded up ten designs to suit any style, whether you favor ultra girly reds and pinks or swear by barely-there nude. 

Heart Art – Nail guru Jin Soon Choi dreamt up this abstract twist on the heart shape, which has our own modernist blood-pumpers all aflutter.

(Source: Jin Soon Choi)

Glitter Glam – Try an alternative color such as indigo to serve as a base for a glitter top coat and unique heart-shaped patterns in contrasting fuchsia.

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Cynic's Special – Even those who hate V-Day can enjoy poking fun with these candy-hearts–inspired nails emblazoned with not-so-sweet messages.

(Source: Instagram.com/StephStoneNails)

Get Naked – Nude nails create a more subtle look, while mini hearts in white make a sweet statement.

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Dark Horse – Eschew the typical girly hues for black in a matte texture. "Love" scribbled in cursive keeps this design V-Day appropriate.

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Lovely Layers – Superimposing complementary polishes results in a fun plaid finish. Tip: Use a strip of tape across your nails to get that asymmetrical line.

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Ombré Only - If you're not a fan of elaborate nail art, a faded effect is just as attention-grabbing. This look actually works any time of the year when you switch it up with other shades.

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Pretty in Pink – Combine plain pink polish with accent nails decked out in gold glitter and stripes. 

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Two-Tone Tips – We went weak in the knees when we spotted this layered look, created by Deborah Lippmann for Honor's Fall 2014 runway show. The manicurist painted Break 4 Love bubblegum pink polish over bold red hue It's Raining Men.
(Source: Deborah Lippmann)Heart Beat Treat – You're in luck if you lack a steady hand–imperfect zig zags add charm to this creative interpretation of a heart beat. 

(Source: Instagram.com/suttonsabrina)

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