As we settle into the month of February, one can’t help but notice that love is in the air. Where dinner dates are booked, bouquets are bequeathed and the town is swathed in hearty tones of reds, oranges and pinks, it can only signal one thing: Valentine’s Day is near. The pure, unadulterated feeling of love suitably calls for a night out of celebration as we cherish the ones close to us.
Whether it’s an intimate date night or a ‘Galentine’s’ get-together, dressing up for the occasion is imperative. While the outfit and make-up for a romantic rendezvous might differ from a jovial night out with your closest friends, the claws make for a seamless way to doll things up regardless of how you’re spending February 14th. It’s a subtle statement that allows you to be in the mood for love without having to think twice, while dressing your nails to the nines are a charming addition to your glam routine for the celebration ahead. And perhaps decorated talons are the key to a successful match as you swipe in pursuit of something more.
From a bold vermillion cat eye affair to a more muted set of blushing pinks and bows, one would be spoilt for choice when it comes to Valentine’s Day nails inspo. Consider elevated takes to your classic manicure, or pull out all stops in a Valentine’s extravaganza showered with hearts. Below, Vogue Singapore has hand-picked the most darling Valentine’s Day themed nails for inspiration to take to your next manicure.
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Be my Valentine
Adorn your nails in the classic Valentine’s dress code in alternating pinks and reds, with mini hearts to match. Surely, it can’t get any more Valentine’s than this.
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Think pink in a striking gradient set, complete with pearl-beaded hearts and monochrome dew drops.
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Crimson cat eye
Take things up a notch with deep red heart-shaped cat eye accents amidst a clean base. Sparkling ruby hearts make up the perfect finish.
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Bed of blush
It’s a romantic extravaganza on your nails with rosy tints airbrushed on French tips, decorated with delicate bows, animated hearts and sparkles.
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For an understated yet on-theme take, an accent gummy heart will do the trick. Paired with a muted pink palette, it’s a subtle expression of adoration.
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Make the whole place shimmer by giving your talons the metallic treatment, bejewelled with rhinestones and a fuchsia bow.
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Queen of hearts
This manicure will be your Valentine’s Day trump card, playing with luck in your hand in the form of cheeky card deck suits atop alternating hues of red and white.
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Red nail classic
The ultimate Valentine’s equation? A striking vermillion set and heart embellishments, elevated with pearl-beaded bows for a chic touch.
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Give your nails a subversive edge, with chrome hearts undercut by deeper crimson shades and mauve air brushed tints.
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Go with unconventional hues for the season and let bejewelled monochrome hearts do the talking.
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A clean white base with a singular chrome heart makes for a versatile everyday look while paying homage to the season of love.
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There’s French tips, and then there’s heart-shaped French tips. The latter is the perfect way to spice up the manicure classic.
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Jazz your nails up in metallic swathes of bright pink overlaid with jewels, sparkles and all things that shine.
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Hugs and kisses
If the typical hearts and sparkles aren’t your fancy, opt for kisses and a single-stemmed rose paired with a sophisticated ruby shade for a sultrier look.
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They say a leopard never changes its spots, but your manicure certainly can. Dial Valentine’s Day up with leopard-patterned hearts and gold shimmer for the cherry on top.