Our Favorite Red Nail Polishes for a Valentine's Day Manicure

Dye your digits red in the name of love.

Updated 01/25/19

Photo by Hannah Costello

If you’re rocking a new ring on that finger (or maybe expecting to have one by the end of the night), a Valentine's Day manicure is a must. While you could always just go with your favorite winter nail shade, why not try something a little more festive for the holiday? One of our favorite red nail polishes will do just the trick!

From punch-packing bright reds to moodier burgundy hues, there is a red nail polish shade to fit all personalities and activities. These colors will be the perfect accompaniment for a date-night dress for a romantic dinner, or even for your sweats during a Netflix and chill session on the couch. No matter how you spend Valentine’s Day—or Galentine’s Day—consider dying your digits red in the name of love.

See our favorite red nail polishes, all perfect for Valentine's Day, below.

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Jin Soon Nail Polish in Opulence

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If you’re after a red whose shine will rival what’s on your ring finger, look no further. This shimmery shade is speckled with metallics, creating a refined glitter effect. But don't worry—you won’t look like you just walked out of a child’s birthday party. These specks provide just enough shine to help your nails dazzle in the candlelight that will hopefully be illuminating your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.

SHOP NOW: Jin Soon, $18

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Essie Nail Polish in Fishnet Stockings

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Described as a spicy dark red creme, this polish is the perfect color if oxblood is your typical winter hue of choice. While it’s not quite as dark, this shade achieves the same richness in color while still staying in the red family. Paired with an equally moody dark floral dress, your evening is guaranteed to be a sultry one.

SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $9

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Floss Gloss in Gangsta Boo

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Carry over your holiday nail shade into Valentine’s Day with this classic cherry red. This high-shine hue will hopefully match the sparkle of whatever jewelry gift your partner decided to get you this year.

SHOP NOW: Floss Gloss, $9

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Butter London Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquer in Smashing!

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Ditch the traditional red for something more daring. This shade errs on the side of orange, making the finish even brighter than a classic cherry red. If your Valentine’s Day plans happen to include a romantic and tropical getaway, this long lasting, nontoxic shade will carry you through your vacation.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $18

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Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Lola

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The brighter, the better is the motto when it comes to this opaque, bright tomato shade of red. While it's the color of the famed summer fruit, this hue works perfectly in colder months too. Depending on what you’re celebrating this V-day—maybe a recent engagement?—we totally recommend wearing your best bridal white. Pairing your bridal wardrobe with this polish is a great way to make a bold statement.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $18

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Dear Sundays No. 17

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While a bright red is always ideal for a dramatic look, this particular shade is more understated—but still makes a statement. This polish is made moodier by its subtle dark-cherry undertone, which is perfect for warming up winter’s chill (and your partner's heart!). If you’re a bride who believes in nail art, brightening this look with some gold accents will make your mani even more festive.

SHOP NOW: Dear Sundays, $18

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