What fashion-savvy woman doesn’t enjoy a great manicure for a dazzling night out on the town? Maybe you’re searching for a design for an upcoming date – or perhaps you just want to feel fabulous with the girls.
Whatever the occasion you’ve got planned, you’re going to find the right nail design here. We’ve got simplistic themes that you can do yourself and more intricate designs meant for you to show to your stylist – unless you’re feeling brave enough to try them yourself! Scroll through these
83 pics of stunning and dazzling nail designs, bound to give you the inspiration you need for the occasion you’re going to look gorgeous at!
1. Winter’s Branches
This design looks amazing in winter or autumn, resembling the empty branches of trees that decorate the barren landscapes surrounding us during these two seasons. Duel pinks in the background give the effect of a warm sunrise or sunset.
2. Glittering Kiss
This is a lovely combination of hearts, kisses, and glitter. A theme like this is perfect for Valentine’s day – and isn’t tacky with overly done sparkles or hearts. You could also wear nails like this on a date if you’re trying to clue them in on giving you a first kiss!
3. Penguin Companions
Penguins! They’re adorable and easy to create on your nails if you’ve got a steady hand. Use toothpicks for the finer details if you don’t have special décor polish brushes. You can switch up the bow ties with any color that matches your outfit or style.
4. Flowering Fantasy
This design is commonly found in the beauty section of any supermarket and comes as either fake glue-on nails or as sticks your can cut accordingly to your nail size. I wouldn’t recommend creating a design like this by hand, unless you’ve got a lot of time on your hands and are a fabulous artist with a steady hand!
5. Viciously Cute Stilettos
Girly and dominating, this design is perfect for girls that are a glorious twist of both. Stiletto tips have an edgy look and feel, while the pink and singular bow give you softer appearance, just enough “girly” to satisfy your inner Goddess.
6. Garden of Sun Spots
Paint your nails a dark shade of pink or purple, and glue on small yellow gems on the tips at an angle to give yourself a chic sun spotted garden on your fingers. The contrast will attract attention and can match many differing summer and spring outfits.
7. Wild Woman
Placing animal prints on any part of your apparel, including your nails, automatically gives you a wild and powerful look and feel. Mix up zebra and leopard patterns with some pink roses and you’re ready to show off your prowess!
8. Anchored Love
The anchor can easily be done with a toothpick or thin nail polish brush, with any color of your choosing. Gold gives it a more realistic effect, and the stripes are a wonderful addition to complete the cute sailor look you’re after. Nails like this would work well in a business setting.
9. Blossoming Smile
If flowers with big yellow stigmas (the center of the flower) remind you or invoke a sense of bliss or summer, why not go for such flowers on your nails to consistently remind you of happiness? Replace one nail on both hands with a happy face and you’re sure to be smiling for days to come.
10. Winter Comrade
For custom nails like this, they should be done by hand but I must warn you, it’ll take a steady hand a good amount of time depending on how good you paint! The patterns originally come from Native American designs, but have become popularized in fashion for those of us living in mountainous areas. Adding a reign deer will have others gushing over how much they love your nails.
11. Gemmed Petals
For a more posh design, you can keep an arrow’s edge unpainted on each finger and add gems to one, two, or however many finger’s look good to you. A design like this can be great with either gold or silver, depending on what your outfit or style calls for.
12. Polka-Dotted Glamor
Some of us love color, and that’s what you get the most of here! A theme like this is easy to create. Simply paint your nails white (double coat may be needed), ensure you drip tiny* dots of polish on your nails, and wait for them to dry. If you don’t wait for them to dry before putting your clear top coat over them, they’re sure to smear!
14. True Blood Vampire Queen
Who doesn’t love a great vampire series? It doesn’t have to be Halloween to sport around bloody and bleeding nails. If you’re a True Blood fan, you can decorate each nail differently using reds, blacks, and white. To show off your dedication, “True Blood” can easily fit on one nail if you use a toothpick to write it.
15. The Odd One
Most of us have seen the almost irritatingly bright red-orange nails that many women have tried out. If you’re a fan of the color or the sheer attention they grab, you can still make the design your own by switching it up with one nail on each hand. Why not some black and white zig-zags?
16. Bumble Bees & Bows
Bows are becoming popular, especially if you’ve a job that doesn’t exactly call for too much handy work. If you’re comfortable wearing nail jewelry such as the bow seen here, you can grab a black one and create a black and yellow theme that’s unique, cute, and totally summer.
17. Monster City
If you’ve any kids or even nieces and nephews, you can amuse them simply with your finger tips! Paint little aliens or monsters on each one of your nails to get the giggles out of the little ones.
18. Mustache Galore
Fashion trends. They’re everywhere, and they are constantly evolving. This generation has somehow decided that mustaches are in and fabulous, and placing them anywhere is accepted and a must-do. You can find little mustaches for nails in a beauty shop or even paint them on yourself, they’re easy enough!
19. Cherry Picking Time
An easy design to create for many of us, the only thing you’ll really need is patience. Place small red dots side by side, with enough room for their stems above them. To make the stems, simply connect the dots with a triangle and an added side line for the stem’s edge. Don’t forget to wait for the red dots to dry before adding the smaller white dot atop them, to add a shimmery effect!
21. Elegant Petals
Perfect for spring, a peach color can work well on those of us with lighter skin. Gold glitter is a lovely added touch in the center of each flower. Ensure each flower is in a different position on each nail for a look similar to this one.
22. Ravishing Gems
Dazzle at a wedding, turn heads in the club, or sport them at a formal event – these nails will turn heads and have people asking you where you got them done. The many gems will reflect as much light as a diamond ring. Just make sure your design doesn’t get caught on someone’s sweater!
23. Bubbled Beauty
You can find the tiny colored beads/bubbles in either the beauty section or hobby section of a store. Paint your nails the desired color you want, let dry, Add either a second coat of nail polish or clear layer of glue, dipping your fingers into the beads immediately. Ensure you place a top coat of either glue or nail polish so they don’t fall off.
24. Victorian Queen
This gorgeous design looks great if you’re wearing silvers and attending a formal event. They can also substitute the “True Blood” design seen further above in this article as a fabulous means of expressing your love for vampires. Blood red mixed with a glittering black Victorian design is subtle yet makes a fashion statement of your love for the classics.
25. Punk Rock Chic
Blood red nails with a single black one on each hand, sporting a skull. For skulls like these you’ll have to find the proper nail stick. If you’re feeling adventurous, try creating a skull on a piece of paper with polish before trying on your nail!
26. Magenta Parade
Sometimes it’s too hard to choose which shade looks best… So why not sport them all? Create your own pink theme by putting a different shade and texture on each finger. Add glitter to one, leaves to another, and keep a few plain.
27. All Natural
Some of us prefer not to get too crazy with our nail designs, and would rather show off the shape of our healthy nails instead. Shape your nails to your liking and slab on some natural color!
28. Jazzy Glitter
Here we can see a great twist with natural tones. Subtle glitter adds a lovely effect, and placing shimmering glitter all over one nail on each hand will have your style popping out.
29. Golden Star Bursts
This design resembles either a gorgeous starburst on each finger tip or the autumn colors of fallen leaves. Perfect for autumn, this design can be done in either gold or silver.
30. Fantasy Island
French manicures are chic, elegant, and timeless. They can be worn with any outfit and still look fabulous. However, if you want a subtle touch of personalization, or you want to show off that you’ve been on vacation recently, add a little palm tree with seagulls. The edge of the French manicure makes it look like a little island!
31. Hipster Bolts
Here it is – the bright red-orange that has recently been popularized along with the mustache that has been equally popularized. If you create a design like this on your nails, you’re a true hipster.
32. Cute & Catchy
Done completely by hand without stickers or fake nails, this design is easy enough if you’ve got a thin polish brush or even a toothpick. Paint one paint black, two nails white, and two nails pink. Use contrasting colors for the designs.
34. Chanel Fab
Fashion lovers, try this Chanel design out. The brand sells their own nail stickers and you can choose to sport their logo on either one, two, three, four, or all fingers! Chanel is known for its lovely feminine wear, so a plush pink makes a great background color.
35. Winter Wonderland
Get creative and think of some interesting designs that remind you of Chrismas! The holiday season is underway and everyone is getting prepared. Show off your creativity with a penguin, snowman, reign deer, Santa’s coat, and a large snowflake.
37. British Brilliance
If you’ve got an undying love for your country, you can show it by creating mini pieces of art representing your love on each nail. Two British flags, a Bell Tower, and Ferris wheel properly display the wonders of Britain.
38. Chemistry Freak
Some of us are definitely more geeky than others, and many aren’t afraid of anyone knowing it! The design seen here would be fabulous if wore during finals in Chemistry or Biology. What’s best is you can make a different molecule on each nail!
39. Pac Man Pretty!Watch out, a nail design like this can only mean one thing. A hard-core gamer is on the loose! Show off your love of classic video games with this easy-to-create Pacman design. Make sure your nails are extra long so you can add the needed details seen here.
47. Hello Kitty
Find your inner cutie and try out some Hello Kitty nails just once in your life! You’ll feel like a little girl again, and sometimes, that’s the type of therapy we need once in a while!
49. Pink Paradox
52. Butterfly Magic
Paint each nail a different color. Place small splotches of a couple different colors on each nail after they’ve dried. Swirl them together. Let dry. Place white outlines in the form of butterflies over the splotches – et Voila! Add hearts!
55. Rainbow Fluff
63. City of Spiders
This is a much more intricate design with spiders as the theme. You’ll need to find the right tools to use for this design depending on your nail size and the size you want for the spiders.
82. Pink & Blue Speckles
This are truly unique polka dots, sporting dots within dots and the cute touch of a bow. The colors can be any you choose, but make sure they contrast well.
Autumn is gorgeous month, filled with oranges, reds, golds, and purples. Dazzle these colors up with glitter and sport them on the tips of your fingers.