Choosing a manicure for the prom can be difficult. There are so many amazing designs to choose from, all in different colors. We are here to help and found 43 stunning prom nail ideas. We have something for everyone whether you want nails that are elegant, vibrant and more. Any of these ideas would be a beautiful choice for any prom queen!
1. Elegant Prom Nails
First up we have these very elegant nails. The nails have been painted in a light color and have two accent nails. Each accent nail has a shimmering rose gold design. We love the light polish and rose gold combination. Nails like this would be a beautiful choice for any prom look.
2. Light Ombre Nail Design
Ombre nails are easy to wear and are super stylish. This ombre idea features a very light color that gradually blends into white. As the colors are neutral the design will suit everyone, no matter what style your dress. You could wear ombre on any nail length and there are tutorials online to help you recreate the look at home.
3. Gorgeous Pink Glitter Nails
Prom is a very special occasion, so it is the perfect time to add some glitter to your nails! These nails have been painted in a vibrant pink color with shimmering pink glitter on the top. The glitter doesn’t cover the nail it is just on the tips and there is an accent nail with more glitter to. You could recreate a similar look with any colors and you could experiment with glitter placement.
4. Sparkling Light Nails
Next, we have some beautiful sparkling nails! This idea features nails that have been painted in a very light pink with an accent nail that is covered with shimmering beads. Beads are a pretty to accessorize your nails. You can buy beads in all different colors and sizes to create a unique prom look. Keep the colors light for elegance or be bold and choose vibrant colors.
5. Vibrant Purple Glitter Nails
If you do want a bolder nail design for prom, then this idea could be for you. These nails have been painted in a light purple and white. The white nails have a gem design and there is a purple glitter accent nail. We love the purple it would look awesome on everyone. Nails like these are also the perfect way to coordinate the design with your dress. You could choose a glitter accent nail that is a similar shade to your gown.
6. Beautiful Pink and Rose Gold Nails
Our next idea features pink nails with a rose gold design. We have seen a lot of nail art with the glitter being applied to the tips of the nails, but these nails have it around the cuticle. Choosing to put glitter at the bottom of the nails gives you a unique and creative look. You could recreate your cuticle manicure with any color palette.
7. Silver Glitter and Gems
Silver is effortlessly stylish and is perfect for the special occasion. These next nails have been painted grey with gems while two nails are silver. The combination of the silver and gems is beautiful and creates a finished look that wows. You could use the silver with any nail color as silver goes with any shade.
8. Stylish Dark Red Nails
Want to make a statement? Then choose dark red nails like these. The nails have been painted in a gorgeous red polish and have two accent nails with gems. Red is a beautiful color, so you could use red polish on its own or add gems. A nail design like this will suit any nail length.
9. Pink and Silver Prom Nails
Pink and silver compliment each beautifully. These next nails use a soft pink polish with two silver accent nails. The silver has been placed on the cuticle for one nail and on the tip for the other. We love this idea because it combines to stylish design ideas.
10. Nails with Bling
Looking for elegant nails with sparkle? Then this idea could be for you. These nails have been painted in a soft, pretty color with one accent nail. The accent nail features gems that sit half way around the cuticle. Wearing gems like this creates a stylish manicure, perfect for the special occasion.
11. Trendy Prom Nails with Gems
Here is another manicure with a trendy cuticle design. The nails have been painted in a light color with gems around the cuticle. These nails are glamorous and will suit any prom look. You could recreate a similar look with any color polish on your nails.
12. Black and Gold Nail Idea
Black is a chic color so why not add it to your nails? This nail idea features light nails with a rose gold glitter accent nail and black accent nail. All the colors and styles complement each other beautifully. A manicure like this would be a stylish choice for anyone.
13. Glittering Pink Nails
Look pretty in pink for prom with nails like these! The nails have been painted in a very light pink with two shimmer accent nails. You could recreate a similar look and just choose one of the accent designs. Maybe try other colors to. Nail art like this will suit all nail lengths.
14. Statement Prom Nails
If you want to make a statement with your manicure, then this is the way to do it. There are multiple designs that are very stylish resulting in a trendy manicure. The nails have marbling, glitter, gems and more. For your nails you could just use one of the designs or maybe two. You can also experiment with different colors.
15. Gold Glitter Accent Nails
You don’t have to go all out, you could go for a subtle design like this one. The nails are painted in a neutral shade with a gold glitter accent nail. By using a light tone, you are creating a more natural look, the glitter is perfect for the special occasion. You could also use rose gold or silver glitter.
16. Prom Nails with Gems
Sparkling gems are perfect for a prom manicure. You can create so many beautiful designs with crystals. These next nails have a gorgeous accent nail with a unique gem design. You can experiment with gems and create some many amazing looks. This is a great example of using sparkles on your nails.
17. Rose Gold Glitter French Manicure
Our next idea is for the ladies who love a French manicure. This French manicure has got a design twist that is perfect for the prom. Instead of the classic white tips the nails have rose gold glitter tips. By using glitter, you are giving the classic manicure a makeover. You could use any glitter color, silver or gold would be beautiful to.
18. Pretty Pink Nails and Silver Glitter
Next, we have a pink and glitter idea. The nails have been painted with a very light pink, but one nail is covered in silver glitter and one has a sprinkle of glitter. We love this look because it is pretty, and the glitter gives it some sparkle. A design like this will suit all nail lengths.
19. Stylish Purple Marbled Nails
If you like the marbled nails, then this next idea is for you. The nails feature a funky white and purple marble effect. The other nails are painted dark purple with a silver glitter accent nail. To recreate the look, you could change the color scheme to suit your own style. Maybe even match it to your dress.
20. Prom Nails with Sparkle
Earlier in the post we featured a light ombre manicure. This one has the beautiful ombre, but it has some sparkling gems. The gems just give the ombre look an extra special finishing touch. You could recreate the ombre look with any colors to.
21. Elegant Silver Glitter Nails
Our next prom nail idea features a natural nail polish with a light sprinkle of glitter over the top. This is a beautiful look that will suit anyone with any nail length. You can recreate this look with other glitter colors to. Maybe try silver and gold for a trendy mixed metal look.
22. Chic Nails with Rose Gold
Rose gold is a very popular color choice, especially for special occasions. Not only do these next nails have rose gold but also have a marbled effect. The two styles suit each perfectly. You can create a marble and rose gold design on each nail or add some other colors to like the manicure featured.
23. Iridescent and Rose Gold Nails
Next on our list are these iridescent nails. Iridescent nails have a color on them that changes when you look at them in different angles. This idea features color changing nails and has combined them with rose gold and pink. We love this stunning and creative design!
24. Beautiful Prom Nails with Sparkle
Next, we have a beautiful nail idea to show you. These nails are light pink with one crystal accent nail. The accent nail features lots of gems in different colors, shapes and sizes. You can buy rhinestones online and you can easily apply them with nail glue and a topcoat polish. Pink nail colors like this one can easily be found online too.
25. Matte and Chrome Nails
Chrome is a super stylish nail look and this next idea shows how to wear it in style! Our next pick features chrome and matte nail art. Most of the nails are rose gold chrome and matte black with one accent nail – a black matte nail with gorgeous rhinestones in matching chrome color. This is a beautiful and unique way to wear chrome. You can recreate the whole look in any color of your choice.
26. Elegant French Ombre Nails
Looking for elegant and trendy nails? Then this idea is for you. These long nails are French ombre with two accent designs. French ombre is stylish look that has the nude nail color and white tips like the French manicure but the colors are blended to create ombre. There are two accent nails with shiny rhinestones. These nails will be glam for the occasion, but will show off your unique style too.
27. Trendy Black Nails with Glitter and Marble
Black is an elegant color so it is perfect for your prom manicure. You can choose to have simple black nails or you can add stylish nail art just like this next look. This nail idea features glossy black nails with two accent designs. One of the accent nails has marble art while the other is covered in glitter. This is such a trendy look and you can find marble tutorials online. Recreate the whole look or just try the black with marble or glitter instead of both.
28. French Ombre with Rhinestones and Glitter
Our next idea is another French ombre look. The nails are long and coffin shaped with a beautiful ombre design. There is one accent nail to which is covered in stunning rhinestones. This is a glam look that is perfect for the prom! You can choose to have a similar design on coffin nails or choose a different nail shape. This would look gorgeous on shorter nails too.
29. Nude & Gold Glitter Nails
Look pretty in nude at the prom with nails like these! This manicure features light nude nails and two of the nails have a glitter design. This is a glam and cute look that’s super easy to create.
30. Long White Nails with Rhinestones
White is a chic and elegant color so it would be a beautiful choice for the prom. These white nails are a stunning example of what you could wear. The nails are glossy white with a sparkly crystal accent nail. This is a gorgeous design that will give you a glitzy and glamorous look. White goes with any other color to so the nails will compliment your dress.
31. Pink and Glitter Coffin Nails
The next idea we have to show you is beautiful. The nails are long coffin nails in light pink and nude with two accent nails. The accent nails are covered in gold glitter. This is a pretty and romantic manicure idea and it will look stunning for the prom. You can recreate the design in any color.
32. Chic Pastel Nails with Silver Glitter
If the gem and super long nails are not your thing, then you can try other cool nail art. Here we have pastel nail design with a stunning splash of silver glitter. It is a subtle design but it creates and elegant and stylish manicure. You can create a similar look with any colors of your choice.
33. Beautiful Red Coffin Nails
Wearing a red or black dress? Then try gorgeous red nails like these! The nails are long, coffin shaped and have been painted in a stunning red shade. You can of course wear red nails with any dress, but we think nails like these would look amazing with a red dress in a similar shade or with a black dress. Red nails like these will look beautiful in any shape and length.
34. Crystal and Glitter Grey Nails
Our next nail idea is just wow! The nails all use a beautiful light grey tone with added crystals and glitter on some of the nails. Nails like these would look stunning at the prom – they are sparkly, glamorous and stylish too. You can try this grey look or use the same idea with a different color so that the manicure matches your dress.
35. Sparkly Tips
Looking for a glam design for short nails? Then this idea is for you! The nails are a nude tone with sparkly tips. It is a simple look but it will make a statement. You can use any base color and use glitter polish for the tips. Just paint your nails in a color of your choice, then paint the glitter on the top section.
36. Trendy Holographic Nails
Next, we have a trendy nail idea to show you. Some of the nails are nude while some of the others have a silver holographic design. There is also a nail with white nail art and gems too. It is a modern, stylish and gorgeous nail idea. Nails like these will suit the special occasion and will show off your unique and individual sense of style too.
37. French Ombre Coffin Nails with Rhinestones
Love French ombre nails? Then you need to check out this next idea. There a few different nail art designs used here. One nail is covered in silver rhinestones, the next nail is chrome ombre, then glossy ombre and the last two nails are chrome ombre with rhinestones. It is a super stylish nail idea and you can try and recreate the whole look or just one or two of the designs.
38. Pink Nude Nails
Another beautiful color idea for your nails is pink nude. It is a soft and delicate shade, perfect for special occasions like prom. As you can see, pink nude shade looks stunning when used on nails. These nails are all nude with two glitter accent nails. It is a gorgeous design and you can use this design on any nail shape and length.
39. Statement Prom Nails
Prom is the perfect occasion for trying sparkly, statement nails like these! Each nail has a different design, from matte black to gold glitter and the combination of the two. These nails are amazing and will definitely add glitz and glamour to your look! A manicure like this is a great choice for the ladies that want to stand out from the crowd in style.
40. Sparkly Nails
Do you usually wear nude nails but would like to jazz up your look for the prom? Maybe you want to try a unique and stylish design? If any of these sounds like you, then you need to check out this next idea. The nails are in a sparkly nude shade with two accent nails. By adding few rhinestones or crystals, you can easily transform a simple nail design into a statement one. It is a simple look that we absolutely love!
41. Beautiful Peachy Nails with Glitter
Next, we have another simple but beautiful look to show you. These nails feature chic combo of light pink and peachy shades, while the two of the nails are covered in gold glitter. This is an elegant and stylish manicure. The glitter used here is beautiful and it will sparkle when caught by the light. It is a stunning nail idea and will suit any prom look.
42. Glam Nail Design for Short Nails
Our next idea is glam and trendy! All of the nails are painted in a light, pretty shade and two of the nails have an accent design. The accent nails feature glitter stripes with a beautiful gem. It is a chic and stylish manicure idea and it can be recreated on any nail shape, in any length.
43. Nude Nails with Glitter and Rhinestones
Here is another way that you can jazz up nude nails. This manicure features nude coffin shape nails with two accent designs. One of the accent nails is silver glitter and the other is covered in different sized gems. It is a glitzy and stylish look that will suit everyone. You can recreate this look or try the nude nails with gems and no glitter.
We hope you have found inspiration for your prom nails!