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19 Ideas for Perfect Prom Nails

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.

Gold-Studded Nails

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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.

Photo: LuLu's

Stamped Nail Design

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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.

Photo: Brit Nails

Glittery Striped Nails

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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.

Photo: Chalkboard Nails

Holographic Nail Decals

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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.

Photo: Hey, Nice Nails

Chrome Triangle Nail Design

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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.

Photo: SoNailicious

Glittery Nail Designs

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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.

Photo: Let Them Have Polish

Negative Space

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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.

Photo: One Nail to Rule Them All

Burlesque-Inspired

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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.

Photo: Let Them Have Polish

Rose Gold Bows

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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.

Photo: LuLu's

Matchy-Matchy

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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.

Photo: Manicurator

Champagne Polka Dots

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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.

Photo: SoNailicious

Simple & Fresh

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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.

Photo: Nail That Accent

Glitter Gradient

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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.

Photo: The Nailasaurus

Damask Design

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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.

Photo: Divine Caroline / Nailed It

Colorful Confetti

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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!

Photo: SoNailicious

Ombre Polish

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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.

Photo: One Nail to Rule Them All

Floral Watercolor

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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.

Photo: Will Paint Nails for Food

Matte Mani

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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.

Photo: LuLu's

Silver Flames

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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.

Photo: SoNailicious

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