59 Barbie Nail Design Ideas to *Sparkle* This Summer
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“Hey Barbie, wanna go for a ride?”
Those of us old enough to remember Danish band Aqua’s infamous Barbie Girl (1997) will recall this classic line that sparked a veritable pink avalanche of interest in everything Barbiecore.
And Barbie is having an even bigger moment again this year with the release of Greta Gerwig’s long-awaited movie starring the ever gorgeous Margot Robbie (she can do no wrong in our eyes) and Ryan Gosling.
The much-anticipated release has been getting *a ton* of attention from celebs and the public, with household name influencers, singers and actors set to make surprise appearances or soundtracks for the film.
Barbie’s filming even required so much pink paint during construction that it wiped out one entire company’s global supply.
But paint is not our focus here. Instead, we’re unleashing our inner 5-year-olds (you know, the ones who wanted *everything* pink), and looking at 59 of the best Barbie nail design ideas to make life just that little bit sparklier in time for the film’s release on July 21 this summer.
We. Cannot. Wait!
What colour are Barbie’s actual nails?
The doll’s creator Ruth Handler once said that, “Barbie always represented the fact that a woman had choices”, with the 1984 slogan, “We can do anything, right Barbie?”
And while Barbie is, of course, free to wear whatever nail colour she wants, “Barbie nails” are typically bright and vibrant pinks in a phenomenon now known as as Barbiecore.
Simple Barbie nail looks
1. Barbie pink nails
This ‘Heidi Hot Pink’ nail polish from Australian brand Esmio is literally the *perfect* shade for this trend.
2. Barbie pink almond nails
Ambassador of The GelBottle Inc @imarninails created this Barbiecore look using the brand’s Miami shade and we are so here for it.
Think cocktails by the beach in tropical prints before watching the sun go down surrounded by your gang of bestest friends, a la Barbie.
3. Round nail design ideas
This simple round-shape mani is perfect for taking on the Barbiecore trend and is super simple to achieve from home.
4. Barbie pink square nail designs
These neat and clean square nails look *amazing* painted in a Barbie pink polish and are also easy to achieve at home.
Just file nails to the right shape before painting on a couple of coats of this stunning hot pink colour. Finish with a good quality top coat for an ultra shiny Barbie look.
Oh, and if you go for powder dip nails here make sure to remove them the right way (code for: please don’t pick them off!)
5. Barbie pink stiletto nails
Kim K has been bang on trend with these stiletto pink nails, teeny pink purse, and floor-length pink dress. Obsessed.
Two-tone Barbie pink nails
6. Two-tone Barbie pink Frenchies
French tips never go out of style. Want more Frenchie ideas? Take a look at our 60 of our favourites.
7. Ombre sparkle pink nails
Ombre nails have been a staple trend in 2023, and since they offer a way to offer two shades of pink in just one design they really are a pretty perfect Barbie nails choice.
Looking for more ombre nail designs? We’ve got you with our 60 stunning ombre nail design ideas.
8. Barbie pink and baby pink swirl nails
These Barbie pink swirl nails are giving us strawberry ice-cream vibes.
9. Shades of pink Barbie nail design ideas
Can’t decide on the shade of pink you want on your mani? Choose a different one for each nail!
10. Barbie pink tortoiseshell nails
A Barbie inspired twist on the classic tortoiseshell nail!
Gradient Barbie pink nail looks
11. Gradient Barbie pink nails with rhinestones
Nothing says Barbie like some bling. Don’t just limit yours to your jewellery though, let your nails become the statement with this rhinestone set.
12. Matte gradient Barbie pink nail design ideas
We love a matte nail here at Live That Glow HQ, especially when it involves Barbie pink.
13. Glossy gradient Barbie pink nail design ideas
French tips? Check. Glazed donut nails? Check. Barbiecore? Double check.
These glossy gradient Barbie pink nails have it *all* going on and look juicy as heck!
14. Gradient Barbie pink nails with sparkle feature nail
These pinky-purple gradient Barbie pink nails with a sparkle feature are the perfect nod to the bold pink Barbiecore trend.
15. Gradient Barbie pink French tips with confetti glitter
Remember all those happy hours spent with a glue stick, craft paper and some glitter? Yep, us too.
These gradient Barbie French tips would look great as a standalone look but add in the glitter confetti and we are obsessed.
Colour block Barbie nails
16. Geometric colour block Barbie pink nail design ideas
Barbiecore doesn’t have to be bright. For all of you corporate girlies, this pink geometric mani will still fit right in at the office.
Colourblocking is still bang on trend too, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice style to fit in by the water cooler.
17. Pink and red colour block nails
Who says pink and red clash? Not us.
18. Retro 80s block colour Barbie nails
This mani is giving us 80s Barbie vibes. We don’t think we will be seeing a return of the shell suit just yet, however.
19. Block colour Barbie pink cartoon nail designs
There are literally tons of animated Barbie movies, and we love this pop art mani as a little homage to cartoon Barbie.
Anyone remember Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin’ Back to Earth? Ahh what a trip down memory lane.
20. Barbie colour block nails with hearts
Fancy adding a little something to your pink mani? Try these tiny red hearts for something a bit special.
Barbie pink Frenchies
21. Double Barbie pink Frenchies
Take a modern twist on the classic Frenchie with a double tip.
22. Pink border feature nails
We love this little twist on a Frenchie! Ask your nail tech for a baby pink base and bright pink borders to nail this one.
23. Barbie pink zebra Frenchies
If zebra stripes aren’t really your vibe, ask your nail artist to switch them for cheetah spots, leopard print, or a modern checkerboard pattern.
24. Pink glitter Frenchies
Use glitter for your French tips to take them up a notch.
Perfect if you just want to dip your fingertips into the Barbiecore trend and not go too full on!
25. Barbie pink sparkle wavy nails
This is a perfect wearable take on the Barbiecore trend.
Jelly Barbie nails
26. Barbie pink jelly nails
The jelly look is *everywhere* at the moment. From lip glosses to eye makeup and nails, and a classic Barbie pink jelly manicure will literally never go out of style.
27. Barbie pink sparkle jelly nails
Add a little *sparkle* to your Barbie pink jelly mani for something a little extra.
28. Pink jelly nails with cute stars
We love these understated pink jelly nails with stars and sparkles; the perfect nod to Barbiecore.
29. Barbie pink jelly nails with flame design
It’s gettin’ hot in here…
Barbie glazed donut nails
30. Barbie glazed donut chrome nails
Glazed donut nails are still going strong, and we love this Barbiecore set.
31. Barbie glazed donut nails with neon pink dots
Ok so these aren’t the hot pink we associate with Barbie, but we did say she is free to wear any shade of pink – and so are you!
We love this subtle set with neon pink dainty dots, and we think Barbie would approve.
32. Barbie pink glazed donut nails
Queen of the glazed donut nail design Hailey Beiber has been seen all over social media sporting this look, which has been dubbed the ‘strawberry glazed donut nail’, – YUMMY (if you know, you know).
33. Barbie glazed donut nails with flower power
A nod to the flower Barbies of the past (does anyone remember the Pretty Flowers Barbie doll?!) We love this groovy understated mani.
34. Barbie pink marble donut glaze nail ideas
These glazed donut marble nails look like a fine art painting and we are here for it.
Short Barbie nail designs
35. Short Barbie nails with animal print nail design ideas
Channel your inner Safari Barbie with these pink leopard print nails.
36. Short stiletto Barbie pink nail design ideas
Stiletto nails don’t have to be mega long! This short set looks uber cute and cool.
37. Short nails with Barbie nail wraps and painted designs
These Angel Baby Barbie nails are a more dangerous take on the Barbiecore trend. Think bikers, studs and piercings.
38. Short Barbie nails with sparkle swirls
Groovy swirls, pink tones and glitter make a perfect Barbiecore mani.
39. Short Barbie nails with diagonal French tip
These diagonal Frenchies are a really subtle Barbiecore.
Long Barbie nail ideas
40. Long Barbie pink chequered nail designs
These chequered pink and white nails with groovy flowers SCREAM Barbiecore!
41. Long Barbie nails with hand-painted design
We love these hand-painted Barbie logo nails complete with glitter and baby pink.
42. Long Barbie chrome nails
Chrome nails have been having a bit of a moment over the past year or so, and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down yet!
43. Dreamy long Barbie nails with gold stars
This set is a subtle take on the Barbiecore trend with a dreamy milky base and gold stars.
44. Long chrome Barbie pink to purple nail designs
These nails shift gradually from chrome Barbie pink to purple and we. are. in. love.
Barbie nail looks with glitter
45. Bright Barbie pink nails with lettering and glitter
This bold fuchsia base with Barbie lettering and sparkle feature nails is the perfect mani for watching the movie premier this July!
46. Barbie mix and match nails with glitter and rhinestones
This gorge mani shows off the iconic ‘B’ that will all recognise, complete with glitter and rhinestones.
47. Barbie nails with pink glitter animal print
Go wild with these Barbie pink glitter animal print talons!
48. Barbie pink marble nails with gold glitter
We love a marble nail and this set looks like a Barbie crystal mined from the depths of the earth!
49. Barbie pink glitter nails with cherries
These cherry nails look good enough to eat!
Acrylic Barbie nails
50. Acrylic Barbie nails with hand-painted design
How incredible are these long acrylic Barbie pink nails with the iconic logo painted on them?! Perfect.
51. Acrylic Barbie nails with poodles and shoes
A nod to Barbie’s supporting character in Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, these long acrylic nails feature a cute dog (and who doesn’t love dogs!)
52. Acrylic nails with Barbie face
How amazing are these acrylic nails with Barbie’s face painted on?! Seriously impressive.
53. Acrylic Butterfly Barbie pink nails
Guys, the Y2k is calling and she wants her butterflies back. OMG please tell us you remember Butterfly Barbie with her magic wand!
54. Over the rainbow acrylic Barbie nail design ideas
Barbie doesn’t have to *always* mean pink! We love this Y2k rainbow set that still screams Barbiecore.
Barbie nail stickers
55. 3D nails with retro Barbie stickers
Go the whole hog with acrylic nails, sparkles, Barbie stickers and 3D gems.
56. Long jelly nails with Barbie stickers
These iridescent jelly nails look great as a standalone but the Barbie face turns this mani into full-on Barbiecore and we are *so* here for it.
57. Bubblegum Barbie pink nail design ideas
Known for her crazy cartoon nail designs, Instagram’s roberta.nailartist has REALLY nailed this mani.
58. Sparkle baby pink nails with Barbie logo stickers
This mani with a baby pink base uses lots of different shades of pink as well as the iconic Barbie logo and lettering.
59. Long nails with Barbie stickers and rhinestones
You’ve got the whole lot in this mani! Barbie stickers, rhinestones, chrome, matte, and even stripes!
So, now you’ve got 59 amazing Barbiecore nail ideas (even if we do say so ourselves) – “Come on Barbie, let’s go party!”