If you’re bored of the same old French manicure, get inspired by one of the 25 most beautiful nail designs in this article.
Feel free to mix and match any element of these designs. Gem accent nails can be added to any manicure. If a sparkling topcoat isn’t blingtastic enough, try a holographic topcoat on top of your chosen nail color to create your own unique interpretation of these stunning ideas.
25 of the Most Beautiful Nail Designs that Look Good on Anyone
Gradient manicures are extremely popular this season. If you’re looking to stand out, try the pairing of a nude gradient manicure with a gold sparkly top coat. The key to all of these ideas is taking a traditional style like the French or American manicure and trying it out with different colors and textures.
All of these gorgeous nail designs look fantastic on every nail type. Thin rose gold or black French tips look especially good on ladies with long nail beds. If your nails are short right now, don’t worry! All of these designs can be applied to all nail shapes: short, long, coffin, squoval, square, or oval.
Remember to treat yourself and try one of the nail designs below by showing your manicurist. Applying a perfect gradient manicure is much easier for a professional to do rather than attempting it at home (unless you’re brave!)
1) Sparkling Nude Gradient American Manicure
This beautiful nail art option is the perfect sparkly neutral shade that you want for any time of the year. The look is easy to achieve by using a sponge and two neutral shades. Paint on a stripe of brown with a stripe of tan or sand on the bottom. Gently dab the sponge on each nail, and top with a glittery overcoat.
2) Rhinestone Accent Nail Design
For a simple design, this combination of two colors and a bright rhinestone nail is perfect for standing out from the crowd. You can easily get the look by combining two complementing colors like this light pink and lavender purple. Add a rhinestone nail for a break in the color to create shiny nail art that people will be gushing about.
3) Nude Gradient Manicure with Gem Accent
Gradient nails are a great idea for many reasons. This look is extremely to get for yourself by adding a few stripes of color to the sponge, dabbing it on your nails, and top with a clear coat to seal in color. You can even add a few gemstones to the base of your accent nail to create a unique look.
4) Pink with Sparkle Accent
Pink is such a beautiful color no matter the season, and the lighter the pink, the cuter the nail air. This look is gorgeous with the smooth light pink and the glitter nail lacquer to create an accent nail on either hand. Seal both the light pink and the glitter polish with a clear coat in either glossy or a matter for a gorgeous look any time of the year.
5) Grey and White Gradient Manicure
A white and bright nail look is perfect for special events like weddings, proms, or parties. The gradient look is perfect with the white and light grey from the base of the nail to the tip of the nail. You can add a glittery accent nail and top the nail look with glossy finish.
6) Nude with Pearl Accent
Neutral shades are perfect for any season, and this look is no exception. The light pink shade is easily complemented by the glossy top coat and the pearlescent accent nails on either hand. This look is easy to DIY at home, or you can take the idea to your nail artists. The best part about these light and pearlescent options is the ease with which you can wear them for any event or any season.
7) Black with Gold Sparkle Tip
If you want something bold for your nails, either for an event or just for fun, this black and gold nail look is the perfect option. The matte black background is easily complemented with the gold glitter tips and accent nail on either hand. You can seal in the gold glitter with a matte or a glossy top coat.
8) Holographic French Tip Black Design
This super twist on a French tip design is easy to accomplish for your look. The bottom portion of the nail is a black stripe, while the tip of the nail is painted with a holographic blue shade that truly stands out. The two colors are separated by a dark gray stripe, and the top coat is glossy for that coveted shine.
9) Sparkly Nude Coffin Shape Manicure
This neutral tan shade is beautiful for the fall and winter months. The nails are a coffin shape that is highlighted by the tan shade and glossy finish. The nails are accented with a glittery addition to the accent nails. One nail has an exposed top, while the other is covered in a coppery glitter.
10) Go Festive with a Holiday Tree
Christmas time is a great time to decorate your nails for the holiday season. This look has beautiful crimson red background nails with a matte finish. The highlight of the look is the glittery, festive tree that is complete with a star on the top. The tree is made with a silver glitter polish with a glossy finish just over the tree.
11) Burgundy Coffin Shape
The winter season usually brings about the darker hues of polish. This coffin nail shaped look is perfect for the fall and winter. Two nails are painted with a burgundy hue and a glossy finish. One other nail is painted with the same shade but a matte finish. The glittery option finishes up the look with a glossy finish on these two nails.
12) Pastel with Rose Gold Tips
This simple look is perfect for the spring and summer seasons. Each nail is painted with a different pastel shade. The look includes an easy French tip design with a gold metallic stripe at the top. The nail is covered with a glossy finish to complete the look.
13) Navy Blue Tipped French Nail Art
A simple summertime look that will leave you feeling nautical vibes is this French tip nail design. The background is finished with a light pink or peach shade. The French tip is done with a navy blue stripe. The entire nail is covered with a glossy finish that creates a gorgeous shiny texture for the spring and summer months.
14) Matte Chrome French Design
If you have any of those sci-fi vibes, this nail art is gorgeous and perfect for your metallic flair. The silvery chrome bottom is covered with a matte finish, and the French tip portion of the nail art is done with a shiny, silver chrome stripe. The design stands out, and it is perfect for any time of the year or any holiday, especially Halloween.
15) Nude French Design with Chrome Tips
This look is delicate and simple, but it still stands out as one of the most beautiful out there. The neutral peach shade is painted on the bottom portion of the nail with a glossy finish. The French tip design at the top, features a thin stripe of a silvery chrome, making this look modern and unique at the same time.
16) White Marble
A unique and interesting design for your next nail art is this new take on marble nails. The white and gray shades complement each other, and the interesting marble design actually looks like real marble. The nails are covered with a glossy finish that shines in any light.
17) Navy Blue with Gem Accent
For a sleek and classy design any time of the year, this nail art is beautiful for even the most special of occasions. The nails are covered with a navy blue shade of polish. The nails are covered with a glossy top coat, and the accent nails are finished with a gemstone band that resembles a ring.
18) Black Tipped French Manicure with Accent
A classic French manicure with a twist is what this nail art is best known for. The neutral bottom half is a light pink or peach, and the French tips are done with a jet black hue of polish. The accent nail is painted with the same black shade, and each nail is coated with a glossy finish. The accent nail is finished with a gemstone base for added shine.
19) Pearlescent American Manicure
White manicures are often overlooked, but during the summertime, this white look is perfect for beach lovers. The pearlescent hue is simply a top coat that is painted over a pink and white gradient option. It creates a beautiful shine that looks perfect in the summer sun.
20) Baby Blue Matte with Silver Accent
This springtime nail art is perfect for those warm weather vibes. The baby blue is perfect for the nails, but the accents really make this manicure pop. The accent nail is done with a white and gray marble feature, and the second accent nail pops with a chrome stripe in the center of the nail. Each nail is finished with a glossy top coat.
21) White and Chrome Gradient Manicure
The gradient manicure is perfect for all seasons, but this manicure is perfect for the spring and summertime. The bottom is done in a chrome shade, while the top is painted with a white polish. The gradient is done with a sponge, and the manicure is finished with a glossy topcoat for added shine.
22) Blue Fishtail Tipped French Design
This manicure is sure to leave you feeling like a fish out of water. The navy blue and light blue nails are perfectly accented by the angled nail design on the two accent nails. The neutral shade on the bottom is broken up by a light blue triangle and a navy blue triangle. The entire manicure is finished with a glossy top coat.
23) Mauve Single Color Mani
If you want a cutesy manicure that will leave you feeling like you are a young girl again, this is the perfect one for you. The light pink and opalescent nails are complements of each other, but the white and silver glitter striped accent nails complete the entire look easily. The nails are topped with a glossy finish for extra shine.
24) Pastel with Holographic Topcoat
There are many simply manicure options out there, but this one is perfect for all seasons of the year. The pastel tan color is perfect for any season, but the top coat truly makes this manicure unforgettable. It is topped with a holographic finish for a unique twist on a simple design.
25) Nude Manicure with Silver Stripes
Your special event will be completed with this manicure option. The light pink neutral shade is perfect for any season of the year, but the accent nails make this manicure interesting and unique. The silver stripes on the nails is perfect for adding a little glitter. The silver glitter is a great addition, and the glossy top coat adds more shine.