A fresh set of manicured nails makes everything better, don’t they? No matter the shape or length, and whether classic, acrylic, or the fairly new-to-the-scene, gel-x extensions, getting our nails polished is the least we can do to pamper ourselves.
There are numerous staple nail designs that have been trending non-stop that will be covered in this compilation, namely, french tips, swirls, plus floral and animal prints, and there’s also the classic mani along with other unconventional styles to be explored.
We’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the most popular nail designs around town. So, for all the nail enthusiasts like myself, we’re about to take a closer look at some cute nail design ideas that you can try all year round.
1. Nude Peach Almond Nails
Pastel-colored nails offer you a subtle tone with tons of elegance. The kind that wins your heart over each time you see them because they’re just too cute to not love.
Check out these nude peach almond tips to see exactly what I’m talking about. You can get these nails at Etsy.
2. Short Pink, Purple, and Blue Watercolor Marble Nails
Pink, purple, and blue seem to melt into each other for this dreamy watercolor nail design. The extensions are kept short, and they each feature gold glitter like trails of stars in the sky. You can get these nails at Etsy.
3. Nude Pastel Floral Square Nails
It’s pastel and it’s floral, so you know you’re in for an eye-catching girly nail look. Each nail is coated in a nude base with hints of orange, blue, and yellow.
Along with those cute floral silhouettes, it’s the perfect design for Spring. You can get these nails at Etsy.
4. Nude Marble Coffin Nails with Gold Glitter
If you want a trendy design that’s classy by nature, I’ve got two words for you: marble effect.
Marble has a timeless quality, so transfer that aesthetic to your nails. Starting with a translucent base, overlay each with a nude and white color scheme and some gold sparkles for the finishing touch. You can get these nails at Etsy.
5. Long Blue Coffin Nails
Blue: the calm, cool, and elegant color that I think is slept on just a bit. Not as girly as pink and not as bold as red, rock these blue coffin nails for a versatile look. You can get these nails at Etsy.
6. White French Tips with Black Abstract Swirls
Nowadays, atypical french tips are leading the way. Just take a look at this classic white french mani. It was transformed by black abstract swirls for a trendier look. You can get these nails at Etsy.
7. Short Red and Pink Nails with Small White Hearts
Have you ever realized that pink and red aren’t your average color combo? Let’s change that with a multi-shade pink and red nail look.
After all, they sit right by each other on the spectrum. Small white hearts were added for a lovely contrast. You can get these nails at Etsy.
8. White Coffin Nails with Tiny Floral Decals
With a white base as your backdrop, you get the opportunity to experiment with new and cute designs. Case in point, these white coffin nails are overlaid by tiny floral decals and cute doesn’t even begin to describe it! You can get these nails at Etsy.
9. Nude Zebra Print French Tips
Nude french tips and sophistication have an unbreakable bond, as neutral tones are naturally subtle yet sharp with a refined appearance. Moreover, these nails were enhanced by zebra stripes, scoring additional points for style. You can get these nails at Etsy.
10. Short White Nails with Tiny Multi-Colored Hearts
It’s a colorful and romantic display as the cutest tiny hearts overlay classic white nails, and despite not having the standard red and white theme known for Valentine’s Day, this look is just as special. You can get these nails at Etsy.
11. Nude Translucent Almond Nails with Silver Rhinestone Accents
It’s easier than ever to elevate a simple mani, with so many nail accessories available to us. These nude translucent almond nails were brought to life by a vertical display of silver rhinestone accents. You can get these nails at Etsy.
12. Short Nude Floral and Butterfly Art Nails
This cute nail look features not only amazingly detailed floral art but butterfly art as well. It follows a pastel and ethereal theme as each illustration is gracefully designed on short nude nails. You can get these nails at Etsy.
13. Pink and Blue Square French Tips with Abstract Swirls
Swirls have become a go-to design used to spruce up french tips. It’s all about abstract lines that twirl and bend in various ways that the eye is naturally intrigued by. Try them over mismatched pink and sky blue french nails. You can get these nails at Etsy.
14. Pastel Multi-Colored French Tips
If abstract nail art isn’t the style you’re going for, you can make your french tips your own by coating each tip in a different color.
For this look, muted tones of pink, orange, yellow, purple, and green all contribute to a trendy french tip execution. You can get these nails at Etsy.
15. Glossy Pink and White Floral Almond Nails
A floral pink nail combo is always perfect and paired with a creamy white shade over almond nails. You’ll have the most charming and feminine design fit for a lady. You can get these nails at Etsy.
16. Long Pink Tie-Dye Coffin Nails with Gold Glitter
Pink nails will forever be a thing. You can make the most of this cute color starting with a light pink hue for the base, using hints of hot pink for a unique tie-dye effect. Include gold glitter to make your nails sparkle. You can get these nails at Etsy.
17. Long Nude Red Bottom Square Nails
A nude mani may seem low key but when the sun hits your nails, you won’t be able to deny the glow.
With a pale yellow undertone and red bottom design, this look will easily enhance a neutral outfit combo and tie in well with your dressier options. You can get these nails at Etsy.
18. Long Pink Monochromatic Square Nails
Can’t get enough of pink? The feeling’s mutual. This monochromatic pink nail look is more than your normal girly design. The gradual shift from one shade to the other is so chic and modern. You can get these nails at Etsy.
19. Teal and White Checkered Nails
The spotlight is on checkered print nails. They’re trendy, youthful, and cool with a sporty touch. They were designed in a teal green shade and white for a lighthearted, feminine finish. You can get these nails at Etsy.
20. Short Colorful Abstract Swirl Almond Nails
Colorful abstract nails are so fun and fulfilling to wear with neutral, monochromatic pieces. It blends sophistication with a playful vibe, a combination we can all appreciate. You can get these nails at Etsy.
21. Red and Burgundy Gradient Coffin Nails
Burgundy and red are arguably the most similar shades, so it’s not often that you see them worn together.
The truth is though, your eye won’t miss the difference and even a nail or two coated in burgundy among a red nail look can give your manicure an interestingly chic gradient effect. You can get these nails at Etsy.
22. Short Glossy Bubblegum Pink Nails
How about these short bubblegum pink nails? They’re dainty, cute, and despite being on the simpler side, with that striking shade and glossy top coat, they’ll enliven any OOTD. You can get these nails at Etsy.
23. Baby Blue and Chalky White Marble Coffin Nails
It’s amazing how some of the simplest designs turn out to be the most elegant and enthralling. A marble effect was created starting with a baby blue base. The white polish was then used to form chalky swirl lines on the face of each nail. You can get these nails at Etsy.
24. Matte Brown and Nude Leopard Print Nails
25. Nude and Brown Marble Ombre Coffin Nails with Gold Glitter
This look is a stunning fusion of an ombre design and marble effect. Each nail is coated in a subtle nude tone before transitioning into brown nail polish and gold glitter to decorate the tips. You can get these nails at Etsy.
26. Purple Coffin Nails with Large Colorful Abstract Swirls
These purple nails are given a boost by vivid and colorful abstract art. Psychedelic swirls are done from the base to the tip as thick lines bend and move as one for a creative and inspiring look. You can get these nails at Etsy.
27. Deep Fuchsia Ombre Thermal Gel Coffin Nails
Thermal gel nails result in a clever display of a variety of colors on your nails when the temperature changes. This cool design generally resembles holographic nails with a sleek finish that’s present whether glossy or matte.
Try them with a nude base that fades into a pretty deep fuchsia shade for a stunning ombre effect. You can get these nails at Etsy.
28. Short White and Navy Blue Round Nails with Bird Decals
A great alternative to the commonly worn floral and heart designs is animal art decals. These tiny illustrations of flying birds are so cute and were applied over white and navy blue nails, a look you can rock anywhere at any time. You can get these nails at Etsy.
29. Short White and Blue Floral Almond Nails
White and blue floral nails to sweep you off your feet. This look is elegant and has all the qualities of a youthful nail design with blue flower decals amping up short white nails. Try them out for a wedding or your next Sunday brunch. You can get these nails at Etsy.
30. Pink and White Ombre Round Nails with Silver Glitter
If you’re big on soft glam nail looks, pink and white will always come through for you, but maybe you want to change gears a bit and do something extra special. A glitter overlay along with an ombre effect will not disappoint. You can get these nails at Etsy.
31. Green Clover French Almond Nails
For a Springtime nail look that matches the warmth and beauty of the season, these green french tips are a superb option. They were decorated with cute, small green clovers. You can get these nails at Etsy.
32. Nude and Gold Leaf Almond Nails
Shine like the star you are in a nude and gold nail combo. Translucent nails provided the perfect base for gold leaf designs. This look is immensely elegant, so show it off every chance you get. You can get these nails at Etsy.
33. Long Glossy Multi-Colored Coffin Nails
Make the most of long coffin nails by coating each in a shade that you love. Opt for a glossy top coat application to make them pop. You can get these nails at Etsy.
34. Glossy Neutral-Toned French Almond Nails
This is sophistication— neutral-toned french tips, all boasting an elegant and unique gradient design. Each nail transitions from a subtle to a more pigmented shade of the same color; from the base to the tip, in that order. You can get these nails at Etsy.
35. Long Pink Gradient Coffin Nails
Is it just me, or does pink remind you of the iconic character, Elle Woods, from the Legally Blonde film? Channel her admirable fashion sense with stunning pink nails.
You don’t have to feel limited to one shade either. Go the extra mile with a multi-shade gradient design. You can get these nails at Etsy.
36. Glossy Dark Green Almond Nails
You can’t go wrong with dark shades. This deep green nail polish offers you a high-class look, that’s also edgy and classy. These nails will work with absolutely anything you wear. It’s safe to say, versatility won’t be an issue. You can get these nails at Etsy.
37. Purple Butterfly Coffin Jelly Nails
At first sight, you can tell these are some of the cutest nails ever! They are often referred to as glass nails because of their transparency.
38. Nude and Green French Almond Nails
Green is the color of life and newness, bringing a fresh look to your nails. Go for light and dark green, as well as a french tip design with some nails kept in a solid shade. It’s a great way to bring diversity to your new mani. You can get these nails at Etsy.
39. Glossy Blush Pink Marble Square Nails
The marble effect on these blush pink nails is truly reminiscent of ocean waves, evoking a serene and graceful aura. A glossy finish is definitely most suitable for this look. It matches the ultra-feminine aesthetic. You can get these nails at Etsy.
40. Short Tan, Gold, and White Glitter Nails
Tan, gold, and white are classy by nature. Together, they make an inviting nail design, further enhanced by a thick layer of gold glitter and gold abstract lines. You can get these nails at Etsy.
41. Short Blue and Purple Glitter Nails
These nails may seem complex but they really aren’t. Blue nail polish was used as the sole base color with purple glitter sprinkled on top for a shimmering finish. It’s a simple nail design perfect for a festive or celebratory event. You can get these nails at Etsy.
42. Short Brown and Blush Pink Glitter Nails
Coat a few of your nails in glitter along with brown and blush pink for a certified classy nail look that will have you taking photos all day long. You can get these nails at SHEIN.
SEE ALSO: 21 Cute Brown Heart Nail Design Ideas
43. Short Nude Marble Nails
44. Orange French Tips
Looking to make a statement but in the simplest way possible? French tips make that a walk in the park. Just coat your tips in a bright tint like this pretty orange shade. You can get these nails at SHEIN.
45. Short Purple Nails
It’s never hard to look pretty with purple. It’s such a feminine and playful shade. Don’t hesitate to try this one out. You can get these nails at SHEIN.
46. Dark Gray Metallic Nails
Metallic nails for a striking impact! Get this design done in dark gray for a finished look that’s edgy and cool. You can get these nails at SHEIN.
47. Mismatched Glossy White and Brown Coffin Nails
What would the world of fashion be without white and brown nail polish? Surely not as chic, and these mismatched glossy coffin nails are my evidence. You can get these nails at SHEIN.
48. Glossy Burgundy Glitter Coffin Nails
The elegance continues with amazing burgundy nails. Boasting a mesmerizing sheen and layers of glitter on the index and ring fingers, this design is on a mission. You can get these nails at SHEIN.
49. Long Orange Coffin Nails with Smoke Effect and Glitter Accents
Sometimes I’m in the mood for a nail design that has “in your face” energy. A bright color like orange is best suited for that.
Add a classy twist with the inclusion of translucent nails, decorated by a smoke effect and gold accents. You can get these nails at SHEIN.
50. Long Green Coffin Nails
If it’s all green, then it’s alright. Single-toned nails are a sign of simplicity, confidence, and appreciation for a color you love. You can get these nails at SHEIN.
51. Baby Pink and Aquamarine Coffin Nails with Abstract Glitter Lines
Beautify your nails with a contrasting yet stunning baby pink and aquamarine combo. Then, jazz up this super girly look with abstract line art created by silver glitter.
52. Short Pastel Abstract Swirl and Floral French Tips
Add a few swirls and flowers to a pastel french tip design to make your nails look extra charming. The muted tones are so subtle, they make looking classy a piece of cake.
53. Baby Blue Angled French Almond Nails with Gold Swirls
Look utterly fabulous in baby blue almond nails, made to sparkle by swirls of gold glitter. This look also features an angled french tip design for a diverse and elegant finish.
54. Short White Round Nails
It all comes back down to white, one of the classiest shades and a perfect foundation for amazing nail art, but this time, all nails are donning a chic white tone, proving that white can be bad all by itself.
55. Red and White Floral French Almond Nails
Figured out what nail design you’re wearing for Spring? How about these red and white french tip beauties? It’s a manifold look, with white floral accents, that you won’t be able to take your eyes off.
56. Long Nude Pink and Pastel Purple Glitter Square Nails
Long nails instantly bring a fancier look to your nail design. Balance things out with a nude pink and pastel purple ombre effect, adorned with dazzling silver glitter and white flower decals.
57. Short Azure Blue and Nude Daisy Nails
When time is a factor, short nails are always an option, and don’t worry, you won’t have to trade style for length. These azure blue and nude daisy nails are confirmation that short nails are still a vibe.
58. Bright Multi-Colored Almond Nails
For Summer nails, there’s no such thing as too much color. The more the merrier and the brighter the better.
59. Long Nude and Pink Ombre Butterfly Coffin Nails with Glitter
A quality I appreciate about long coffin nails is the relatively vast surface area that acts as a foundation for some jaw-dropping designs.
For this look, nails are coated in nude and bright pink with glitter and an ombre blend in the mix. But, the best part, hands down, is the detailed butterfly nail art.
60. Pastel Purple and Blue Polka Dot Almond Nails
Polka dot nail art is taking over. Have fun with this design in a pastel theme on your middle and ring fingers, which are generally the center of attention. Opt for a block of color on the remaining nails, switching between purple and blue.
61. Nude Peach Animal Print French Nails
Revamp nude peach nails with the ever-stylish animal print design. This look stuns you with a mixture of cheetah, cow, and zebra patterns, some displayed on a french tip with the lucky cheetah print occupying an entire nail for itself.
62. Short Artistic Nails
It’s all fun with these artistic nails. Each nail bears its own design to keep you smiling all day long, from a strawberry to smiley faces and rainbows, and from stickers to the bright morning sky.
SEE ALSO: 37 Pastel Rainbow Nail Designs
63. Magenta Almond Nails with Gold Glitter
Sometimes, a set of classy nails is all you need to put a little pep in your step. Achieve the look with luxurious magenta nails and sprinkles of gold glitter on top.
64. Blush Pink Marble Ombre Coffin Nails with Rhinestone Sequins
Elegance is made easy with these flawless nails. They have all the elements as long coffin extensions are coated in a subtle blush pink shade with a marble and ombre effect.
A french rim design makes this look even chicer and rhinestone sequins are a definite plus.
65. Green and Purple Calligraphy Almond Nails
It’s a color combination that makes you look twice—green and purple nails embellished with calligraphy nail art. It’s unique and fashion-forward, everything that matters in the world of nail artistry.
66. Short Pink Daisy Gel Nails
Get dolled up with gel nails for a girly look that’s sleek and durable. Using a pretty pink shade as the base color, gift this look with cute daisy art, symbolic of the Spring season.
67. Short Pastel Pink and Sky Blue Ombre Nails
Some colors are peaceful by nature and blue is certainly one of them. Transitioning from a pastel pink base, fade into a sky blue tip, adding a glossy top coat for a serene finish.
68. Mustard Yellow and Green Round Nails with Gold Accents
In nature, yellow and green are like two peas in a pod. Paired together, you’ll enjoy a rich, warm-toned nail look. For a fancier feel, enhance the design with gold accents and a watercolor effect.
69. Short Coral Pink Nails with Flower and Bow Art
It’s amazing how a bow and flower design can transform your entire nail look. They’re perfect if you’re going for a feminine manicure. The coral pink base definitely understood the assignment.
70. Red and Nude Cheetah Print Almond Nails
I love how these luscious red nails were complemented by a nude ring finger. Nude easily balances out the brightness of red nail polish. A cheetah print design was also applied to this look, gaining points for trendiness.
71. White French Tips with Floral Rim Design
A french mani is an easy look to achieve and an easy way to enhance them is with floral art. On the ring finger, multicolored flowers are used to decorate the rim and tip of the nail. It brings a different look to a commonly worn design.
72. Short Glossy Light Blue and Pink Nails
It’s a worldwide notion that pink and blue are polar opposites but as they say, “opposites attract”. Light shades of both colors are used to coat these short nails, and it all adds up to a youthful and charming design.
73. Baby Blue Nails with Abstract Line Art
Let’s change the narrative that our main or only option for cute nails is pink. Give blue a chance and complement your fresh nail look with white abstract swirls and line art.
74. Classic French Tips with Daisy Art
There’s nothing quite like a classic french nail look. With a nude pink base and white tips, your nails will look naturally cute, even cuter with a lovely daisy design.
75. Short Purple and Blue Nails
Pairing purple with blue for your new mani says you love a fun look and you’re willing to try new things.
It’s not often that you see these colors worn together, but the combination turns out to be unique and quite classy, especially over short nails.
76. Glossy Brown Round Nails
Brown nails hold a special place in my heart. The color is so soothing and warm and gets me in the mood for chic trench coats, turtle-neck tops, and boots for the fall season.
77. Purple and Pink Heart Almond Nails
Purple on one hand and pink on the other, it’s an ideal way to switch up a girly nail design. Make this look even more special and flirty with beautiful mismatched hearts.
78. Translucent Nails with Multi-Colored Line Art
Give line art the attention it deserves by starting your mani with a translucent base so there’s no color backdrop to compete with. Design thick and thin lines on the surface in a variety of colors and shades for a creative and dramatic effect.
79. Glossy French Blue Square Nails
The shade you choose to coat your nails in has a major impact on the vibe you receive from the finished look. For a cool-toned design that’s also fashionable and versatile, try french blue nails. Make them pop with a glossy top coat.
80. Edgy Red and Black Stiletto Nails
Achieving a simple edgy nail design is a walk in the park when your colors of choice are red and black.
These are naturally bold and daring tones that add attitude and spunk to your daily looks. I also appreciate the interchange between crimson and ruby red. It makes this look a lot more distinctive and fascinating.
81. Short Purple Watercolor Tie-Dye Nails
Purple is a really pretty option for your nails. You can complement its charm with a watercolor tie-dye design, choosing bright colors that can really bring your nails to life.
82. Deep Magenta Pink and Orange Hibiscus Gel Nails
First time trying gel nails? Make it a look to remember with a beautiful deep magenta pink and orange color combo. Accessorize with white hibiscus flowers and silver sequins.
83. Black and White Abstract Swirl French Nails
Make black nails even cooler with fancy abstract swirls. Have these swirls designed over french tips for the most stunning display.
84. Pastel Purple, Pink, and Yellow Square Nails
To say these nails are cute would be such an understatement. Not only does this look follow a heart-melting pastel color theme but tiny white dots and floral art also make an appearance—a weakness if you love cute nail decor.
85. Orange and Blue Ombre Square Nails with White Swirls
A fan of swirl mania? Have a blast with spring-worthy square nails in orange and blue. These white swirls are dancing over an ombre design, fading from a nude base that gives this look a subtle edge.
86. Short Gray Marble Nails with Glitter
Gray is finally getting the attention it deserves and is one of the prime nail colors being worn today. For your own special touch, you can amp up this look with a chic marble design and glitter toppings.
87. White Ombre French Tips with Glitter Accents
These glamorous coffin nails began with a simple french tip and ombre design and were transformed by glitter accents for a finished look of luxury. This design would look fabulous with a wedding gown.
88. Yellow and Black Animal Print Almond Nails with Floral Art
Boost your Spring nails by complementing yellow with black nail polish and a trendy animal print, not forgetting a signature floral design. It’s only customary.
89. Pink and Orange Ombre Almond Nails
Jaw-dropping, chic, and modern are just a few ways to describe these pink and orange ombre nails. The color tones are so vivid, and I love the matte look. It offers a bold and clean-cut finish.
90. Glossy Cobalt Blue Almond Nails
Coating your nails in an effortlessly classy color such as cobalt blue makes you feel unstoppable. It’s the richness of the shade and that glossy finish that has me hooked.
91. Neon Orange Almond Nails with Colorful Swirls and Glitter
The 80s are back with neon colors, swirls, and glitter as the main attraction for these funky nails. A bright orange shade takes the lead with a colorful swirl pattern on either side.
92. Matte Teal Blue, Pink, and Orange Almond Nails
This fashion-forward nail design was achieved by way of a palette of complementary colors: teal blue, orange, and pink. Dabs of black nail polish were applied over the ring finger’s pink base as a highlighting feature.
93. Short Green Line Art Nails
It’s the low-key luxury vibe for me! These short green nails have a high-class quality, emphasized by a creative line art design that overlays the ring and pinky fingers.
I’d rock this look with a thick, warm coat, ribbed blouse, tight high waist skirt, and knee-high boots. Can you picture what a stylish look that would be?
94. Short Pink French Tips
A stone’s throw from traditional french tips, this look is a girlier version, starting with a light pink base and completed by thin hot pink tips.
95. Light Turquoise French Square Nails with White Flower Decals
What can I say? When it comes to nails, extravagance can be a good thing, and these gorgeous turquoise nails are just that.
With a long square shape, they’re a combination of french tips and an ombre design. They were accentuated by white flower decals and glitter for a faux sugar look.
96. Blush Pink and White Ombre Stiletto Nails
Ombre nails just became a whole lot cuter, and it’s hats off to a blush pink to white transition, along with that stunning glitter glass nail effect on the ring finger.
97. Hot Pink Cheetah Coffin Nails
The cheetah print has a new look, and it’s hot pink flavored—a modern twist to a staple nail design.
98. Short Dark Green and White Nails
Balance out dark green nails with pure white on the opposing hand, as a warm-toned look meets simplicity and sophistication.
99. Red and Orange Angled French Tips
French nails are always evolving. It’s amazing how far they’ve come from their conventional nude base and white tip to what’s known as angled french tips.
For this look, red and orange are worn on either side for a vibrant twist to a legendary design.
100. Glossy Purple Glitter Coffin Nails
When it comes to making your nails glamorous, glitter accents are undefeated. They take these purple coffin nails to a whole new level as they provide a sparkling overlay from the base to the tip.
Summary and Top Picks
It’s time to add the final touches to this diverse nail design gallery. It’s all the inspiration you need in one place, covering a wide range of nail shapes with distinct patterns and memorable color combinations to keep you looking trendy and feeling good all year.
I was particularly impressed by designs 27, 37, and 82, as the glass-like finishes and gel-x extensions were so fascinating and really held my interest. Plus, the quality of gel-x nails is a lot more long-lasting than most nail polishes, a perk worth reiterating.
What are your takeaways from this compilation? Which designs did you find to be most intriguing and why? Do you see yourself trying any of your faves in the nearby future? Share your thoughts and any questions you have down below.