Have you ever considered growing long nails? Did you discover that your nails are too brittle to maintain at a longer length? Well, whether you have nails that you grow naturally or you get your nails done professionally, there are plenty of long nail designs that you can put on your nails, regardless of their length. Most of the designs that you can use on longer nails can also be used on shorter nails, so if you are growing your nails out, you can still use some of the fun ideas that we are going to cover in this guide.
50 Colorful Ideas for Beautiful Long Nail Designs that You Will Love
Though many of these nail designs are pretty simple to create, there are some ideas in this gallery that you will find to have intricate designs that will take a bit of practice to perfect. In general, the longer your nails are, the easier it is to create some of the more detailed designs. Some of the ideas that we are going to look at are designed for square nails, while others will look better on rounded nails. There are also styles for coffin nails, oval nails, and stiletto nails to consider.
One of the most enjoyable parts of having long nails is being able to paint and decorate them so that they match the clothing that you are wearing. You can have your nails all painted to look the same color, you can keep a natural looking nail that only has a design on the tips, or you can create a look that flaunts an accent nail. You can even add gems to enhance the design of your nails; a single accent gem will look great with your evening wear, but a series of gems may complete a look that you are aiming for with a costume design. Let’s take a look at some long nail art designs so that you can find the best options for your next manicure.
1. White Stiletto Nails with a Starry Look
To create this look, you will need to paint your nails white. Make sure to use a few coats so that the white is opaque enough that you can no longer see the nail that you are painting. Then, choose two nails to accent on each hand, and paint a single layer of gel nail glitter in the shape of stars on those nails.
2. Ruby Red Shimmering Coffin Nails
This look is going to look great on long nails. Choose one nail on each hand to have a matte look, while the rest remain shiny. Once the polish dries, add a glitter coating to one or two of the shiny nails. These shades of red will look great, and the artistic design looks like it takes a lot of effort to create.
3. Pastel Nails with Gems and Floral Accents
These pastel purple nails are so beautiful that they will go with any outfit. To add some elegance to this long nail art, there are two accent fingers. The first is a delicate pattern of gems that sparkle in the light, while the second is a floral display of while daisies that will go perfectly with a pearl necklace or a lacy dress.
4. Aquamarine Coffin Nails with Sparkle Accents
If you like blue, this is one of the best designs for long nails that you will find in this gallery. Each finger has a different accent, so you will see a nail with glitter, a nail with a blue tip, a metallic nail, and a softer blue nail. They are all a similar shade, but the look of each varies a bit.
5. Pretty Pink Nails with a White Tip
For anyone who’s looking for a pure, natural look for your nails, this is the best option that you will find for long nails. It is easy to create this look with natural nails, and if you want to add subtle accents to the design, doing so will be an easy task that will not change this classic, natural look.
6. Soft Pink Nails with Gem Accents
This is a long nail design that has a different pattern on each nail. It starts with a pink base coat that is relatively pale in coloration. It is then accented with gems that sparkle in the light. Some nails have a few gems at the base of the nail, while others are fully coated.
7. Pink and Purple Nails with Gem Accents
Cute Gem Accents look great on long nails, and this nail art combines a natural nail with some colorful accents. Start by coating your nails in a soft pink polish, then choose two to stud with gems in a simple, yet elegant design. The other nails will get a purple swirl over the pink polish to create a tie-dye effect.
8. Natural Nails with Colorful Striped Tips
The best nail designs usually incorporate the tips, and this design is truly nail art, worth recreating on your nails. The tips look like they were brushed on with a paintbrush, so the tops are a bit jagged. The tips are coated in strips that are shades of pink, yellow, and blue, and the rest of the nail sports a natural look.
9. Perfectly Peach Design with Shimmering Accent Nails
This is the perfect long nail design if you want to sport a classic look with a bit of flair. To create this simple look, paint all of your nails with a base coat of the peach color that you see here. Then, choose a few nails to accent with a coating of glitter before adding a clear coat.
10. Yellow Nails with a Cute Floral Design
This nail idea is really an easy design to recreate. Start by coating your nails with a yellow color. Make sure that it is thick enough that your nails do not show through the paint. Then, add some small flowers to the right and left side of your nails. The flowers do not need to look perfect to look nice on long nails.
11. Matte Black Nails with a Snake Accent
This is the perfect long nail art for Halloween, but it will look nice throughout the year as well. The majority of your nails are going to be a matte black color, but you will leave one nail unpainted so that it can be accented. In this image, the ring finger is accented by a small snake that is slithering on a clear stiletto nail.
12. Pretty Pink Nails with Shimmering Tips
If you enjoy designing your nails at home, then this is another easy idea that will take mere minutes to create. Start by painting your nails a shade of pink that is similar to the color that you see in this image. Then, when the paint is dry, add a layer of glitter to the tips of your nails.
13. Violet Almonds with a Splash of Color
Almond-shaped nails give you a lot of design options, but this pastel purple paint and the accent nails look amazing in this design. The accent nails are a soft mix of pink and yellow that is covered with a gold foil design that really pops against the soft color of the nails. One to two accent fingers per hand will be ideal.
14. Long Crystal Stilettos with Pink Glitter
If you like unique looking long nails, then this is a great look for you. These nails have almost a crystal-like design that resembles an icicle. The tips of the nails remain clear, but the rest of the nail is coated in both small and large glitter. This glitter will give your nails an almost magical look that looks great.
15. Beautiful Mauve Nails with Royal Gold Accents
This color is one that really looks great on long nails, but the accent nails that you see in this design are really what draws your attention. They are painted with a natural color polish and then coated with gold glitter to give the style a regal look. The tip on one of the nails remains white to create some contrast to the design.
16. Natural Nude Nails with Gold Foil Details
A nude look is a great way to have nails that you can wear to a casual setting as well as to a formal occasion, but this look has a gold accent on the ring finger that makes it a bit more elegant. Most likely this is done using a stencil to create the pattern, but it should be easy to recreate by hand.
17. Matte and Shiny Shades of Green
Long nail art does not have to always have an intricate pattern that is difficult to create. In fact, This idea is one that only changes the green coloration on your nails slightly. Some of the nails have a shiny top coating, while others have a matte color that looks almost metallic in the light.
18. Shades of Orange and White Camouflage
This unique look has two different nail designs that you will love. The first one is a peach color polish that is coated in a fine glitter, and the second look is more of a camouflage design that pops when it is next to a solid color. These nails are a solid white with orange, brown, and yellow designs on them.
19. Long, Shiny Maroon Nails with Small Gems
This next idea is a great option for really long nails. The nails will be a solid color that looks nearly black in the right light, but it is actually more of a maroon color that looks mystical. Choose a finger to accent, and then attach two small gems next to your cuticle and maybe add a gold streak down a few nails.
20. Mauve Nails with Silver Glitter Accent Nails
This is the perfect long nail design for someone who wants to create a look that is elegant, yet mysterious and fun. The main fingers are all a mauve coloration like the color that is shown in this image, but there are two accent fingers on each hand that are covered in glitter, which says that you are a little more fun.
21. Long, Shiny Ruby Red Stiletto Nails
These ruby red nails are bright and alluring to the eye. This shiny nail design seems perfect for a night on the town, but it also is the perfect l you are planning on dressing up as a cartoon villain for Halloween. It is also easy to create a design, so if you need awesome nails in a hurry, try these.
22. Almond Nails with Colorful Accent Smudges
The next design that we have is one that will look better with long nails. The base coat is the orange color, but you can choose any bright tone. Then, use tiny brush strokes to create uneven lines and smudges in different colors. This design utilizes orange, black, and pink, but you can choose any color that matches your outfit.
23. Pretty Pink Coffin Nails with Gem Accents
Pink is one of the most used colors for nail designs, especially when you have long nails that are coffin-shaped. To make this idea a bit more creative, there is an accent nail that is studded with gems. These gems are placed somewhat sparsely so that the pink can be seen between the gems without covering up too much of the basic design.
24. Pale Nails with Warm Accents
This nail design starts with a pale base that is slightly pink in coloration. Over the top coat, it has warm smudges that can be seen in red, orange, and yellow. There is also a black streak on each nail that stands out a bit more than the other colors and serves as an accent.
25. Pale Pink Nails with Gems and Glitter
If you are looking for a design that is fit for a queen, then this one is going to be one that you will want to consider. This design starts with a soft pink coat of paint. Once the polish dries, choose two nails for accent. One will have glitter densely across the nail, while the other is covered in gems of different shapes and sizes.
26. Classy Natural Look with Glitter Accent Fingers
This look combines a soft brown polish and bronze glitter into a cute look that you will love. The accent nails maintain a natural look, while the tips are coated in glitter. The other fingernails only have one color, but they are all coated with a clear polish that creates a shine that will look great with evening wear.
27. Cool Pink and Purple Plaid Nail Design
This is a fun nail art idea that utilizes squares and diamonds to create a unique look that is perfect for any occasion. It starts with a base that is pink towards the cuticle and changes to more of a purple color the closer you get to the tip. Then, white lines are painted on the nails to create the patterns that you see here.
28. Soft Pink Nails with Pastel Accents
If you have long nails, you can easily recreate this nail art. The base polish that you are going to use for this design is a soft pink color, and the accent nails are coated in pastels. Each one has a rainbow of colors, which includes orange, yellow, red, green, and purple that can coat the entire nail or just the tips.
29. Round Nails with a Matte Plum Coloration
If you are looking for a fun color to paint your nails that will be appropriate for your daily style as well as a night out on the town, then this plum polish may be the ideal option. It is a matte style of paint, so there is not a lot of shine to it, but it looks great, especially on round or almond nails.
30. Hot Pink Nails with Cool White Tips
This next long nail design is one that stands out not only because it looks better on longer nails, but because the polish is hot pink. As you move away from the cuticle to the tips, the nail fades from the pink to white. If you prefer a softer color, the same design can be created with a different color of polish.
31. A Simple Stars and Stripes Nail Design
If you are feeling patriotic, then this nail design is one worth trying. Most of your nails will be painted red, but paint two accent fingers blue. Then, create stripes on the nails that are red and stars on the ones that are blue to create the colors of the flag. Polish without a shine will look best with this design.
32. Pink Passion with Accents that Sparkle
These pink nails are pretty simple to create, and they will look amazing with nearly any outfit. The base polish that you will need to use for this design is one that is subtle, yet shiny. Once the first coat dries, choose two accent nails to add a clear coat of glitter, and you will have beautiful long nail art for any occasion.
33. Pretty Pink Nails with Short White Tips
This next design idea is one that is quite cute, especially for those who have somewhat short nails. The nails are painted pink, and then they are coated with white polish until the pink fades into a white color at the tips of your nails. If you want, you can leave some of the nails solid pink so that they provide a cool accent.
34. Coffin Nails Colored in Pastels
This next design will add a splash of color to your life. Each nail is a different color, but they are all solid pastels across both hands. In this gallery image, you will see red, pink, orange, yellow, blue, green, and purple nails, but you can choose which nails are which color when you recreate this long nail art.
35. Soft Pink Nails with Beautiful Flower Designs
The next design in our gallery is one that is a little more difficult to create without a steady hand or the ability to paint small details. The nails are painted a soft pink color, and then dark pink and blue flowers are created over the base coat. Each nail has a slightly different design, which allows you to be creative as you create this cool design for long nails.
36. Natural Pink with a Beautiful Carnation Accent
The main focus of this nail idea is not the natural pink nails, but rather, it is the accent nail that can be seen on the ring finger in the image. This lovely carnation is very pretty, but it will take a bit of concentration and a steady hand to get all of the details just right on both hands.
37. Blue Nails with Shimmers and Gem Accents
These almond nails look great with the blue nail polish, especially the nails that are accented to stand out and catch your eye. One of the accent nails is simply glittering that sparkles in the light at the right angle, but the other one has an intricate gem pattern that makes your nail look like it is wearing a sapphire necklace.
38. Black Nails with a Cosmic Sparkle
This is a unique nail design that resembles the stars in the cosmos when you look into the sky from Earth. The base color of this design is black, but there is a single coat of small glitter that looks like distant stars. The design is then coated in a clear polish that will add shine to your nails and really make them stand out.
39. Matte Green with Gold Accent Design Nail
Sometimes the simple long nail designs are the ones that draw our interest the most. This idea is one that uses an unusual shade of green as the base, but it is a soft color that will look good with your day-to-day wear. The ring finger is accented with a gold stencil design that will never come out exactly the same twice.
40. Soft Pink with a Ring of Gems
Subtle nails are ideal when you want something that will look nice for days. This design has soft pink nails, but there is a slight accent on the ring finger of each hand. Around the cuticle, there is a U-shape of gems that look like they are encircling the finger like a ring. This design works best for long nails.
41. Natural Peach Nails with Gold Ring Accents
This is another simple design that does not take a lot of effort to create. The nails are a soft color, but if you look at the index finger, you will notice a single gold ring that is designed as an accent for this idea, and there are two rings on the ring finger to add even more elegance to the style.
42. Rosy Red Nails with Fall Highlights
If you like red nail polish, try out this next design option for long nails. Most of the nails are painted a lovely shade of red, but the fingers that are accented are white, which contrasts the look completely. Leaves are painted on the white surface to create an interesting design that draws your attention.
43. Soft Pink Nails with Metallic Tips
Not all long nail designs have to be subtle, and this next idea is one that breaks all of the expectations when it comes to traditional nails. The nail is a soft pink near the cuticle, but as you move out towards the tip of the nail, it changes. First, it is a shade of purple; then, it becomes a metallic gold color.
44. Natural Nails with Glittered Tips of Silver
This next design is a sassy twist on a natural look. These French manicured nails are a pale pink color, but the tips have a thick coat of glitter on them that will take your nails from pretty and simple to cool and exciting. Finally, you will want a clear coat over the glitter so that it shines when under the light.
45. Matte Black Nails with Royal Gold Tips
Black and gold are two colors that typically look great together, and in this design, the nails are painted using a black polish that does not shine, and the tips are painted gold. This is an idea that works great for longer nails because the longer your nail is, the more gold you will be able to get on the tips of them.
46. Gems and Glitter on Soft Pink Nails
This next design is not an easy one to manage, but it will work best on long nails. The nails themselves are a soft pink. Some of them have white tips, but the majority of the accent on this design comes from glitter and gems that are positioned on the nail to create a unique look. The gems are ideal on the middle finger.
47. Cute Tan Nails with a Shine
Sometimes, the best type of nail design that you can choose is a simple one that does not have a lot of flairs. This one is painted with a neutral tan color that will go with any clothing, so whether you are going to the mall or a dance, you have a stylish look that fits the bill.
48. Natural Nails with Cute Floral Tips
Long nails look great with tip designs because they have more space for intricate designs. This idea is one that has a natural look at the cuticle, but the tips are pink with floral patterns and designs that really pop. Each nail has a different design, but they all look cute and sassy. There are also gold confetti pieces on the nails.
49. Yellow Nails with Dots and Cute Designs
These nails are awesome because they incorporate some unique designs. The base is yellow, but on the nails, which are all different, you can see dots, spots, ice cream cones, and more. In fact, there is even a mouth on one nail that looks like it is ready to devour the ice cream and a strange face looking back at you on another.
50. White Nails with Blue and Pink Designs
The final long nail art design that we are going to look at is one that sports a white base coat. On top of the base coat, there are a few color smudges of pink and blue that give the design an almost feather-like look. It is soft and subtle, but it jumps out at you at the same time. This works best with round or almond-shaped nails.
50 Funky and Fun Designs for Long Nails
The 50 long nail designs are cute and easy to create, so if you have long nails, or you simply want to get long acrylic nails, you have lots of designs to choose from. Start by deciding on the shape of the nail that you want, then consider the design that fits your style. Maybe you prefer a more natural look like the fifth option in the gallery, or maybe you like a little more color. Either way, there are plenty of long nail designs in this gallery that you will love.