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35 Red Nail Design Ideas to Wear All. Year. Round.

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Ok, ok, so while most of us think of Christmas or Valentine’s when we hear the words ‘red nails’ – who said these glossy talons are only reserved for certain times of year?! Definitely not us.

And yes, red nails can be as vampy or glam as you want, but that’s not all they are.

So whether you’re looking for the latest in nail trends or you have a soft spot for classic glamour, and whether you prefer short and sleek nails, long and dramatic, square, oval, almond, or round, we’ve got a red nail design for you to wear in any season…


35 red nail designs

1. Red, white, and black Queen of Hearts nails

I’m getting Alice in Wonderland vibes with this dark Queen of Hearts set.


2. Red and white hearts and flowers nails

French tips, hearts, flowers, and nude is a great combo for some undertstated nail art that looks *so* cute.


3. Dark red nails

If they’re glam enough for Julia Garner and Gucci, they’re glam enough for us! The perfect port red nails.


4. Red and orange nails with designs

The perfect autumnal nails.


5. Red and blue chrome aura nails

The aura nail trend is still going strong, and this strawberry/blueberry set is the perfect mani for any season.


6. Red and gold nails with nail art

A red and gold combo isn’t just for Christmas! We love this set that was created for the Lunar NewYear.


7. Red and silver nails with chrome and gems

These would be great as a frosty set to take you through winter, or an anti-Valentine’s Day mani.


8. Red and pink colour block nails

Abstract and colour block nails are a big trend for 2024, incorporating colours in a super modern way.


9. Long red glitter nails

Long, glossy and glittery – with cute twinkle stars.


10. Short red shimmer nails

Simple but very effective.


11. Red French tip round nails

We absolutely love Frenchies, and they look great in any colour – including red.


12. Red 3D French tip stiletto nails

They’re giving Medusa vibes. So cool.


13. Red swirl nails with pink and glitter

We are a bit in love with these pink and red swirl nails, especially with the addition of glitter.


14. Red and pink strawberry nails

We’ve seen strawberry makeup everywhere in 2023, now it’s time for strawberry nails!


15. Red half heart nails with strawberry glaze

Heart nails aren’t just for Valentine’s Day! The sta=rawberry glaze addition is *chef’s kiss*.


16. Red and green bow nails

Who says “red and green should never be seen”? Not me!


17. Red ombre nails with confetti 

If you want to see more ombre nails, we’ve got you covered with 60 of the best.


18. Round red glossy nails

The ultimate classic red manicure.


19. Square red chrome nails

We’ve got a *bit* of a soft spot for chrome nails.


20. Red French tip nails with half moons on a milky base

A milky polish is the perfect base for nail art.


21. Rainbow nails with red hearts

The most fun nails in the roundup! These would be perfect for the warmer weather, particularly around Pride month!


22. Red rose long coffin nails

Coffin nails are the perfect shape for elaborate designs and nail art like these deep red rose French tips on a nude base.


23. Glossy red almond nails

Almond-shaped nails are the epitome of classy.


24. Short red square nails

Practical, elegant AND chic.


25. Red mix and match round nails

Mix and match nails are everywhere this year, and they’re the best way to add some colour to your outfit.


26. Short half moon red nails

Prefer short nails? This half moon set looks seriously chic and neat.


27. Medium dark red jelly nails with gold charms

How cool does this red mani look with gold charms?!


28. Long red nails with 3D swirls

An understated, but bright, take on the 3D mani trend.


29. Spring red and pink smiley face nails

Spring deserves smiley faces.


30. Valentine’s red nails with hearts and French tips

The *perfect* nails for Valentine’s/Galentine’s/Guyantine’s. Or any day, really.


31. Fruit salad red summer nails

Juicy watermelon and cherries are *so* refreshing for a hot summer, and this set looks good enough to eat!


32. Holiday nails with red Comme Des Garçons hearts

From the beach to the bar, this animal print manicure with red Comme Des Garçons accents would look great holding a cocktail.


33. Fall Halloween red nails with dripping blood

Simple yet so effective for a scary Halloween mani.


34. Winter red and green candy cane matte nails

Two (or ten, in this case) candy canes for you Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco!


35. Christmas red nails with pearls

Deep red, bows, pearls, and chrome make the perfect Christmas nails.


The takeaway

Even though a lot of us often worry that red nails aren’t for everyday wear I *think* we’ve proven that, come rain or shine, a red mani will always be a classic.

With so many shades and hues to choose from, there’s a reed for every skin tone, nail shape, and length.

From glitzy to understated art, glossy to matte, which one is your favourite?



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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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