Are you looking for a fun, new way to dress up your nails? Why not try smiley face nail art designs! There are tons of different ways to create these cute little faces, and they’re perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re going on vacation or just trying to add some extra personality to your everyday look, smiley face nail art is a great way to go.
I’ve tried to include a lot of different variations for one of the happiest nail art designs we’ve looked at so far. There’s something to suit everyone from simple everyday styles to something a little extra glam.
Starting the list with this happy little mix of big and small smiley faces. A classic bright yellow against nude nail gels.
I’m not (personally) as much of a fan as the crosses for eyes but I can’t ever fault matte white acrylics and this might suit your style.
Is anyone else getting a 90s fashion vibe from this set of nails? Bit of a retro take on the smiley face with that cute bright yellow against white.
Not every nail has to smile. I love the colorway on this set and while I don’t see how the flame nail design matches a smiley face, it’s still incredibly cute.
One of the best things about this design style is how versatile and (fairly) easy it is to do. Swap the colorway around with a bit of a steady hand and you have a cute and unique look. The pink background just says cute on this playful set.
I’m a sucker for green french nails but this is a fantastic idea. Add a little smiley face above the french tip and you could even mix up the color if you wanted them to pop out a bit more.
Gel X Smiley Faces matted 💜A bit of a funk added to the faces as well.
Back to the classics with these smiley face coffin nails.
I love everything about this set. From the cute little winky eyes and eyelashes to the polka dot hearts. This might actually be the cutest set I’ve ever seen.
Pink and green french tips with colorful smiley faces above. I do like asymmetrical nail designs. I also like smiley face nail designs. I’m seeing a pattern here.
Cute black and white 🤍🖤and there’s that flame design again. I have to admit, I think the combination is growing on me.
Happy little purple smiley faces on transparent acrylics.
A little smiley face can work with any style. Even matched with blue crocodile patterns.
A gel bottle and a single smiley-face adds a little fun to an everyday polish. Sometimes less is more and that little smiley face on each hand is just too cute.
Though I really do like the green and red colorway on this set too.
𝙋𝙨𝙮𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙘 𝙎𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙚𝙨 🤪 A bit of a trippy style and alternating colorways between hands.
Neon smiley faces against some cool-looking glitter. You’d maybe not get away with these at the office but they look absolutely fantastic for a night out.
A funky take on this nail art style. A smiley face, on one hand, a sad face on the other. If you like this kind of style, you might like our yin yang nails too.
A trippy take on the 90s design. This time with a little green man as well.
Using @nail.hause “snow white” & “crystal clear” @v2vgel “ black gel polish” the defining sparkle works well and look at the cute little tongue on the smiley face!
These cute light blue nails would look fantastic by themselves but a single nail using a little negative space and a few black lines and you have this stunning look. Super fun.
A few smiley face stamps on these nails, I do really like how some of them fade between two different colors. I don’t think we’ve seen that so far.
If pink french tips and gold smiley faces weren’t enough here, I really like how the position shifts around and even goes over the tip on the ring finger. Cool idea and a unique look.
A combination of styles and color with this smiley face nail art. I like the colorway for the backgrounds while keeping the faces consistently yellow.
Or go the other direction? Nude nails with colorful faces?
Happy Nails for a happy girl. You don’t need the face outline, especially if you have a bright yellow nail, to begin with.
A mix of subtle and vivid. Minimalist short nude nails with only the middle fingers detailed but the faces here are done with a glittery polish. Fab idea.
Obsessing over this “smile n wave” set in long coffin nails. The white and black style is growing on me.
So I found another white and black example but this time sticking to the smiley face motif. I like the mix of solid lines and that trippy look on some of them.
Cute little blue almond nails with some smiles added for good measure.
Natural shade on square tips with larger smiley faces.
Pink always brightens things up! These gels are a fun shade with a cool (but subtle) design on the ring finger as well.
I’m so happy I could paint a smiley face on my nails. Oh wait…
A very minimalist take on the design. A single smiley face that you might miss if you’re not looking for it.
Another black and white set. If you like that ring finger, you can combine this style with a drip nail design like this too.
I feel like these acrylics are happy to see me.
Gel extensions with a little bit of extra cheer.
I’m just obsessed with these. There’s more we can do than just change the colorway or add a bit of a trippy effect. A design like this is (fairly) easy to do but look how fun they are! A few simple black lines and you have this stunning look.
A smiley french tip on these acrylics. I also like the little cloud nail on the pinky.
Designer emoji nails on these subtle Ombre gels.
🌻Smile is the beauty of the soul.¨- Lailah Gifty Akita ✨
A super unique set. White lines against a tie-die polish adds some cheer to an already funky look.
There are many ways to get creative with nail art, but these happy-go-lucky smiley nails might be the most fun of all. They’re a playful and unique way to add some cute nail art without having any skill or time for it! So next time you feel like being more carefree in your look, take inspiration from this post. We can’t wait to see what cheerful smiley face style you come up with!
I do hope this has given you some ideas for smiley face nails If you give this a go – I want to see it! Send me a photo of your smiley nail designs and we’ll feature them here.
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