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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 coffin nails

We are kicking off the hottest purple nails right now with this long and elegant mani that will definitely make a statement. Also, how *amazing* does light purple look with gold jewellery?

light purple coffin nails

Image – @minea.nails/Instagram


2. Frenchies

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 some light purple tips for a new twist on this trend that *never* goes out of style.

light purple french tip nails

Image – @nailsby.hannahlouise/Instagram


3. Almond nails

Perfect for spring, these lavender light purple almond nails are *just* the right length.

light purple almond nails

Image – @sjpolished/Instagram


4. Light purple short nails

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

short light purple nails

Image – @paintedbyjools/Instagram


Dark purple designs


5. Long dark purple nails

It’s giving space vibes and we are so. here. for. it.

long dark purple nails

Image – @magnificientnails/Instagram


6. Ombre nails

You can’t beat a set of ombre nails, and this mani has it all – glitter, shimmer, lilac and plum!

dark purple ombre nails

Image – @paznokcie_hybrydowe_moja_pasja/Instagram


7. Dark purple glitter nails

This purple shade is seriously opulent, add some gold flecks for a truly regal look.

dark purple nails with glitter

Image – @ilnp/Instagram


8. Dark purple nails with nail art

Dark purple lends itself very well to stunning nail art, we love this intricate space-themed design.

dark purple nails with nail art

Image – @heisyrod/Instagram


White and purple ideas


9. White and purple almond nails

Almond-shaped nails are *super* classy and regal, and this nail art is fit for a Queen.

white and purple almond nails

Image – @vwnails_/Instagram


10. White and purple marble nails

The water marble trend is still very much alive and well over on Instagram and TikTok, and we are SO in love with this swirly pastel mani. Dreamy.

white and purple marble nails

Image – @jackielagunas/Instagram


11. Gradient nails

This mani is pretty easy to recreate at home, all you need is a white polish and a few shades of purple that seamlessly transition into darker tones.

white and purple gradient nails

Image – @nonaa_nails/Instagram


Pink and purple nails


12. Pink and purple with nail art

Just looking at this mani makes me so happy! The design and colours are *perfect* for the Barbiecore trend that’s still all over the media.

pink and purple nails with nail art

Image – @nailsby_avril/Instagram


13. Short nails

Can you believe this mani has *actually* been created with halo nail foils?! We love them in this short length for a more understated look.

Wondering how you remove your nail foils? We got you – check out this article dedicated to nail wrap removal!

pink and purple short nails

Image – @its.a.nailthing/Instagram


14. Pink and purple mermaid nails

When I think of mermaids, I think of greens, blues, pinks, and purples all tied together with glitter and scales. This mani is *literally* that, perfection.

pink and purple mermaid nails

Image – @paragonnails/Instagram


Yellow and purple


15. Yellow and purple short nails

This set is giving Austin Powers vibes – Groovy baby, yeah!

yellow annd purple short nails

Image – @topcoatbysg/Instagram


16. Square acrylics

This understated – but gorgeous – yellow and purple acrylic mani is seriously sweet.

yellow and purple acrylic nails

Image – @rita_nail_design/Instagram


17. Yellow and purple nails with flower design

This funky mani using all the colours of the rainbow (including yellow and purple) is perfect for summer days.

yellow and purple nails with flowers

Image – @nailsbyheather.errington/Instagram


Orange and purple nails


18. Orange and purple tie-dye nails

We are taking it back to the 90s with this orange and purple tie-dye mani – Tubular, man.

orange and puple tie dye nails

Image – @daisygirl1919_nails/Instagram


19. Handpainted designs

Mix your orange and purple nails with complementing colours like teal, yellow, and red for a *totally* flower-power look.

orange and purple handpainted nails

Image – @nailsbyheather.errington/Instagram


20. Orange and purple round nails

This orange and purple zig-zag mani is a serious statement, perfect for Halloween.

orange and purple round nails

Image – @zom.bomb.nailz/Instagram


Blue and purple ideas


21. Blue and purple stiletto nails

These blue and purple short stiletto nails with doughnut nail art look good enough to eat!

blue and purple stiletto nails

Image – @its.a.nailthing/Instagram


22. Square nails

Pastel shades of blue and purple look SO dreamy together, this swirly set is giving ice-cream sundae. YUM.

blue and purple square nails

Image – @nailsbycharlx/Instagram


23. Blue and purple glitter nails

Purple, blue and gold leaf make the perfect team.

blue and purple glitter nails

Image – @itsthevietgirlsnailart/Instagram


Black and purple nails


24. Black and purple stiletto nails

Black and purple nails don’t HAVE to be gothic! This marble stiletto set is feminine and fierce.

black and purple stiletto nails

Image – @brenkedthym/Instagram


25. Short gel nails

A *super* glossy set of short gel nails will always be bang on trend.

black and purple short nails

Image – @samanthasbiogels/Instagram


26. Glitter ombre nails

We love this slight twist on the ombre trend, using glitter instead of plain purple!

black and purple glitter ombre nails

Image – @lilyandfox_fangirl/Instagram


Purple and silver


27. Purple and silver acrylic glitter nails

Any shade of purple looks amazing with silver, just like this set using different tones.

purple and silver nails

Image – @dips_drinks_diamonds/Instagram


28. Purple and silver round marble nails

These long, round nails really elongate the fingers and the silver leaf is SO chic. In. Love.

purple and silver round marble nails

Image – @paznokcie_hybrydowe_moja_pasja/Instagram


29. Purple and silver tips with nail art

A fab twist on the classic French nails with this stunning mani using hues of shimmery purple. Totally mesmerising!

purple and silver tips with nail art

Image – @jellybayn_nails/Instagram


Gold and purple nails


30. Purple acrylic nails with gold leaf

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

purple and gold nails

Image – @dips_drinks_diamonds/Instagram


31. With gold gems

We can *totally* see this stunning mani taking centre stage at an Indian wedding. Super chic.

purple nails with gold gems stiletto

Image – @gocaranzanails/Instagram


32. French tips with gold accents

This mani is a super modern take on the classic French tip, and we are so here for it.

purple french tips with gold accents

Image – @jellybayn_nails/Instagram


Chrome purple nails


33. Chrome purple long nails

A dark, more opaque purple hue will help achieve a bolder, more futuristic finish for chrome nails. How STUNNING is this mani?!

chrome purple long nails

Image – @vivianmariewong/Instagram


34. Chrome purple donut nails

Turned into a huge trend by Hailey Bieber, donut nails are a cool and subtle take on the chrome mani. Just use a pastel purple and an iridescent polish to get the look.

donut purple the gel bottle

Image – @thegelbottle/Instagram


35. Short nails

Prefer your nails short and neat? No problem! This trend is perfect for *literally* any length.

short purple chrome nails

Image – @gorgeous_nails.a/Instagram


Glitter purple nails


36. Glitter purple almond nails

Purple? Check. Glitter? Check. Ombre? Check. This mani Has. It. All!

purple glitter nails

Image – @dips_drinks_diamonds/Instagram


37. Glitter purple natural nails

How cute are these Polly Pocket charms?! Rumour has it, there’s a Polly Pocket movie in the works, so save this look to get ahead of the trend!

purple glitter natural nails

Image – @nailsby_avril/Instagram


38. Glitter Frenchies

These glitter purple French tips are a nod to the space nail trend without being TOO out there.

glitter purple french tip nails

Image – @matinas_naillounge/Instagram


Neon purple nails


39. Neon purple short nails

Neon nails don’t need to be long to make an impact!

neon purple short nails

Image – @colorsbylala/Instagram


40. Neon purple ombre nails

The sleek mani with rounded nails is a sophisticated take on the neon trend.

neon purple ombre nails

Image – @outclaws/Instagram


41. Neon purple nails with contrasting swirls

That’s right, DOUBLE purple perfection. In the search for the *best* purple nails, these are my personal fave.

neon purple swirls nails

Image – @bahnannanails/Instagram


Matte purple nails


42. Matte purple and nude nails

Light purple and nude are a *serious* duo, especially with this cute daisy nail art.

matte purple and nude nails daisy

Image – @nailsbyanza/Instagram


43. Matte purple short nails with nail art

These dainty purple nails are perfect for *any* mood.

matte purple nails with art

Image – @nailitmedia/Instagram


44. Matte purple nails with gold accents

This matte purple mani is pretty perfect on its own but the gold accents are a serious level up!

matte purple nails gold

Image – @34bea.uty/Instagram


Spring purple nails


45. Spring purple 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.

spring flower purple nails

Image – @nailsby.hannahlouise/Instagram


46. Valentine’s spring purple nails

These colourful hearts complete with lilac and purple are the perfect mani for Valentine’s – or Galentine’s!

valentine spring purple nails

Image – @nailsbyheather.errington/Instagram


47. Purple spring leopard print nails

Purple, pink AND peach? Perfect.

leopard print purple nails spring

Image – @rachelsbeauty_/Instagram


Summer purple nails


48. Summer purple nails with butterflies

Nothing says summer like some glittery butterflies, right? In. Love.

purple spring nails with butterflies

Image – @ilnp/Instagram


49. Summer purple shimmer nails

Holographic nails are *so* on trend this year, and we can see why!

summer purple shimmer nails

Image – @sjpolished/Instagram


50. Summer purple and teal long nails

Purple, teal and pink just screams summer ice-creams and swimming through turquoise blue seas! Heaven.

purple and int green summer nails

Image – @paznokcie_hybrydowe_moja_pasja/Instagram


Fall purple nails


51. Fall square nails with purple hues

These perfectly polished glossy square nails with purple hues are the perfect tones for transitioning from summer to fall.

fall nails purple brown

Image – @paragonnails/Instagram


52. Fall purple Halloween coffin nails

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary! These cute and spooky ghost coffin nails are *perfect* for those of us who prefer to keep it light!

purple halloween coffin nails

Image – @pressedbycharlotte/Instagram


53. Fall purple moon and star almond nails

This darker shade of purple with moon and stars nail art is a great transition from fall to winter!

purple moon and stars fall naisl

Image – @prestigenailsss/Instagram


54. Fall dark purple short nails

A darker purple works great in fall time – all you need now is a pumpkin-spiced latte.

fall dark purple nails

Image – @svetlana_a_nail/Instagram


Winter purple nails


55. Winter purple coffin nails with Christmas nail art

Snowflakes and glitter are the perfect combo for creating a frosty Christmas mani!

snowflake purple nails

Image – @roksana.fejcho/Instagram


56. Winter purple and gold stiletto nails

Cosy dark evenings, thick coats, cappuccinos and a set of great nails.

winter purple nails

Image – @elinasnailart/Instagram


57. Winter frosty purple almond nails

And last but not least! These frosty almond nails are giving us snowy winter vibes.

frosty purple nails winter

Image – @sjpolished/Instagram


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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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 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.


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