Purple nails may not be necessarily your go-to option, but they can look incredibly gorgeous if your pair them with other colors or add accent details. Wearing unusual nail colors such as purple is the best way to rock a unique mani and, who knows? Maybe it can turn out to be your favorite nail polish color!
30 Cute designs to try with purple nails
There are many different gorgeous shades of purple: from deep sophisticated shades like eggplant or wine to more neutral and toned-down shades like mauve or lavender. Choosing the right purple will depend on the kind of mood you want to rock.
When in doubt, try matching your nails’ shade with the season. Deep tones look gorgeous during winter or fall. You can choose dark and deep purples with a red undertone like plum for fall, and dustier purples for winter such as mauve.
For spring and summer, pastel colors will look stunning: a bright lavender or a pastel violet can definitely become your go-to colors for warm weather seasons. A rich plum or orchid purple are other options you can try for a cute summer look.
You can even pair your favorite shade of purple with any other color. Use purple as the main color and add an accent detail with a contrast, or alternate between these two colors: one nail purple, one nail white, and so on…
Embellishments or small patterns can also adorn your purple nails Add an extra pizzaz with mini rhinestones placed at the base of your nails, or create a criss-cross pattern with purple glitter.
Creating different textures on one same nail design has become quite trendy as well. If you’re in love with purple, try taking it to the next level with textures such as matte, 3D embellishments, ultra-glossy nail polishes…
Check out these 30 purple nail design ideas for much more inspiration!
1. Gorgeous shimmering purple nails
These gorgeous long ballerina shaped nails feature a shimmery deep purple polish paired with pale pink blush and chunky multicolor glitter. To pull-off, this cool design, make sure to finish with an extra layer of high-gloss to ensure a glamorous look.
These purple nails will make any of your night-out outfits look effortlessly chic.
2. Cool square-shaped purple nails
Deep purple nails are a great idea if bold and sophisticated is what you’re aiming for. But if you want to take your style to the next level, pair your long purple nails with a chunky purple glitter polish, and finish with two round rhinestones placed on the base.
Rock these nails with different shades of pink clothes for a feminine yet bold look.
3. Matte purple nails for winter
Matte nails are one of the trendiest options out there, so why not spice yours up with a cute lavender color? This toned-down shade of purple looks absolutely sophisticated next to chunky knits, which makes this design the perfect excuse for showcasing gorgeous nails during winter.
Add a pop of shimmer on your ring finger using a pale purple glitter polish.
4. Fun purple glitter nails for a night-out look
The thing about wearing an unusual color such as purple is that you don’t need much to grab people’s attention. That’s why short nails will do the trick: simple choose a dark eggplant purple and use it as the base layer.
With the help of adhesive stripes, create arrowhead blocks using a dark purple glitter polish. This is a gorgeous design that doesn’t need extremely long nails to make a statement.
5. Long mismatched purple coffin nails
If you love your nails extra-long and edgy, this stunning design might be just for you. Choose a pale pastel purple as the main color, applying it over your pinky, index and thumb fingernails.
On your ring fingernail, create a marble effect using a dark and a soft shade of purple, leaving the middle one with a holographic purple effect. This will add extra pizzazz to your purple nails, making you look like an edgy beauty queen.
6. Bold and simple matte purple almond nails
A soft dusty shade of purple is the perfect idea for fall and/or winter. This is an unusual color that will make you stand out from the rest.
If you want an extra glam, add small rhinestones all over one or two fingernails, simulating a polka dot pattern. Pair this design with neutral color knits for a trendy casual look.
7. Easy short purple nails with pink
These dark eggplant purple nails have been complemented with a soft pink used as an accent color. For a more coherent finish, this same purple has been applied as a diagonal color-block on one edge of the ring fingernail.
Lastly, a subtle glitter color-block adorns this fingernail on the opposite side of the purple. This is a gorgeous and easy design you can perfectly do at the comfort of your home.
8. Lavender purple nails with accent detail
Lavender purple is a cute and feminine color that looks gorgeous in spring. The best way to complement it? With a small delicate butterfly over pale nude pink.
These purple nails are perfect for adding that finishing touch to trendy and casual spring looks: think long flowy dresses or t-shirts tucked inside mini ripped jean shorts and a pair of strappy sandals.
9. Unique acrylic purple nails with marble effect
Marble effects on nails are always a great idea for those who love adding texture on their nails. This gorgeous design has mixed a dreamy marble-like effect using two purple tones and white, along with a dark purple wine and a pale lavender nail color.
Adding different textures and shades of one same color are the trick to mastering unique nail looks such as this.
10. Sophisticated purple gel nails for casual outfits
These elegant purple and silver nails really step up the game: not only is this deep purple a stunning color, but the use of silver glitter along with small delicate rhinestones have perfected the purple nail game.
A soft nude used as the base layer for the middle and ring fingernail brings out the best of this color combination: a diagonal dark purple block facing a silver glitter one. Make sure to rock this nail design with silver and sparkly accessories.
11. The edgy ombre effect on purple nails
Ombre nail will never go out of style, but if you want to shake things up, try doing so with an unusual color such as purple.
The trick here is to start with a black kind-of purple at the nail base, creating a gradient effect with violet at the middle and finishing with a pastel lavender at the tips. This design looks awesome over long oval-shaped nails.
12. Bright purple nails with glitter
If you’re looking for a fun and eye-catching design, look no more! These sparkly purple nails might be just what you need in order to add some extra pizzazz to your every-day wear.
Choose a bright purple color as the base layer and apply a multicolor glitter polish at the nail base and blend it at the middle, creating a subtle gradient effect. This is a statement purple nail design that speaks for itself, which is why they look so gorgeous over natural short nails.
13. Cute pastel purple nails with check pattern
If you love all-things-cute and girly but want to add an edgier detail to your nails, then these long almond-shaped nails will do the trick.
A pastel periwinkle blue has been teamed up with a soft lavender: the first one on the right hand and the second on the left hand. A white and nude check pattern adds an accent detail that makes this design a true one-of-a-kind purple nail look.
14. Fun bright violet purple nails for day parties
Violet is always a great idea for those who love feminine and fun nail styles. This bright violet nail polish layered under colorful and chunky glitter is the perfect excuse for rocking a unique nail design.
Wear this nail style on those days when you feel like adding a pop of color to your outfits. This purple nail design is a complete showstopper look that will turn heads!
15. Stunning white and purple nails
Almond nails are one of the biggest beauty trends of the moment, but if you want to stand out from the rest, try adding a unique color such as this dusty lavender.
Throw in a marble effect using dark purple and white to create a bold and modern nail design. Make sure to pair this look with all-black clothes for an effortlessly chic style.
16. French-style inspired shimmering purple nails
These French-style sparkly purple nails look stunning thanks to the glittery purple contrasting with the clear and glossy base layer. The sharp square-shaped nails and the oval nail bed also contribute in making a classic style such as the French-mani look absolutely trendy and modern.
If you love glamorous looks, pair these purple nails with your favorite party dress and silver pumps!
17. Flirty and fun pastel purple nails
These cute light purple nails are the definition of effortlessly gorgeous. You can perfectly recreate this look at home: all you need to do is apply several layers of this cute light purple glitter polish over your natural short nails.
It’s a simple yet gorgeous look that will add a pop of color to your summer outfits.
18. Bold black and purple nail design
Black looks great with any color, but if you want to take things to the next level, then try doing so with metallic purple flakes.
Start with a true black base layer on all of your nails, and over the ring and index fingernail create a purple flake effect. Finish with an extra layer of high-gloss polish for a glamorous purple nail design.
19. Dark purple nails with shimmering accent
This almost-black purple is a stunning color that will look great with any type of outfit. Add an accent detail with sparkly purple glitter polish over your ring fingernail for a sophisticated finish.
It’s a great purple nail idea for anyone who loves deep and dark shades but also loves a shimmering detail.
20. Long lavender purple nails with a holographic finish
Holographic nails is another trendy beauty finish that you can easily flaunt. For a cute and bold coffin nail design, try choosing this pastel purple color.
Pastel purple is the best way to showcase a feminine style, but adding a holographic detail will take your style to the next level.
21. Glamorous multicolor purple nails with gold glitter
Gold and purple nails are always a great idea, but you can shake things up with a third color like this cute pale pink. Nothing screams fashion diva more than a sophisticated nail design like this one!
A chunky gold glitter adds drama when it’s teamed up with a dark purple, but the pale pink tones down the contrast, resulting in a unique yet perfectly balanced purple nail design
22. Cute clear acrylics with pale pastel purple nails
This stunning purple nail design features a combination of the cutest nail ideas: a solid pastel that’s been paired with crystal tips adorned with flowers, and a glitter polish that adds an extra pop of shimmer.
This is a gorgeous nail idea you can rock while transitioning to spring: the dark purple flowers have that fall vibe that teams up perfectly with spring-like colors such as a pastel lavender.
23. Modern green and purple nails for winter
Who would’ve thought that iridescent green will look this stunning next to a dark eggplant purple? The trick here is to showcase this cool combination over long and edgy coffin-shaped nails.
These green and purple nails are the make the perfect combination for winter outfits: think a black leather jacket and black combat boots.
24. One-of-a-kind metallic purple nails for the bold
The best way to spice up your nails is to combine a metallic finish with a chunky glitter nail polish. This sharp nail art is a showstopper all by itself, so make sure to pair it with simple and chic clothes.
For some extra glam, add a couple of sparkly rings or bracelets.
25. Cool matte ombre effect with purple nails
If you’re looking for a unique ombre effect, try this cool design that mixes solids and gradients. Choose a dusty soft purple nail polish as the main color, and apply it over your middle, index and thumb fingernail.
On your pinky and ring nails, start with this same color and blend it with a true white to create a gorgeous purple ombre effect. A matte finish will give your nails a modern twist.
26. Elegant lavender and dark purple nails
The best way to make the most of purple? Choosing two contrasting tones and using them as solids: one dark eggplant and lavender nail polish color placed on different ways on your right and left hand.
You can mix-match this design by applying the lavender only on your left index fingernail, and the dark purple on the rest of the nails. On your other hand, do exactly the contrary for a fun and unusual look.
27. Different shades of pink and purple nails
If you love pink, remember that purple has pink (and blue) and therefore, mixing both colors together can result in a cute and feminine nail design.
Choose a dark shade of purple, such as this deep eggplant, and apply it over two fingernails. Using a mauve and a milky lavender, alternate both colors on the remaining nails.
28. The pink and purple ombre effect on square-shaped nails
For a cool ombre effect, choose your favorite nude color, such as this pale milky coral-like nude, and apply it at the nails’ base, smoothly blending it with a soft lavender that finishes at the tips.
This color combination is perfect for summer! You can throw in your favorite jeans and a cute tank top and let your nails do the talking. They’re cute, simple and eye-catching at the same time.
29. Gorgeous wine purple nails for fall
A dark wine purple nail look is all you need to elevate your fall and/or winter style. In this case, a solid wine has been used over three fingernails (pinky, thumb, and index), and a glitter nail polish that matches this same color has been used to add some shimmering to the design.
A white base layer has been used as an accent color, adding a simple check pattern that makes the nail design look much more unique and special. This is a perfect look for an elegant dinner or night party.
30. Delicate short purple nails with accent detail
Minimalist nail designs are something you can’t miss. These matte purple nails don’t need much in order to stand out from the rest: natural square-shaped nails serve as the canvas for this cute look, and a pale dusty pink nude serves as the accent color under which a delicate black leaf design has been drawn.
Beauty and simplicity at its best!
30 Purple Nail Ideas to Recreate Now
Even though purple may not be everyone’s cup of tea, these 30 nail ideas give a glimpse of how gorgeous this color looks if you give it a chance. Purple has many different cute and sophisticated tones and shades that make it difficult not to find something we absolutely love.
All you need to do to rock purple nails is to choose the right design for you!