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57 Purple Nail Ideas That Are *Insanely* Hot Right Now

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Forget 50 Shades of Grey, we’ve got 57 shades of purple!

Purple is often synonymous with all things royal and regal, but times have changed, my friend.

Think glitter, neon, gems, shimmer, holograms and nail art that are insanely hot right now!

Purple nails look *amazing* on any skin tone, all you need to do is find the shade and tone that suits you best, whether you love long acrylics, short gel nails, fun nail art, or simple polish.

From deep plum shades for winter to lavender pastels that are superb for spring, we’ve got you covered with the most intricate nail art and must-try shades.


Light purple nails


1. Light purple short nails

We are kicking off the hottest purple nails right now with a short and chic mani. This shade also looks amazing paired with gold or silver jewellery.


2.  Mix and match French nails, flowers, and checkered print

We’ve said it before and we will say it again, French tips don’t need to be white and nude! Switch it up with a mix and match set for a new twist on this trend that *never* goes out of style.


3. Almond nails with flower details

Perfect for spring, these lavender light purple almond nails are *just* the right length and look great with some simple flowers.

purple almond nails

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4. Short parma violet purple nails

This short and neat mani is a perfect take on the trend that will still be acceptable in the office!


Dark purple designs


5. Long dark purple nails

It’s giving oil slick/futuristic space vibes and we are so. here. for. it.


6. Purple marble ombre nails with gold leaf

You can’t beat a set of ombre nails and I’m loving this subtle transition using a marble effect on the tips. Spot the cute tiny mushroom!


7. Dark purple holographic sparkle nails

This purple shade is seriously opulent, add some holographic shine for a truly regal look.


8. Dark purple nails with heart nail art

Dark purple lends itself very well to stunning nail art, we love this heart-themed design with contrasting shades of purple.


White and purple ideas


9. White and bright purple cow print almond nails

Possibly one of the coolest manicures in the roundup?! This shade looks amazing on every skin tone.


10. Milky white and purple marble nails

The marble trend is still very much alive and well over on Instagram and TikTok, and we are SO in love with this set complete with rhinestones.


11. Purple, pink, and blue gradient nails with clouds

Cloud nails are all over my feed at the moment, and this set with gradient purple, pink, and blue is as dreamy as they get.


Pink and purple nails


12. Pink and purple mismatched nail art

Just looking at this mani makes me so happy! The design and colours are *perfect* for the Barbiecore trend, and if Margot Robbie is still wearing Barbie pink then so are we!


13. Pink and purple ombre French tip nails

French tips with the prettiest ombre upgrade.


14. Pink and purple inky nails

The contrast in colour on these nails is *literally* perfection.


Yellow and purple


15. Yellow and purple short nails with flowers

Vibrant neon yellow compliments purple on these V-shaped Frenchies.


16. Square acrylics

An understated mani that will go with any outfit.


17. Yellow and purple nails with flower design

This dainty set is perfect for spring.


Orange and purple nails


18. Orange, pink, and purple ombre nails

Who doesn’t love an ombre mani?! This set is perfect for summer holidays on the beach with a cocktail.


19. Purple and orange handpainted flower designs

Use orange and purple for a *totally* flower-power look.


20. Orange and glitter purple swirl nails

Swirl nails never actually fall off the radar. A classic.


Blue and purple ideas


21. Blue and purple Dalmatian nails

I’ll take 101 Dalmations, please!


22. Purple square nails with blue flowers

Long nails look great squared off like the set below, and these understated blue flowers are the icing on the cake.


23. Blue, teal, and purple smokey nails with gold leaf

Purple, blue, teal and gold leaf make the perfect team on this smokey set with gold leaf.


Black and purple nails


24. Black and purple aura nails

The darkest aura nails, they’re giving serious vamp vibes.


25. Black and purple stiletto rainbow nails

THE coolest celestial/rainbow/stiletto/purple nails.


26. Purple glitter with black stars

Stars are having a bit of a moment this year with loads of variations on the trend, whether you prefer dainty 4-point twinkle stars or large designs that cover the whole nail.


Purple and silver


27. Purple and silver acrylic glitter nails

Any shade of purple looks amazing with silver, just like this gorgeous set with silver lines.


28. Purple and silver celestial nails

These long, round nails really elongate the fingers and the celestial designs are bang on trend. In. Love.


29. Minimalist nude nails with silver and purple details

The epitome of minimalist nails, these look so cute and chic.


Gold and purple nails


30. Shades of purple with flecks of gold leaf

“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” –  Miranda Priestly AKA The Queen.


31. Purple nails with 3D bows and gold charms

3D nails are everywhere lately and they’re an amazing way to tie a look together or just show off your personality!


32. Purple nails with gold stars and gems

This simple nail art on a light purple base looks gorgeous with tiny gems.


Chrome purple nails


33. Purple chrome wet-look nails

Wet-look nails are so on trend right now and they’re perfect for the upcoming summer months on the beach!


34. Dark purple chrome nails

Sometimes, chrome doesn’t need a design.


35. Long lilac chrome nails with gems

These super long square nails are the perfect base for a lilac chrome, complete with silver dots.


Glitter purple and shimmer nails


36. U OK hun? Light purple shimmery nails

U OK hun?! I’m seriously in love with these nails!


37. Dark purple nails with multicoloured glitter

How amazing does this mani look under the light?! So shiny.


38. Lilac French tip nails with stars and multicoloured glitter dots

The tiny multicoloured dots on these lilac Frenchies give a seriously opulent vibe when paired with gold stars.


Bright purple nails


39. Neon pink and lilac ombre nails with yellow smiley faces

Lilac and neon pink perfection! Smiley faces are still on trend for 2024, check out 35 of the best here.


40. Two-tone purple and lilac nails

That’s right, DOUBLE purple perfection.


41. Tones of purple paisley nails

These foils are perfect for lazy guys and gals who prefer to do their nails at home!


Matte purple nails


42. Yellow and purple matte nails

Purple and yellow are a great summer combo and the matte finish on this set looks more high-class than a glossy set.


43. Matte purple short nails with leopard print and gold

We couldn’t have a roundup without some animal print!


Spring purple nails


44. Spring purple, white, and green nails with flowers

I know, I know, we’ve already looked at some purple manis with flowers but this set is honestly PERFECT for spring! And you can never have too much flower nail art, in my opinion.


45. Croc French tip nails

Croc nails are still doing the rounds but, if you don’t want to go all out an cover each nail, go for a feature nail or Frenchies like the set below.


46. Purple multicoloured watercolour rainbow nails with stars

Nothing reminds me more of spring than a rainbow after an April shower.


Summer purple nails


47. Clear nails with mix and match green, purple, blue, and pink nail art

Clear nails look *amazing* with intricate nail art like the set below.


48. Summer watercolour purple dainty flowers

Fine art, but on your fingertips.


49. Ocean lover purple, blue, and green nails with purple starfish

These purple, green, and blue nails have got me excited for swimming through turquoise blue seas! Heaven.


Fall purple nails


50. Fall purple amethyst nails with gold details

This milky base is perfect to showcase beautiful nail art that looks just like an amethyst.


51. Wavy purple handpainted fall nails

It’s all wavy, baby. Some of the coolest nail art I’ve ever seen, inspired by @aaronkkai.


52. Mismatched Halloween nails with purple ghost feature nails

Halloween isn’t so scary when you’ve got nails THIS cute!


53. Fall nude almond nails with purple French tips

Nude is a staple colour for fall and looks *amazing* paired with purple.


Winter purple nails


54. Winter glitter and swirl purple nails

These glitter swirl nails are giving Quality Street.


55. Purple and silver Christmas present nails

These nails are all tied up in a cute little bow.


56. Nude and purple frosty coffin nails with gold

You can’t beat a frosty nail for winter, add some gold accents like these dots and tips for a look perfect for the office Christmas party.


57. Deep plum chrome winter nails

This deep plum is the perfect shade for a winter mani with a chrome effect that mimics tinsel and Christmas lights. In love.


The takeaway

With so many shades and tones to choose from, as well as your pick of nail shape and length, purple *really* is the perfect colour for any season!

So grab your fave shade and get painting! (Or, let your nail tech do all of the hard work for you.)



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Senior Beauty Editor

Laura Kemp started her journalism career as a news reporter for one of the largest newspaper groups in Europe before moving into features and editorial writing. Combining her love of hard-hitting journalism with her passion for beauty, she’s now Senior Beauty Editor at Live That Glow. When she’s not writing, researching, or interviewing her favourite experts, you’ll find Laura practicing her downward dog or drifting on her paddleboard.

Expertise: Hair care, nails
Education: University of Salford

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