Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the chrome nails trend rock the internet for the past few months. It’s one of the most popular and striking manicures looks to revolutionize your nail game. Not only does it look gorgeous, striking, and luxurious, it’s actually uncomplicated and inexpensive to achieve! Chrome nails are a style that everyone who enjoys pretty and dazzling manicures should try at least once. There are a million and one ways to do chrome nails, so it is a trend that is bound to be loads of fun.
50 Unique Chrome Nails to Look Stunning
Chrome nails are a metallic, high-polish manicure style that takes reflectiveness and high-polish to new levels. Instead of a traditional metallic nail polish, chrome polish isn’t actually a polish at all. In order to achieve the chrome look, you use a normal base color with a chrome powder applied to them. The effect you get from this layering process is a finish that almost looks like a 3D reflection of light. It’s smoother than glitter and more sparkly than a metallic polish. It’s the best of every world if you love glamour. Depending on what powder you use and how you apply it, you can get anything from a holographic to a mirrored effect.
Chrome powders are a little more difficult to apply than a polish, but it’s a technique that absolutely anyone can learn to do with a little effort. Powders can be applied gently with a sponge applicator, whereas you can do some looks by simply dunking the entire nail in the powder. Since you layer chrome powders over a regular base nail polish, you have an unlimited variety of possibilities for your own chrome powders! You can put pink powder over a pink polish, or you can mix colors for an extra unique look! If you need a little inspiration, we’ve gathered a collection of 50 cute easy nail designs inspired by chrome for you to start trying ASAP.
1) Short Silver Chrome Nail Manicure
If you’re digging the chrome nail trend, but want to keep things understated, go for a solid silver chrome nail. It’s glamorous and beautiful enough to garner loads of compliments, but not so glitzy that it doesn’t work with every lifestyle. Manicure types that everyone can achieve are always an awesome choice and a great place for beginner’s to start.
2) Baby Pink w/ One Metallic Chrome Nail
One way to do chrome nails is to add it to only one nail. Baby pink glossy nails look excellent with one chrome nail popping out from all the rest. It’s sweet-looking and will be less time-consuming than your average chrome manicure. Adding in some matching pink rhinestones will make them look like designer nails you can do yourself.
3) Extra Pointed Green Chrome Nails
Another way to spice up your manicure is to go for unusual chrome nail colors, like this deep blue-grey-green hue. It’s unusual and unique, so it’s worth trying for anyone who needs something new. Plus, they look even more daring filed to a sharp point. It’s the perfect manicure for women who pull no punches and apologize for nothing.
4) Sophisticated Pink-Silver Chrome Nail Ideas
Nothing looks better with a sparkling new engagement ring than a set of freshly manicured nails! Go metallic with a delicate pink-silver hue that complements your dazzling new diamond. It’s feminine and a beautiful way to incorporate chrome polish in your manicure for your biggest days and most special occasions.
5) Subtle Peaches-and-Cream Ombre Chrome
Chrome nails don’t have to be super flashy. Instead, a gentle peaches-and-cream ombre color scheme is an easy chrome design that looks both natural and pretty. Not only are these cute nails achievable for everyone, but they look good on all nails. For those who like to keep their nails short and subtle, this lovely design gives you just enough charm.
6) Extra Sharp Peach Pointed Nails
Getting nails that almost match your skin tone does wonders to make your fingers look longer, especially when they are pointed. Solid colored chrome nails in a stunning peach color are glamorous and beautiful. Mirror powder nails like this are all the rage, and they are much easier to apply than they look.
7) Pointed Jewel-Toned Blue Nails
The perfect accent for gold jewelry is a chrome nail in a jewel tone like a deep green or blue. Keeping them filed to points gives them an extra sassy and playful feeling that works for any woman in need of a little pick-me-up. It is an excellent confidence booster, and it’s one of the easiest long nail designs.
8) Square-Tipped Long Black Chrome Nails
The classic black nail will never go out of style. Slightly reminiscent of the ‘90s, it’s a nostalgic look that is clean, straightforward and suits everyone. It looks great with all outfits because black always matches everything. Giving it a twist by making it chrome really amps up a classic and simple look.
9) Short Square-Tipped Metallic Gold Nails
If there’s anything better than silver, it’s gold. Gold is the color often associated with success, wealth, and royalty—therefore, there is no better place to put it than on your dainty nails. Metallic powder nails are like bling for your manicure. They are a great way to make your short nails stand out.
10) Simple Square-Tipped Aqua Nails
The brilliant gleam of water looks even better on your fingers than it does in the ocean. With a color like teal or aqua, chrome nails look way too cool for how easy they are to achieve. All you need is a little chrome powder, and voila. You have lovely and brilliant nails in a fun, artsy color.
11) Adding Glitter to Pink Nails
Chrome is a delightful way to add shine and extra polish to your nails. You know what else can add some sheen to your manicure? Glitter. It’s like chrome’s long-lost sister, and they go together like peanut butter and jelly. Accenting pink chrome nails with random nails on either hand is a creative way to dazzle all your neighbors.
12) Witchy Holographic Green Pointed Nails
For those who like to channel their inner witch, you probably keep your nails extra-long and extra sharp. Make it even more mystical with green holographic nails that will mesmerize everyone who looks at them. It’s so ethereal looking, it looks like magic on your fingertips—just maybe a little more Elphaba than Glinda.
13) Sequined Chrome Accents with French Tips
If chrome isn’t enough for you, add a little extra brilliance with some baby sequins. Sequins on top of a chrome finish give your manicure a fun little pop. It’s an interesting look that even looks good as an accent for natural nails or nails with a tiny French tip.
14) Dark Grey or Black Chrome Nails
If you don’t like super flashy nails, keep them short and trimmed and add a darker grey to gleam them up a little. They’ll look polished and neat without attracting too much attention. They aren’t as stark or intimidating as black maybe, but a little more mature than a bright silver.
15) Long and Sharp Baby Pink Chrome Nails
For all the ultra-feminine ladies out there, baby pink is the perfect color to choose for chrome manicure types. It’s the perfect accent for all your favorite accessories, whether it’s your rose gold rings, your matching phone case, or your luxe fur coat. Keeping them sharp and pointed, though, gives a little edge to a gentle and dainty color.
16) Long Hot Pink Nails w/ Square Tips
Baby pink may not be enough for you, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have any options. Pink comes in many different hues, and something like hot pink or rose gold nail polish with a square tip can bring out your extra diva. Instead of going for something sweet and delicate, you’ll look like a real boss lady.
17) Long Lavender Metallic Nails
Nail polish ideas don’t have to be difficult. Purple is a color that represents enlightenment and royalty, making it the perfect color for mature, sophisticated women. Long nails are one of the best places to showcase such a brilliant chrome color. It even looks great with your diamond or silver jewelry.
18) Short Square Copper Metallic Nails
The best choices for chrome nails are always the metallic colors and choosing a non-traditional color such a copper is a real show-stealer. Copper is vaguely reminiscent of antique treats and is awesome for 2018 if you are over millennial pink or rose gold nail polish. This short nail design is an easy and classy manicure that everyone will love.
19) Cotton Candy Pink and Blue Nails
Sometimes you just need some different nail designs to keep things interesting. Alternating between baby pink and turquoise is an innovative way give your nails a fresh and fun feminine twist. This way, even solid chrome colors can look exciting and sensational, and anyone can do them.
20) Matching Metallic Silver Toes and Fingers
Being extra invested in the look of your nails means putting time into both your manicure and pedicure. Silver is the perfect metallic nail powder to achieve flawless mirror nails. Polished looks like this deserve to have a matching set, and it hardly takes any effort at all to achieve the same effect on your toes.
21) Gothic Holographic Dark Purple Nails
If you have a little bit of a darker side, then purple holographic nails are the nails for you. They have a sexy gothic vibe that adds mystery to your everyday look. It’s not a manicure for the faint of heart, but if you don’t shy away from bold and mature nail polish ideas, you’re sure to love it.
22) Holographic Oil Slick Nail Ideas
There are few things more mesmerizing than short, trim nails with a multi-chrome finish. Often called the oil spill manicure, it is a creative, and yet extremely easy cool trend that runs no risk of running out of style. It works for people who like darker looks and different nail designs. All in all, it’s a one-size-fits-all manicure.
23) Sharp and Pointed Green Nails
Extra pointed nails in a dark green chrome finish are the best color for nail addicts to add to their repertoire. Filing them to such a fine point adds a level of boldness that works perfectly with such a confident and mature color. If feminine colors aren’t your thing, this color is the perfect manicure for you.
24) Matching Metallic Coral Mani and Pedi
Not quite pink and not quite copper, choosing mirror powder nails the dazzling color of metallic coral is the newest trend. It’s an excellent choice for summer days you’ll spend lounging on the beach. Cute, effortless nail designs like this are the perfect way to celebrate warm colors and warm days.
25) Long Silvery Purple Chrome Manicure
Nails that combine purple and silver are iridescent enough to stun all your friends and neighbors. Long nails with a subtle square tip are somehow both sassy and mature and complement this fun nail color well. This shiny color looks like a unicorn fantasy on your fingers, perfect for the extra creative and mystical nail addict.
26) Short and Metallic Dark Blue Nails
Dark blue mirror nails are one of those easy and effortless looks that everyone can pull off. The dark shine from this metallic nail powder makes them glamorous and beautiful, perfect for every day wear you don’t have to worry about going with your outfit. Short nails look great with this brilliant color.
27) Gold Chrome Accented with Gold Glitter
Pointed nails look alluring in a chic and classy gold chrome. They look bold and successful and captivating, a lovely choice for strong, charismatic women. They are also extra perfect for women with olive or darker skin tones. Accent the chrome with glitter on your index finger for a little bit of extra sparkle.
28) Square Pink Holographic Chrome Nails
One of the best colors for chrome nails are pink. Long nails look brilliant in a simple holographic pink that stands out from among other colors. Brilliant, bright colors like these are both strong and feminine, especially when they gleam on long, square-tipped nails. It’s a great addition to both professional and girlish appearances.
29) Simple Geometric Designs in Gold
Bright chrome nail colors are stunning and eye-catching in copper, gold, or even metallic orange. To make them look even more interesting, stroke it onto natural nails in simple geometric designs that are painless to do, but make them look like designer nails. Though they may look stunning, anyone can do them.
30) Bright Silver Chrome French Tip
There is nothing more sophisticated than a classic French tip—except maybe a French tip with a twist. Instead of the regular old white tip, dazzle people with a chrome tip in a color you love. This look is modest compared to others, but everyone will think you have expensive designer nails.
31) Mismatched Colors and Glitter Nails
Bright metallic nails look even better when complemented by muted colors such as white and plum. The contrast of bright glitter with subtler designs is creative and interesting. Adding a little geometric design keeps your glitter and chrome looking simple, sophisticated, and classy. Your average nail addict has to keep things fun somehow!
32) Pink Chrome French Tip Nails
In a traditional manicure, you might think first to accent the very tip or end of your nail. To try something more unique, use nail powder just on the very bottom of the nail near the nail bed. Having a partial mirror nail is a unique way to utilize baby pink and rose gold nail polish.
33) Elegant, Gold 3D Nail Design
A short nail design like this one is a little more difficult to achieve, but it’s a great project for any nail addict who wants something unique. Complement a natural-looking French tip with chrome 3D nail art. It may take a little extra time and practice, but the end results are stunning.
34) Holographic Blue and Purple Unicorn Nails
Nothing says fantasy more than bright, pastel colors like violet and pink are beautiful with a square tip. Youthful and fun, these inventive, holographic nails look a lot like the popular unicorn trend that still lasts today. Try these out whenever you are in need of something that is both chic and artistic.
35) Artsy Holographic Water Droplets Design
Nail art design doesn’t have to be difficult. Advance a holographic purple long nail by dotting it with a clear gloss nail polish to create the effect of little water droplets. It’s one of the most beautiful ways to really take advantage of long nails. It looks especially stunning with purple and blue colors.
36) White Nails with Metallic Ombre
How do you improve a stark white nail? Add a little bit of metallic powder just above the nail bed. This unique ombre design is a creative way to break in the new year with a subtle, but professional-looking design. It’s probably the best way to introduce metallic colors into your manicure if you don’t want a solid mirror effect.
37) Sheer Baby Pink Satin to Chrome Ombre
Give pink nails a twist by creating a satin to metallic ombre. You can get this look by dipping just a small section of your nail into a metallic nail powder and using a cotton swab to gently transition the two textures together. It’s not only a pretty way to do chrome but a sophisticated way as well.
38) Long Iridescent White Opal Nails
Can’t choose between pink or white nails? Go for the perfect combination of the two with a color that will make your nails look like the precious stone opal. They are feminine and as natural as you can get with holographic or mirror manicures. They are the epitome of pretty for any nail addict.
39) Marble Nails Accented with Pink
If you need something extra artistic, marble nails are the nails for you. This chic nail art design is classy and elegant, especially when accented by stripes of rose gold chrome. The marble is an excellent complement to chrome nails. Plus, it looks expensive, and everyone will be sure they are designer nails.
40) Long and Pointed Bright Purple
There are some people out there who love purple more than anything, and if you’re one of them, these are the nails for you. They are simple but colorful and bright enough to jazz up any look you’re planning to rock. It’s one of the best colors to exude confidence, charm, and beauty.
41) Baby Pink Nails Accented with White Powder
White may not be the first color you reach for when you go to paint your nails, but white chrome nails are especially dazzling because they look magically iridescent. These shimmery nails look great as an accent to other colors. Use them to complement baby pink and give your short nails a complete makeover.
42) Glitter On Top of Chrome
Having short nails doesn’t mean they need to lackluster. Amp up your short nail designs with a little bit of glitter. It’s great for people who think chrome nails don’t quite cut it and need something even more glamorous to satisfy them. Glittery nails are easy to do and look great on everyone in every color.
43) Galaxy-Inspired Purple and Pink Glitter Nails
Colors like purple and pink are extremely popular. With metallic nail powder, you can achieve a different look that is fun and eye-catching. Glitter adds glamour to any look, and that’s exactly what everyone needs. Glitter on top of chrome makes this galaxy-inspired manicure look even shinier and space-like.
44) Transitions Between Textures
Some women prefer to keep their nails classy and understated, and there’s no better way to do that than with alternating darker colors. A monochromatic palette can look creative when you change the finish of each nail. By combining chrome nails with matte and gloss finishes, you get a mature and sophisticated look that looks stunning.
45) Metallic Rose Gold Chrome Accents
If anything is going to make you seem more youthful and stylish, it’s rose gold metallic nail polish. Rose gold is fool-proof as an accent to pink or white nails that need some sprucing up. These beautiful mirror nails are feminine, delicate, and look good on everyone, especially this year.
46) Dark Purple with Pink Metallic Foil
If you really want to make the most of a long nail design, go for something extra creative, such as a foil effect over monochromatic nails. This dark satin nail color looks dazzling with chrome polish in pink metallic flakes over it. It’s creative, unique, and one of the greatest way to use metallic powder.
47) Blue and Purple Duochrome Nails
One of the best color combinations in fashion is blue and purple, so why not combine them in this fantasy-esque holographic look? It’s a simple indigo nail color that is easy to do for just about anybody. Easy for anyone to achieve with a little bit of chrome powder, it’s the best look to add to your manicure to-do list.
48) Black and Silver Matte and Metallic Nails
Mismatching nails will always be in style, and one creative way to do it is to combine the wonders of chrome with its polar opposite: matte. Having a simple black matte polish on most of your nails, with one chrome nail to accent the others is a chic and creative way to do chrome nails.
49) Iridescent and Sheer White Chrome Nails
If you prefer long nails, there are plenty of fun and exciting ways to jazz them up with cute easy nail designs. A soft iridescent chrome can be so delicate, it even makes your nails look sheer. As lovely as lace, this look is somehow both subtle and a bold conversation-starter that suits just about anybody.
50) Long and Pointed Green Duochrome Nails
Green is always a more daring nail color to choose, but it looks especially good as a duo-chrome with a complementary color such as copper or pink. In a bold, pointed nail, it is a beautiful and striking look for anyone in need of an exciting manicure. This look guarantees attention and compliments.
50 Dazzling Chrome Nails to Amp Up Your Manicure Game
All in all, you should never be afraid of trying new trends, and chrome nails are the perfect way to amp up your manicure game. Even if you have to start small, chrome or holographic nails are perfect for just about any occasion, and anyone can achieve them if they try! There are so many options and combinations you can try with chrome powder nail ideas. Go big and bold with multiple colors for an awesome duo-chrome look or do something simple and elegant such as a classic pink over pink. No matter what you choose, it is sure to look stunning, polished, and like they were done by a professional.