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75 of the Ultimate Acrylic Nail Designs You’ll Want to Try in 2024

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With *so* many designs, colours, shapes, and styles to choose from, acrylic nails have become a powerful medium for us to showcase our personality and make a bold statement with our fingertips, as well as a form of self-care and therapy.

From sophisticated and timeless classics to avant-garde, and boundary-pushing designs to embellishments, we’ve curated a list of the 75 best acrylic nail designs that are not only setting trends but those that have also become iconic in the realm of nail art.

Whether you’re a seasoned nail aficionado or someone looking for some inspiration to elevate your mani, join us on a journey through the mesmerising world of acrylic nails,

Trust us, it really is mesmerising!


The 75 best acrylic nail designs

By colour

1. Milky white acrylic nails with French tips

You can’t beat a classic French tip! Add a milky varnish to your acrylics and you’re on trend for the ongoing glazed donut nails seen at the end of 2023. 

milky white nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends

Image – @nails_by_jenna.k/instagram


2. Black French tip acrylic nails with gems

Black French tips are going to be BIG this year, and single gems are also an upcoming trend we have been seeing all over our feeds.

black acrylic nails

Image – @beautybyyuliana/instagram


3. Nude acrylic nails with eye nail art

You can’t beat a traditional nude acrylic mani; unless you add some sleepy eye nail art that is.

nude acrylic nails

Image – @heynicenails/instagram


4. Clear acrylic nails with cute confetti

Clear acrylic nails had a bit of a moment last year during the ‘clean girl’ aesthetic trend. Adding some cute confetti is the perfect way to elevate the look for 2024.

clear acrylic nails with confetti Best Acrylic Nail Trends

Image – @s.paige.a/instagram


5. Beige acrylic nails with daisies

Spring is upon us (yay!) and nothing welcomes in the season like pretty florals and daises.

beige acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends

Image – @brillantinanailz/instagram


6. Barbie pink acrylic nails with dotwork

If Margot Robbie is still wearing Barbie pink at 2024’s Golden Globe Awards, then we’re still wearing pink.

barbie pink acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends

Image – @81rosegarden/instagram


7. Hot pink holographic acrylic nails

Combining two trends from 2023, hot pink with a holographic finish is set to be huge in 2024. Want to know how to do them at home? Take a look at our step-by-step tutorial!

hot pink nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends

Image – @jluvmusic2/instagram


8.  Red acrylic nails with French tips and nail art

Update your red nails this year with some French feature nails and modern nail art.

red acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @windermerenails/instagram


9. Dark red stained glass acrylic nails

Stained glass nails are going to be *big* this year, and with the stunning way they shine under the light, it’s no surprise.

stained glass red nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @meraki_nails_cardiff/instagram


10. Glossy and matte burgundy acrylic nails with glitter

Can’t decide between matte, gloss, and glitter? We say wear them all.

burgundy acrylic nails

Image – @bestcoffinnails/instagram


11. Red and white acrylic nails with mix-and-match designs

A LOT is going on with this mani, including the current bow trend brought on by Chanel’s annual Metiers D’Art show in Manchester in December 2023. Think pearls and gloss to take on this movement.

red and white acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @shynebychelle/instagram


12. Yellow acrylic French tip nails with mosaic designs

A yellow French tip is always a statement, but adding some mosaic feature nails updates the trend.

yellow acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @sxccosmetics/instagram


13. Bright orange acrylic nails with swirls

The brightest orange we could find! Swirls never really go out of style when it comes to nails, and a neon colour is a modern take.

orange acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @nailsss_bylucy/instagram


14. Shades of purple acrylic nails with swirls

There are so many variations of swirly nails – think multiple shades and a touch of glitter for these acrylics.

purple acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @ognailsuk/instagram


15. Maroon acrylic nails with silver details

We recently saw this shade on Julia Garner at the LACMA Art+Film Gala 2023 but, this year, take it up a notch with a rim of silver or gold.

maroon acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @avrnailswatches/instagram


16. Green double French tip acrylic nails

Double French tips are twice the charm on a timeless classic.

green acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @the.nail.nest/instagram


17. Sage green acrylic nails with pink and gold art

Baby pink and sage is the perfect combo, add some gold touches to finish the look.

sage green acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @monika__nails/instagram


18. Dark green acrylic nails with silver painted stars

Stars and cosmic designs like moons and suns are still going strong in 2024, and we love this simple design with a classic dark green base.

dark green acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @pressed.byp/instagram


19. 70s shades of brown acrylic nails with swirls

This acrylic mani is giving serious Charlie and the Chocolate Factory vibes.

brown acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @beautybycait.s/instagram


20. Baby blue acrylic nails with silver stiletto feature nails

Loads of people mix and match their nail designs, but have you ever switched it up with the shape of your nails?

baby blue acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @nailsonpoiint/instagram


21. Royal blue acrylic nails with flame design

Royal blue is synonymous with everything regal, but you can make the shade fun with some cool nail art like these flames.

royal blue acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @topcoatnailbarsj/instagram


22. Electric blue acrylic nails with shades of blue stars

We are seeing stars all over social media at the moment and this set with baby blue, French tips AND chrome stars will have you bang on the trend.

electric blue nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @ognailsuk/instagram


23. Dark blue shimmer acrylic nails with silver accent swirls

This shimmery dark blue is stunning on its own, but paired with some negative space and silver accents it makes this the perfect set.

dark blue acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @artdecom/instagram


24. Acrylic nails with colourful flame design

Switch up your flame nails with some cool accents like blue or turquoise.

flames acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @hellcat_nails/instagram


25. Shades of grey matte acrylic nails

Not 50 Shades of Gray, but 5.

grey acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @nailporn/instagram


26. Liquid metal chrome silver 3D acrylic nail design

3D nails are having a real moment in 2024 and this liquid chrome set looks great with complimenting jewellery.

silver acrylic nails Best Acrylic Nail Trends nail designs

Image – @nailsbydaovo/instagram


27. Gold glitter ombre tips and nude acrylic nails

Add some sparkle to classic nude acrylics with gold glitter ombre tips.

gold acrylic nails

Image – @hehairbanksa/instagram


28. Rose gold chrome acrylic nails with art deco seashells

Art deco is back!

rose gold acrylic nails

Image – @jordanward_nailartist_x/instagram



By design

29. French tip acrylic nails with 3D pearls and bows

What did we say about 3D nails?! Bows and pearls are the perfect cute addition to some classic Frenchies.

french tip nails 3d

Image – @nailswadaa/instagram


30. Floating French tip acrylics

The modern French tip defies gravity in the form of floating Frenchies.

floating french tip

Image – @traceyleenails


31. Baby pink acrylic nails with trippy hearts and glitter

We are *slightly* obsessed with these trippy hearts complete with chunky pink and gold glitter.

cute acrylic nails

Image – @blushbabynz/instagram


32. Chrome aura acrylic nails with single gems

Bring in some good energy this year with aura nails! As seen on the likes of Vanessa Hudgens and Sydney Sweeney.

aura acrylic nails

Image – @bbbeautybar__/instagram


33. Classy marble acrylic nails with gold chrome accents

Loads of people love classic marble interiors, and they look just as chic on a mani.

classy marble acrylic nails

Image – @nailsbymimit/instagram


34. Mermaidcore acrylic nails with glitter and chrome

Mermaidcore was huge last year with the release of Disney’s live action remake of The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey, and it shows no sign of slowing down.

mermaidcore acrylic nails

Image – @ultravioletnails9/instagram


35. Whimsical Winnie the Pooh Disney acrylic nails

Most of us think of bright cartoon nail art when we think of Disney nails, but this mani with whimsical characters looks just like the original animation. Stunning and classy.

disney acrylic nails

Image – @nail.mouse/instagram


36. Gunmetal grunge acrylic nails with mix-and-match designs

The grunge trend is still here in 2024 – think black, gunmetal, silver, and modern shapes.

grunge acrylic nails

Image – @_nailzbyflor/instagram


37. Acrylic nails with modern bows and swirls

Bows, swirls, stars and glitter pink make up this modern Barbiecore mani.

acrylic nails with bows

Image – @beauty_nails_inspo/instagram


38. Clear acrylic nails with simple black nail art designs

If you like to keep it simple when it comes to your acrylic nail designs, this set is the one for you.

simple acrylic nails

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39. Nude matte acrylic nails with gold foil stars

Acrylic nails look amazing with a matte finish, especially with some shimmery stars added – let the details do the shining on this set.

acrylic nails with gold stars

Image – @katiealice_nail_design/instagram


40. Nude acrylic nails with small rainbow swirl designs

Created for Pride, these nails *literally* brighten up our day!

rainbow acrylic nails

Image – @beautybycait.s/instagram


41. Glitter ombre acrylic nails with hearts

We love an ombre nail here at LTG HQ, and the most recent take on the trend is ombre glitter.

glitter ombre nails

Image – @thenaillologist/instagram


42. Clouds and stars acrylic nails with glitter

These cloud nails are absolutely *dreamy*.

cloud acrylic nails

Image – @queencatherine_nailartist/instagram


43. Smiley face acrylic designs

These yellow smiley nails on negative space will definitely put a smile on your face – and did we mention this print is so on trend ATM.

smiley face nails

Image – @sammismanis/instagram


44. Neon tie dye print acrylic nails

Another 90s trend that has come right back around is tie dye – and it’s not reserved for just t shirts and jumpers!

neon tie dye acrylic nails

Image – @nailnecessitybycaitlin/instagram


45. Glazed pastel acrylic nails with gold designs

Glazed donut nails were everywhere in 2023, and this year they’re being elevated with a bit of added colour like this pastel set complete with gold nail art designs.

pastel glazed acrylic nails

Image – @stephie_nails/instagram


46. 90s pink flower acrylic nails

This set is giving serious Lizzie McGuire vibes and I am so here for it!

flower acrylic nails

Image – @glitteratinails/instagram


47. Lightning design acrylic nails with French tips

Lightning nails are a big trend for 2024 – whether you go for a set that looks like an actual lightning storm (yep, they’re a thing!) or a modern graphic set like the ones below, you’ll nail the trend.

lightning acrylic nails

Image – @nailsbyamyf/instagram


48. Red and black gothic acrylic nails

Vampy red and black fits perfectly for the gothy nail movement. These look best on longer nails, IMO.

goth acrylic nails

Image – @nailsby.amy.ito/instagram


49. Pink velvet acrylic nails with clear pink French tips

The perfect nails don’t exist? Well, I think I’ve found them. Clear pink tips with a simple gold band and velvet base make up this stunning set.

velvet acrylic nails

Image – @groovynailsbybea/instagram


50. Groovy 90s 3D mix-and-match acrylic nails

Another groovy 3D set that looks like it’s straight from the 90s!

3d nails acrylic nails

Image – @jellybayn_nails/instagram


51. Pink and chrome ombre acrylic nails

Pink? Tick. Ombre? Tick. Chrome? Tick. This mani incorporates 3 of the nail trends from last year to create a super girly look.

pink and chrome acrylic nails

Image – @sabiras.nails/instagram


52. Wavy chrome faces acrylic nails

Mix up your smileys with some wavy lines.

wavy acrylic nails

Image – @peachesnailsxbeauty/instagram


53. Colour block clear and read acrylic nails

A super modern and simple look, this mani works with basically every colour combo.

colour block acrylic nails

Image – @iramshelton/instagram


54. Mismatched designs acrylic nails

Mismatched is probably the biggest nail trend at the moment, with loads of people using clashing colours, mix-and-match prints, and cool nail art.

mismatched acrylic nails

Image – @nailsbyheather.errington/instagram


55. Multicoloured ombre glitter acrylic nails

Glitter will never not be a nail trend, but this multicoloured glitz with chunky pieces as well as tiny shimmer is a super modern twist.

multicoloured glitter nails

Image – @bycheznails/instagram


56. Clear ombre pink marble cloud acrylic nails

Is it marble? Is it smoke? Is it clouds? Well, we think it looks like a mixture of the 3 but, whatever you think, you can’t deny that this mani makes a real statement.

blacksnailedit pink cloud nails

Image – @blacksnailedit/instagram


57. Rainbow acrylic ombre nails with holographic strips

A take on the rainbow trend, these holographic strips can be bought online and are really easy to apply – give them a go after doing an at-home mani!

holographic nails

Image -cdanails@/instagram


58. All the animal print acrylic nails

Can’t decide on which animal print you prefer? Go for them all like this mix and match mani.

anaimal print acrylics

Image – @pressedbycharlotte_/instagram


59.  Baby pink acrylic nails with multicoloured crystals

These colourful gems look seriously cute on shorter, rounded nails with a baby pink base.

acrylic nails with crystals

Image – @peachinails/instagram



By length and shape

60. Short acrylic nails with colourful smiley faces

Who said you had to have long nails to have acrylics and nail art?! Not us!  These short acrylics look pretty cute with their multicoloured design.

short acrylic nails

Image – @dani.nailedit/instagram


61. Long acrylic nails with gold studs

Studs are back this year, and gold looks great paired with this deep blue set on super long acrylics.

long acrylic nails

Image – @alithenailtech/instagram


62. Two-toned oval acrylic nails

Another mix and match set, going for 2 tones is a great way to, well, tone it down a bit!

oval acrylic nails

Image – @kaykaydidthem/instagram


63. Clear square acrylic nails with white designs

Square nails look amazing with simple nail art. And we are loving this nearly clear set with white modern shapes.

square acrylic nails

Image – @ninalauren_beauty/instagram


64. Almond ice cream pastel acrylic nails

These almond nails are giving real ice cream cone vibes.

almond acrylic nails

Image – @makennachristinexo/instagram


65. Stiletto acrylic nails with leopard print and French tips

Leopard print is still a firm fave and, if you don’t want to go the whole hog, it looks super classy on a feature nail.

stiletto nails

Image – @hairandnailprecinct/instagram


66. Coffin nails with swirls and colourful glitter designs

Swirling in some glitter is always a good idea when it comes to nail art.

coffin nails

Image – @aniakesiaknails/instagram



By season and holiday

67. Rainbow chrome spring acrylic nail designs

Nothing says spring like a rainbow! This mani combines the chrome trend with rainbows and pastel shades.

rainbow chrome acrylic nails

Image – @stylebycambria/instagram


68. Pink and burgundy Valentine’s Day acrylic nails

Valentine’s nails don’t have to be romantic, but if that’s your thing this long set is perfect for a night with the girls or your significant other.

valentines nails

Image – @pressedbycharlotte_/instagram


69. ‘By the pool’ summer acrylic nail design

Nothing says summer like sitting by the pool, and these acrylic nails will *literally* fit right in.

summer nails acrylic nails

Image – @samrosenails/instagram


70. Holiday nails

Perfect for spring, summer, autumn or winter, mushrooms are going to be seen all over your social media feeds this year. Trust us.

holiday nails

Image – @nailartbysofia_/instagram


71. Tropical acrylic summer holiday nails

Go for a tropical vibe for your summer holiday nails – they’ll look perfect with a fruity cocktail on the beach!

tropical nails

Image – @ohsoprettyxo/instagram


72. Fall acrylic designs

Browns, oranges, nudes and silvers are the *perfect* colours for fall nails, and this set with painted leaves and dots has it all.

fall acrylic nails tessalynnails

Image – @tessalynnails/instagram


73. Halloween devil red French tip acrylic nail design

The devil is in the detail with this mani! French tips make up the horns and tail of the devil for an understated Halloween set.

halloween acrylic nails brillantinanailz

Image @brillantinanailz/instagram


74. Frosty glitter snowflake winter acrylic nail design

Glitter frosting and snowflakes screams winter nails.

winter nails acrylic design trends

Image – @polished_yogi/instagram


75. Christmas lights acrylic nail design

Brighten up your Christmas, literally, with these cool acrylic nails that look like they belong on the tree!

christmas acrylic nails

Image – @daily_charme/instagram


The takeaway

From ombre to chrome, glitter to matte, and long to short, acrylic nails have something for everyone.

Which set will you be trying in 2024? Let us know!


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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 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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