13 Non-Basic Designs for Red Nails

Simple twists on the classic color.

Bust out your thin brush and acetone, because we've got 13 easy riffs on the classic red manicure that you can do at home. Check them out.

The Upside Down

Add an healthy dose of color by painting the underside of your nail in a contrasting hue.
Design by @whitneygnails

Metallic Touch

Make a red nail instantly more glamorous with a metallic accent. Start with a clear base coat and then paint your half moons in gold. Let dry, then fill in the rest of the nail in your favorite red polish. Finish with a topcoat.
Design by @nail_unistella

Varsity Stripes

Retro-inspired varsity sweaters, jackets, and sneakers are trending, and the look can be extended to your nails. But instead of going for collegiate colors, we're digging this unexpected red-and-pink combo by the nail art salon that started it all, WAH Nails.
Design by @wahnails

All-Over Print

Add a print to a basic red nail, done here using a thin brush to paint micro lips.
Design by @wahnails

Red Accents Pt. 1

Alternatively, use a pop of red on a neutral background. To get this cherry design, start with a nude base. Add pairs of red dots throughout, then use a thin brush to paint stems and leaves in green. Finish it off with a clear topcoat.
Design by @aliciatnails

Red Accents Pt. 2

Or supersize your look with a design that extends from your index finger to your pinky.
Design by @cassandrew__marie

Easy Minimalism

Add a thin diagonal line in a contrasting color for a simple yet dynamic look.
Design by @paintboxnails

Lined Up

Try an unexpected '70s color combo in maroon, cherry, and hot pink.
Design by @vanityprojects

Red Ombre

This vampy ombre is a subtle way to celebrate your inner goth.
Design by @karengnails

Petal Tips

Instead of painting a red French tip, scallop the inside edge for an abstract floral design.
Design by @jinsoon

Negative Space

Wear your heart on your nails with this negative nail. Outline the bare section in black to clean up any mistakes and embolden the graphic.
Design by @dollydayinn

Matte Contrast

After painting your nails in your favorite red, let the lacquer dry and add a horizontal swipe in a matte topcoat for a contrasting finish.
Design by nataliepavloskinails

Statement Nail

Use a thin brush to add a fun statement nail or two, seen here in the form of teeny lightning bolts.
Design by @mpnails

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Lots of Love!!!