41+ Butterfly Nail Art Designs for 2022

Are you looking for a fun and flirty new way to do your nails? Why not try out some butterfly nail art designs? Ideal for Spring (or just anytime you want to bring a little Spring fun to your nails) there are a lot of different ways to bring these delicate creatures to your fingertips.

Whether you want something simple you can do yourself or you’re looking for some complex ideas to show your favorite nail technician – we’ve got loads of fantastic design ideas here so there’s bound to be the butterfly for you. I’ve tried to cover as many different examples as I could find.

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These incredibly cute pastel nails show us everything that is right with this design. Fun, colorful and incredibly cute. I Is it possible to be in a bad mood when your nails are quite this cheery?
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But you don’t need to stick with the bright colors. Some of these designs are a little more I wouldn’t say somber but maybe more suitable for the office than the bar. It’s hard to look too serious with a butterfly on your fingers but this is maybe a good middle ground.
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Some XL Ombre acrylics with a splash of glitter on the side are always a fun choice but what about a few golden butterfly foils?
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Classic Nude acrylic & gel polish with some stunning handpainted butterflies. I love the effect of having some of them disappear over the edges. The more down-to-earth colors make this as subtle as the style probably gets and the result is just too cute!
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Gel polish Ombre’s in a variety of colors is something we see from time to time from those of us brave enough to splash some out-there colors. The mix of these little butterflies and glitter just pushes that look over the edge for me. I love these.
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We’ve already seen cute little golden foils but what if the whole set followed this style?
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A modern take with some black French tips and a minimalist black and white butterfly style. Understated and stylish.
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A light Ombre set like this is prime for some simple black lines. They’re cute and the butterflies just add that little extra pop.
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A single butterfly foil added to the middle nail on an otherwise everyday polish. Sometimes less really can be more.
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Oh, I love this butterfly in the sky look. If you like the simple little lines showing the flight path then try out our bee nail designs as well where this idea seems to be really common. I love how it’s been used with these cute little foils.
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This gel mani with a diamond and pearl look is really extra with a few little butterflies added to each hand.
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Something bright for a girl’s night out. These acrylics nails would be cute (I have a soft spot for bright orange gels) but the butterfly split between the middle and ring finger is just perfect. I like everything about this set. Someone do this for me.
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Now, these are some serious nail goals. I think those are stickers but they’re put over a subtle glittery background and the effect is so unique. I love the little hint of orange against the silver.
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Head in the clouds ☁️ 🦋 These hand-drawn butterflies would be cute enough in their own right and how have we not seen this mix of black and vivid pink already? The combination with a cloud nail design is just perfect. I think these are the most creative set so far.
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These two-color chrome pastel nails would be cool enough but the little silver butterfly against the nude color just really does it for me.
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💛🦋 If I love anything it’s cute little yellow nails and minimalist line art. So when you combine the two… I need to try this design for myself.
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Another take on the black and white Frenchies. The detail on the design itself is impressive by itself. You might need to zoom in a bit but that must have taken an impressively steady hand.
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Okay. Yes. I seem to always find a matte white background for every nail set inspiration list but just look at these. This is the perfect colorway for me with the contrast between white and vivid pink. I know it’s a personal choice but on a personal level, these are my favorite. You might well see this design on my IG next.
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Another take on the yellow and gold foils. A very Spring vibe.
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Some white gel polish to create the edges around these soft matte nails. I love the mix of brown and pink on the butterflies themselves.
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Alright. I’m surprised it took us quite this long to reach a vivid pink colorway but I love this idea. I’d normally expect this kind of look to be really extra with rhinestones and glitter all over the place but a single nail with some glitter and a single silver butterfly on the ring finger? It’s somehow the perfect mix of overt and subtle. I really like the way these look.
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I think we’ve seen these stickers already but they’re just so versatile I don’t mind including them with a different style. Some pink gels and a tiny hint of glitter on this set.
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Loving this color combo 🦋✨💚 3D butterfly nail art is rarerer than it should be and these little charms are just the perfect color to match this incredibly unique colorway. The plant style vine and the flakes looking like little leaves really adds to the Springtime vibe.
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Sheer nude nails ombréd into grey 😍 I was so sure this was going to be stickers but these are handpainted apparently. Holy smokes.
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I’m an absolute sucker for cute light blue nails at the best of times but adding a few stones and butterflies and you get this incredibly unique style that you’re not going to see repeated easily.
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Oh now, these are classy. Subtle little minimalist butterflies on short pearl nails.
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These gels have a really cool finish to them. The butterfly nail art just pushes them over the edge.
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Alternating between the half butterfly wings and the V-French tips creates this really unique look. I think this a great example of just how versatile either style can be.
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Lovely butterfly on acrylic nails 💖🦋 💅🏻 I really like the colorway combination on these and the tiny rhinestones are just fantastic.
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Keeping it short and classy. These nude acrylics with white curved French tips would be understated style enough but a single black and white butterfly on the ring finger? Sheer class. If you’ve made it this far and you’re still not sure what design to try try this. It’s going to work with any look.
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I know. I know. Another matte white example but can you blame me? They just make any slight colorway on a design really pop.
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This set has a little bit of everything. Some chrome green with some glittery purple and some rhinestones for good measure. If you can’t pick a single style, why not use a bit of everything? For the extra bonus points look at how the entire set fades from the green to purple – including the butterflies.
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Oh now this set looks cool. We’ve seen this white French tip style many times before but how about a simple butterfly with some vivid colorway on a single nail? Just adds a little extra something to an everyday nail set.
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Some glittery Ombre blue nails with some deep blue butterflies.
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Another orange moment. V-tips again with some tiny little rhinestones in the center with a few butterfly stickers on the outside.
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I have some serious deja vu here. I think we’ve maybe used this set before on either the smiley face nails or the yin yang nail designs. Maybe it was both. I’m sure we’ll see it again when we do a thunderbolt list at one point but come on, can you blame me? Everything from the unique mix of designs to the colorway just works so well.
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A more subtle use of bright pink with the butterfly split between two nails.
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If these chromatic stickers weren’t enough – this nail set is also glow in the dark. I don’t really think that’s something you’d find in nature but maybe mother nature could take some ideas from this design.
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So who’s ready for Spring?

I do hope this has given you some ideas for butterfly nails If you give this a go – I want to see it! Send me a photo of your butterfly nails and we’ll feature them here.

Our inspiration photos come from user submissions and open sources and we’ll always give credit. All of the fantastic styles belong to their respective owners. If we’ve got a credit wrong or you’d rather we don’t feature you – just drop us an email.

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