by The Cuddl.com
If you’ve followed any sort of social media trends recently, you’ve probably heard at least a little bit about holographic nails. From runway models to beauty bloggers to Fashion Week, it seems like everyone is rocking this dazzling new look. Holographic nails are almost intimidatingly popular, but you don’t have to break the bank (or a nail) to get this shimmering, glittering, glamorous style for yourself—with our list of twenty awesome holographic nails, you’ll be sure to find the perfect nail art design that fits the unique, creative style of the nail addict in you!
Holographic nail color comes from regular nail polish, with the addition of a special pigment, made up of microscopic reflective particles, that gives it that trademark sheen. After applying a base color or just a base layer to the nail, you can add a layer of the holographic pigment with a brush or a simple makeup applicator, and then brush off any extra pigment for that eye-catching, holographic look. Over the top of the powder, add another layer of clear sealing gel, and you and your nails will be ready to make a splash.
The holographic nail trend really came to the world’s attention way back in 2016, when model Gigi Hadid rocked a chrome nail polish at the Met Gala, but it took off during 2017 on various social media sites and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Everyone loves the way their nails look in photos or just catching light out on the streets—with these fifty cute designs, you can choose one you like, or make it your own, so that you, too, will be ready to rock your own nail art for both long nail designs and short nail designs!
1) Like Rust on Iron
Rust doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. For these glittering, golden nails, the muted red and brown undertones give the nail polish a weathered, antique sort of look that’s countered by the highly metallic sheen of the holographic powder, and the end result is a marriage of old and new that’s pretty much impossible to ignore.
2) Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe
Catch a tiger by the toe—or by the hand, as is the case with these stunning nails! Each nail highlights a different style of nail art, and we just can’t pick which one is our favorite! The tiny gemstones on the pinky fingers, the smooth, pearly surface of the middle fingers—each one’s as gorgeous as the next, and we just can’t look away.
3) Puttin’ On the Glitz
Looking sharp in every possible sense of the word, these nails all play with light and shadow, reflection and absorption, in a way that’s absolutely mesmerizing. The pinprick gemstones at the base of the pinky finger play off the larger glitter pieces on the pointer finger, and the four different styles shouldn’t work so well together, but they really, really do!
4) Think Pink and the World is Rosy Red
Continuing the trend of a contrasting nail (and our overarching theme of Pink), this long nail design uses the white-pink gleam of all the other nails to highlight the chrome nails on both ring fingers. The gradient from the lighter polish at the base of the nails to the almost translucent sheens of the nail tips provides an eye-catching contrast, even when the whole nail is just one color!
5) Smiles, Hugs, and Lots of Purple
Another purple style for our list, these holographic nails feature a sweet little detail on the ring finger as their only distinction, but the pretty, eye-catching design is enough to warrant a second look, and the luminescent sheen of the four remaining nails is enough to warrant a third, fourth, and fifth look!
6) “I Believe in Pink”
Audrey Hepburn once said, “I believe in pink,” and, looking at these pretty nails, we don’t blame her one bit! This sparkly nail design is short and neat, but the holo nail polish gives it a unique twist, taking the nail color design from cute and simple to what looks like fairy dust nails.
7) Shiny and Chrome
At a first glance, these awesome chrome nails almost look like a natural nail polish, but once they catch the light, they become a cool kind of reflection of one of the best parts of the holographic nails trend—the effortless shine and iconic gleam of holographic nail powder that’s pretty hard to ignore, but nearly impossible to forget.
8) Quintuple Rainbow
With these nails, the holographic nail polish gets used to its full effect, as the natural gradient of colors found in every light beam is scattered across these designer nails to create a beautiful rainbow display. Almost all holographic nails play with light, but this holo nail idea takes full advantage of the fact, and it’s awesome!
9) “Nothing’s Too Girly”
Pink has always been a popular color for your average nail addict, and the holographic powder really just takes it to the next level! Simple, clean, and classy, this nail polish idea is a gorgeous nod to old-school nail ideas, while embracing the shimmering shine that has come to be so characteristic of modern holographic nails.
10) Mirror, Mirror
These nails might not use chrome nail polish, but the resultant glitter nails have a hint of chrome about them, nonetheless. With the rise of so many manicure types on various social media sites, we love the ones that seem to mix and match the best of so many different styles to create truly different nail designs.
11) Odd One In
Speaking of a cute easy nail design, these hologram nails are the perfect short nail design for those who love the holographic nail polish trend but don’t want to take themselves too seriously. The glitter nail art sets a fun contrast to the gleam of the remaining nails, and the end result is nothing but dazzling!
12) Clean and Classy
No matter the occasion, if you like clean, simple lines and bright, classic colors, then these are the nails for you! The holo nail polish used for this sparkly nail design is more understated than some of the others so that there’s just a hint of the usual shine when the light hits them just right.
13) We Run on Purple Time
There are chrome nails, and there are hologram nails, and then there are these gorgeous nails, which are in a league all of their own. The glitter nail art at the base of each nail is the only thing more eye-catching than the nails themselves, and either way, they’ve certainly got our attention!
14) Keep it Short, Keep It Simple
These holographic nails use a mirror nail polish to create a clean, crisp looks that stand out among hundreds, if not thousands, of other, equally eye-catching nail art designs. The metallic look of the finished product lends them an industrial look, but the short, neat trim really turns the style up to eleven.
15) The Snow Queen
The frozen fractals of different mirror nail polish colors give these cool-as-ice holographic nails a wintry feel, no matter what the weather’s like outside! As professional as it looks, all you need is a nail brush, this cute easy nail design, and a little bit of time, and you’ll be able to make it your own.
16) On Wednesdays, We Wear…
Pink! Like many of the other styles on this page, these holographic nails use pink powder nail polish to create a warm, friendly, familiar look that only reveals its holographic nature upon closer inspection. As this style shows, you can’t go wrong with a few trendy rings to point focus towards your perfectly polished nails.
17) Roses are Red, Violets are…
The old rhyme might say blue, but we all know the answer is really purple—with blue and green undertones for contrast, of course. Some nail art designs play up the intricate detail that nail art always highlights, but these are the nails for you if your tastes tend towards a modern, minimalist design.
18) Don’t Worry, be Purple!
Sometimes a little powder nail polish is all you need to take a nail polish color from warm to impossibly cool. These holographic nails are highly polished until the reflection is metallic in nature, and the finished result is somehow bright and coolly reserved at the same time—a nail art design for all seasons.
19) Bright and White
Holographic powder doesn’t always have to be used to punch up the color—for manicure types like the ones pictured here, the holo nail polish can be used to lend a touch of brightness to otherwise plain white polish, taking them from just “every day” to something you’ll want to wear every day from here on out!
20) Precious as Platinum
Can you ever really have enough glitter? There’s not any actual glitter to be found in this holo nail idea, but the answer is still a resounding no. One of a few truly metallic nails on this list, these holographic nails have a cool, hard gleam about them that makes them stand out from the crowd.