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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, long and dramatic, square, oval, or round, we’ve got a red nail design for you to wear in any season…


35 red nail designs

1. Red and black nails

These nails remind me of cute ladybirds. In. Love.

red and black nails

Image – @paintboxnails/instagram

2. Red and white nails

This milky white and bright red mani looks great on shorter nails.

red and white nails

Image – @imarninails/instagram

3. Dark red nails

If they’re glam enough for Julia Garner and Gucci, they’re glam enough for us! I’m actually obsessed with this look.

dark red nails

Image – @anetaujwary/instagram

4. Bright red nails

Paint the whole nail or try 2024’s upcoming trendiest mani – half moons.

bright red nails

Image – @imarninails/instagram

5. Red and blue nails

4th of July nails? We got you.

Image – @amyle.nails/instagram

6. Red and gold nails

Red and gold isn’t just for Christmas we love this set complete with gems and moons.

red and gold nails

Image – @navas_nails/instagram

7. Red and silver nails

It wouldn’t be a nail roundup without some French tips, would it?!

red and silver nails

Image – @nataliepnails/instagram

8. Red and pink nails

Nail tech to the stars, Betina Goldstein turns the French mani on its head with this reversed set.

red and pink nails

Image – @betinagoldstein/instagram

9. Red glitter nails

Glossy and glittery.

red glitter nails

Image – @learnahstarbuck_nailartist/instagram

10. Red shimmer nails

Simple but very effective.

red shimmer nails

Image – @mylacqueredlife/instagram

11. Red French tip nails

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

red almond french tip nails

Image – @kendalkit/instagram

12. Red nail design

Short and simple statement nails.

red nail design

Image – @betinagoldstein/instagram

13. Red swirl nails

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

swirl almond french tip nails

Image – @disseynails/instagram

14. Red strawberry nails

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

Image – @dylana.do.my.nails/instagram

15. Red nails with rhinestones

Like jewellery, but for your nails.

red nails with rhinestones

Image – @nailsbymonka/instagram

16. Red and green nails

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

red and green nails

Image – @kaysee.kay.nails/instagram

17. Red ombre nails

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

red ombre nails

Image – @france_nailz/instagram

18. Red velvet nails

Forget red velvet cake, we are loving red velvet nails!

red velvet nails

Image – lolo.nailedit/instagram

19. Red chrome nails

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

red chrome nails

Image – @tulipartistnailspa/instagram

20. Red matte nails

Not keen on gloss? These matte nails make a big impact.

matte red nails

Image – @overglowedit/instagram

21. Red birthday nails

Birthday nails should never be boring!

birthday nails red

Image – @danielaxglamnails/instagram

22. Red coffin nails

Coffin nails are the perfect shape for elaborate designs and nail art!

red coffin nails

Image – @naildesigns.by.ela/instagram

23. Almond red nails

Almond-shaped nails are the epitome of classy.

red almond nails

Image – @kazaryanails/instagram

24. Red square nails

Practical, elegant AND chic.

red square nails

Image – @elenails_nail_artist/instagram

25. Red round nails

Obsessed with these jelly-like round red beauties.

red round nails

Image – @overglowedit/instagram

26. Short red nails

Prefer short nails? This square set looks *super* neat.

Image – @nailsbyamyf/instagram

27. Medium red nails

How pretty does this red mani look with dainty gold jewellery?!

medium red nails

Image – @nailsxmina/instagram

28. Long red nails

This deep red manicure is sure to impress.

long red nails

Images – @@lizzieandtheacrylics/instagram

29. Spring red nails

Spring deserves flowers.

spring red nails

Image – @moonlit.nail.artistry/instagram

30. Valentine’s red nails

*Perfect* for Galentine’s. Or any day, really.

valetine red nails

Image – @paragonnails/instagram

31. Summer red nails

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

summer red nails

Image – @marilyn_0204/instagram

32. Holiday red nails

From the beach to the bar, this multicoloured manicure with red accents would look great holding a cocktail.

multicolour nail art

Image – @nailsbyheather.errington/instagram

33. Fall red nails

As the leaves turn red, orange and brown – so can your nails.

fall nails red

Image – @bysarahnailartist/instagram

34. Winter red nails

Snowflakes and gold *screams* winter!

red winter nails the_ys_studio

Image – @the_ys_studio/instagram

35. Christmas red nails

We just had to add a candy cane set to the lineup!

red christmas nails natalieholtnailartist

Image – @natalieholtnailartist/instagram


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 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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