9 Adorable Nail Designs for Valentine’s Day

That mushy-gushy holiday is right around the corner, and we collegiettes need to dress the part—having hot nails on Valentine’s Day is a must. HC has your back with eight lovely nail art ideas and simple instructions for how to recreate each. Check them out, get your girlfriends together and throw a V-Day Eve beauty bash!

1. Hot Pink With Gold Hearts

Aren’t these nails gorgeous? Start by painting all of your nails hot pink—try Pop Beauty Nail Glam in Pinky ($10). After the coat is dry, paint a sparkly polish like Ignite the Night by Essie ($8) on your ring fingers. Finally, stick gold heart stickers in a vertical line on your pinkies. Check out BMC Gold Color Hearts from Rakuten.com ($1.99 – 6.99).

2. Nude Pink Ombre

Not all V-Day nails have to be heart-themed! Go for a more elegant look by painting a base coat of nude pink, then paint gold glitter polish on your cuticles. To get the ombre just right, dab a good amount of gold glitter right at the top of your nail, then ease up as you continue painting down your nail. Stop halfway to the bottom. Can you say chic?

3. Sparkly Red With Shimmery Hearts

These red-hot nails are fierce and easy to recreate. Just paint a couple of coats of sparkly red nail polish. After it dries, paint another coat of glittery hearts—try If I Only Had A Heart from Etsy.com ($8.50). If you have trouble fishing the hearts out, use a toothpick to place them on directly.

4. Purple Pop Art

This delightful pop-art design is perfect for a Valentine’s Day celebration! Simply begin by painting a coat of purple polish—try Are You Jelly? by China Glaze ($7.50). After allowing it to dry, paint small, white hearts near the base of your nails. Use a toothpick or a nail art brush to get the hearts just right.