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.

Closeup of manicured hand with triangular red tips and a solid white stripe design
Photo: Aileen Son/Paintbox

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 red nail art looks to inspire your own manicures.

Here are 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 the Power Couple Like Desire + Like Dreams 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

Minimalists will love nail artist Amy Le's oversized polka dots, featuring two shades of red. Le used Sinful Colors Cherry Chaser and Black Cherry to create this design.

6. French Tips with Jewels

Dress up red French tips with a little bit of sparkle, as seen on this manicure by nail artist Kanae out of Vanity Projects Salon.

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.

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