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75+ Birthday Nail Ideas to Celebrate Your Big Day!

by Sherri Owens

From sprinkles and cakes to full on glam, there are dozens of birthday nail ideas that you can choose to celebrate your birthday.

As a nail technician, I have styled more birthday nails than I can count. So, I know exactly what creative birthday designs to show you.

Here is an excellent collection of birthday nail designs to consider:

Birthday Sprinkles Birthday Nail Designs

Nothing says “It's your birthday!” quite like sprinkles. If you agree, then these birthday nail ideas with a sprinkles nail design is one that will be right up your alley.

A nice manicure makes for subtle birthday nails:

White Nails with Sprinkles

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Want a bit more color for your birthday nail designs? This bold pink manicure is just the thing. Add some glitter to take your birthday nails up a notch.

Birthday Sprinkles On Pink Nails

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Bold Pink Sprinkle Nails

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These sprinkle birthday nail designs make a statement! You can get these same bright colors by dipping your nails in fake sprinkles.

Cake Sprinkles Dipped Nails

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Happy Birthday Birthday Nail Designs

Want to shout it out from the rooftops that it's your birthday? Why not choose birthday nail ideas that spell it out?

These birthday nails have Happy Birthday written all over them so that everyone can celebrate along with you.

You can get the Happy Birthday sign on just one nail like these birthday nails.

There is a method to these birthday nail designs. Start by choosing the widest and longest nail for this message. Also, make sure to select the right font for your birthday nails so that the entire thing fits on a single nail.

Silver Glitter Nails with Red and Blue Deco

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Matte Black Enameled Nail Stamped in Neon

Image by @monica.nery.nails via Instagram

Birthday Balloon Nail Art

Image by @beyer0007_nailart via Instagram

If you want to get it across two nails here are the birthday nail ideas to consider:

Neon Yellow and Blue Nails With Bear and Rabbit Print

Image by @nailsbythemoon via Instagram

Birthday Candles and Cat Print Nail Art

Image by @nerdy.nailart via Instagram

Looking for birthday nail ideas to get this message across on multiple nails? Here are the birthday nail designs that you should check out:

Pink Birthday Nails with Sprinkles

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Want to get really creative with your birthday nail designs? Here is a great concept for your birthday nails.

What's even better about these birthday nails is that you can spell out several other messages on other nails too.

Dark Green Nails with Birthday Wishes

Image by @mettedamgaardpedersen via Instagram

Birthday Cake Birthday Nail Designs

Let's face it, birthday cake is one of the most important parts of your big day. So, it's only natural to get nail art with cake on it.

Here are some birthday nail ideas to consider for each nail:

White Cake Print On Melon Pink Nails

Image by @nailsdiaryby_c via Instagram

Birthday Cake Print On Thumbs

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Pink Glitter Nails With Cake Nail Art

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Cake and Balloons on Top of Glitter Nail Art

Image by @galanea_marta via Instagram

Purple Birthday Themed Nails

Image by @i.almost.nailed.it via Instagram

If you're looking for more impressive birthday nails, check out this stunning statement look! Watercolors and glitter complete these nails:

Colorful Birthday Cake Nails with Glitter

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Are you a fan of cupcakes? If so, check out these birthday nail designs. You can choose to have the cupcake nail design on one nail or two of your birthday nails or all of them.

Cupcake Nail Art with Blue and Pink Sprinkles

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Purple Glitter Birthday Cupcake Nails

Image by @nerdy.nailart via Instagram

Gold Glitter Balloons and Green Cupcake Nail Design

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Colorful Cupcake Birthday Nails

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Cupcake Nail Art On Pink Shiny Nails

Image by @patties.polish.corner via Instagram

Sprinkles Cupcake and Purple Glitter Nails

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If you want to include some other foods in your birthday nails, here are the cute nails to check out. You can choose one image per nail:

Red and Pink Cupcake Nails

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Party Décor Birthday Nail Designs

When it comes to birthday nails, it's all about the party, right? So, why not get nail art featuring party decorations like confetti, streamers, and balloons on your nails?

Look at these really cool party-themed birthday nail ideas that you can choose from. You can choose a more basic nail design or add some eye-catching bling and glitter to each nail to spice things up for your special day.

Pink and Green Birthday Balloons Nails Art

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Sprinkles, Balloons and Ribbons Nail Art

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Silver Glitter Nails With Party Deco Nail Art

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8th Birthday Theme Nail Design

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Birthday Candles, Cakes, Gifts, And Deco Nail Art

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Mint Green Birthday Deco Nails

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Hot Pink and Black Birthday Nails

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Colorful Balloons and Candles Nails Art

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Glittery Purple Birthday Theme Nails

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Candles Birthday Nail Designs

Would you like the focus of your birthday nails to be birthday candles? Then you're in for a treat!

There are plenty of birthday nail ideas based on this design.

Here you have some nail art on a perfect manicure:

Glittery Birthday Candles Nail Art

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Candles and Cupcake Print On Pink Nails

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Blue Birthday Candles Nail Art

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Red and Blue Glittery Candles Nails

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Want to take your birthday nails to the next level? Then check out how you can add a 3D effect with the tips of real candles!

Birthday Candles Nail Art With Real Candles On Tips

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Themed Birthday Nail Designs

Birthdays are all about having fun, so it only makes sense to choose a theme for your birthday nail ideas.

There are lots of different options that you can go with for your nails and it's all down to your preference. Of course, if you are having a themed birthday party, it only makes sense to match your birthday nails to that concept.

Need some inspiration for your nails? Here are some birthday nail ideas to choose from.

Are you someone who moves to the beat of your own drum? Well, these bear-themed nails are just perfect for you! They are cute, unique, and have a really fun vibe!

Polar Birthday Confetti Theme Nails

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If you're someone with a sense of humor, you will love these Mr. Bean-themed birthday nails.

Mr Bean Themed Birthday Nails

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If you're someone who loves Disney and Disney-inspired birthday ideas, this is a design that you should consider. It is simple but oh so cute for your big day.

Disney Birthday Themed Nails

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Does your birthday fall near Halloween? Or, are you someone who enjoys a more gothic theme for your nails? In either case, here are the birthday nails that may suit you.

Marshmallow Ghostie Themed Birthday Nails

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Birthday Nail Ideas with Your Age

If you're looking for unusual birthday nail designs, then those showing your age are a great choice. This type of nail art can look especially cute if you are celebrating a big milestone.

Of course, even if you aren't, these birthday nails and ideas will still be a showstopper.

As far as birthdays go, 16 is a big one! If you want birthday nails to suit the occasion, then you have to go with a bold design that it is going to stand out.

These pink birthday nails are adorned with hearts, butterflies, pearls, and glitter - what more could you ask for?

Sweet 16 Themed Birthday Nails

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Turning 18 is your first foray into adulthood, so here are birthday nails that are all fashion! The pale pink topped off by understated nail art is the perfect choice.

18th Themed Birthday Nails

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Turning 21? Here are the birthday nails that will add some fun to your big day. Opting for glitter covered nails is a great way to celebrate.

21st Birthday Nails With Mint Theme and Cupcake

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21st Birthday Nails With Pink and Sparkles

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Glittery 21st Birthday Nails

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Your 30th birthday shouldn't be a serious affair. Here are some fun, age-based pink birthday nails with the nails covered in just the right amount of glitter!

Pink and Glitter 30th-Themed Birthday Nails

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Here are some birthday nail designs if you're celebrating another year:

17th-Themed Birthday Nails With Glitter

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26th Themed Birthday Nails With Balloons

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Purple Themed 28th Birthday Nails

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Fancy 25th Birthday Themed Nails

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Blue & Purple Themed 25th Birthday Nails

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23rd-Themed White Birthday Nails

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Neon Blue Nails with Champaign Glasses Nail Art

Image by @tipsandtoes_ via Instagram

Yellow Nails With Purple Balloons and Glitter

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Cute Cupcake Birthday Nails

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Birthday Nail Ideas with Your Birth Year

Your birth year can be just as special as your age. Here are the birth year birthday nail designs that you should check out:

Colorful 92 Baby Nails

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Glittery 2001 Born Nails

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These birthday nails are particularly cool! For one thing, you have the addition of "est" on one hand. The combination of pink and black on the nails is also a bold choice.

Matte Pink Est 1995 Nails

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Birthday Nail Ideas with Zodiac Signs

If you're into astrology, your birthday nail designs should rock your sign! Not only is this is a cool nod to your birthday, but it also opens up a whole of creative style options for your nails.

Blue Gemini Birthday Nails

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White and Pink Leo Birthday Nails

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Black and Green Scorpio Birthday Nails

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Glittery Virgo Birthday Nails

Image by @ashley_nailingit via Instagram

These birthday nails take this idea to a new level with a lion-inspired manicure.

Galaxy Themed Leo Birthday Nails

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Chic Birthday Nail Ideas

Looking for simple and chic birthday nails? Then, here are these gorgeous birthday nail ideas, complete with French tips!

White French Tips With a Charm

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Pink French Tips With a Touch of Gold

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These birthday nails are an excellent choice when you want a bit of sparkle in your manicure, but don't want to go overboard with your nails. A little glitter and bling is what you need to elevate your birthday nails.

If traditional French tips on your nails aren't your thing, you can opt for pink nail tips instead. Your birthday nails will say classy and classic but puts a cute and fun spin on your nail design.

Glam Birthday Nail Ideas

If you're someone who likes to go big and bold with their nails, particularly their birthday nails, then glam nails are the right option for you.

You can start off by choosing the right length and shape for your birthday nails. While a lot of people imagine that their glam nails have to be long, this isn't the case at all.

Your birthday nails can have bling and look just as fun as short or medium-length nails. Just search for these beautiful blue birthday nails with bling:

September Sapphire Birthday Nails

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Baby Blue Nails With Stones

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Blue Printed Nail Art

Image by @thenailzclub via Instagram

Of course, if you like long acrylic nails, there are more birthday nails for you to choose from.

Here are all the ways you can load up on the fun and bling with your birthday nails. Here, the focus is on the bling on the nails instead of the color of your birthday nails.

Long White Nails With Rhinestones

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Long Nude Nails With Rhinestones

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Nude and White Nails With Flowers and Stones

Image by @isabelsnails via Instagram

Long Pink Nails With Champagne Crystals

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This doesn't mean that you can't have the best of both worlds with your birthday nails, however. You can choose a base (or bling) of blue, purple, orange, red, and essentially any other color for your birthday nails for a fun twist.

Blue Long Nails With 3D Flowers and Stones

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Pink, Red, and Nude Ombre Nails With Stones and Glitter

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Avocado Green Nails With Glitter and Stones

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White Jelly Nails With Blings

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You can match your birthday nails to your outfit as well.

These are all the fun and cool birthday nails and designs out there. Go ahead and choose one that suits you the best.

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