23 Elegant Nail Art Designs for Prom 2018

Let’s be honest about this, when it comes to prom night, every little detail is important. Getting the right elegant nail art designs for prom 2018 isn’t just a case of matching the colour to your dress, there’s so much more that comes into play these days. With long nails, short nails, stiletto nails, embellished nails, negative space nails, lace nails, and every other nail design you can think of in between, there has never been more options open to you. We think it’s about time you got a little bit creative.

1. Pastel Blue & White Design

If you don’t have time to head to the salon, or your budget won’t stretch quite that far, to allow for a beautiful manicure, don’t despair. There are plenty of ways you can makeover your talons at home, cheaper, faster, and to the exact style you wan. Lace nails, for example, are easily recreated with actual lace pieces, or you could use lace as a stencil to paint over, or you could even recreate the look with cleverly-placed flicks of white polish.  You could even look at getting nail wraps if painting the lace design is a bit too much for you.

Pastel Blue and White Prom Nails

Source: @nail_sunny

2. Simple Chevron Nail Design

The chevron design is one of the simplest you could try at home, and we’ve achieved it both freehand, and with the help of shaped nail tape too. If you have zig-zag scissors, you could even cut up tape at-home. Place the tape over your nails, then apply your paint, and once the polish has dried and you peel the tape away, you should be left with something that looks a little bit like this. We love the way that glitter has been used over the neutral peachy-nude shade, and you’ll find contrasts like that, even subtle ones, can make a massive impact.

Simple Gold and Neutral Chevron Prom Nails

Source: @hemmyberlin

3. Light Pink Coffin Nails with Rhinestones

For when you want to go all-out with the glitz and sparkle, how do you feel about the addition of rhinestones on your talons? Strategically placed, you could have them to look like any design you like – something exotic, perhaps? Or maybe just one gem on each nail? It’s up to you how intricate and how creative you go with the rhinestones, but you must admit they add a certain kind of sparkle to the occasion.

Light Pink Coffin Nails with Rhinestones for Prom

Source: @riyathai87

4. Glittery Accent Nails

If you don’t have a lot of time to redo your nails in time for prom, or just need a hand with something that’s simple, to the point, and elegant, how do you feel about these stunning designs? They’re nude and simple, but one nail has been called upon to become the “featured nail”. You can change the whole appearance of your manicure just by adding that one glitter nail, and it’s definitely one of the easiest of the bunch.

Simple Neutral and Glitter Prom Nail Design for Short Nails

Source: @nail_sunny

5. Pink and Silver Metallic Nails

How do you feel about flowers? If you’re having a pretty pink or peach dress, you’ll need pretty peach or pink nails, just like these elegant nail art designs for prom 2017. For the record, if you’re having these nails done a few days before the actual prom event, make sure you take care of the nails in the couple of days between appointment and event. The last thing you’ll want is a last-minute busted nail. Use rubber gloves when doing dishes and submerging your hands in water, and make sure you have a good top coat on to keep things nice and secure.

6. Neutral & Gold Glitter Nails

Decorating the cuticles is a really big deal right now, and whether you’re looking at using rhinestones, glitter, or even wire nail art, it’s a must-have look if you want to be fashionable and elegant at prom this year. It’s very simply a case of adding nail tape to the main bulk of the nail, just leaving that half-moon cuticle section free, and then painting with your preferred glitter shade. Cover with top coat and you’re good to go. Could life be any simpler?

Neutral and Gold Glitter Almond Nails for Prom

Source: @nail_sunny

7. Trendy Ombre Glitter Nails

If you want trendy ombre glitter nails like these fabulous and elegant nail art designs for prom 2017, you’ll need a few things to hand. You’ll want your peachy-nude base colour, base coat, top coat, and then two shades of glitter. In this case, a silver-pearlised one, and a greens-blue one. Place your glitter in two stripes on a makeup sponge, and then place the sponge over your nail. After a press, you should be left with something that looks a little bit like this, and all that’s left to do is apply that top coat.

Pink and Sugar Glitter Ombre Nails for Prom

Source: @laura_nails_studio

8. Pink Marble Nails

These pink marble nails are stunning, aren’t they? If you’re on the hunt for elegant nail art designs for prom 2017, you can’t go far wrong with marble nails. They’re the very epitome of elegance and class. They’re not overly difficult to do at home either, just in case you don’t have time to head to the nail salon. We’ve seen plenty of tutorials on Youtube, and we’ve even had great success trying to recreate some of the looks at home too!

Pink Marble Nail Art Design for Prom

Source: @nail_sunny

9. Pastel Blue & Rhinestones

These nails have an air of Cinderella about them, and we think that’s why we loved them so much. To get nails as good as a fairy princesses, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got a good base to start working on. Before painting your nails you should make sure that you’ve gotten rid of any excess polish leftover from your last manicure. File your nails down, make sure you’ve given them a good coat of a conditioning base coat, and then it’s time to get creative. But you should know that your nails will look better if you take care of them first.

10. Neutral, Sugar Glitter Nails

Textured nails are a really big hit right now, and these almost-sugary nails are a perfect example of elegant nail art designs for prom 2017. They have just the right amount of something about them to make them really stand out from the crowd, but without too much that it takes over your entire look. Don’t you want it to be about your entire look? You spent enough time deciding on a dress, makeup and hair, after all.

Neutral Sugar Glitter Almond Nails for Prom

Source: @nail_sunny

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6 thoughts on "23 Elegant Nail Art Designs for Prom 2018"

  1. Carla says:

    Hi! What is the nail color used for the pastel blue and white nails?? Second photo down from the top!Many thanks!

  2. Monique says:

    Hi! Products used are Beautix UV Gel Nail Polish in shade #318 and #319.

  3. nomangesi magaga says:

    where can I get the saloon to do this

  4. Grace says:

    Hi, what is the color used in number 4?

  5. Lara says:

    Hi. What is the colour used in item 4 please?

  6. yvette says:

    i like the nail yheir so nice and i want those nail

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