Pastel Nails: 35 Creative Pastel Nail Art Ideas
After the pastel makeup and hair trend, it’s time to celebrate the upcoming summer season with a gorgeous pastel manicure! There is something so classy and cute about pastel nails, not to mention they are the perfect versatile nail polish styles since they can be mixed with so many other colors and outfits. They can be elegant and sophisticated with luxurious designs, or edgy and cool with metallic and glitter detailing, and we are absolutely in love with this trend!
1Baby Blue & Marble
The pastel blue, the marble detailing is perfectly completed with the metallic stripe on the ring finger, which looks like a gorgeous little midi ring. If you want to keep the focus on the metal detailing, use a clear matte polish over the baby blue.
This beautiful bright pastel nail art design with the tiny, colorful flowers reminds us of pretty Easter eggs, and it’s the perfect manicure for a cute white summer dress or a maxi dress!
Instead of a traditional ombré, this nail art features a pastel rainbow kind of vibe with the change from blue to green, yellow and pink. If you can’t decide between the different pastel shades, this manicure effortlessly combines them together without looking too over the top.
4Lavenders & Lilacs
This nail art mixes together different kind of warm and cool pastel purples together beautifully, and we especially love the silver glitter ring finger design!
If you’d like to show off your summer tan, this vibrant pastel peach manicure will definitely do the job. Although it is a simple nail design, because of its color, it is instantly noticeable, and it will look stunning with white, turquoise and warm tones.
This classic ombré manicure is definitely giving us Barbie vibes with the blue and pink transitions, and because it’s all matte, it is a very elegant, yet girly manicure.
This manicure is more on the daring, vibrant side. With the different glitter shades, such as pink, mint, blue and light yellow, it is a one of a kind manicure that goes really well with monochrome outfits.
8Two Toned Marble
This cool pastel blue and purple manicure with the almond nail shape and the marble detailing is truly gorgeous.
9Fun Polka Dots
Instead of sticking with the traditional polka dot design, have a bit fun with it and mix up the colors and sizes of the polka dots on different base polishes, such as lavender, baby blue, light yellow and mint green.
With the glitters, the shiny, reflective pastel polish and the small stars make this manicure very special and feminine at the same time.
11Lavender Water Lily
One of the most popular nail polish combination for pastel nail art is light blue and lavender, and this little flower on the ring finger adds a beautiful little touch to your manicure.
12Tulips & Sunflowers
If you would like to switch to warm shades, try out peach and pastel pink with tulips, sunflowers or roses! If you are not a nail art expert and wouldn’t be sure where to start in creating a manicure like this, simply buy gorgeous manicure stickers.
An interesting way to make even the softest pastel colors pop is to choose neon pastel shades, such as bright cotton candy pink, vibrant yellow and cool mint. If you’d like to amplify the brightness of these shades, add small black detailing to your manicure, such as this gorgeous geometric design.
14Grey & Pastel
With a neutral base like gray (or even beige, taupe or white), any mix of colors will look stunningly beautiful, and with the small polka dot design, this manicure with peach, blue, yellow, pink and white dots is a bold yet sophisticated look.
Although it looks tricky, you can easily recreate this beautiful nail art design! After starting off with a white base, choose three or four different shades (such as peach, gray and blue) and use a small tip brush to apply patches to your nails. We know, it looks messy at first, but with a help of a toothpick, start mixing and “dragging” the polish into each other, and set everything in place with a clear polish.
Add a creative twist to your regular French manicure with different pastel colors! We love this fresh combination of lavender, green, pink, orange and yellow, but you can also experiment with colors from the same color scheme, such as lavender-green-blue or pink-orange-pastel red.
Who says pastel can only be cute and girly? Pastel shades can also be sophisticated and elegant, and by adding tiny black lines to a matte taupe and pastel blue manicure, you can easily create something quick and feminine.
Another way to create a French manicure with pastel colors is doing an all colorful, double French tip nail design. Don’t be afraid to use different shades on each nail, but make sure to stick with the pastel theme, so it doesn’t become too overwhelming.
19Neon & Taupe
Pastels can be applied with various other tones, such as glitters, metallics, neutrals and neons to make the soft shade pop even more. This manicure features a mix of baby pink with neon turquoise and taupe, and we just love it.
20Metallic Polka Dots
Pink pastel nails will look stunning with metallic gold or rose gold polka dots! If you are not sure how to create precise polka dots, use a very thin brush (or a toothpick to even out the dots) or nail stickers.
21Artistic Nail Design
Don’t be afraid to get messy and have a bit of fun with the different nail art decors and shapes! What we love the most about this manicure is exactly the chaotic placement and color choice of the abstract details.
Although you might not notice it at first, this nail features a slight ombré from light blue all the way to a stronger pastel shade, and with the added pink tulip stickers, it’s simply perfection.
This has to be one of the most creative and fun looks from our list, and it can be recreated in a few minutes with the help of these shimmery, geometric pastel stickers.
24Queen of Hearts
Another “Easter” inspired, beautiful pastel nail art with small hearts all around it- if you want to keep the focus on the hearts, add smaller ones to your other nails as well.
This nail art with the soft pink and beige and the flower prints and the golden and crystal detailing remind us of a beautiful porcelain tea cup.
26Soft Pink Ombré
From the pink to white, this nail art design could also be a very subtle, modern French manicure. Although it’s quite simple, it can be easily vamped up with a few crystals for special occasions.
The trick with this look is to play with surprising color combinations and keep the rest of the manicure simple with a neutral or light pink base polish.
White geometric motives, pastel glitter, gorgeous matte ombré nail art…do we need to say more?
29Toned Down Pastel
Pastels don’t always have to be bright, playful shades – deeper toned pastels can look just as amazing, especially with almond or coffin nail shapes.
30Easy & Artistic
Even if you don’t feel very talented in creating nail art designs, this manicure is easy to create, yet still looks elegant and interesting. After applying the base shade (use a neutral beige or nude color), choose two pastel colors and leave two strokes on each nail. Make sure your manicure is clean and polished by making the strokes the same size.
31Minnie Mouse Pastel
We can’t imagine anything cuter than this pastel pink nail design with a small, white and gray Minnie Mouse on the ring finger!
32Caged Nail Design
If you want something edgy that goes beautifully with any pastel shade from yellow to lavender and baby blue, create a very thin, black “cage” around your nails while leaving the tips the base shade.
33Shabby Chic Vibes
The polka dots, the color palette of rose, white and mint and the small rose designs all come together beautifully and create a shabby chic nail art design that looks beautiful with any boho chic or vintage inspired outfit!
While you might not consider yellow as the ultimate pastel shade, with a few added details and colors (such as cotton candy pink, baby blue, and lilac), it can become a stunning base for a pastel nail art design.
This manicure is simply stunning with the different shades and patterns on each nail! To create a 3D design like this, you’ll have to use various layers of polish and be very patient to make sure everything dries down and stays in place. If you messed up the detailing, you can easily correct around the edges with a toothpick and smooth things out with a year clean top coat.