In our very professional opinion, we decided that June is the best month. First, it brought summer vacation. Now, it brings happy hours on the patio, sundresses, and of course, Pride Month. There’s an entire 30 days dedicated to celebrating the queer community through parades and parties, for which you’ll probably need some rainbow nails.
Hear us out. Having an entire month to celebrate the the LQBTQIA+ community is the perfect opportunity to go all-out with your manicures. Yes, that’s plural.
Just like there are many colors of the rainbows, there are many, many, amazing rainbow nail art ideas to choose from. Check out our favorite designs to show off your pride below!
23 Best Rainbow Nails
1. Rainbow Skies
Somewhere, over the rainbow, the manicurist of your dreams is waiting to do this amazing nail art on your hands. Just make sure her skin isn’t green.
2. Rainbow Ombré Manicure
Sparkly, ombré, and rainbow? Call the Pride Police – we have a triple threat on our hands!
3. Rainbow Goth Nails
If you want to show your pride this month without compromising your status as the Queen of Darkness, just ask for pentagram in every color of the rainbow. Plus black, of course…
4. ROYGBIV Dots
Never be embarrassed again about missing the color lesson in kindergarten. This is the perfect cheat sheet!
5. Glittering Arches on White
This attention-grabbing manicure will ensure that you have the best looking hands when that one friend insists on taking a cheers boomerang before every shot you take. Which will happen….a lot.
6. Rainbow Tie-Dye Nails
Tie-dye is a classic summer activity. But getting it as a manicure instead of DIY-ing some t-shirts will keep you from scrubbing dye off of your hands for the next three days.
7. Technicolor French Tips
Yesterday your nails were duller, now everything’s…TECHNICOLOR! Wait, you haven’t had “What Dreams Are Made Of” from The Lizzie McGuire Movie stuck in your head this whole time?
8. Twinkling Rainbows on Nude
Add some sparkles to this simple rainbow mani for some detail that’s as subtle as your side eye.
9. Watercolor Manicure
Put those Crayola skills to the test! Or, if it’s giving you flashbacks to your mean third grade art teacher, leave this one to the professionals.
10. Rainbow Waves
This manicure will have you staring at wavy patterns and bright colors all day. No magic mushrooms necessary! Unless that’s your thing?
11. Rainbow and Cloud Nails
Your nails can match your head by going up into the clouds for this mani. Wait…was that thunder? Or are you just hungry?
12. Dripping Color
If you want to dip out of the party early, just use the excuse that your nails are melting. You know you’ve used worse before.
13. Love Is Love Manicure
These nails aren’t just for Pride Month. Ask for them in November for Thanksgiving to remind your old school aunt that you don’t care how many times she posts about it on Facebook, no one’s banning gay marriage.
13. Matte Rainbow Nails
Matte nails are the most understated that anyone is going to be during Pride Month.
15. Rainbow Sprinkle Nails
This press-on nail design looks good enough to eat! But you probably shouldn’t. Right? Right, right of course not.
16. Smiley Face Rainbow Nails
If this is how your face looks at the end of June, then you’ve done Pride Month correctly.
17. Loud and Proud Bling Nails
If the cast of Jersey Shore got a rainbow manicure, we’re pretty sure this is what they would ask for. Go the extra mile and get a rainbow spray tan, too!
18. Subtle Swipes of Rainbow Nails
Even a dedicated minimalist can get behind this barely-there pop of color. Just think of it as a statement piece of art in your all-white apartment! Wait, are those walls padded?
19. Pride Flag Manicure
If you try to carry around a Pride flag all day, you’re just going to lose it after three margaritas. Show your pride on your fingertips instead.
20. Rainbow Animal Print Nails
Lisa Frank was the original Pride icon, and these nails prove it. Well, her, and Bert and Ernie.
21. Rainbow Nails with the Pot of Gold
The best part of these rainbow nails is that you can repost an image of them and make it look like you celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Because skipping the pub crawl and hang out with your cat is always a good idea.
22. Retro Rainbow Daisies
These Takashi Murakami-inspired flower nails provide all of the fun of finding the perfect vintage blouse, with none of the weird smells.
23. Evil Eye with Rainbows
You might not have eyes in the back of your head, but these nails let everyone know that they can’t get away with anything weird on your watch. Not without you joining, anyway.
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