21 Stylish Blue Nail Ideas for Your Next Manicure

Add some color to your nails with these pretty blue nail ideas.

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Have you always been the person who gets nude nails or the classic French manicure? If so, you might be considering how to switch up your nail looks because you are probably getting tired of getting these same nails every time.

Adding color to your nails instead of always getting neutral or white colors will make getting your nails done so much more exciting!

When I want to add some color to my nails, I always seem to go for blue.

What’s great about blue nail polish is it looks great on long or short nails and you can create a ton of fun designs with it if you want to make your nails stand out even more. Plus, blue nails are super trendy right now.

What to Consider When Doing Blue Nails:

So, if you decide to use blue nail polish for your next manicure, here are a few things you should consider.

First, you will want to decide on what shade of blue you want to go for because there are so many gorgeous ones! My top favorites are baby blue and royal blue.

Then, you will want to decide if you want to have short or long nails for your blue nail look (and don’t worry, there are plenty of blue nail looks to choose from for both nail lengths). Lastly, you need to decide what kind of nail shape you want and if you want to do a design.

If you need some help deciding on your next blue manicure, here are 21 gorgeous blue nails ideas to try ASAP.

Short Blue Nails

1. Blue Marble Nails

I am sure you have seen the marble nail trend by now; it’s been so popular for the past few years. If you want to try it this season, I absolutely love how this nail idea looks in blue.

You can do so many different kinds of marble nails with blue nail polish. For example, you can use different shades of blue, blue and white, or even blue with other colors as shown above.

2. Blue & Silver Glitter Nails

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If you like sparkles, definitely think about adding some glitter to your nails along with your blue nail polish. If you want to go for a sparkly nail look, I suggest using silver glitter because it looks amazing with any kind of blue nail polish.

Just watch this quick tutorial to see how you can get a super cute blue nail look with some glitter!

3. Royal Blue Nails

If you don’t want to do a design and you want a more simple nail look, you can totally get that with blue nail polish. The hardest part is deciding which shade you want to use.

One of my favorite shades of blue nail polish is royal blue, like this gorgeous shade called Royal Sapphire from MBA Cosmetics. It literally looks like your nails are made of gemstones, plus the polish is free of 10 harmful chemicals and is cruelty-free.

4. Blue & White Nail Design

If you want a design for short nails using blue nail polish, I would suggest going for a classic blue and white nail design. Blue and white nail polish looks great together especially if you want to do a design like the v-shaped french tip above.

You could definitely DIY this with some tape, or have it done at the salon, but to be honest, I’d probably just purchase these press-on nails from Etsy as they have the design perfectly done for you.

Blue Acrylic Nails Designs

5. Blue Glitter Nails

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If you love getting acrylic or longer nails, there are so many great nail looks you can choose from using blue nail polish!

For example, for those of us who love glitter, you could try out this gorgeous sparkly blue glitter nail look shown in this tutorial. This would be amazing for the winter season in particular — it looks like a starry sky.

Related reading: 50 Stunning Winter Nail Trends We Love This Year

6. Blue Marble Nails

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Not only do blue marble nails look great on short nails, but also they look amazing on longer nails too! It’s definitely a bold look but if you love to turn heads, this is a fun one.

So, if you really want to try out this nail style, but have longer nails, you should watch this quick tutorial too see how to copy this blue nails idea. Then head to your salon for this one!

7. Blue Nails With Rhinestones

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I love adding a little something extra to my nails to make them stand out. A great way to do this is by adding rhinestones! This is perfect for those of us who want to do acrylic nails with more a simple design that still pops.

Using some rhinestones, you can create a super cool blue nail look like the one shown in this tutorial.

8. Baby Blue Nails

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If you want a simple blue nails idea for acrylic nails, I would suggest using baby blue nail polish on your acrylic or long nails because it looks amazing.

In addition, this particular nail look is super trendy right now as pastels are always huge for the upcoming spring season.

9. Blue & Gold Foil Nails

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Another great way to spice up your nail look is by adding some gold to it! This will work perfectly if you want to do a blue nail look because blue and gold look gorgeous together.

One very popular nail design using gold is the gold foil look. If you are unsure what that looks like or how to do it, just watch this quick tutorial to get all the details.

10. Blue Nails With Flowers

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If you want to create a girly nail design using blue nail polish, I would suggest adding some flowers to your blue nails!

This is a design that anyone can do at home, so don’t worry if you don’t have a ton of experience doing nail designs.

If you watch to create a floral design but aren’t sure where to start, just watch this video.

Related reading: 21 Gorgeous Floral Nail Design Ideas to Try This Year

11. Blue French Nails

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French nails are very in style right now, but we’re not talking about the usual nude and white classic French manicure that we all know and love. The trendiest look this year is actually colorful French tips!

And, this gives you a great opportunity to add some color to your nails with blue nail polish. You can even use blue sparkly nail polish like shown in this tutorial to really make your nails stand out. It’s very Y2K and fun.

Blue Ombre Nails

12. Blue & Nude Ombre Nails

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Another great way to add some blue to your nails is with the popular ombre nail design. (You have probably seen this nail design using white and nude colors a lot.)

So, if you are trying to add some color to your nails, instead of using white nail polish with nude colors to create an ombre effect, you can totally use blue nail polish as shown in this tutorial.

Just watch this short video to see how you can get this nail look!

13. Blue & Black Ombre Nails

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Doing the ombre nail design does not mean that you have to use nude as your base, you can definitely switch up the nail polish colors to get the ombre look.

So, if you want a lot of blue on your nails, I suggest going for a nail look like this one. Instead of nude, you will actually be using blue for your base, which will create a super cool deep ombre effect! This is one of my favorite blue nails ideas because it’s so striking.

14. Blue & Purple Ombre Nails

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If you want to get some cool ombre nails, but want to make your ombre nail design really stand out, I would recommend adding another color with your blue nail polish.

For example, purple nail polish will look amazing with a blue base color as shown in this video!

15. Blue Ombre Nails With Glitter

If the ombre nail design is not glam enough for you, you can totally add some sparkles to it to make your nails really stand out.

Silver sparkles will look perfect with just about any blue ombre design that you decide to try. I would suggest adding the sparkles to the tips of your nails to get a pretty stardust effect.

Blue Nails With Fun Designs

16. Snowflake Nails

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If you love doing cool designs on your nails or more detailed designs, there are so many amazing ones to choose from using blue nail polish!

For example, you could do a winter nail design like these gorgeous snowflake nails using blue nail polish.

17. Blue Butterfly Nails

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Butterfly designs are also a very popular nail look right now (in line with all things 2000s being back), so if you want to keep up with all the nail trends, you totally can using blue nail polish.

I love the butterfly nail look with pastel blue polish, as shown in the tutorial above. It’s so cute and would definitely look at home in a Y2K music video.

18. Ocean Blue Nails

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You could also go for a pretty ocean design using ocean blue nail polish like shown in this video. This nail look gives off mermaid vibes — seriously so cute!

Even though this nail look may seem a little more detailed, you can watch this quick tutorial to see exactly how to do it.

19. Glitter & Rhinestone Nails

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If you want a glam nail look using blue nail polish, I would totally recommend adding rhinestones and sparkles to your nails. This will make your nails really stand out and sparkle, perfect for a formal event or party.

This cute tutorial, which combines sparkles and rhinestones with blue nail polish, is an example of such a gorgeous, glam blue nail look.

20. Blue Swirl Nails

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If you have been keeping up with all the new nail trends recently, I am sure you have seen the swirl nail trend. I absolutely love this nail trend because it is something different and fun that you can do with your nails. What I also love about this nail trend is that it looks good with just about any color you can think of.

I especially love this look with blue nail polish shades, so consider using blue nail polish the next time you get swirl nails done.

21. Blue Abstract Nails

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Another nail trend that you will love that you can totally get using blue nail polish is the abstract nail design.

If you have never tried this nail trend before and want to learn exactly how you can get this look, watch this tutorial which uses different shades of blue nail polish to create a really cool abstract nail design. It’s almost like a painting or stained glass — so striking and unique.

Which blue nails ideas from this list are your favorite?

Which of these blue nails ideas are you going to try? Do you like adding color to your nails?

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