Gel nail art has become one of the hottest beauty trends from the last couple of years, giving us the power of expressing our style through amazing and sophisticated designs. Spicing up our hands has never been so easy!
The magic of gel nail designs
You can have fun with different gel nail designs, choosing the one that best fits your current mood or style. What makes gel nail art so popular among fashion lovers is that you can keep your nails perfectly intact for more than two weeks, as opposed to regular manicures.
Gel polishes are made of strong ingredients that are able to grasp your nails tighter than regular polishes, letting you enjoy a perfect manicure for a couple of weeks. But that doesn’t mean these polishes will leave your nails weak and brittle, just like acrylics do.
The gel nail application process is much gentler with your nails. As long as you make sure to remove it only at a professional salon, rest assured that your nails will remain completely intact and healthy.
The other reason why gel nails are so special is that they always have that sophisticated glossy finish, thanks to the several gel polish layers that are cured using a UV lamp. You can create beautiful effects with the last layer, or decorate it with cute and sophisticated designs that can include glamorous elements such as rhinestone studs.
If you love getting fresh manicures and treating your hands like they deserve, then trying the most amazing gel nail designs should be on your to-do list. Get inspired with these 30 cute nail gel design ideas that will help you elevate your style.
30 Gel Nail Designs to Glam Up Your Hands
1. Delicate florals gel nail design
A delicate and minimalist floral design over a nude gel nail polish is a great combination that can be elevated when paired with a dark dusty lavender. Choose two fingers on which you’ll add the design, and let the other ones create a beautiful color contrast with lavender.
Short square nails are perfect for showcasing this cute minimalist floral gel polish design.
2. Glittery gold and deep green gel nail design
Oval nails have become a huge trend, and it’s the perfect shape to display this easy gel nail design. A longer nail length makes this cute gel nail art look much more elegant and sophisticated.
Gold glitter-coated nails next to an almost-black green create a gorgeous combination, but a pop of white over your ring finger is just what you need if you want to elevate your nails. Add V-shaped thin lines in gold to finish this glamorous gel nail design.
3. Futuristic gold and matte gel nail design
Matte nails are one of the best beauty trends from 2019, but if you want to take this trend to the next level, try pairing it with golden detail.
Use a deep blue matte gel polish color and contour each nail with a thin golden line. The matte finish is key to achieving that futuristic-like gel nail design, and the golden detail dresses up your hands for an elevated casual attire.
4. Sexy burgundy gel nail design
Burgundy is one of the sexiest nail polishes you can ever wear. However, if you want make it even sexier, a matte finish and a delicate rhinestone detail on one single nail will do the trick.
After coating your nails with a matte burgundy gel polish, choose one fingernail and add small rhinestones on the edge of it, right next to the cuticle. Lastly, finish this gel nail design with a diamond ring on your middle finger for an extra dose of glam.
5. Nude subtle ombre gel nail design
One of the best ways of complementing any type of outfit is with a nude color gel polish. However, for a modern take on a traditional nude manicure, this subtle ombre gel nail design will definitely do the trick.
The pale pastel terracotta color on the tips of your nails fading into an almost transparent nude makes a dreamy and chic nail style that will elevate your hands effortlessly.
6. Edgy French manicure gel nail design
A French manicure is one of the classiest and most timeless nail styles ever, but for those who love edgier looks, a neon yellow on the tips of the fingernails is a great way of stepping up a classic nail style.
Choose your favorite nude base color and finish this easy gel nail design with a pop of color. Neon yellow nail tips will make your hands look modern and classic at the same time.
7. Mis-matching gel nail design
Who says both of your hands need to have the same nail art? Step up your gel nail design with two different motifs: on one hand, a cool animal print design and on the other one, a delicate floral design on the tips of your nails.
For a cool look, opt for oval shaped fingernails.
8. Edgy metallic green gel nail design
These metallic green oval-shaped nails have been perfectly paired with a sophisticated rhinestone detail on one of the finger nails, elevating an already cool design.
The trick is to apply a coat of iridescent/metallic green gel polish on your middle finger and, using the same color, paint the tip of your ring finger to simulate a French-style manicure. Paint the rest of your nails with solid dark green for a cool multi-effect gel nail design, and finish with a cute rhinestone detail at the edge of your ring finger.
9. Best tribal-inspired gel nail design
A tribal-inspired design on one of your fingernails is enough to elevate a monochromatic gel nail design.
Choose two different shades of your favorite color and, on your ring finger, add a pop of silver and white with a cool and minimalist geometric design, outlined with black gel color. Square shaped nails will look great with this tribal gel nail art.
10. Glamorous glitter gel nail design
This is a glamorous gel nail art that will elevate your every-day wear. Simply choose a dark glittery rose gold gel polish and unevenly paint your middle finger to simulate a crackling effect.
Paint the rest of your fingers with a milky chocolate brown gel color to create beautiful monochromatic nail art. For extra glam, a fully glitter-coated ring finger will do the trick.
11. Bold multicolor gel nail design
To bump up your nail art style, try this bold multicolor design. What makes this gel nail art so unique and cool is the high contrast between the middle and ring finger’s color with the rest of the fingers’.
To create this stunning effect, paint your ring finger with a metallic/iridescent green and purple gel polish and match it with a deep purple middle fingernail. Finish the rest of your nails with a solid light bubble gum pink color.
12. Dreamy marble effect gel nail design
A marble effect will always make your hands look absolutely stunning. This dark aqua and white gel nail design recreate a classic marble effect that’s perfect for winter outfits.
Make sure to add an extra layer of glossy transparent gel polish to add a dreamy effect on your fingernails. The marble gel design under a glossy coat will take classic nail art to the next level.
13. One-of-a-kind matte gel nail design
Matte gel nails are in style, but in order to make them stand out add a creative and delicate design like these cute mini constellations.
First, add a matte deep blue base color on all of your nails. Then, using a super thin nail brush, draw a star on one of your finger nail and delicate curvy lines on the rest of your nails. Finish this gel nail design with small rhinestone studs over these lines for a stunning constellation-inspired art.
14. Cute artistic gel nail design
Add a pop of color to a pale bubble gum pink with two fingers displaying an abstract design. This cool nail art has a beautiful color scheme, featuring a saturated periwinkle blue, orange and a bright turquoise polish colors mixed into one design along with black and pink.
15. Nude and glittery marble gel nail design
Nude color schemes are everywhere, so taking this trend to your nails will only make sense. For a create and elevate nude gel nail art, add a marble effect on two of your fingers.
Coat both with a cream white base and, with a gold gel polish, create a minimalist marble effect to add that unique detail. Paint the rest of your nails with your favorite nude color.
16. Cute and simple egg gel nail design
This is a simple but fun gel design that only needs a transparent gel polish and one cute egg drawing over each of your nails. The secret of pulling-off this gel art is to position each egg on different parts of your nails: on the right border, on the tips, on the center, and so on…
If you love all-things cute, then this egg gel nail design is a great way of stepping up your hands.
17. Edgy French manicure gel nail design
For a modern and edgy take on the classic French manicure, these black oval finger tips is a cool option. To elevate your French-inspired nail art, choose a base color that matches exactly your skin color.
The black tips will be the statement detail that will make your hands look edgy and sophisticated.
18. Sophisticated floral gel nail design
A fresh new way of elevating a gel nail design is with a pair of small delicate flowers on the center of each nail. What makes this design so special is that your nails seem to be au-naturel, with a transparent nail polish under the floral motifs.
This nail art is perfect for both winter and summer: the flowers have a summer vibe but the neutral and almost color-less design makes it winter-friendly as well.
19. Stunning gold glitter ombre gel nail design
Nothing can beat the sophistication and simplicity of this glittery ombre effect. To achieve this gel nail style, apply a transparent coat on each of your fingernails.
From the tips of your nails to the middle, apply one thin gold glitter polish. Then apply a second one on your tips only, and finish your nails with dense glitter polish on the tips as well. This ombre gel nail art will go perfectly with any color you wear, elevating your outfits in the easiest way possible.
20. Pink beige and charcoal grey glittery gel nail design
Almost black shade of grey paired with a dusty pink beige is a chic color combination you can wear to recreate this cute nail art.
Apply a silver glittery polish over your dark grey nails, and leave this beautiful beige gel color only for your ring finger. Add a small heart shape on the border of this finger for a cute finishing detail.
21. Bold glitter and matte purple gel nail design
Glitter and matte purple is one of the chicest gel nail color ideas you can rock this season. For a cool gel nail art, mix together glitter, matte and one linear design.
On one hand, paint your index and middle finger with the purple glitter gel polish, and the rest with the matte purple. Finish with crisscrossing lines on your ring finger. Recreate this same design on your other hand, but alternate fingers for a cooler look.
22. Beautiful white gel nail design
For a cute and simple gel nail art, over long square-shaped nails apply a coat of solid white gel polish, and add a finishing detail with a small heart shape on one of your nails.
A black heart will create a beautiful and classy contrast. You can perfectly match this nail art with any outfit, but a black and white color scheme will always shine better during winter.
23. Edgy geometric nude gel nail design
This unique and bold gel nail art features an almost transparent-like pink and black color scheme which is taken to the next level with triangular lines over each finger nail.
What makes this gel nail design so cool and edgy is the square-shaped nails contrasting with the triangular black colored tips. But the ring finger takes all the attention: with an arrow black and nude design, it adds that edgy finishing detail.
24. Chic matte and rhinestone-studded gel nail design
This gel nail design is perfect for glamming up your hands during the holidays. The simplicity of the nude gel polish goes beautifully with the shimmering of the rhinestone detail.
It’s a simple gel nail art: with square shaped long nails, apply nude matte gel polish and finish with one single rhinestone on the borders next to the cuticles.
25. Fun and artistic gel nail design
For a fun twist, why not add a cartoon-like element? These glitter-filled stars are perfect for adding that pop of shimmer to your hands. The black outline makes them look like they came straight out of a cartoon, but the glitter adds a sophisticated detail.
The neutral base gel polish makes the stars the statement element of your nail art. However, for an extra pop of color, you can switch the neutral color to a bright red or pink base gel polish.
26. Stunning minimalist gel nail design
This simple gel nail design is a cool and chic take on minimalist art. All you need is a neutral base color, like this stunning blush pink, and a small white and black detail on the nail’s borders.
If you want to glam up this minimalist design, add a silver or golden glittery gel polish on your ring finger. This neutral color gel nail art is perfect for all kinds of outfit, as it matches perfectly with any color you feel like wearing.
27. Trendy and elegant gel nail design
Animal print is one of the signature trends of 2019, so make sure to include it on your nails as well. This elegant gel nail design has only one small but statement animal print element on one of the fingers, elevating a trend into a toned-down and somewhat minimalist design.
The neutral colors next to the animal print are key to any sophisticated gel nail art. Lastly, a thin gold line across two or three of your fingers will add that unique finishing touch.
28. Cool avant-garde gel nail design
Colorful gel nails are the best way of completing a statement look, and this avant-garde art design is no exception. The secret behind this colorful and artistic gel nail design is to balance the elements: choose two fingers on which to add that unique design, and leave the others with solid gel polish colors.
A small abstract element on two of your fingers will be enough to achieve a cool and unique gel nail art.
29. Yellow neon and florals gel nail design
Florals are one of the favorite nail motifs, but try stepping up your nail art game with this cool and fun design.
Apply a matte nude gel polish over your middle and index fingers, and draw a black-outlined floral pattern in different colors. Paint the rest of your nails with neon yellow to bump up a classic floral design. Long, oval-shaped nails will rock this style much better.
30. Cute girly mini hearts gel nail design
For a cute gel nail art, mini hearts on the border of your nails will do the trick. All you need is to apply a dusty pale pink color over your nails and finish with alternating black and red mini hearts right next to the cuticle.
This gel nail design looks not only cute and girly but also modern thanks to the oval shaped nails.
Whether it’s a minimalist geometric composition, or a glamorous matte and glitter combination, gel nail designs are essential for dressing up your hands. Have fun and get creative with any of these 30 gel nail art ideas that will definitely spice up your every-day outfits.