These modern red French tip nails guarantee sophistication, not cheese, this Valentine's Day

We're rejecting traditional Valentine's Day manicures, in favour of these luxe and minimalistic red French tip nails...

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With Valentine's Day right around the corner, regardless of your aesthetic, these understated and oh-so-chic red French tip nails allow you to acknowledge the romantic holiday, subtly - and with minimal effort involved...

Typically, when one thinks of a Valentine's Day-themed manicure, hues of blushy pink and cutesy red heart designs likely come to mind. And while that's all well and good for those who love statement styles and a bit of PDA, for those of us who don't - but still want to mark the occasion - selecting a February 14th-ready mani can feel like an impossible task.

Until now that is, as we've found the perfect set of chic French tip nails that are not only topping the 2024 nail trends but also fit the romantic bill. So, if you're looking for a way to dress up your neutral BIAB nails, or just want an excuse to sport a colour from the traditional Valentine's palette, this is one nail look to consider...

Why red French tip nails are our go-to Valentine's Day pick

Valentine's Day nails can often verge on tacky but if you're looking for a minimalistic option, allow us to turn your attention to the red French mani.

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This design is perfect for three reasons; firstly the colour, in general, is very on-trend right now (and not just because Valentine's is looming), the look is also easy to recreate at home and lastly, it can be adapted to suit any nail shape, length and style preference...

Our red French tip staples

Before we dive into all the ways you can wear this chic design, allow us to first share our staples for a polished French mani.

6 red French tips to wear this Valentine's Day

1. Micro red French tips

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If you're a minimalist nail lover, short French tip nail designs are proving to be very popular, particularly red micro tips, as they offer a modern but understated twist on the classic design.

This mani is perfect for both everyday and for a deliberate nod to Valentine's Day and is easy to recreate with the help of a French nail stamper or thin nail art brush. We'd recommend this subtle line for "Squoval" nail shapes, though it will of course suit any, from almond to square.

2. Red tips and half moons

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If you're looking to elevate your red French tip further, why not add a half-moon line? This design is stylish and again, perfect for both every day and a more intentional, Valentine's Day setting.

To recreate, all you need to do is line your natural half-moon (the crescent shape at the base of your nail) and mirror this with your nail tip. We also recommend adding a high-shine top coat for a really polished finish.

3. Burgundy tips

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If you're still clinging to your winter nail colour palette, a burgundy French tip is more than welcome for Valentine's Day. Not only does this hue look so expensive, but offers a more subtle look than that of a bright, scarlet red.

This rich shade works for all nail shapes and lengths, though we adore how it looks on the squared nails above, especially when it's paired with a pink-nude base colour.

4. Subtle glitter tips

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With the festive season now behind us, Valentine's Day is as good an excuse as any to sport a subtle shimmer on your fingertips. Adding just a hint of sparkle, or opting for an abstract line, is a great way to put your own flare on a classic French tip - or differentiate it from your staple, everyday manicure.

To recreate, we'd suggest opting for a red glitter polish but if you're looking for higher impact, you can use a shimmery top coat - which will also help to protect your red polish underneath from chipping.

5. Signature red French tips

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While short and minimal French tips are in, there's always room in our rotation for the classic, crescent-moon-shaped mani. Typically applied to square or almond nails, this design features a bigger nail tip than others on this list, to better showcase that pop of statement red.

6. Red velvet French tips

For an elevated manicure that is perfect for date nights and beyond, these red "Velvet" French tips are a must.

To recreate, you can either opt for a red glitter nail polish, which will grant you a similar glittery finish or - if you do your gel nails at home - invest in what's known as "cat-eye" gels, which react to a magnetic tool to achieve that molten, crushed velvet effect. You can also find normal polishes with magnetic particles that work in the same way.

Naomi Jamieson
Digital Beauty Writer

Naomi is a Digital Beauty Writer from woman&home, where she covers everything from skincare to fragrance but specialises, particularly, in makeup and nail trends. Through her work, Naomi gets to share her trend expertise and share her own shopping recommendations and product reviews. Previously, she worked as a Lifestyle News Writer for My Imperfect Life magazine, where she used her savvy for TikTok to bring readers the latest beauty buzzwords, fashion movements and must-have products. 

Before that, Naomi split her time between both GoodTo and My Imperfect Life, whilst training for her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ, for which she earned a Distinction. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but leapt into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing. Now, when she isn’t reporting on the best perfumes and latest beauty releases, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping...