50 White Nail Designs You Need to Try
December 06, 2022
Choosing your nail color
is making a statement (no wonder it takes so long!), and there’s something about a white manicure
that says you’re ready to take on the world. Whether you’re using the shade to create intricate nail art designs or going for a simple and sheer white mani à la the “clean girl” aesthetic
, there are so many looks you can create with white nail polish
. Ahead, we rounded up 50 ideas to consider for your next nail appointment.
White Nail Designs By Length
Short White Nails
Nail art minimalists (and those who prefer shorter nail lengths!) will love this swirly, negative space design.
Sometimes the best nail looks are the simplest — especially if you’re attempting to DIY your mani.
A super thin, precise nail art brush will be your best friend when attempting to recreate this minimalist look at home.
Paint a little garden on your nude, glossy nails with your favorite white polish.
If you want to give your white mani a light-reflecting edge, a chrome overlay might be more your speed. The Essie Expressie FX in Iced Out Top Coat will give you this effect. (Bonus: It also dries quickly.)
We’re obsessed with these mini white hearts placed near the cuticle.
For short nails, going for a solid white mani is simple and timeless.
Maybe it’s marble, or maybe it’s white clouds atop a pink sky. Either way, this look is incredibly dreamy. Essie Matter of Fiction is a great pink for this design.
The white lines create dynamic streaks resembling a fire. We’d love to see this with a red glitter base reminiscent of the flame emoji.
Ask your manicurist for a short French mani featuring black and white tips — and bring in this photo as inspiration!
Never underestimate the transformative power of switching up your nail shape. This square shape looks amazing when paired with a super glossy, opaque white polish.
Medium White Nails
Go for a geometric, mix-and-match vibe by alternating between French tips and graphic white designs.
The milky white base color with a fully bejeweled finger will dazzle for any camera’s flash. Don’t be shy to add another finger with the same gleaming rhinestones.
White nails with a little glitter are great for when you want to stand out and sparkle in a subtle way. We see this look as simple without ever being boring.
This textured look just screams, “Pass me more eggnog, please!” while sitting by a crackling fire. We love that it incorporates shades of pink and rose gold.
This white-on-white design with the pearl accent is giving major “I do” vibes.
Black and white nails look good on everybody, on any length and shape — it’s the ideal color duo.
We’re loving the growing popularity of these cartoon nails, where the nails look like they came out of a comic book.
The red hearts are super adorable and work for all nail lengths.
Ask your manicurist for multiple designs within one mani. Using matte white and navy polish is definitely the way to go for a wintery vibe.
The small Santa hat detail makes this design super adorable and perfect for a festive holiday party.
Long White Nails
Snowflake designs with a milky white base are perfect for a holiday look. You can dress them up with jewels or keep them simple.
White and gold nails are a cute combo, especially with the gold accents. The jewels make the white on the French tip pop — a twist to a classic design.
This is a glam nail that’s perfect for an event or any special occasion. Formal, but make it Instagram-worthy.
The gold flecks with the marble-like design just screams “glam.” We love how the base milky white creates a layered look here. Essie Marshmallow would create the base you’re looking for.
This textured French tip and flower accents shared by @nailsssby.ashh creates a 3D look. We love these for a bride looking to elevate her wedding nails.
These long, coffin-shaped white nails are not for the faint of heart. The frosted base looks stunning under these larger jewels and would only look this good on a longer nail.
White on white deserves more praise. A frosted, glittery French tip with a white base works for all nail lengths.
This look will tell the world that you’re a rockstar and we’re just here to watch you run the show.
We know, we know, it’s been done. But why mess with a classic? It works for all lengths and shapes.
We’re longtime fans of mini gemstones for those who want a little sparkle without going all out. A few rhinestones, especially with a minimal design, gives off an air of elegance that we can appreciate.
We love a croc print nail design, whether in-set — how @briisnailsss created these long acrylics — or with a more 3D effect where the design sits up from the nail. Definitely don’t miss the opportunity to dress in the same print.
These duck-shaped nails look adorable with the dotted design on top of a French tip. The additional color makes this a layered look, and there are plenty of pink shades out there to choose from to get the look yourself. We recommend Essie Gel Couture in Haute to Trot.
This white line design on the soft white base color is playful and rebellious.
‘Tis the season to show off your mani! That means asking your manicurist for a design like this filled with candy cane swirls and snowflakes.
We can’t stop staring at this maximalist bejeweled butterfly nail appliqué.
This polka-dotted pearl design is a fun yet sophisticated look. The length combined with the French tip base gives this design even more character.
This matte set is perfect for fall and can be customized with many different designs.
We love the gradient trend, where each finger is a different shade of one color. For a detailed design, such as this blossoming flower, you’ll need the length to create a dynamic look.
This autumn-inspired nail design works well for all nail lengths, but something a little longer would allow for leaves and fuller swirls.
You can have a lot of fun with these designs — just choose your favorite cartoon character.
Red and gold are two bold colors that just demand attention. The white makes it a little softer.
Prefer something a little more subtle? With a stunning shape and a glazed finish, this mani is the perfect choice.
The white on these glittery gold and orange leaves just pops and gives the design a bit of depth. This would look cute with a coffin shape as well.
These fruit pieces add a splash of color to an otherwise simple design. You can have a lot of fun choosing which fruit to feature.
We think we’ve proven our point — the French tip is a great base for any design. These outlines add a bit of color, and the heart-shaped cherries feel like an ode to the ’90s. Try Essie Gel Couture in Rock the Runway to get that fire engine red color.
This white and rosé pink set is ready for a party any day of the week. We love the addition of the ombré nail as well.
We love the butterfly details on these frosty pink French tips.
Alternate each French tip with a different color. White and brown is a minimalist yet statement-making option, and the additional vertical lines really tie the look together.
Gold foil placed on a gradient white manicure is a combo we will forever love.
Photo: @nails_and_blinks, Design: Juliana Campisi
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