Are you a vivacious red or a sweet pink? Pick one of our favorite nail polish colors for Valentine's Day and give yourself a DIY manicure just in time for date night.

By Margaret Curry
January 10, 2019

Treat yourself to a manicure with one of these Valentine's Day nail polish ideas—it's time to bring on the glitter and hearts. We've picked this year's swoon-worthy colors that are anything but boring. Plus, get our best tips for healthier nails and even learn how to make your manicure last so you can rock your color choice long after the holiday is over.


Beat of the Moment

We love the rosy shade of Essie's Beat of the Moment polish, and we seriously dig the fact that it's a glitter polish. While glittery nails might not be in your regular rotation, Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion to break out the sparkly shades. This Essie polish is just right for any celebration!

Buy It: Essie Beat of the Moment, $9

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This oldy-but-goody from Revlon is true to its name—it's the perfect Valentine's Day nail color. Revlon's Valentine is a deep red literally made for Valentine’s Day. If red is your color but you want something lighter, try one of the best red nail polishes of all time for a shade you can wear all year long.

Buy It: Revlon Valentine, $3.97


Tickle My France-y

Nude nail polish colors are seriously in this year, and this is one of our favorites. OPI's Tickle My France-y is a combination of light pink, purple, and nude, which means it will match almost any outfit you choose for Valentine's Day.

Buy It: OPI Tickle My France-y, $8.40

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Stuck on You

If you’re looking for something subtle, the Ella + Mila Love Collection offers six pale shades in pinks, purples, and beiges. We love the light pink hue of Stuck on You. It’s also free from formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, and other harsh chemicals, which is totally trendy! Check out more of the most popular nail polish trends before getting your Valentine's day mani on.

Buy It: Ella + Mila Love Collection Stuck on You, $11.39

Cabernet with Bae

This dark purple polish is perfect for a Valentine’s Day date night. Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel polish is our pick for long-lasting nail designs—and with our tips for removing a gel manicure at home, you can skip the salon completely.

Buy It: Sally Hansen Cabernet with Bae, $8.26

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The Lovebug Hug

The Lovebug Hug Nail Art Set from Piggy Paint comes with red, pink, and magenta polishes plus a set of Valentine’s Day nail stickers. The set makes a great Valentine’s Day gift or set up a manicure station at home and turn it into a mother-daughter Valentine's Day activity!

Buy It: Lovebug Hug Nail Art Set, $19.99

Valentine's Day Nail Art

Skip the brush and use Sally Hansen's nail polish strips to create easy Valentine’s Day nail art. The strips are peel-and-stick designs that feel just like regular nail polish. Try the grey and silver Amazing Lace designs, or go classic with an instant DIY french manicure.

Buy It: Sally Hansen 3D Nail Applique Kit, $6.44

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Coral Polish

Why not take Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year out for a spin on Valentine’s Day? Living Coral can be used on your nails just as easily as it can be used to decorate your home. We like this color from Essie that’s a fresh take on the classic shade.

Buy It: Essie Coral Nail Polish, $9

Comments (2)

January 23, 2019
Revlon nail polish doesn't cost $12.24, where in the world are you shopping?
February 6, 2019
I agree! That would make it (gasp!) more expensive than OPI!!!