23 Elegant Nail Ideas for Special Occasions

Got a special occasion planned and need a chic set of nails to complete your look or maybe you want to give your nails a bit of a makeover? If this sounds like you, then you need to check out our 23 elegant nail ideas. These designs will glam up your look and do so in style. You will find glitter, rhinestones, beautiful colors and more. Whether you’re a master of nail art or are new at creating designs yourself, there is a nail idea for you. Take a look, you will want to try them all!

1. Nude Nails with Rhinestones

The first idea we have to share with you is this nude nail look with rhinestones. These nails are coffin shaped with a light, glossy color. There is also one accent nail with rhinestones too. This is a beautiful and elegant manicure with sparkle! You can recreate this look or choose a different nude tone, you can also try a different crystal design.

2. Glam Matte Black Nails

Black is an elegant color and it can be used to create stunning manicures too. Here is a beautiful example. Most of the nails are matte black and there is one accent nail with a gorgeous glitter design. Nails like these are chic but will show off your trendy and edgy side too. You can have nails like these created at a salon or try recreating the accent design yourself with nail tape.

Glam Matte Black Nails

Source: @salandaeva_nails

3. Elegant Nails with Beautiful Nail Art

Your nail art does not have to be bold to make an impact, you can try something more delicate and subtle like this. The nails featured below are all a light shade with two accent nail designs. For the accent look, there are wispy white lines with gold glitter and gems. It is a beautiful nail idea that would be perfect for a special occasion. You can create dainty lines on your nails with a thin nail brush.

4. Glitter French Tips

Glam up your classic French manicure by adding some glitter! Here we have a design that features the traditional nuder color with white tips. The white tips also have a coat of glitter too. This is a stunning look that gives you the elegance of a French manicure with a sparkly and beautiful twist.

Glitter French Tips

Source: @philglamournails

5. Matte Ombre Nails

Another must-have nail trend is ombre. Next, we have an elegant and stylish way to wear ombre. These nails are coffin shaped with one stiletto accent nail. The ombre has a stunning color change from nude to dark purple to black. Each nail also has a stripe of glitter while the stiletto nail has gems instead. This is a gorgeous nail idea, we love this! You can recreate the ombre in any color.

Stunning Matte Ombre Nails

Source: @riyathai87

6. Pink and Gold Glitter Nail Idea

Next, we have a sparkly pink look to share with you. The nails are a pretty light pink shade with two accent nails. One accent nail has gold glitter and the other has pink. This is such a simple but elegant design and you can easily recreate a similar look at home. You will just need a pink polish and two glitter polishes. This combination of glitter and color will work on all nail lengths and shapes.

7. Elegant Coffin Nails

If all the glitter and gems is not your thing, then just choose one color. You can create an elegant manicure with just one gorgeous shade. Here is a stunning example. The nails are coffin shaped in a nude, glossy color. As you can see, the nails look effortlessly elegant. You can recreate in any nude shade and with any nail shape.

Nude Coffin Nails

Source: @victoriaoliviaxo

8. Glam Glitter Tip Nails

Our next idea is another manicure with glitter tips. For this look, the nails are nude with navy tips and silver glitter. There is also one accent nail with a stunning embellishment. This is a trendy nail idea that is perfect for the ladies that want to look chic but edgy too. You can recreate this manicure or try a different color combination.

9. White Nails with Crystals and Gems

Next, we have a beautiful white nail idea. Most of the nails are glossy white but there are two accent designs. One features crystals along the cuticle and the other nail is completely covered in gems. This is a gorgeous nail design and it would be great for a wedding. You can buy crystals like this online and they are easy to apply. To apply gems you just place them on the nail while the topcoat is still a little wet. Make sure the polish is not too wet as the crystals and other embellishments will slide.

10. Black Nails with Chic Glitter Cuticle Design

If you love the cuticle nail art like the crystals above, then you may like this nail idea too. These nails are glossy black with two accent nails. The accent nails feature a sparkly glitter cuticle design. As you can see, the glitter jazzes up the black and makes the manicure look unique. You can recreate a similar design with nail tape. Try any color combination.

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