Butterflies signify freedom and rebirth. They’re also trending in nail design this year. There’s always a slight worry that butterflies are overly girly. This year’s bold colors and textures perfectly balance soft femininity and woman on top.
I love any nail design that lets you play with elements of aesthetics. Beautiful butterfly nail designs give you the power to polish, wrap, press-on, or decal. I’m especially fond of 3D embellishments.
Thinking about spreading your wings and joining the butterfly nail trend? Here are some of my favorite design ideas.
1. Purple Nails With Black French Tips and Butterflies
This soft lavender color creates a delicate backdrop for black butterflies. Inky french tips enhance the look. I love the added gemstones on accent nails. Buy these nails at Etsy.
2. Bright Yellow and Gold Monarchs
Monarch butterflies are a classic look. These orange beauties pop against marigold yellow coffin nails. A glittering gold accent nail and gemstone embellishments take this look to another level. Buy these nails at Etsy.
3. Spring Butterflies on White Nails
These square-shaped nails with multi-colored butterflies are so cute. The white base and alternating french tip design add a little something extra to the look. Perfect for a day out and about. Buy these nails at Etsy.
4. Gold on Gold With Butterflies
Solid gold glitter nails are enhanced by two butterfly accents in this set of coffin-shaped nails. The butterfly is split in two, so when the nails come together, they form a perfect whole. Gold leaf ties the look together #bougiebabe. Buy these nails at Etsy.
5. Extra-Long Nude Nails With Asymmetrical French Tips
Dainty butterflies flutter across nude coffin-shaped nails with asymmetrical white tips. This is a cute take on a classic french tip, and it works well with the butterfly decals. Buy these nails at Etsy.
6. Blue Sky and Butterfly Nails
Baby blue nails and fluffy white clouds are a perfect backdrop for blue butterflies. I like adding elemental and earthy designs to my beauty routine. These sky-blue, coffin-shaped nails will brighten any day. Buy these nails at Etsy.
7. Lilac Nails With Butterfly Accents
Wide coffin tipped nails with lilac purple offer an ultra-feminine quality to this manicure. I adore the color and the french tip accent nails. Holographic butterflies and matching gemstones are the perfect finishing touch for these purple butterfly nails. Buy these nails at Etsy.
8. Pastel Pink and Clear Nails With Shimmery Butterflies
Pastels and butterflies go hand in hand. This subtle pink nail color makes my heart sing. Clear accent nails create an optical illusion of tiny silver butterflies suspended in glitter #magicnails. Buy these nails at Etsy.
9. Black, Glitter, and Silver Butterflies
Glossy black coffin nails make a statement. Silver butterflies and a glittery accent nail enhance the aesthetic. SIlver and black are super on trend this year. I love the colors together in this look. Buy these nails at Etsy.
10. Nude Nail With Bright Blue Butterfly Halves
The understated elegance of a nude coffin nail is enhanced by these royal blue butterfly wings. Two half butterflies come together as fingers touch to form a whole #lovely. Buy these nails at Etsy.
11. Jewel Encrusted Butterflies on White Square Nails
Something about square-shaped nails is so regal. This white glossy set of press-ons looks fabulous with jewel butterfly accents. The look is totally wedding-worthy but works for any special event. Buy these nails at Etsy.
12. Pink, White, Glitter, and Butterflies
Coffin-shaped nails are paving the way for the butterfly trend. This set is gorgeous with white and pink polish, gemstones, and lifelike butterfly decals. Buy these nails at Etsy.
13. Wild Side Butterfly Nails
Take a walk on the wild side with these animal print french tips. It’s unique to see butterflies and a cheetah print together, but it works! I love the extra-long coffin shape for this look. Buy these nails at Etsy.
14. Blush Coffin Nails with French Tips and Pink Butterflies
Blush is such a feminine manicure color, especially topped with a classic french tip. I love how small and delicate the pink butterfly decals look against these press-ons. #pictureperfect Buy these nails at Etsy.
15. Wispy Black Designs With Dark Butterflies
This dark take on a butterfly nail adds mystic energy to the look. I love the wispy black details and solid onyx accent nails. Buy these nails at Etsy.
16. 3D Butterflies on Stiletto Nails
Stiletto nails are edgy yet chic. These 3D silver and gold butterflies on pink glitter look like something from a runway. Talk about an haute couture manicure. Buy these nails at Etsy.
17. Ice Blue Ombre Nails With Blue and Pink Butterflies
I adore the frosted appearance of this ice blue color. It shimmers without the sparkle. Blue and pink butterflies add a flirty vibe to these ombre press-ons. Buy these nails at Etsy.
18. Dark Butterflies Suspended in a Gold Haze
These stunning black and gold nails give me chills. The gold leaf design resembles a geode. A window of clear nails suspends black butterflies between layers of gold. Dark and beautiful. Buy these nails at Etsy.
19. Rainbow Butterfly Glitter Stiletto Nails
These eye-catching rainbow talons are mesmerizing. Butterflies sit suspended in tiny clear windows outlined by rainbow glitter. The stiletto shape is the perfect choice for this design. Buy these nails at Etsy.
20. Pink Marble Nails With Gold Litter and Butterfly Wings
Pale pink marble and gold glitter create one luxurious manicure. This set of press-on nails is embellished with gemstones and decorative black butterfly wings. I love that every nail is unique. Buy these nails at Etsy.
21. Simple Nude Almond Nails With Butterfly Print
These understated nude nails are covered in tiny butterflies. I adore how casual this nail style is. You could wear this with literally anything, but I envision it with white shorts and a cute tank. Buy these nails at Etsy.
22. Square Nude Nails With Blue French Tips
A tiny blue butterfly makes a statement on these nude and aqua nails. The square style creates a v-shape french tip I’m loving. Buy these nails at Etsy.
23. Nature-Inspired Brown Nails With White Butterflies
A natural base with brown french tips looks spectacular with white butterflies. The delicate white sparkle details add whimsy to this nature-inspired nail design. Buy these nails at Etsy.
24. Nothing but Wings Nail Art
These unique butterfly wing designed nails are adorable. I love the nature-inspired vibe they send. Add a little edginess to the look with warrior-inspired Viking braids. Buy these nails at Etsy.
25. Frosted Coffin Nails With Phantom Butterflies
This ethereal butterfly design is simply magical. The frosted nails have an almost translucent effect. Whispy white butterflies add a touch of lace to the design. Buy these nails at Etsy.
26. Natural Nails With Nude Matte Tips and Black Butterflies
Some butterfly nail designs are overly girly. This sophisticated take on the look has caught my eye. I’m in love with the matte finish to those nude french tips. Black butterfly outlines make this design memorable. Buy these nails at Etsy.
27. 3D Butterflies and Pearls
I live for 3D embellishments on nails (when they’re done right). The barely there mother of pearl shimmer on these coffin nails is subtle. Delicate pearl and crystal butterfly embellishments don’t overpower the design. Buy these nails at Etsy
28. Barely Blue Tips and Black Butterfly Wings
I’ve seen a lot of butterfly styles, but this is one of my faves. The barely there hint of baby blue at the tip makes black butterfly wings pop. Buy these nails at Etsy.
29. Matte Nude Nails With French Tips and White Butterfly Design
There’s something great about matte nude nails with a french tip. White butterflies on a single accent nail draw the eye. I’m feeling this look for winter. #letitsnow Buy these nails at Etsy.
30. Bubblegum Pink Nails and Candy Butterflies
This set of press-on pink nails looks good enough to eat. The candy colors are ultra girly. Great for those “Pretty in Pink” moments. The black outline on the butterfly tones down the bubblegum vibe perfectly. Buy these nails at Etsy.
31. Glitter Tipped Flutterby Butterfly Nails
This look is so fun! These coffin nails look like they’ve been dipped in glitter and butterfly sparkles. The effect creates an ombre design, finishing in a nude base #thatflutteryfeeling. Buy these nails at Etsy.
32. Don’t Look So Blue Butterfly Nails
I adore this solid powder blue and clear accent nail design. A dusting of glitter and metallic butterflies add life to the frosty look. Buy these nails at Etsy.
33. Butterflies in the Nude
This gorgeous nail style takes matte nude nails to a new level. Black butterflies with white wing spots add depth and pizzazz to the design. It’s a great style for ladies with hand tattoos. Buy these nails at Etsy.
34. Purple-Pink Ombre Nails With Holographic Butterflies
This color is everything! A subtle hint of pink and lilac makes this design blushworthy. Add a few gemstones and some holographic butterflies, and you’re princess perfect. Buy these nails at Etsy.
35. Pink Hued Jelly Press-On Nails With Butterflies
Jelly shoes meet jelly nails. I’m in love with the subtle pink and lavender colors in this set of coffin-shaped press-on nails. Tiny butterflies are the perfect touch for a totally feminine look for night or day. Buy these nails at Etsy.
36. Wide Coffin Butterfly Nails With Green French Tips
Butterflies often represent Spring, and these green french tips are very springy. I love that the pastel green works in tandem with white butterflies and sparkle decals to build drama. Buy these nails at Etsy.
37. Purple, Peach, and White Marble Butterflies
Swirling shades of pearl, peach, and lavender inspire my artsy side. I love the purple butterfly decals and pastel accent nails. Buy these nails at Etsy.
38. Pale Yellow with Clear Accent Nails and Gold Butterflies
Sunshine yellow nails are a summer staple. I dig this twist on a golden classic. Glimmering butterflies suspended in clear accent nails make a big statement. Buy these nails at SHEIN.
39. Pearly Butterfly Nails
These opal colored almond nails are fun, flirty, and unique. I’m loving the originality of the butterfly design. Rather than decals, these butterflies are punched out of the original pearl color #theworldisyouroyster. Buy these nails at SHEIN.
40. Dusty Rose Nails with 3D Butterfly Embellishments
I’m obsessed with this nail design. Dusty rose is such an underappreciated color. Add a little sparkle and some 3D crystal butterflies, and it’s a whole look. Buy these nails at SHEIN.
Summary and Top Picks
In this article, I cover the top butterfly nail art trends for the year. From ombre to glitter, butterflies are slaying the nail scene this year. I love that this style is so customizable. It’s tough to overdo a look that changes from nail to nail.
I enjoy all the butterfly designs chosen here, but my top three contenders are:
- #2 Bright Yellow and Gold Monarchs: This marigold yellow is such a fun color. I love the way the monarch butterflies stand out against glitter and gemstones.
- #18 Dark Butterflies Suspended in a Gold Haze: This look is such a stunner. Gold leaf on black coffin-shaped nails, with dark butterflies suspended in a clear section of the nail. #perfection
- #35 Pink Hued Jelly Press-On Nails With Butterflies: These subtle pink jelly nails are the perfect host for tiny lavender butterflies. I adore them.
I showed you all my favorite winged nail designs, but I’m dying to know. Do you prefer a subdued butterfly decal or an eye-catching 3D embellishment? Comment below with your favorite way to butterfly.