We love to step out in public and leave people guessing. Are we on our way to a rave or a Lisa Frank convention? In a perfect world, the answer is yes to both of those questions. And if you also like to evoke mystery while keeping your recreational options open, we highly recommend neon nails for your next polish pick.
If neon is good enough for the 90’s and Selena Gomez, then who are we to turn down this trend? It’s way better than bringing low rise jeans, OK Gen Z?
There’s really only one rule when it comes to defining neon nails: they must be bright. After that, you can get as creative as a cow on ferris wheel. (That’s a saying, right?)
From pink to blue, flames to lightning bolts, and ombré to French tips, there’s a neon nail design for every nail shape and occasion. To help you get started, we’ve highlighted our favorite nail art ideas.
25 Neon Nails That Are Like Having Your Own Personal Spotlight
1. Neon Lime Flames Nail Design
These nails by Nail Addiction are fire. Green fire, which is way hotter than regular fire. Our neighborhood pyromaniac told us…from a safe distance.
2. Neon Pink Animal Print
Pair neon with the other trend that keeps coming (or never leaving) in style: animal print! Also pairs well with In-N-Out.
3. Press-On Neon Flames
If painting flames on your nails sounds as difficult as trying to start a fire without matches, these press-ons by msknails on Etsy will do the trick. Bear Grylls has got nothin’ on us.
4. V-Shaped Neon Orange French Mani Press-Ons
5. Neon Green Press-On Nails with Gold Foil
These matte neon press on nails from SimmiPressed are kind of a muted, low key variation on the neon trend. No, not that low key. Although this is a very Loki look. Shoot…is his name like Beetlejuice?
6. Short Neon Nails
Just follow the neon yellow river for this short and sweet look. But maybe don’t drink from it.
7. WAP Neon Nails
This design by @sassnailartistry is surely one Cardi B would approve of. And anyone looking for a Wireless Access Point.
8. Neon Yellow and Pink Stripes
These nails are perfect for you, as long as you’re ok with your personality being the second brightest thing in the room. Third, if Einstein’s ghost is hanging around.
9. Neon Orange Dot Nail Design
Nail artist Michelle Humphrey knows sometimes, simplicity is best. Especially when you’re running out of polish.
10. Neon Coral Coffin Nails
Let these nails by Olivia be your reminder to take your shoes to the salon to color match. Just maybe not those old tennis shoes you used for a Tough Mudder.
11. Neon Yellow and Lightning Nail Art
When a spider bites you, you turn into Spider-Man. When Pikachu bites you, you get these nails. And a restraining order.
12. Neon Rainbow Tips
When it comes to these nails by Anouska Scarlet Anastasia, there’s nothing simple about ‘just the tip.’ But, is there ever?
13. Neon Camouflage Nails
Possibly the worst camouflage ever, unless you’re playing laser tag. In which case, where’s our invite?
14. Half-Moon Neon Nails
This take on neon nails is for when you don’t want everyone to know about your Marvel obsession, but you still wish you could destroy people who mow their lawn at 7AM by snapping your fingers.
15. Neon Orange Nails
16. Translucent Neon Pink Nails
When we match our nails to our shoes, you better believe it’ll be our pink jelly sandals. We love blisters!
17. Neon Geometric Nails
Nail artist Anouska Scarlet Anastasia uses Peacci brand nail polish in every neon color imaginable to create this glow stick-inspired look. Meaning, glow sticks that still work…not the ones you got from your middle school dance and still have in your closet for some reason.
18. Neon Mushroom Nails
These nails by Aree, a 14-year old self-taught nail artist, may not be the only way you channel Alice in Wonderland. But they’re definitely perfect for any kind of trip. Just maybe don’t try to paint them on said trip. Car rides tend to be bumpy.
19. Neon Stripes
Get weird with the nail tape to make these light saber looking designs. Darth Vader approves. Luke is too boring to care.
20. Neon Blue Nails
This neon blue polish is called Fierce Sapphire because they’re starting to run out of nail polish names.
21. Black Matte and Neon Green Nail Design
When you only wear black but don’t want to get pinched on St. Patrick’s Day. What? You like to plan in advance!
22. Neon Blue Nails with Yellow Tips
We’re really feeling this Dory-inspired manicure by Andrea. Good thing the polish was dry.
23. Neon Green Ombre Squiggles
Get funky with this design by ail artist Meg. No one needs to know that these neon lines were supposed to be straight.
24. Neon Star Nails
All this multi-colored neon nail art is making us see stars. Nope…that’s our phone flashlight again.
25. Green Neon Dot Nail Design
These simple neon dots are a perfect example of how the neon nail trend can be subtle. Unless you turn one of these dots into a little alien. No, not ALF.
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