Shellac nails deserve more attention than they get sometimes. Half gel, half polish and
all class. They’re quicker to put on compared to gels, do less damage to your natural nail and give a long-lasting glossy finish.
We went through
thousands of Shellac nail ideas to put together some inspiration to try this for yourself. Not only are they better for your nails but this finish can look absolutely incredible. We tried to cover a range of different styles and looks so there’s a little something for everyone here. If you are looking for alternatives to traditional acrylics and gels, we also have a list of polygel nail ideas.
If you’ve been trying out a lot of designs recently, why not go for a simple one polish set on your next session? Sometimes less is more and a minimalistic set can look great.
Here we’ve got a fresh set, literally! We’ve got some pomelo slices and oranges on top of the clear nails and some simple white nails.
If you want to try a simple Spring design, then give this set a chance! We’ve got a nude nail topped with some dried flowers and a pink solid nail.
Here’s a quick Valentine’s nail look! Just your regular white micro Frenchies with some hearts on them.
Of course, how could be possible to forget the classic white French tips?
If you don’t really want a nail set that’s too distracting, then try this minimalist set out. The finish from the shellac nails is just fantastic in a light shade like this.
It already feels like Spring is here! We’ve got some bright yellow nails with some daisy designs!
Everybody knows at least one person who loves polka dots! Send this look to them, they might want to give it a try!
If you want simple yet classy then top off your bare nails with some gold French tips created with foil. Adding some shine to an already shiny Shellac finish.
I love the division of color in this set and how they both meet through the pretty abstract design.
You don’t always have to go for a full polish or full French tip set! Sometimes, you can mix both in!
We’re it minimal with these light pink nails topped with pink dots in the middle.
These nails are making me crave some confetti cake.
This is a very popular nail shade because of how clean and natural it looks.
Here’s a way to spice up your set! Just paint a lot of flowers in different sizes and you’re pretty much good to go!
Some simple heart nails. We’ve got a nice nude base and two nails that have one heart painted on top of them.
Red is generally a bold color but adding in these gorgeous red glitters just takes it to a whole other level!
Sometimes, you can just feel yourself being called to some bright reds!
We all need a little bit of art at our fingertips!
Darker colors could be great for Spring too! Check out these violet nails and the gorgeous violet floral design.
A fun little pink party! If you’re not satisfied with just having pink nails, add some pink sparkles too!
I’m pretty sure there have to be some Disney fans in here. We’ve got this blue and white combination topped with some sparkles, polka dots, and mickey mouse nail art!
Painting your animal print nails using neon colors is really in trend nowadays!
If you’re getting a bunch of fun colors that you want to try out but you’re not sure which ones to choose, you could probably just add them all together and create a colorful look!
Keep it bright and wild with these animal print nails. We’ve got some yellow nails, silver glitter, and sparkling cheetah patterns!
These nails look like they could glow in the dark! We’ve got this neon yellow to white ombré set that’ll surely make you stand out.
Green is such a comforting color and I love how calm it makes you feel.
Here are some short pink almond nails with an accent nail that’s topped with a white leaf stencil.
This set is definitely a unique one. We’ve got a multilayered French tip that goes from blue to light green to pink to purple.
These nails are great if you’re looking for a more mature and bold look. Definitely a classy wine color.
Lavender is such a lovely spring color! Top it off with these white and yellow flowers and you’ve got a fun little Spring fest!
I rarely see a brownish-yellow shade like this. It’s topped with some green, white, and yellow layered swirls. Such a trendy look!
Who’s ready for some fun trendy summer nails? A nice bright coral is definitely a summer staple.
Keep it classy with this monochrome set. We’ve got this gorgeous pink topped with some sparkles and another pink shiny nail.
We’ve got a milky pink to milky white ombré set with the accent nails being topped with some white clovers. This set looks so elegant.
Keep the fire burning with these sleek black nails. I love that the chosen design is just as bold as the color black.
Purple together with white always makes such a chic look! We’ve got some purple French tips paired along with some duo-tone swirls.
We’re adding a bit of shine to this black nail set. We’ve got some fire outlines in a beautiful popping gold. Black and gold nail designs always have this look of sleek luxury to me.
I love a good bright green shade! It may be intimidating to wear sometimes but give it a try at least once and see if you like it! It’s always a playful colorway but in shellac nails you get this lovely shine to really make them pop.
Red is always paired with an even bolder design. The accent nail is this three-layered design that starts from black to red. In between, we’ve got this black stencil art and the three sections are divided by some gold foil.
Some nails for the shorty lovers out there! We’ve got some pastel yellows and oranges along with some cute multi-colored flowers.
Here we’ve got this cream and black set. We’ve got some full black painted nails and some waves on top of the cream nails. So minimalistic and chic!
Live out your Disney dreams with this dreamy Mickey Mouse set! We’ve got some red tips lined with a thin white line and some mickey mouse ears topped with some sparkles.
Looking to up your heart themed nail set? Why not try out these Comme Des Garcons heart nails?
Have a fun time with these yellow and lavender French tips set!
If these shellac nail ideas inspired you to try it out, I want to know all about it! I want to see your finished result! 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.