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40 Unique Pastel Nail Designs For All Seasons

by Sherri Owens

When you hear of pastel nails, light pinks, baby blue, and mint green immediately come to mind. However, a stroll around Instagram and TikTok will make you realize that pastel nail designs have taken an astonishing twist recently.

I've seen animal print pastels done with a lovely blend of beige and lavender, pastel french manicures where different colors are used at the tips of the nails. I've also come across long pastel nails with a vertical blend of varying pastels on each nail. My all-time favorite, pale pink nails designed with little green dots and flowers.

With emerging unique designs like these, it's safe to say the pastel nail trend has come to stay. Keep scrolling for 40 unique designs that might come as a shock to you.

Pastel Nail Designs For You

1. Vertical Blend Of Pastels

Starting with these lovely pastels that feature a vertical combination of two different pastel colors on each nail with gold decals in the middle. Super stunning.

Vertical Blend Of Pastel Nails

Image by @ellielouisenails via Instagram

2. French Manicure Pastels

French nails have been trending non-stop with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Different colors are used at the tip of these nails and they look lovely together.

French Manicure Pastel Nails

Image by @daisy.belles via Instagram

3. Long Coffin Cuties

There's just this undeniable grace and elegance that comes with long nails. The elegant art has a vertical blend of nude with blue, purple, yellow, and pink on different fingers separated by a shiny silver strip in the middle.

Long Coffin Pastel Nails

Image by @alyshanailartist via Instagram

4. Spring Frenchies

Gently release the hold winter had on you by getting these cute pastel rainbow nails.

Pastel Rainbow Nails

Image by @ellielouisenails via Instagram

5. Dots and Florals

Step out looking as shiny as a lawn daisy with this short nail art that features pink and blue flowers on the nude nails.

Pink and Blue Flowers on Nude Nails

Image by @ellielouisenails via Instagram

6. Stripy Summer Nail Art

You really don't have to go with extra bright colors just because it's summer. Get these nails instead with a cute nude base coat with colorful pastel stripes.

Stripy Summer Nail Art

Image by @silkbeauty.uk via Instagram

7. Lilac and Mint Green Pastel Design

You can still slay as a baddie with pastels. These coffin nails have a gorgeous blend of mint green and lilac enlivened by white and green flames that are flattering.

Lilac and Mint Green Pastel Nails

Image by @nats___boutique via Instagram

8. Glossy Pastel Design

You can recreate this style with your fave pastels like lemon and pink in place of lilac and mint.

Glossy Pastel Nail Art

Image by @thebeauty_grove via Instagram

9. Pastel Pink With Holographic Decals

Gorgeous, yeah? This nail design will look flattering on most skin tones.

Almond Nails with Pastel Pink Marble Design

Image by @fairynails_by_leanne via Instagram

10. Half Stripe Pastel Nails

DIY this by drawing lines with a pencil before tracing with pastel shades.

Half Stripe Pastel Nails

Image by @zeeceebeauty via Instagram

11. Pastel Swirls

The muted rainbow tone formed here is just magical.

Pastel Rainbow Swirls

Image by @sassyhairanddayspa via Instagram

12. White Swirls

Get this done to evoke good feelings just by having a look at your nails.

White Swirls and Pastel Nails

Image by @lovemynailsvadodara via Instagram

13. Pastel Marble Manicure

Adding a slight section of pastel shades as done here with this pastel marble is a lovely way to add calm colors to your nail design.

Pastel Marble Gem Nail Art

Image by @zeeceebeauty via Instagram

14. Ice Cream Pastel Nails

A blend of a few different shades is enough to help you create an astonishing pastel look.

Ice Cream Pastel Nails

Image by @fairynails_by_leanne via Instagram

15. Pastel Nails With Fruit Splash

Show your fun personality by adding fruits like watermelons and pickles to your nail design.

Pastel Nails With Fruit Splash

Image by @beautybyelizabeth via Instagram

16. Lilac Abstract Nail Design

Springtime is all about blooms. You can deviate from that by getting abstract nails in place of the flowers.

Lilac Abstract Nail Design

Image by @lauren_mccall_nail_artist via Instagram

17. French Tips and Swirls

Two trends blend to create a magical look here. Absolutely stunning!

Green Swirls and French Tip Nail Art

Image by @_ameliasbeauty via Instagram

18. Nude Nail With Hearts

I have nothing against florals but these cute pastel hearts will beat flowers any day for spring nails.

Nude Nail With Colorful Hearts

Image by @topcoat_nails via Instagram

19. Gradient Tips Nails

The negative space of this nail ends in a cute gradient polish at the tips. Definitely getting this for my next mani.

Gradient Pastel Tips on Nude Nails

Image by @nadyawasik_nailsandbeauty via Instagram

20. Lightest Blues

A light baby blue is used here with a white stripe on the ring fingernail. A lovely winter season look I'm obsessed with.

Light Baby Blue Pastel Nails

Image by @jal.nailartist via Instagram

21. Fun Rainbows

Have fun with your nail set by getting this pretty design.

Funky Pastel Nail Design

Image by @terris.nails via Instagram

22. Reverse Frenchies

These charming nails have the most lovely pastel shades. From buttercream yellow to lighter shades like baby blue.

Pastel Reverse Frenchies

Image by @nadyawasik_nailsandbeauty via Instagram

23. Half French Tips

Using white polish to form stripes always looks perfect for pastel nails. Take a look at this.

Half French Tips Pastel Nail Art

Image by @or_nailsss via Instagram

24. Rhinestones Pastel Mani

A nice way to rock your pastel nail if you've got an occasion that requires sparkle is by adding rhinestones.

Rhinestones Pastel Nails

Image by @toth.orsolya_nails via Instagram

25. Leopard Print Pastel Nail

Think pastels are boring? This will definitely change your mind.

Leopard Print Pastel Nail

Image by @studio16nails via Instagram

26. Pastel Square Mani

Pastel colors on shorter nails always look chic.

Pastel Colors on Square Nails

Image by @g.l.o.nails via Instagram

27. Pastel Tie Dye Nails

The simple design of these nails adds a fresh pop of color to the whole look.

Pastel Tie Dye Nails

Image by @shimmerme_nails via Instagram

28. Mocha Shade With Pastel Color Tips

Need chic nails perfect for spring? Here you go.

Mocha Shade With Pastel Color Tips

Image by @beautybyelizabeth via Instagram

29. Large Swirls

Out of pastel shade ideas? Add large pastel color swirls to elevate your mani.

Large Pastel Color Swirls Nails

Image by @younique.salon via Instagram

30. 3D Florals On Ombre

These coffin shape nails are beautiful, to say the least. An ombre accent nail is placed on the ring finger. It is accentuated by 3d florals. It's lovely for spring.

3D Floral Pastel Nail Art

Image by @jazzedandjelledbyjess via Instagram

31. Gold Dots

Purple, pink and yellow is blended to form a heart line swirl on this nail with cute gold dots around it.

Heart Line Swirl with Golden Dots Art

Image by @lindseysbeautylounge1 via Instagram

32. Classy Pastel Ombre

The perfect pastel ombre here could've only been created by an expert. Simply astonishing.

Pastel French Tip Ombre Nails

Image by @nailsby_slw via Instagram

33. Pink Gradient

Step out looking like a fashion icon with these subtle peach nails.

Subtle Peachy Melon Nails

Image by @homeofnailart via Instagram

34. Matte Coffin Look

Mani with matte finish always looks stunning

Sorbet Shade Matte Finish Nails

Image by @homeofnailart via Instagram

35. Pretty Pastel Blue Nails

The shade used here exudes pure class. Pair it with any outfit to step out looking like a boss babe.

Bubblegum Pastel Nails

Image by @homeofnailart via Instagram

36. Lavender Cuties

Nude undertones with lavender tips. With a combination like this, expect to get plenty of stares.

Nude Undertones with Lavender Tips

Image by @homeofnailart via Instagram

37. Shiny Spring Yellow

Wanna step out with a look that'll have you basking in compliments? This will do it.

Lemon Sherbet Patel Nail

Image by @homeofnailart via Instagram

38. Subtle and Glittery

Who knew pastel glitter would look this good?

Flowery Dotted Pastel Nails

Image by @glitterarty_nails1 via Instagram

39. Lavish Lavender

This look can be paired with bright or dark monochrome outfits for a chic look.

Lavender Pastel Nail Art

Image by @homeofnailart via Instagram

40. Matte Base With Dots

Get a little creative with your matte nail polish by placing black dots generously all over it.

Matte Base Mini Egg Nail Art

Image by @coffin.nail.and.beauty via Instagram

Pastel nails are no doubt gorgeous. Pick your favorite nail look and take it to your salon on your next appointment.

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