Purple is a great color for nail designs. Whether it’s a light lavender color or a deep eggplant shade, it evokes royalty and elegance. I can think of a few better decorations to go with this color than butterflies, which are also known for their beauty and elegance. That’s why today we’re going to take a look at some of the best purple butterfly nail designs. Let’s jump right in.
1. Lilac Nails With Silver Glitter and Butterfly Decals
One color that goes well with lilac is silver. Silver and lilac are both cool tones, so they naturally work well together. And since silver is a neutral, there’s no color clashing involved.
This design showcases how silver looks great as an accent color, between the silver glitter and butterfly decals.
I also love how the butterfly decals are used in this design. The small butterflies contrast with larger ones to create some variety. Buy these nails at Etsy.
2. Mixed Purple Tone Nails With Glitter and Butterflies
Normally purple nail designs choose either a warm purple tone like plum or a cooler tone like lilac, but not this one.
This design uses both warm and cool purple tones, giving it a varied look. It has a similar effect to multicolored nails by only using one color, showing how the shades you choose really do matter.
The butterfly decals are handled well in this design. While visible, they almost appear to blend into the ring finger nail.
If they were all much brighter, it would likely make the design a bit too much, given all the variety that’s already there. Buy these nails at Etsy.
3. Light Purple and White Butterfly Nails With Colorful Rhinestone Details
The very light pink/purple tone used here, combined with the white, gives this nail design an overall feminine look.
I can’t help but love the half-and-half butterfly since it gives the butterfly design a chance to shine by allowing it to take up more space.
Adding a few colorful rhinestones gives this nail design a glam look that’s party-ready. Buy these nails at Etsy.
4. Simple Purple Butterfly Nails With Fine Silver Glitter
While you can mix different colors and shades together in a purple butterfly nail design, sometimes it’s best to keep things simple. These nails do just that with a mostly solid-color look.
The solid colors in this design call attention to the butterfly decals on the ring and index fingers, especially with the silver glitter accents around them. Buy these nails at Etsy.
5. Matte Purple Nails With Butterflies and Glitter
Even though these nails are mostly solid color, the glitter and holographic butterflies allow the design to stand out. Buy these nails at Etsy.
6. Solid Lilac Nails With Butterflies
These nails are in a lovely lilac shade, perfect for spring. It’s a mono-color look, but still visually interesting with the matching glitter and small butterfly decals. Buy these nails at Etsy.
7. Dark Purple and Nude Ombre Nails With 3D Butterfly
One way to incorporate other colors into your purple butterfly nail design is to use an ombre pattern. Using a dark purple color with nude like in this design has an elegant and mature look to it.
Just add a butterfly charm to complete the look. Buy these nails at Etsy.
8. Simple Purple Butterfly Nails
These nails are simple yet striking with their beautiful lilac color palette. I love how the butterflies are slightly darker, giving the design a bit of contrast while still being cute. Buy these nails at Etsy.
9. Short Purple/Yellow/Silver Butterfly Nails With Rhinestones
These nails feature purple french tips and multi-colored butterflies, which are accentuated by rhinestones for a little extra dazzle. Buy these nails at Etsy.
10. Glossy Purple Butterfly Nails
These nails are simple yet stylish with their mostly solid color palette and small butterfly accents on the ring finger. Buy these nails at Etsy.
11. Lavender Nails With Multicolor Butterflies
These lavender nails with butterflies are a great way to stand out from the crowd. The multicolored butterflies add a splash of color and variety to this design.
The white drizzle effect also looks nice and coordinates well with the lavender base. Buy these nails at Etsy.
12. Cute Cartoony Purple Butterfly Nails
These butterfly nails are perfect for showing off your fun side with the cute cartoon butterflies. Buy these nails at Etsy.
13. Dark Purple Nails With Ombre and Marble Effect, 3D Butterfly, and Rhinestones
These nails, with their ombre and marble effect, 3D butterfly, and rhinestones, are a perfect choice to add some glamor to your look.
The dark purple color gives a stunning look and is sure to make you feel like a princess. The glitter accents can add some additional sparkle to your outfit. Buy these nails at Etsy.
14. Pink and Purple Floral Butterfly Nails
These pink and purple floral butterfly nails look feminine and delicate and can add a touch of softness to any outfit.
15. Lavender Nails With Butterflies and Rhinestones
This design was love at first sight for me. I love the rhinestones in it. There are enough rhinestones to create a glitzy look without going overboard.
I also like how solid purple is used in many different ways throughout the design, with some nails having a half-and-half look, some being fully solid, and others having french tips.
All in all, this is a beautiful nail look that you can wear to a party or other special event. Buy these nails at Etsy.
16. Purple and Pink Butterfly Nails With Glitter
Brighten up your nails with bold pink and purple tones. This design is perfect for any woman who wants to add some cheer and vibrancy to her outfit. Buy these nails at Etsy.
17. Purple and Blue Butterfly Nails With White Outline, Glitter, and Rhinestones
This purple butterfly design is something a bit different than the norm.
Having a transparent base with a white outline and mixing it with solid lavender nails gives this design a unique look. And the glitter accents add more glamor to this already fab design! Buy these nails at Etsy.
18. Purple Nails With Handpainted Butterfly
You can go more realistic with your butterfly designs, but a cute and cartoony butterfly is always a great option.
The purple and black underneath the butterfly in this design look beautiful as well and act as a frame for the design. Buy these nails at Etsy.
19. Purple and White Swirl and Marble Nails With Butterflies
This nail art is great for those who want to be different. The combination of swirl and marble effect gives this design a varied look.
The swirls around the butterflies also give the illusion of movement, making it very dynamic looking. Buy these nails at Etsy.
20. Purple Nails With Colorful Butterflies
With alternating solid purple and multicolored butterflies, this design has a cohesive yet colorful feel. It’s a simple and fun look for every occasion! Buy these nails at Etsy.
21. Warm Purple Nails With Half-and-Half Butterfly
This stunningly unique nail design makes for a beautiful accessory to your favorite outfits.
The half-and-half butterfly is beautiful and eye-catching on its own, but it looks fantastic mixed with the ombre effect! Buy these nails at Etsy.
22. White and Lavender Ombre Nails With Butterflies
When combined with white, this super light lavender color gives the nail design a minimal feel (as opposed to bold contrast). The little butterfly accents give it a cute flair. Buy these nails at Etsy.
23. Milky White Nails With Pearls and 3D Lavender Butterfly
The beautiful milky white color of this nail design gives it an elegant feel and allows it to match most outfits.
Lavender is a fitting color for the 3D butterfly accent here since it’s also a light color — it just fits seamlessly. Buy these nails at Etsy.
24. Purple 3D Butterfly Nails With Glitter and Rhinestones
The alternating small and large rhinestones in this design almost look like jewelry chains. I also like the variance in the purple shades since it keeps things interesting.
Finishing the design off with some glitter accents rounds out this glamorous nail look. Buy these nails at Etsy.
25. Bright Purple Butterfly Nails With Rhinestones
The beautiful, bright purple color of these nails makes them a cheerful addition to any outfit. The varied placement of the rhinestones also gives it a fun look rather than being structured and uniform. Buy these nails at Etsy.
26. Pastel Multicolor 3D Butterfly Nails With Gold Glitter Outline
These nails have a lovely pastel color palette that makes them great for spring. Gold glitter frames the design and calls attention to the beautiful butterflies.
I love how the butterflies are placed in different spots. It gives it somewhat of a “natural look,” like you’re seeing butterflies land in a garden. Buy these nails at Etsy.
27. Purple Butterfly Wing Nails With Multicolored Glitter
While you always have the option of featuring full butterflies in your purple butterfly nail design, you should also consider zooming in on the wings.
This allows you to capture them in more detail, giving the nail design a more intricate feel. Also, the dark nail polish with multicolored glitter in this design gives it a galaxy look.
I don’t normally associate galaxies with butterflies, but all the better for making this a unique design! Buy these nails at Etsy.
28. Purple Glitter Butterfly Nails
These nails are relatively simple due to the short length and the single butterfly on the ring finger, but the added glitter gives them a glamorous look.
I also love how the butterfly has some glitter accents, too, allowing it to match the overall theme. Buy these nails at Etsy.
29. Shimmering Purple 3D Butterfly Nails With Cup Chain Details
You’re sure to stand out at the party with these purple butterfly nails. All the 3D details are sure to turn heads, especially the rhinestone cup chain, which doesn’t appear on most nail designs.
All the crystals and rhinestones give it a standout look as well. Buy these nails at Etsy.
30. Bright Green Nails With Purple Butterflies
Green and purple are a bold combination that commands attention, particularly in the way these two bright colors stand out against each other.
These nails are sure to add a pop of color to your favorite outfits. Buy these nails at Etsy.
31. Dark Purple Swirl and Glitter Nails With Butterflies and Roses
This look is a clear example of how you can mix and match different elements and still create a cohesive look.
Between the marble effect, solid purple, glitter polish, and decals, it looks incredibly varied. Yet thanks to the purple color throughout, it still manages to tie all these elements together seamlessly. Buy these nails at Etsy.
32. Purple Solid and French Tip Nails With Pink and Purple Butterflies
When it comes to nail design, simple doesn’t have to mean boring. These nails are mostly solid colors in one shade, yet the french tips and butterfly decals give it just enough variety to look gorgeous. Buy these nails at Etsy.
33. Purple Nails With Rhinestones and Multicolored Butterflies
This nail design is elegant with just the right amount of glitz, featuring mostly solid color nails with silver rhinestone accents and a few multicolored butterflies. Buy these nails at Etsy.
34. Warm Purple Butterfly Nails
This warm purple design with butterfly accents is the perfect way to add some fun to your everyday look. Buy these nails at Etsy.
35. Lavender Nails With White/Purple Butterflies and Daisies
These purple butterfly nails look super cute with the pastel color palette and the hand-painted daisies. It has a lovely springtime feel. Buy these nails at Etsy.
36. Pink/Blue/White Ombre Nails With Purple Butterflies
These nails are beyond intricate, with the pink, blue, and white ombre effect behind the butterfly wings.
When mixed with the nails that have purple butterflies, leaves, and gold accents, it adds some contrast and variety to make it visually interesting. Buy these nails at Etsy.
37. Purple Butterfly Wing Nails With Pearls and Blue 3D Butterfly
With deep purple, blue, and white throughout and on-point accents, this nail design is certainly one to remember.
The pearls give it a classy feel, while the 3D roses and butterflies give the nail design depth and variety. Buy these nails at Etsy.
38. Purple and Gold Butterfly Nails
The solid purple backdrop on these nails makes them the perfect place to add some stunning decals, which this nail design does a great job with.
There are only small purple and gold butterflies, but the way they are placed gives the design a dynamic look without going overboard. Buy these nails at Etsy.
39. Purple and Blue Ombre Nails With Clouds and Purple Butterflies
Between the pastel color palette and the soft clouds, these nails have a dreamy look to them. Buy these nails at Etsy.
40. Nude and Purple Ombre Nails With Rhinestones, Butterflies, and Glitter
The nude and lavender ombre effect on these nails looks elegant, while rhinestone and glitter on the ring finger nail add a glamorous touch. Buy these nails at Etsy.
41. Gray Glitter Nails With Purple Butterflies
Though simple, this is definitely a unique design. The purple butterflies on the lavender polish have a fun and cute feel, while the gray glitter polish is more muted and sophisticated.
While putting them together might seem like a style clash, it actually has some striking contrast that makes it stand out. Buy these nails at Etsy.
42. Purple Nails With Silver Glitter French Tips and 3D Butterflies
The purple base in this nail design is glossy and gorgeous, while the silver glitter looks bold. The rhinestones add an extra touch of sparkle, but they’re subtle enough that they won’t steal the show from the 3D purple butterflies.
Glitter french tips on the purple nails bring the look together and make everything feel cohesive. Buy these nails at Etsy.
43. Purple Butterfly Nails With Colorful Rhinestones
This nail design is super bright and bold between the bright purple base and the purple holo butterflies. It’s also accented with colorful rhinestones, making the entire design super eye-catching. Buy these nails at Etsy.
44. Milky White Nails With Purple Butterflies, Rhinestones, and Crystal Butterfly
Normally when nails have a white backdrop, I think about putting plenty of bright colors on there for contrast. But for a softer, more elegant look, lighter-colored butterflies look beautiful on top of a white base.
Of course, you can make it eye-catching and bold in other ways, like adding some colorful rhinestones and a crystal butterfly. Buy these nails at Etsy.
45. Purple Butterfly Nails With Silver Glitter and Crystal Butterflies
These nails are so bling that it’s hard to know what to look at first! The crystal butterflies stand out quite a bit with their larger size and 3D nature. The silver glitter on the middle finger and thumb also looks dazzling.
The purple nails with butterflies interspersed in the design keep things from looking too busy, but they do still have rhinestone accents to fit with the theme. Buy these nails at Etsy.
46. Purple Extra Long Coffin Nails With Purple Butterflies, Glitter, and White Floral Details
These extra-long coffin nails give plenty of space for a gorgeous design. Space which this nail design uses well.
The purple ombre design throughout gives the design a consistent backdrop, and the butterflies have a balanced look by alternating directions in the design.
I also like the white floral accents added to the bottom of the nails. They add a touch of elegance and prevent the design from feeling too plain. Buy these nails at Etsy.
47. Lilac Nails With Dark Purple Butterflies
These nails keep things simple with a solid lavender and transparent color palette. The dark purple butterflies add a nice touch and create some subtle contrast. Buy these nails at Etsy.
48. Purple Butterfly, Bow, and Teddy Bear Nails
These nails have a cute look with the purple butterflies, bows, and a teddy bear. The purple french tips on the nude base bring the color palette together and make the design look cohesive. Buy these nails at Etsy.
49. Bright Pink Nails With Purple Butterflies
These nails keep things simple with two purple butterfly decals, but the bright color allows them to stand out regardless. Buy these nails at Etsy.
50. Multicolored Butterfly Glitter Nails
These nails shake things up with multiple different butterfly colors, giving them a vibrant look. I also love how the solid nude shade leads into the glitter, adding some elegance to the design overall. Buy these nails at Etsy.
51. Double V French Tip Lavender Nails With Silver Rhinestones and Purple Butterflies
V french tip nails are great for switching things up since they give an angular twist to the classic french tip.
But you can switch it up even more by doing a double V french tip. Since the design stands out already, accent with a few rhinestones and butterfly decals to finish off the design.
52. Lavender Nails With Glitter, Butterflies, and Colorful Rhinestones
This is a beautiful nail design with glitter, rhinestones, and butterflies, perfect for any occasion. Whether you are dressed up for a party or just walking around town, these nails will make you stand out.
53. Purple and Gold Butterfly Nails With Glitter
Going for a handpainted nail design gives you the opportunity to show off your unique style. I love the golden handpainted butterflies here on top of the purple base coat. It makes for a royal-looking and luxurious nail design.
54. Purple Flower Nails With Purple/Yellow Butterflies and Gold Glitter
What better way to brighten up your nails than with multicolored butterflies and purple flowers? Just add some glitter accents and some abstract purple and white lines for some visual texture and variety.
55. Pink French Tip Nails With Purple Butterflies
I normally don’t associate a salmon color with purple butterfly nails, but this design makes it work.
I like the subtle contrast going on between the purple butterflies and the base coat since one is a warm shade and the other is a cool shade.
56. Dark Purple Butterfly Wing Nails
I love the striking amethyst shade of these nails, which stands out all the more due to the glossy polish. It coordinates beautifully with the intricate butterfly wings design.
57. Magenta Half and Half Butterfly Nails With Rhinestones
Go big and bold with these magenta nails. Not only is the color super bright and impossible to miss, but the half-and-half butterfly takes up more space and stands out, especially with the rhinestone accents on the wings.
58. Purple Butterfly Nails With Glitter and Colorful Rhinestones
These nails are practically the definition of glamor with all the rhinestone and crystal accents throughout.
I also love how the lighter purple shades are on the index and middle fingers, while the darker shades are on the ring finger and pinky. It creates a gradient-like effect.
59. Sapphire Blue and Purple Glitter Nails With Silver/Blue and Silver/Purple Butterflies
Purple is often considered a royal color, but it’s far from the only one to have that title. Sapphire blue is also a color associated with royalty, and its dark, saturated hue matches perfectly with deep purple, just like in this nail design.
60. Purple Nails With Rhinestones, Glitter, and Purple Butterflies
Normally rhinestones are just used as nail accents rather than covering an entire nail, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try!
In this nail design, all the rhinestones just serve to make this nail design super luxurious. It would certainly fit right in at a party.
61. Pink Glitter Nails With Purple Butterflies
Keep your nail look simple and stylish with some pink glitter polish and two little purple butterfly accents.
62. Blue French Tip Nails With Purple Butterflies
The ultra-vibrant colors in this design make it perfect for summer.
63. Purple Glitter Polish Nails With Purple Butterflies
The purple glitter polish on these nails, combined with the little butterflies, makes this a super cute nail look.
64. White French Tip Nails With Purple Butterflies
These nails show that you don’t have to have any purple elements in your design besides the purple butterflies themselves — they stand out all on their own.
65. Mixed Purple Tone Glitter Nails With Purple Butterflies
Show off the full radiance of purple by blending some of your favorite shades in a single design.
Summary and Top Picks
I hope you enjoyed taking a look at all these purple butterfly nail designs! Purple is one of the most elegant colors out there. I love putting purple butterflies in nail designs to accentuate its innate elegance.
I really loved all of these, but if I had to choose three favorites, they’d be:
- #33 Purple Nails With Rhinestones and Multicolored Butterflies: These nails keep things largely simple, but the multicolored butterflies add a vibrant flair that makes the design stand out.
- #45 Purple Butterfly Nails With Silver Glitter and Crystal Butterflies: These nails are super glam with all the glitter. I also love the 3D crystal butterflies.
- #50 Multicolored Butterfly Glitter Nails: These nails are colorful with a rainbow assortment of butterflies, but they still keep things classy with a nude ombre look and some slightly muted shades.
So, what about you? Which of these purple butterfly nail designs were your favorites and why? Let me know in the comments below!