The 15 Best Red Nail Art Ideas

Red hot tips with a surprising twist.

The 15 Best Red Nail Art Ideas

By Audrey Noble, Harper's Bazaar

Just like a red lip look, a red mani is a power statement. We love a classic, glossy red polish, but with the addition of elaborate nail jewels or intricate designs you can take your nails to the next level. Here, our edit of Instagram's best red nail art looks to inspire your next salon appointment.


Make It Matte

There's something so alluring about a nail look that doesn't have conventional shine. Choose one finger for some negative space action to add something a little extra.


Mix And Match

Red, nude, and lilac make for such a pretty and unexpected color combo. Mix it up further by trying different colors and designs on each finger.


Cherry Print

Upgrade a bare or sheer nail look with the addition of ultra-cutesy cherry nail decals.


Gold Foil

The metallic gold foil adds edge to a crimson red manicure.


Full Bloom

A flower-inspired design that doesn't look too girly or summery—so it's the perfect transition mani for warmer weather.


Bold Tips And Jewels

If you're looking to up the anté in the nail art game without a ton of effort, just add some jewels.


Cardinal & Gold

We can't get enough of gold foil. If you want something more subtle, apply the metallic shine to one or two nails on each hand.


Negative Space

The minimalist in us feels seen thanks to the ongoing trend of negative space nails.


Red Sparkle

Glitter is an easy way to elevate a plain manicure. Keep it all in the same color family for a dynamic red nail.


Wild Child

We love a good leopard print. Paint it against a shiny red-orange background to make it really pop.


Moon Shine

The half-moon nail trend will forever be a staple. Dress it up with some gold sparkle to add a modern element.


Paint Splatter

If you're looking for something a little less polished, take a contrasting color and splatter it all over a red base.


Geometric Shapes

This design puts all those years of geometry class to good use.


Throw On Some Flannel

A plaid nail is our go-to in the fall—but we love it year round as a grunge-inspired red mani option.


Gradient Nails

When in doubt, go ombré. Mix red and white together for a striking color combo and add some glitter for a finishing touch.
The 15 Best Red Nail Art Ideas



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