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59 Barbie-Inspired Nail Design Ideas to Make You *Sparkle*

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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 remember this classic line that sparked a veritable pink avalanche of interest in everything Barbiecore.

And Barbie had a huge moment last 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. Barbie’s filming even required so much pink paint during construction that it wiped out one entire company’s global supply. Yep.

But pink is still everywhere, with Robbie still rocking the colour at red carpet events this year.

So, 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 just in time for spring and summer.

We. Cannot. Wait!


59 Barbie nail design ideas

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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 Barbiecore.


Simple Barbie nail looks

1. Barbie pink apres gel chrome long sheer stiletto nails

Chrome is still huge at the moment in the world of nails, and a sheer chrome look is a modern take on this trend.


2. Round shimmer Barbie pink nails

This simple round-shape mani is perfect for taking on the Barbiecore trend and is super simple to achieve from home.


3. Barbie pink square nail designs

The pigment in this colour is *literally* perfect for Barbie and prove that nails don’t need to be long to make a statement.


4. Simple Barbie pink heart nails

Pink nails with a touch of glitter hearts are the perfect understated nails with a nod to Barbie.


5. Short Barbie pink nails

The shortest (and cutest) short pink mani!


Two-tone Barbie pink nails

6. Two-tone light pink Frenchies

French tips never go out of style. Want more Frenchie ideas? Take a look at our 60 of our favourites.


7. Chrome ombre (chrombre) 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 baby 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! The tiny dots on these nails are too cute.


10. Barbie pink 3D tortoiseshell nails

A Barbie-inspired twist on the viral croc trend, with 3D details.


Gradient Barbie pink nail looks

11. Gradient Barbie pink aura nails with silver chrome nail art

Merging perfectly from baby pink to bright pink, these square nails look amazing with silver details.


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. Gradient pink nails with yellow flame designs

Barbie nails, with added heat.


14. Barbie pink and light pink marble nails

This marble design fades perfectly into each shade.


15. Gradient Barbie pink and green stiletto nails with silver

Image – @queenspeckham/@fuegonailsldn/instagram

Don’t want to go all out pink? Use a contrasting colour on the other hand for a seriously modern look.


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 on trend too, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice style to fit in by the water cooler.

I love this abstract mani using a nude base and pink and purple details on the tips.


17. Shades of pink and glitter stripey nails

Can’t decide on a shade of pink? Use a few like these stripey nails with glitter.


18. Red and pink wavy lines nails

The muted pink on these nails makes the red really pop.


19. Pink and purple colour block nails with pink silver swirls

Clear nails are the perfect base for some pretty nail art and glitter designs.


20. Barbie colour block nails with hearts

These are the perfect summer nails! I love the way @nailsbytammy___ has used squiggle colour blocking on this set.


Barbie pink Frenchies

21. Double Barbie pink Frenchies

Take a modern twist on the classic Frenchie with a double tip.


22. Bright pink micro French tip nails

Micro French tips are probably the chicest nails out there, add a pop of colour with some pink.


23. Barbie pink, red, and white mismatched French tip nails

Adding nail art to your French tips is always a good idea.


24. Short light pink French nails

Super shiny, super glossy, and super Barbie.


25. Matte neon pink and purple French tip nails

This is a perfect wearable take on the Barbiecore trend and mixing matte and gloss always looks so modern.


Jelly Barbie nails

26. Light pink stiletto jelly nails

The jelly look is *everywhere* at the moment, and this sheer stiletto set is a really understated take on Barbie nails.


27. Barbie pink sparkle jelly nails with flames

Add a little *sparkle* and flames to your Barbie pink jelly mani for something a little extra.


28. Bright Barbie pink square nails

The glossiest jelly nails.


29. Light pink multicoloured glitter jelly nails

How cute is this short mani with multicoloured glitter?


Barbie glazed donut nails

30. Baby pink short glazed donut nails with oyster chrome finish

Glazed donut nails are still going strong, and we love this pink oyster set.


31. Pink and red square glazed donut nails

These red and pink glazed nails are bang on trend with 3D details and cool art.


32. Barbie pink French tip stiletto glazed donut nails

Adding a glaze finish to your French tips brings them bang up-to-date in 2024.


33. Barbie pink French tip and crescent moon glazed donut nails

A current trend on the nal circuit is half moons above your nail bed, creating a gorgeous look like the one above.


34. Mismatched pink and silver glazed donut nails

Mismatched is the mani of the moment, so make it pink – and glazed!


Short Barbie nail designs

35. Short Barbie pink ‘Pink Lady’ nails

I mean, Barbie *acutally* is the original Pink Lady though, no?!


36. Short square Barbie baby pink nails

The most gorgeous muted pink on short, clean nails. In love.


37. Short sparkly aurora Barbie pink nails

This gorgeous pink hue has amazing shine with a shimmery aurora finish.


38. Short red and Barbie pink swirl nails

These groovy swirls look increasingly brain-like the more you look at them.


39. Short Barbie pink nails with pink and white swirl feature nails

You can’t go wrong with a classic swirl nail!


Long Barbie nail ideas

40. Light chrome pink 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!


41. Long square pink French tip nails with hearts

The perfect Valentine’s nails


42. Long pink and orange retro Barbie flower power nails

Flower power is big right now with the return of spring, and we think Barbie would LOVE these groovy retro nails!


43. Super long Barbie pink and green stiletto nails

These shades of pink and green work *perfectly* together. A great nod to Barbie without being too pink!


44. Long ‘Baby’ pink coffin nails

It’s Barbie, baby.


Barbie nail looks with glitter

45. Barbie pink and purple marble nails with shimmer glitter

A classic marble nail is a great way to take on the Barbiecore movement without being too obvious.


46. Pink and red swirl nails with pink glitter

Swirl some glitter on your nails for a chic look.


47. Barbie pink mirrorball nails

“I want you to know, I’m a mirrorball”.


48. Glitter pink double French tip with negative space

Double Frenchies with negative space and glitter are a great take on the classic nude and white French tip


49. Barbie pink mismatched nails with gold glitter

All pink everything but make it art!


Acrylic Barbie nails

50. Acrylic Barbie duck nails with 3D details

How incredible are these long nails with 3D iconic Barbie details?! 


51. Long acrylic Barbie nails with swirl French tips

Colourful swirls make a seriously groovy manicure.


52. Acrylic Barbie pink nails with blue, yellow, orange, green, and gold details

The perfect summer nails?


53. Pink and orange acrylic French tip 3D nails

These long coffin nails match the outfit, making a put-together look.


54. Glitter acrylic pink Barbie nails with gems

When you look closely, you can see glitter swirls with added gems. So pretty.


Nail art and stickers

55. Y2K Butterfly nail art on sheer pink base

Obviously, Barbie would love butterflies, IMO.


56. Bright pink Barbie nails with Barbie hearts nail art

Heart nails aren’t reserved for Valentine’s!


57. Barbie nail art on long square press on nails

Known for her crazy cartoon nail designs, Instagram’s @naileditbychelsey has REALLY nailed this mani. Full on Barbiecore.


58. Mermaid barbie 3D charm press on nails

A great nod to Mermaid Barbie.


59. Acrylic Barbie pink logo coffin nails

These matte coffin nails with the classic Barbie logo are the perfect set to end this roundup!


The takeaway

Whether you love acrylics, gels, long nails or a short mani, you’ve now got 59 of the most amazing Barbiecore nail ideas (even if we do say so ourselves).

Don’t forget to screenshot your faves to show your nail tech!

“Come on Barbie, let’s go party!”


59 Barbie nail design ideas

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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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