There are not very many universally flattering polish shades out there, but burgundy nails are one of them. While we stand behind sporting deep red nails at any time of the year, they’re especially cozy for the colder months. The rich, warm color perfectly compliments other seasonal shades like gold and white. We are going to show you 50 burgundy nail ideas so you can slay with some hot nails this winter. From (anything but) basic shimmer to all-out nail art, we’ve got you covered. Read on for some need-to-know basics on maintaining your best burgundy mani, then get inspired in our gallery of awesome nail looks.
50 Boss Babe Burgundy Nails to Make You Feel Fresh and Powerful
Red polish is like green tea – it’s great, but it leaves behind stains if you’re not careful. The lesson here is to use a good quality base coat. Not only will it prime your “canvas,” but it will also keep those pigments from yellowing your nails. One of the best things about burgundy nail polish is that the formulas are usually highly pigmented. What that means for you is that you can usually stop after 1 or 2 coats.
Burgundy ranges from a deep, dark true red to a purplish, almost brown shade of red. The color gets its name from a type of wine made in the Burgundy region of France. Who’s feeling fancy, now? Burgundy is a shockingly flattering and versatile color. No joke, it suits every skin tone. If you’re part of a bridal party or just want matching nails with all of your friends, then this is a good color candidate. Since Burgundy is a classic red, it is professional and totally suitable for the workplace. Of course, no one said you have to stop there! Nail art and accents ranging from white to gold to black to pink pair beautifully with burgundy to give your mani a little pizazz. C’mon, let’s get you lacquered up.
1) Purplish Burgundy Galaxy Glitter Nails
Let us all just take a moment to declare in one united voice: we love glitter. It sparkles and it makes your mani last longer! This purple-rich shade of burgundy is super fun and festive. This would be a great look to go with a party dress on New Year’s Eve.
2) Classy Sassy Burgundy Nail Design
You can really appreciate that deep red wine color in this glossy shade of burgundy. The high-gloss finish on short stiletto style nails is a backdrop for some classy AF nail art. A few strategically placed diamond-style crystals make the whole look really pop. This is a great date night style!
3) Christmasy Chrome Red Burgundy Nails
A burgundy nail design will never go out of style. This shade of burgundy is a little more on the true red side. If you like the subtle chrome sparkle of this manicure, then look for a formula that has just a touch of shimmer. Formulas like that tend to go on with full coverage and dry quickly – a win-win!
4) Mocha Red Chrome on Classic Square Nails
Do you work in a conservative office but yearn for a fun manicure? This is a great way to sneak in a little personality while still looking professional. This mani uses a shade of burgundy that’s a little on the brown side. Then use a chrome effect topcoat to give it that amazing finish.
5) Winter Diva Burgundy Glitter Ombre
Can’t decide whether to go with a solid color or some wild ombre glitter? Why not both? Opt for a multicolor design with alternating micro glitter burgundy and raspberry-to-silver glitter ombre nails. With nails this bold you can’t be shy. Get ready to turn some heads!
6) Shades of Burgundy Multicolor Mani
Using variations of cream and glitter formulas and subtle shades of burgundy is a great way to rock a multicolor manicure without too much contrast. Just find some formulas that are in the same general color family but are slightly different (i.e. lighter and darker, shimmer or matte). Add in a couple of crystals and an ombre accent nail and you’re ready to go!
7) Matte Minimalist Geometric Burgundy Nail Design
This looks like a manicure right off the runway – and it’s so easy! Elevate basic burgundy nails with a matte top coat. Add some thin, lines in white or gray using alternating directions. You could go to a salon for this look, but it’s so easy you could even DIY at home.
8) What’s Your Sign? Gold Starry Nails
You’ll be as beautiful as the moon and stars with this whimsical manicure. Use a plummy cream shade of burgundy as a base. Using stencils or stickers, add some sparkly gold stars and finish with top coat. Now if you can just find that cute ring you’ll be all set!
9) Glam-tastic Burgundy Glitter Nail Design
If you can get your hands on a glitter polish that’s this deep, glossy, and dense, then you owe it to yourself to sport this mani. Alternating shimmery burgundy nails with full glitter nails will do the trick. If you want to kick it up a notch, add some horizontal ombre to the burgundy nails for an interesting visual effect.
10) Silvery Glitter and Purple Burgundy
Like to keep your nails short? This is a great shade of burgundy polish for you to try. The rich, regal purple hue is peppered with silvery glitter that shines through. Sometimes glitter polish like this can look a bit dull after a few days. Re-apply top coat as needed to keep your nails looking shiny.
11) Sumptuous Champagne, Burgundy and Gold Nails
We suspect that this manicure alone can make you feel like a million bucks. The deep, dark shade of burgundy is illuminated with a hint of gold foil nail art. The accent nails are like a glass of bubbly pink champagne with the gold and burgundy glitter complimenting each other beautifully.
12) Feeling Fancy in Burgundy and Gold Claws
This manicure shows how burgundy can be used almost as a neutral. If you choose a shade that’s a little more muted like this one, then the colors around it really pop out. Gold and burgundy are BFFs, so a bold gold glitter like this is a natural choice. The peachy chrome accent nails really show how versatile burgundy can be!
13) Cute Holiday Sweater Nail Art Style
Forget the ugly Christmas sweater trend. Turn your nails into a cozy traditional holiday design instead! Start with a classic burgundy base color. Using a small brush, paint on the holiday design in white. Be sure to leave room for a dense silver glitter accent nail that shimmers like fresh snow!
14) Ultra Luxe in Black, Gold, and Burgundy
Simple, chic, and oh so elegant! These nails are what to wear when you want to look expensive. You can see how different top coats can add variety to the same polish. Just compare the glossy and matte burgundy nails. You can make a gorgeous chevron pattern like this with just a thin brush and a steady hand.
15) Holiday Gold and Burgundy Nail Ideas
Classy yet festive, this is a cute holiday themed mani with a graceful touch. All you need is 3 colors to pull this off: burgundy, champagne, and gold. You may need to visit a pro for the pretty snowflake nail art, but you can do candy cane stripes at home by simply using nail tape as a guide.
16) Burgundy Unicorn Nails and Gold Chrome
These nails look a little dangerous! Shy gals need not apply. This manicure uses strategically placed swirls of different shades of burgundy polish to accentuate the pattern in the unicorn texture. The gold chrome accent nails have tips dipped in burgundy for a little extra drama.
17) Fun and Fanciful Grape Crush Burgundy
Wear these nails to your next dance party. This is on the purplish end of the burgundy spectrum to be sure, but you can still see the deep red undertones. The sparkly polish is topped with crisscrossed lines in micro glitter gold. A look like this can work just as well for long or short nails.
18) Super Girly Matte Burgundy with Rhinestones
Multicolored nails look amazing when you pick 2 ends of a shade spectrum like this burgundy and soft pink. They pair together naturally. It’s also a fun color combo to use when playing with alternative French manicure tips. Finish it up with some sparkly rhinestones and you’re on your way.
19) Deep Red Burgundy Claw Nails
Uncage your wild side with these daring claw nails. The shape is quite bold all on its own so you can keep the polish simple here. A deep, dark shade of burgundy with a very glossy topcoat gets the job done. As you can see by the rings in this picture, this color can pair well with either silver or gold colored jewelry.
20) HD Floral Nail Art on Glittery Pink Polish
Burgundy doesn’t always have to be a base color. Just look at this manicure! Using a bright, shimmery pink as the base color the rose pattern nail art is applied in a dark burgundy shade. The contrast is totally gorgeous. And, really, who wouldn’t love that nail art?
21) Contemporary Nail Art Holiday Style
Want a holiday manicure but tired of the same old trees and snowflakes? Try this artsy take on the holiday theme. All you need are red to burgundy ombre nails and a holographic green color for simple crisscrossed lines. Voila! You’ve got yourself a manicure worthy of an art gallery.
22) Precious Jewels and Marvelous Marble
This manicure is proof positive that you don’t need super long nails to have awesome nail art. It’s also more evidence that glossy burgundy might just be the most sophisticated nail color there is. The beautiful gemstone nail art and gold foil and marbled accent nails just put the whole shebang over the top.
23) Blooming Burgundy Garden Lattice Nails
During the cold winter months, you can start to really miss those beautiful blooms of spring and summer. This manicure is like a gorgeous winter garden complete with beautiful white blossoms. The lattice pattern and rhinestones curving toward the flower add to the botanical fee. We can almost smell the flowers!
24) Chic and Short Classic Burgundy Manicure
If you’re short on time or just prefer something simpler, then you cannot go wrong with a dark burgundy mani. The almond-shaped tips on this style are especially elegant, but this could work easily with just about any nail shape. Apply top coat early and often to keep that glossy sheen.
25) Dazzling Snow Queen Matte Mani
It is simply amazing how a matte finish can transform the appearance of burgundy polish. With a manicure like this, you can keep things simple with a burgundy and white base so that people cannot miss that accent nail dripping with jewels. Yas queen! Using gold, red, and pearl gems tie the entire manicure together beautifully.
26) Adorable Christmas Red and Reindeer Nail Art
You can transition your classic burgundy nails into a holiday theme with the addition of a little cute seasonal nail art. The sweet reindeer designs pictured here are a perfect and unexpected choice! They are unmistakably Christmasy without being too “on the nose” (Rudolph pun intended) .
27) Daring Burgundy and Electric Blue Mashup
Blue and red are both traditional holiday colors. Combining the two makes for a really lovely and
unique style. The cool, crystal blue shines in contrast to the burgundy red. Combining such different colors can appear messy, but keeping the blue in the gemstones makes the look very pointed and chic.
28) Stylish Burgundy-Hued Winter Wonderland Nails
There is something about that creamy burgundy color that is the perfect shade of cozy for winter-themed nails. This set combines a pretty, rosy burgundy with white marble, ombre, and a glitter accent for good measure. A single accent nail with a rhinestone pattern sets the whole thing off.
29) Matte-alicious Caramel and Burgundy with Bling
These nails will warm you up! Caramel and burgundy make such a nice color combination that will also look great with many winter outfits. The matte finish makes the colors seem cozier somehow. Some strategically placed bling on the caramel nails elevates the entire look to a new status.
30) Floral Print Half Moon Mani
So many trends, so little time! Burgundy nails? Check. Pretty pink floral nail art? Check. Gold chrome half moon style? Check. This manicure has a lot going for it and it’s all good. Let this be a lesson for us all. You don’t have to choose just one hot trend. Mix and match, The results might delight you!
31) Easy DIY Old Hollywood Glam
Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe with just a few coats of burgundy polish. The “squoval” nail shape is the best canvas for this classic style. Make sure you do a swipe of polish across the tip for a professional look. This is the best way to get a beautiful, timeless manicure in a snap.
32) Sparkly Burgundy with Boho Chic Gold Designs
For the ladies who are new to nail art, this is a subdued foray that will still mix up your standard burgundy nail design. First, pick a shimmery version of your typical burgundy shade. That alone will add some glam. Next, do geometric pattern nail art in a complementary color like gold. As you can see, it’s fun but also simple.
33) Burgundy and Miami Pink Multicolor Manicure
Mix some beach life into your winter time with this fresh take on the multicolored mani. Burgundy and marbled accent nails go together like PB&J, but that Miami pink, tho! Splash in a surprising pop of bright color to remind yourself that spring and summer are on their way!
34) Pretty in Purple Burgundy Manicure
Some like it purple, and we don’t disagree. If your favorite version of burgundy is more on the “grapes on the vine” side of the wine spectrum then go for it! This shimmery purple hue is dark, sultry and just a little bit shimmery. You get all the beauty of a burgundy manicure with an added splash of plummy flavor.
35) Fierce and Feminine Muted Burgundy Nails
Tired of dark winter colors? Why don’t you try something a little softer? This shade is a muted version of burgundy that’s soft, feminine, and so easy to wear. This creamy shade will act almost like a neutral so you can style it with loads of different outfits. This is also a perfect option for gals who work in a formal office setting – totally SFW.
36) Dreamy Creamy Burgundy Marble Nail Art
Part sweet candy and part chic marble, swirling in burgundy create a unique effect. Just take your simple, deep burgundy manicure and add a white accent nail. Instead of using gray or gold for marbling on the accent nail, use the burgundy from the other nails. Talk about a matching set!
37) Geode Inspired Swirls of Earthy Burgundy
This manicure is inspired by nature. The rosy burgundy is as pretty as a petal, but the marbling is what really makes this nail art special. Organic shades of burgundy, pink, green and gold are expertly swirled together to create an organic marbled look that’s truly unique.
38) Plum Burgundy and Holographic Accents
Deck the halls with this festive nail art! Nothing adds glitz to a manicure quite like holographic polish. It is as if outer space and a kaleidoscope met up just to project beautiful prismatic color onto your nails. Using a gloss top coat over the burgundy nails help match the holographic shine.
39) Dramatic and Sexy Red Nails
Sporting a deep burgundy red shade on your tips is the surest way to a glamorous manicure. Just look at those nails! They are polished and chic with just a hint of sexy. These are total boss babe nails, so wear them with pride and let your inner leader shine through!
40) “Pour Me Another” Red with Gold Facets
These nails are like a cross between almond shape and lipstick shape. That rich cabernet shade of red makes us want to pour a glass! Faceted metallic nail accents are a fun alternative to gemstones. They catch the light and add a metallic sheen without a crystal effect. It’s like minimalist jewelry for your nails.
41) Ultra Long Chocolate Burgundy Nails
When your nails are this long you can keep the color simple and still make an impact. This chocolaty shade of burgundy looks good enough to eat! The semi-sheer formula makes it appear very luminous even though it doesn’t have any shimmer. It’s the perfect shade to rule your winter style.
42) Pop Burgundy Shimmer Nail Color
What do you get when you combine burgundy, cherry red, and a healthy dose of shimmer? This nail polish! You’d be hard pressed to find a better shade of red for the holidays. The cherry highlights and burgundy lowlights of the color combination with shimmer for an ombre-like effect when it catches the light. We’re a fan.
43) Marvelous Mauve Art Nouveau Nails
Burgundy and mauve are very harmonious together. The mauve is a nice soft neutral which makes burgundy an ideal accent shade. But don’t stop there! Add some gold and gemstones into the mix to really shimmer and shine. Since metallic is neutral it simultaneously glams up and tones down the burgundy nail. Fabulous!
44) Daring Black Marble and Blood Red
Marbling in a black base is a simple color inversion, but look at how different the result is! The swirls of white are like beautiful smoky clouds inside the matte black color. The stunning marble is offset by blood red matte and gold-hued gems. Overall, the effect is dramatic and full of style.
45) Animal Print Nail Art for the Holidays
Animal print lovers don’t have to give up their favorite patterns just because it’s the holiday season. Just shake up your palette! Beautiful burgundy has some brown undertones so it’s a natural swap for shades of brown and black. This style uses burgundy and white to make a zebra print style along with some traditional holiday decor.
46) Silent Night and Shining Stars
Here we go a-caroling! Step 1: Start with a festive sparkly red. Step 2: add a white glitter accent nail. Step 3: paint on cute starburst nail art in wintry white. Step 4: add one more accent nail in deep and mysterious burgundy chunk glitter. Now get ready to rule the holiday party.
47) Rock n’ Roll Holiday Holly
Punk rockers need holiday-themed nail art, too. Using an orange-red to blackish-burgundy ombre as a base, each nail is adorned with a tiny sprig of holiday holly. The combination of unconventional holiday colors and traditional seasonal motifs is edgy and exciting. Just what we’d expect from any lady with cool rocker chic.
48) Disco Diva Burgundy Glitz
Foil polish transforms simple burgundy color into a celebration on your fingers. This is one of those burgundy nail ideas that you probably didn’t think of but would love to try. If you’re tired of using glitter to get your sparkle on, then try switching to a foiled chrome like this polish.
49) Juicy Burgundy Red with Nude Accents
A matte nude accent nail really lets the gemstones do the talking in this manicure. The glossy burgundy looks positively bursting with color. Contrasted against the gloss, the matte nude nail really stands out – which is no easy feat for a naked nail! Gold-hued gems complete the look and always compliment burgundy well.
50) Half/Half with Rhinestones Down the Middle
Do you like minimalist manicures but want just a touch more glam to your look? This is the solution for you. The classic burgundy color is offset on the accent nails with blush pink painted straight down one half of the nail. You could stop there, or you could line up your rhinestones and get to blinging.
50 New Ways to Wear Burgundy Nails that You Haven’t Thought of Yet
With so many burgundy nail ideas how on earth will you pick just one? Luckily, there’s plenty of winter left so you can try on all of your favorite styles of burgundy nails. As one of the best, most universally flattering shades out, the possibilities are truly endless. Keep it simple for work. Make it sparkly for play. Vamp it up for date night. Wherever the season takes you, there is a burgundy nail design that is perfect for the occasion. Even when the snow melts and you pack your sweaters away, this all-seasons color will serve you well any time of the year.