19 Ideas for Perfect Prom Nails
by Jessi Wilson
Choosing the manicure to coordinate with your prom dress is a crucial step in the getting-ready process. Whether your overall style is elegant, eye-catching, or something in between, we’ve got a look here that’s perfect for your future prom nails.
Getting pretty nails for prom may be easier than you think. This lovely look by LuLu’s can be recreated in three steps: Paint nails with a polish of your choice, place gold nail studs on wet nails, and finish with a topcoat.
Stamped Nail Design
For a multi-dimensional manicure, contrast a cotton candy-colored nail polish with a matte black. Allie from Brit Nails used a Konad stamper to get this electric look.
Glittery Striped Nails
You can recreate this sparkling gradient nail design from Chalkboard Nails by using a triangle makeup sponge to apply two to three polishes that coordinate with your dress. After creating the ombre effect, paint white lines on top of the base polishes. If you’re not sure you can master straight lines, try white striping tape. Seal with a clear topcoat.
Holographic Nail Decals
We love this manicure by Hey, Nice Nails because it’s simple and super-cool. All this eye-catching look requires is a base polish and some funky holographic decals. Nail art newbies can definitely master this look.
Chrome Triangle Nail Design
SoNailicious created this look so the design wouldn’t steal attention from the pretty polish. These mini chrome triangles are the perfect details to upgrade your basic mani to one that’s compliment-worthy.
Glittery Nail Designs
Wearing a sparkly prom dress this year? Pair it with a nail look that has just as much pizzazz. Let Them Have Polish used a glitter striper to freehand these gold designs atop a base polish.
So you’re not a nail art pro? That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a unique manicure for prom. One Nail to Rule Them All made this easy look by taping off sections she wanted to leave polish-free and then painting the nails as usual.
This sexy, holographic nail art would pair beautifully with a simple prom dress. We love how Let Them Have Polish designed a look using many glamorous elements that still look cohesive.
Rose Gold Bows
This feminine mani by LuLu’s will complement an elegant prom look without outshining it. You can create rose gold bows by painting two triangles on the nails with their points meeting in the middle.
If your dress features a print you love, don’t be afraid to incorporate that print into your manicure. Manicurator swirled three polishes together to create a look inspired by a Carolina Herrera gown from Fashion Week.
Champagne Polka Dots
Another easy-to-recreate look we love is polka dots. By incorporating a rose gold polish into this mani, SoNailicious achieved a sophisticated design perfect for prom.
Simple & Fresh
Sometimes classic elegance is the way to go. This pretty mani by Nail That Accent proves how fabulous a simple style can look. Pair this with almost any dress for a fresh finish.
If you’re looking for a “wow factor,” this bright lime-and-turquoise manicure by The Nailasaurus is for you. Create a gradient using two nail polish colors, and add small studs for a hint of glamour.
This vintage-meets-modern design is a classic style that will have you swooning over your prom pictures for years to come. Check out this tutorial by Nailed It to master this damask nail design.
A pop of color on the nails may be the best accessory you can wear to prom. SoNailicious created this purple glitter-gradient manicure by first painting a base polish and then adding a glitter polish. With the right glitter, your design will look like a party waiting to happen!
One style that’s still on-trend this season is a gradient design. This look by One Nail to Rule Them All is pretty, polished, and prom-worthy. Plus, you can create this look using polishes that coordinate with your dress.
Because flowers are always perfect for a springtime nail look, we are obsessed with this watercolor mani by Will Paint Nails for Food. Pair this with a one-color dress or one with flower detailing.
Matte polish is a nail trend we love this season, and it’s one that’s easy to achieve. LuLu’s created this simple, pastel manicure using two complementary shades of purple and a matte topcoat.
A glittery flame design? Yes, please. This manicure by SoNailicious combines the right amount of fabulous with the right amount of vibrant to get this made-for-prom combination. After painting nails a solid color, use a striping nail art brush to paint on the sparkly flames.