10 Easy Red Nail Art Ideas That'll Upgrade Your Classic Manicure
All of these non-basic designs are easy enough to DIY at home.
Like red lipstick, crimson nails will never go out of style. A glossy red manicure transcends season, nail shapes, and nail length.
However, if your go-to glossy red manicure is feeling a little "meh," when you paint your nails every other week, why not spice things up with some nail art? Whether you want to go extra with glitter or lean towards minimalist designs, there's myriad of ways to take your red manicure to the next level, courtesy of some of Instagram's favorite nail artists.
Before breaking out the nail polish, buff, file, and thin nail art brush, scroll through and save some of our favorite ned nail art looks to inspire your own manicures.
Here, 10 simple red nail designs you can totally DIY at home.
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1. Negative Space & Stripes
The French manicure will always be a staple. This play on the classic design by nail artist Mai Flores-Reyes of Paintbox Nail Studio includes triangular red tips with a solid white stripe. Use Like Desire and Like Fog, from the salon's in-house line of polishes, to DIY the look.
2. Red Ribbons
This checkerboard pattern inspired by ribbons is a cute accent to any classic red manicure. Nail artist Betina Goldstein used Chanel's Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Ballerina, a barely-there pink, for the base of the statement nails, while the red ribbons is essie's Gel Couture Nail Polish in Bubbles Only.
3. Put a Heart on It
You could wear your heart on your sleeve, but we'd argue painting one on your nail looks better. Case in point: this simple manicure by celebrity nail artist Gina Edwards, which won't look out of place after Valentine's Day.
4. Half Moons
Half moons are a classic nail art design for good reason: it's simple to DIY, works on any nail length, and looks amazing no matter what shade you choose for your mani. That being said, we're into these fire engine red moons by Melanie, who goes by @overglowedit on Instagram. She used Cirque Colors Nail Polish in Maria Maria to create the look.
5. Seeing Spots
6. French Tips with Jewels
7. Trippy Waves
Can't draw straight lines? No worries. Abstract curvy lines will turn your manicure into a work of nail art. Manicurist Jessica Washick used duo to create this groovy manicure.
8. Red Ombré
For anyone who can't pick a single shade of red, why not use all of them? This manicure using Olive & June nail polishes mix and match five crimson shades to create a fun ombré effect.
9. Half and Half
The best of both worlds, the matte half gives nail artist Natalie Minerva's crimson manicure an edgy twist.
10. A bit of Sparkle
Glitter is one of the easiest ways to take your favorite red polish to the next level. Essie global lead educator, Rita Remark, used the brand's polishes for this sparkly manicure. Instead of topping the red base with glitter all over, she added a vertical sparkly stripe on the right side of each nail.