18 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Nail Art Ideas

Somehow Valentine’s Day always sneaks up on me- usually because the focus where I live is more on Chinese New Year during this time. I’ve got some really easy ideas that you can do as a Valentine’s Day accent nail, pedicure or even full set if you’re feeling brave enough!

I’m using a set of acrylic paint for some of these looks. You can pick up some tubes of water-based acrylic paint at your local craft store. You can mix any color with just red, yellow, blue, white and black. Just make sure your base color is totally dry before doing any acrylic painting. You’ll need a clear topcoat to protect the design as well. It’s not always super durable, but Valentine’s Day is only 24 hours, right?

I’ve also used some clay decoration bits in heart shapes- these should be easy to find on Ebay or Etsy. You can get pre-cut ones or buy a whole cane and cut them yourself with a razor blade.


I’m using water-based acrylics from Japan, but any brand should do. Don’t use too much water when you paint over the nail polish- just enough to make the paint flow evenly over the nail. If acrylic paint isn’t for you, these designs can be made with nail polish too. In either case, let your design dry completely, then add a clear topcoat for protection.

Valentine's Day 2015 Nail Art by NeverTooMuchGlitter

For you romantics, I made some love pills, heart shaped leopard print, a chocolate covered strawberry and a love letter. There’s also a couple more subtle looks, like a lace French tip and a rose. And, of course, there’s a broken heart with “Love Stinks” just for all of you out there who are not feeling the love. 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day, all. And remember, whether you’re in love or not, the 15th is Bargain Chocolate Day! Take advantage accordingly.


About nevertoomuchglitter

Nail artist. Wanderer. I'm a color-holic, in fact, it was my love of color that brought me to the nail art world. Well, that, and the fact I was too cheap to pay crazy Japanese prices for nail polish while living in Tokyo, so I had to start mixing my own. That's how NTMG began.
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