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Nail Designs 2023 (59 Art, Color & Shape Ideas)

This post is all about nail designs for 2023. We’ll take a look at the latest designs, color trends, and the shapes that are trending this year. Plus, I’ll show you some fresh ideas for short nails, acrylics, gel and natural nails.

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Nail Designs 2023

First, let’s take a look at some of the new trends in nail art right now.

What is the most popular nail design right now?

  • French Glass
  • Stars
  • Pop art
  • Galaxy nails
  • Retro swirls
  • 3D nails
  • French Illusion
  • Mix and match
  • Velvet glaze
  • Wet look
  • Thin French Tips
  • Melted Metal Nails
  • Chrome Nails
  • Half Moon Nails

Nail Art Designs

Now, I’ll show you an example of each of these nail designs so you can find your favorite.

1 | French Glass Nails

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One of the recent trends in nails are glass nails which look like your nails are made of glass. The glass French nails have the same look but with French tips.

2 | Stars Nail Design

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Hearts have been in style for the last few years but this year we’re seeing stars. Add a star accent nail or two to be on trend this year.

3 | Pop Art Nail Design

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Pop art nails literally look like your nails are straight out of a cartoon. This is the design for you if you want to get some serious nail attention.

4 | Galaxy Nails

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Nails that look like they’re from outer space is a trend that I’m loving. Try this design in various shades of blues and purples and add sparkles and stars.

5 | Retro Swirls

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If you like a neutral nail then you can pull off this trend while still keeping the minimal, and natural look that you crave.

6 | 3D Nails

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3D nails are definitely attention grabbers. One way to try this look is to add texture and dimension to your nail with pearl tips.

7 | French Illusion Nails

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This new trend makes your nails look like there’s an optical illusion going on. Pick your favorite color and give it a try.

8 | Mix and Match Nail Designs 2023

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The mitch and match nail trend is all about trying a different color and design on every nail. I love the playfulness and versatility of this design trend.

 9 | Velvet Glaze Nails

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Who doesn’t want their nails to look like smooth velvet? Experiment with different colors and have fun with this trend.

10 | Wet Look Nail Design

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Do you want to make your nails look like they are fresh out of the shower? Paint them as you normally would and then drop dots of clear polish on them for the water dropped 3D effect.

11 | Thin French Tips

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If you love minimal nails, then you’ll love this one. Add a very thin stripe for an ultra-thin French manicure, also called micro tips.

12 | Melted Metal Nails

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Pick your favorite metallic color and try out this fun melted metal nail trend.

13 | Chrome Nails

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Chrome nails or glazed doughnut nails are one of my favorite new trends. The look is pretty and classy and yet neutral enough to wear every day.

14 | Half Moon Nail Design

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Here’s just one example but there are several ways you can try this nail design.

Nail Shapes 2023

If you’re looking for a new nail shape to try this year, then check out what the top shapes are.

What nail shape is in for 2023?

Here are the most popular nail shapes this year:

  • Almond
  • Square tipped
  • Oval
  • Squoval – which is a square and oval combo

Now, I’ll show you an example of each of these so you can see what you like best.

15 | Almond Nail Shape

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The almond shaped nail is in my opinion a very classy choice. It looks fabulous with a medium or a longer nail and the shape helps to elongate the look of your fingers.

16 | Square Nail Shape

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The square tip is a modern choice for a nail shape. This shape looks great on any length of nail even short ones.

17 | Oval Nail Shape

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The oval nail shape is classic and will never go out of style. It gives your nails a natural look.

18 | Squoval Nail Shape

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The squoval nail shape is a new one and it’s just like it sounds it’s the mix of a square and oval shape. I love the look of this shape on shorter nails.

Nail Color Trends

Do you want to try a new color out this year? If so, then check out some inspiration below.

What is the latest nail color trend?

  • Shades of Green
  • Bold Red
  • Neutral Colors
  • Anything with Sparkle
  • Metallic Shades

Nail Colors 2023

Ok now, let’s take a look at some examples of these colors that are popular this year.

19 | Green Nails

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Any shade of green is in this year. Experiment with some different hues to find your favorite.

20 | Bold Red Nails

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Red is a power color and people are noticing. A new Tik Tok theory even states that red nails attract men. I don’t know about that, but it does portray boldness and confidence and you can’t go wrong with that.

21 | Neutral Nails

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Neutral colors are all the rage right now. They give that natural feel to your nails, and they go with everything.

22 | Sparkle Nails

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Pick your favorite hue and add a little sparkle for a look that’s on trend.

23 | Metallic Colors

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Try any metallic shade like gold, silver, bronze or chrome for a pretty new look.

Nail Designs 2023 Short

Are you looking for some new inspiration for your short nails? Check out below some nail designs that look especially great on short nails.

24 | Classy Short Nail Design

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They may be short on nail but not on class. There is ton of detail in this nail design that you can copy for a one-of-a-kind look.

25 | Glitter French Micro Nails

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The thin French tip with glitter looks chic on short nails.

26 | Black and Pink Short Nails

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Two contrasting designs looks modern and pretty on short nails.

27 | Fun Short Nail Design

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Add a playful touch like a smiley accent nail.

Classy Nail Designs 2023

If you have a special occasion coming up or you just like a sophisticated look then you will love these classy nail designs.

28 | Square Tipped Pink and Glitter Nails

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Light pink is a pretty neutral to start with. For a sophisticated look add a little silver sparkle.

29 | Classy French Manicure

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Try a French manicure with a modern twist and a little bling for a classy feel.

30 | Gold Striped French Tips

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To take your nails up a notch it’s all about the detail like these French tips with a stripe of white and gold and matching accent nail.

Gel Nail Designs 2023

Lots of women love gel nails because they last so much longer than a regular manicure without chipping. If you love gel nails too then check out these pretty gel nail designs below.

31 | Neutral Gel Nails with Sparkle

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Add a sparkle accent nail and a little swirl to elevate your gel nails.

32 | Classy Gel Nail Design

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Here is a classy gel nail design that you may want to copy this year.

33 | Purple Gel Nails

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If you love purple, then you should try out this pretty design this year.

Acrylic Nails

If you have naturally weak nails but crave the look of beautiful long nails, then acrylics might be right for you. Another advantage is that if they’re applied right, they actually last for a long time. If you love them check out some design inspiration for acrylic nails this year.

34 | Pretty Acrylic Nail Design

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If you want a classy design for your acrylic nails, try a slight ombre with a French tip with a twist.

35 | Elegant Acrylic Coffin Nails

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A set like this might be perfect for your next special occasion.

36 | Mix and Match Acrylic Nail Design

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Mixing and matching nails is a new design trend that you can have a lot of fun with.

Neutral Nail Designs 2023

I’m seeing neutral nails everywhere. But I don’t think these will every go out of style because some women just prefer a minimal natural look. Check out some stunning neutral designs below.

37 | Baby Boomer Almond Nails

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Baby boomer nails are an ombre French manicure. If you want a soft pretty and neutral nail design, then look no further.

38 | Neutral Checkered Nail Art

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Don’t be afraid to try a neutral color pallet with a fun pattern like these checkers.

39 | Glass Nails

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If you love a neutral nail, then the new glass nail trend might be one that you love.

French Manicure Designs

French Manicures are another classic that will never go out of style. What’s fun about this design is you can make little changes to make it a little more modern. Check out some fun new design ideas for your French Tips.

40 | Minimal French Manicure

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Try An “invisible French manicure” for a look that is on trend this year.

41 | Fine Line French Manicure

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This is your classic French manicure with a thin line that is everywhere this year.

42 | Blue French Manicure

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Add your favorite color and some fun patterns to shake up your typical French tips.

43 | Modern Square French Manicure

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A round and square outline on your tips is a modern take on the French manicure.

Sparkly Nail Designs 2023

Are you wanting to add a little sparkle to your nails this year? If so you’re not alone a shimmery nail is on trend right now. Check out some original ideas to add a little bling to your hands.

44 | Sparkly Stiletto Nails

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Each of these stiletto nails gets a little bling.

45 | Sparkle Accent Nail

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Dark nails are lightened up with a sparkle accent nail.

46 | Shimmer Nails

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An all over shimmer is chic on a natural almond nail.

47 | Pretty Glimmer Accent Nails

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Each nail is unique and yet they tie together nicely.

48 | Glitter Gradient Nails

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An ombre designs meets sparkle for a fun design idea that would be easy to pull off.

49 | Coffin Sparkle Ombre Nails

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This would be the perfect amount of glimmer for a special occasion.

Simple Nail Designs

Sometimes simple is just best, am I right? If you’re the kind of girl that wants your nails to look nice but don’t have the time for an intricate design, then you’ll love these nails below. They’re all examples of nails that are simple and yet still classy.

50 | Simple Squoval Nails

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If you want to go simply but have your nails still look nice choose a length, shape and color that is easy to maintain. Like these short, squoval nails in a light color.

51 | Micro French Nails

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Add a skinny white line to your natural nails for a look that is both simple and on trend this year.

52 | Simple Light Pink Nails

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Light pink is a great choice because it looks natural and doesn’t show wear as much as a darker shade.

Seasonal Nail Trends

If you’re like me then you love to change up your nails for the season. Check out some of the best design ideas this year for every season below.

53 | Spring 2023 Nail Trends

One of my favorite designs for spring is daisy accent nails.

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If you want to see more nail ideas just for spring, check out this post...

Spring Nails (Ideas Trending in 2023)

54 | Summer 2023 Nail Trends

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Summer is the perfect time to add color to your nails. Why not try a fun mix and match pattern in cheerful summer hues?

If you're looking for more ideas for summer, then check out this post...

39 Gorgeous Summer Nails You Need to Try

55 | Fall 2023 Nail Trends

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Many of us like to choose warm, autumn hues during fall time. To add a little interest play with different finishes like mixing matte with shiny.

You can find more Autumn nail inspo in this post...

The Hottest Fall Nails for 2023

56 | Winter Nail Designs 2023

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For winter try mixing white and light neutrals with a little sparkle.

Or if you want to try fun holiday nails then you'll love this post...

77 Fun Christmas Nails to Copy in 2023

Unique Nails Designs

Are you looking for some nails that no one else has? If so, then you’ll love these next ones that I want to show you. These are one-of-a-kind designs that will sure to be the envy of your friends.

57 | Psychedelic Nail Art

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This retro 70s nail art is bright cheerful and fun.

58 | Matte and Sparkle Unique Nail Art Design

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The combo of a matte finish with a sparkle accent is unexpected and beautiful on these square nails.

59 | Cloud Nail Art Design

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If you want a truly one of kind design keep your head and your nails in the clouds.

I hope enjoyed these nail designs for 2023 and found some inspiration to try something new this year. Feel free to save your favorite ideas to your Pinterest boards. To do that just click on the picture and then the P and choose your board.

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