There’s something about swirl nail art that just makes it so captivating. Maybe it’s the way the colors flow together, or the elegant motion of the design. Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that swirl nails are a show-stopper. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out these gorgeous designs!
I’ve tried to include a
lot of different variations so there’s something for everyone to get some inspiration. It’s such a versatile style and there’s just so much you can do with it.
An interesting angle for a nail photo but I like the playful white and red swirls over nude nails.
I’m not saying I have a problem… but I can’t stop staring at this set. Super fun and you don’t really have to worry too much if your hand slips while you’re applying the swirls.
There’s just a slight hint of glitter between the swirls on this vibrant design. This is one of the bonuses to swirl nail art – it’s just so versatile you can add a bit of spice and style to any look.
A pastel dream 🌈 a different color for each finger and different styles as well.
A different take on the style. These acrylics have some solid color and some nice lines with a single nail swirl design over black.
This design is just mint to be. Alright, I get one bad pun per list. These swirls are a more organized take on the style and the red french tips really make the swirls pop out.
We’ve already established I’m a sucker for light blue nails but daaaang if I don’t love this set. It’s a great shade and using swirls of different shades of blue as tips is just fantastic looking.
A little more subtle (it’s not always about the bright colors) with some white polish and simple lines.
But how about these swirl nail foils? I mean if you’re going to do color…
These medium-sized gels also do things a little differently. Rather than large solid colors with small swirls, they use bigger swirls with smaller backgrounds. Super unique.
A classic swirl nail design. Subtle tones for a big statement.
Pretty in blue ✨ if you boil this design right down it’s fairly simple to do but look at how stunning it can look. Matching the shade to the ring and sleeve is just to die for.
Here too, we’re matching the green with much smaller swirls.
Glittery water marbled candy cane nails. If you like these – check out these candy cane nail designs for a more traditional take on the style but damn if these don’t look great.
How gorgeous are these? Sort of like a vertical french tip and with the greens fading to white it’s almost like an Ombre style too. Fantastic.
𝑇𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐵𝑜𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑔𝑎 𝑆𝑤𝑖𝑟𝑙𝑠. A fantastic idea for these almond nails.
🍧Swirly Pink Nailz🍧
These pink swirls against matte white reminds me of ice cream. Is it just me?
Another take on the vertical light blue swirls. There’s a slight hint of glitter here too but it’s very subtle.
Oh now, these overlapping swirl nails are just fantastic. I think you could do these in a whole bunch of different ways but that black spots really highlights the swirls.
Again, we have that gentle hint of glitter that works really well and the colorway suits the minimalist line nail art on the index finger. And the subtle white and black french tip on the outer nails… I think this might be my favorite set so far.
Don’t be afraid to sparkle a little brighter ✨ We’re seeing a real trend of some glitter with these swirl nails. It’s a little more obvious on this set but it works really well with the colorway. You could skip the glitter and still have a stunning design if it’s not your thing.
Freestyle french nails with black swirls and glittery polish.
Some festive-looking swirl nail art. Simple lines for great style.
I’m almost surprised it took this long to find marble-style nails. You’d think it would be a more obvious one but I really like this set and it’s (apparently) very unique.
So I’m not saying I have a problem. But the moment I saw that trail of red I thought these were wine nails. They look fantastic but I think I do need a glass…
A much more glam take on the style if that’s your thing. A cool winter style to this set. (Alright that was two puns now).
Speaking of winter nails I love this color style and, again, we’ve got some subtle glitter polish on some of the swirls. If you look closely, that swirl is also a hint of a french tip. I love that.
Deeper and thicker red swirl nails against nude acrylics.
🤍 🍭 🤍🍭🤍 Lovely grey swirls on these French nails with a twist.
I’m not saying I have a problem with my obsession with swirls but… yeah. These just look fab.
A more minimalist take and a little symmetry between nails never hurt anyone.
I’m almost surprised at how uncommon these black swirls are. They’re a little more subtle than the bright colors and glitter but they still look fantastic and you could get away with these at the office.
And finally I had to do some digging but I found this single solitary swirl. I really like minimalist nail art and I think it can really work with this style. Sometimes more is less and having a single feature nail doesn’t just save you time in the morning, it can be stylish as heck.
Matte green and white on these oval nails.
Gel overlay with matte white tips.
A vibrant and fun pink on these swirls.
Who needs coffee foam art when you have swirls like these on your coffee color nails?
Ooh I love this idea. Matte white background with a rainbow swirl style. New favorite. Someone do this on my nails please.
Funky green and red swirl nails.
Long nails are my happy place. Add some metallic green swirls and I’m in heaven.
Retro-looking swirls on these short red nails.
Some great inspiration for anyone fan of bright colors and minimalist lines. These rainbow swirls are fun and a little different.
A slightly more serious take with these deeper greens and olive tones.
Another traditional candy cane style.
Oh very elegant looking here. Matte white splashes with a hint of glittery gold. Just superb. Do this. Then show me a photo of it.
Orange french tips always have more fun. Add some orange and white swirls and you have a great look. Subtle enough for everyday wear and fun enough for the bar.
A slightly different take with creamier colors.
Swirl nails are fun, stylish and relatively easy to do. They can work with any look. If you’re looking for a new nail design that’s on-trend but won’t take up too much time or require lots of tools then these swirls may be just what you need! All you’ll need is some polish, cotton swabs (or q-tips), a clear topcoat and maybe an orange stick if the edges start getting clumpy.
I do hope this has given you some ideas for swirl nail designs If you give this a go – I want to see it! Send me a photo of your swirly nails and we’ll feature them here.
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