Are you looking for the perfect nail design for prom? You’re in luck! We’ve gathered some of the best nail art ideas (after going through
thousands of examples) to help you look your best on this special night. Whether you’re going for a simple or elaborate look, we have something that can give you inspiration or something for you to try yourself.
Whether you’re going for a bold look or something more subtle, we’ve got you covered. You want something that will last the night and look
fantastic at the same time.
These nails are perfect if you’re wearing them with a light blue dress. The blue wavy design makes it look absolutely dreamy.
Predominantly black nails with emerald key pieces. This set reminds me of a very elegant and mystical crown.
Who says prom nails have to be muted and subtle? These shiny red nails will set you apart on your big night.
Here’s a nail set for our dainty ladies out there. This is a beautiful green French Tip stiletto set with daisies all over. Anyone would feel light and happy with this set!
This French tip upgrade is great for any style you might be going for on prom night. It could fit muted dresses to even the brightest ones!
This set would probably be something Elsa from “Frozen” would wear. If you feel like being an ice princess for the night, these nails are for you!
Now, these look like nails that actual royalty would wear. It’s a combination of silver, gold, and rose gold. The gold and silver embellishments make the entire set look so classy.
If you’re looking for something a little more fun and playful, then this yellow-green combo might be something to try out!
This one is for the more daring ones out there. A darker colorway with a range of designs. I have a soft spot for butterfly nails and they look great on this nude background.
Are you looking to live out your Barbie fantasies? These nails would look cute with a pink or nude dress.
For the more simple yet sophisticated girls out there. These nails remind me of Maddie from “Euphoria.” Anyone would feel confident with these on their nails.
These long pastel stiletto nails with flower toppers would look great with a preppier look.
These nails are to die for! It has a light pink base topped with a really thick reflective chrome. The thin stiletto shape makes it so much cleaner to look at.
Does anyone else feel the fairy vibes coming from these nails? The green gradient serves as a perfect base for the white sparkles and butterflies.
Who knew blood red and gold could go so well together? Deep reds always look so sultry which is perfect if that’s what you’re going for.
If you already have a lot going on, you may want to settle for something more simple. These are the perfect nude nails to wear, they’re not too simple and they’re not too much. Just the perfect in-between.
Care for some blue? If dull and muted isn’t for you, maybe a vibrant blue would do!
Here’s how you wear black with some bling. If you’re trying to go for something a little darker but don’t want something too dull and common, try to add some bling to it!
If you’re going for a nude set but want a little extra, you might want to add in a nail with a very intricate design.
These elegant nails are so vibrant and honestly such a wonder! How did the artist make it seem as if the entire nail is all see-through marble? The talent is remarkable.
Earth tones are in! Look at the different shades of brown used to achieve such a put-together design.
Here’s a way of rocking short nails. The key is having a cohesive design and shaping the tips to something that suits your fingers!
A clean and crisp set to try out. Stiletto tips are always so fascinating to look at and a unique take on flame nail art. This would certainly stand out at prom.
This is how you dress up an entire look. This fall-inspired nail set could totally transform your look because there are just so many things going on!
Nothing more creative than a multi-colored reptile set. Something about that green one is giving me some snake nail art vibes.
Another earth-tone-themed set. This time, a lot more regal.
Now, this is just causing some major nail envy.
A dreamy beach on your fingertips. I love how the artist used two very complementary shades and made them come together in the middle.
It isn’t a prom nail collection without a black matte option. Here’s for those who love to stick to the classic black look but looking to bring in a more modern kick.
This is exactly something that I’d see on a canvas. I appreciate the contrast between straight lines and curves.
These look like an expensive package on your fingertips.
This is how you put color together. At first glance, you’d be wary of how bright yellow-green, blue, and purple would go well together. Well, take another look, because this nail artist did just that.
Green is the color of royalty. This nail set looks like a jail crystal in nail design form.
If I could wear this set, I’d stick to short almond nails forever.
Just some nude with a touch of blue. I’m also seeing a bit of an evil eye on there. Nothing like banishing bad energy on a night you want to fully enjoy!
This is how you make highlighter yellow a lot more wearable. You add a bit of reptile pattern and highlight it in the middle! Gorgeous!
I, too, think it’s time to bring some gingham brown to prom!
Another classic favorite. You can never go wrong with a nude base gradient topped with a shiny silver design. Oh, and did I mention the silver french tips?
Hot pink lava, but make it fashion. This is another way you can wear black to prom. Just add in a hot pink lava-looking gradient here and there and you’re pretty much good to go!
We’ve all seen the pink Powerpuff girl heart design, but how about having one in blue? I love how the blue gradient waves on the remaining nails look like waves. Pretty much a win-win if you love the beach too?
I’m obsessed with these chocolate brown nails. I think that these would look absolutely great with either a light or dark dress. A full-colored set like this one will always bring your look to greater heights.
The coral color is way too pretty to just be mixed in with other bright colors. Here’s another beautiful bright French tip variation.
We’re bringing back classic prom with this blue glitter set. It would be perfectly matched with a full blue dress or even a white one.
Here’s some more regal nail goodness. Nothing screams royalty more than a predominantly gold set topped with Swarovski crystals.
Worried about how your nails won’t be seen once the lights go out? Don’t worry, neon nails are here to save you! This way, your nails will be an eye-catcher with the lights on or off!
Everyone bow down, the empress is here. These nails take me back to when an empress took care of her beautiful kingdom, with everyone adoring her otherworldly beauty.
Nails of the sea. This set right here is what I think a mermaid would wear. The beautiful curves embodying the deep sea and the reptile pattern lightly seeping through? Trying to be a mysterious beauty of the ocean? Then this one’s for you.
Look at these thermal nails. A set of different mixtures of shades grouped into something warm and something cool.
I do hope this has given you some ideas for prom nail art If you give this a go – I want to see it! Send me a photo of your prom nails and we’ll feature them here.
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