Valentine’s Day is usually equated with various cheesy traditions: red roses, chocolate candy, champagne, extravagant dinner plans (pre-COVID, that is), and manicured nails with mini heart designs all over them. If heart nails are your thing, that’s perfectly alright, but if I’m being honest, they’re not really mine.
So this year, I went on a mission to find a way to participate in Valentine’s Day festivities while still feeling like myself. That means a cool, polished outfit for whatever my socially distanced V-Day plans will entail and an equally elevated manicure to go with it. I’m talking eye-catching hues of satin-lined red, glossy baby pink, and bold variations of purple that are appropriate for the occasion without feeling like they’re trying too hard. Below are nine of the coolest Valentine’s Day nail-color ideas I currently have on my “to paint ASAP” list. Keep scrolling!