Red fingernails are an eye-catching way to make a statement without saying a word. If you have been worried about being too flashy, don’t be! Red nails can be sassy or classy, and you can do whatever you want with them. There are so many different ways to make your mark with red nails, take a look at these 30 ideas for an amazing way to change your style and you are sure to be inspired.
# 1 Truly Red Nails
These red nails are just the right amount of go for any gal, and with their moderate length they are sure to show off your style. Don’t worry about having a nail that is a little longer than your finger, they look wonderful and you will wish you had tried them before.
These deep red beauties can steal the attention from anyone. They only seem understated until you see the light moving across their glossy surfaces. If you want to have a bountiful hue that people can't stop looking at, this is the color and style for you.
# 3 Primavera Blossom Nails
The solid deep red on this nail art frames some wonderful designs on the middle and index fingers. The two middle fingers are given an interesting blend of classic line work and fresh looking flowers. It is hard to imagine a more energetic nail design!
# 4 My Tender Heart Nails
Nail art can be a great way to show the world a little bit of what you are on the inside. These red nails do just that, and on each ring finger an adorable hand made heart captures the spirit of love. A wonderfully simple design that would be comfortable to wear anywhere.
# 5 Burgundy Splash Nails
These are an extremely subtle way to show off your love of sublimely executed nail art. The Black contrast around the cuticle makes the deep red gloss so much richer, and the little white hearts accent the rest of the design perfectly. This is a gracious way to wear red, and show a depth of style.
# 6 Spring Silver Bells Nails
A lighter matte finish red nail paint is used to a gorgeous effect in this design, and all of that playful youth is illuminated by a striking silver flake nail on the ring finger. This is a really fresh design and perfect for Valentine's day. Designs like this balance a lot of sparkle with a elegant looking matte paint that when combined; looks divine.
# 7 Radical Red Flash Nails
This is a nail for the gal that doesn't mind showing off a little bit. These bright red nails have lots of life and sparkle and are sure to draw a little bit of attention. When you are out in the sun this nail paint is going to dazzle anyone who sees it, and the deep red hue will stand out anywhere.
# 8 Mild Matte Candy Nails
Red nails don't always have to be big and bold. A matte finish nail paint can really give red a much more subdued look, and still be a little flashy. Adding some red to your daily style is easy with nail paint like this, and you will love how much flair it adds.
# 9 Rocket Red Nails
A well applied glossy finish can make your fingernails stand out like little gems. When you decide to get a full gloss nail paint applied, get ready for some extra attention. When people see the light sliding across the surface of these nails, they won't know what to do.
# 10 Deep Heart Stiletto Nails
There is something about deep red paint on a stiletto nail that says: wow! This design features some very approachable abstract heart designs on the ring fingers, and the whole package is extremely well executed. A great look for any age, this ensemble is sure to delight.
# 11 Kiss My Diamond Lips Nails
If you don't mind showing off a bit, pinks and reds give you a great palette to play with. This design goes all the way, and even puts a fresh set of red lips on a brilliant ivory background. Every nail on this hand is different, they are all flirty and just a little bit devious. Look out for this one!
# 12 Black Cherry DeLuxe Nails
These deep red nails just do everything right, and for a very understated look they are perfect. Keeping it low key doesn't mean boring, and the lovely gem patterns are a pleasure watch sparkle. These are a great choice if you want to show off a little, but look so classy while you are doing it.
# 13 Bordeaux Vision Flat Nails
This straightforward no-nonsense nail paint is a great choice for a professional who wants to add some red to her repertoire. They are down-tempo enough to be worn into the board-room, but flash enough to wear with anything. Perfect for the gal on the go, they will be easy to keep up and look great no matter where you are.
# 14 Regal Ruby Nails
This nail art takes a glossy red paint and adds some incredible looking gems and design work to make an overall feel that is made for a royal. The black line work and yellow gems are the perfect way to take red nail paint and put it into a whole different level.
# 15 Lovelines Nails
A great way to show off some nail art is to frame it between the index and little finger. This design does just that, and uses two contrasting colors to make a big impression. The addition of some very heartfelt design work makes this a great set of nails to wear. Sometimes simple pleasures can be the sweetest.
# 16 Golden Glitter Heart Nails
A bright red heart on the ring finger is a real eye catcher on these nails, and the accents on the middle finger are just the perfect touch. This design is a little on the bold side, but the heavy gold flake is the perfect place for a deep red heart. The colors in this design are flawlessly put together and what a perfect choice for anyone who wants to show off a little bit of heart!
# 17 Pink Love Nails
This design is a great way to show some style without having to get a lot of expensive custom nail art done. The design on the ring finger is eye-catching but not gaudy, and this design will be easy to maintain at home.
# 18 Glitter Heart Nails
Deep red glitter paint is given a wonderful accent with this design. Nail art like this is easy to have done, and is very attractive. It won't require much special work, and the result is very attractive.
# 19 Red Rush Nails
A simple red coffin nail is given a lot of sparkle with the application of some wonderful looking gems. A design like this is a lot of fun, and is perfect for anyone who wants to add a little bit of life to their already glossy red nails.
# 20 Deep Fire Fade Nails
These nails leave the gems at home and do all of the work with some incredible gradients. The deep ruby that starts at the cuticle fades into a deep purple that makes the tips look almost black. This a simple design that stands out and would be a dream to wear.
# 21 Golden Red Heart Nails
Translucent nails have a great effect and this design adds a spectacular golden nail on the ring finger that features a artfully crafted heart. These nails a unique and will grab attention from all around you.
# 22 Flat Black Gems Nails
This is an incredible way to take a conservative flat red nail paint and add a lot of class to it. The addition of black gems and pearls to the cuticle on the ring and little finger is a sublime way to add a depth and shine. The effect is even more dramatic against the flat finish, and when seen up close, it demonstrates a mastery of nail design and execution.
# 23 Rapid Flash Nails
This is a classic gloss red nail paint that is as exciting as it is timeless. A look like this would go great with a t-shirt or formal gown, and no matter what you are doing you will look incredible. If you are new to the world of wearing red nails, try something like this out.
# 24 Pixie's Secret Nails
This is another example of taking a flat red nail paint and using it to emphasize daring nail art. In this case intricate jewel work is done on the ring finger, and red gems give all the sparkle that one could hope for. A wonderful way to play with surfaces and create the best kind of visual tension.
# 25 Wintertime Lovely Nails
If you want to show off some adorable nail art, the combination of colors featured in these nails is perfect. Normal glossy red nail paint showcases some very cute illustration, and love is obviously in the air.
# 26 Ruby Rush Nails
These nails are not subtle, but for the woman who wants really show off, they are fabulous. Everything that could be “big” about a glossy red nail is right here, and there isn't an ounce of shame within a hundred miles.
# 27 Pollock's Pride Nails
If you have a love for mid-century modern pop art, you will adore this fresh take on nail design. At a distance people won't be able to tell, but up close the seemingly chaotic dot work makes a stunning overall effect.
# 28 Amazing Dots Nails
This is a less aggressive take on dot work, and the effect is very pleasing. It is somewhat muted, and certainly very classy. The flecks of color are isolated by the brilliant red hue, and this leads to some very playful impressions.
# 29 Finish Line Fabulous Nails
Using a primary color like red and balancing black and white in harmony is no easy task, but this nail art does it. The standard gloss red index and little finger are contrasted by some very intricate design work in the middle nails. Not every nail artist can pull work like this off, but if they can it is smashing to see.
# 30 Heavy Berry Splash Nails
A daring combination of long nails and deep glossy shimmer really puts this design in a league of its own. The effect of the glistening surface and the seemingly endless flake is dynamic and right where it needs to be. This look is a little bit on the aggressive side, and not a style for the inexperienced.
Try something new! There is so much inspiration in this list that it might be hard to know where to start. If you have never worn red nails before, start slow and work into it, there is no rush. But if you have been using red to flash for a while, try something a little more daring. You are going to love it!