24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The “Red Nail Theory”

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We all know the stress of scrolling through the internet looking for your next nail inspiration, but from bright and fun to dark and sexy, red nails have you covered on all fronts. What better color to make you feel like a powerful woman than a gorgeous red nail? And for all my single ladies out there, according to the trending red nail theory, this shade just might land you some luck in your dating life as well. The idea is simple, red nails are eye-catching, will make you stand out, and may just inspire your next meet-cute when you’re out and about.

Even though I’m no stranger to trying out a fun new nail trend, a classic red nail look is something I often come back to. Red nails make me feel luxurious and feminine but also work with any new design trends as a base or accent. Whether you’re looking to test the red nail theory yourself or are looking for a fun pop of color, there is a red nail design for everyone. Here are 24 red nail ideas and designs for you to choose from:

1. Classic Red

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @matejanova

This timeless red color is easy and elegant. It is perfect for someone looking for that traditional red—not too bright and not too dark!

2. Red French

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @gel.bymegan

We love a colorful spin on French nails. This hint of red elevates the classic style for a surprising pop of color. Unexpected red theory anyone?

3. Candy Apple Red

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @matejanova

This bright candy apple shade has been consistently trending and for all the right reasons! They are the perfect year-round nail that straddles the girly-yet-sophisticated line perfectly.

4. Shades of Red

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

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This set uses the lipstick red shades, along with two warm accent nails. These lighter, muted red and orange tones bring a softer, more cutesy vibe to the nails.

5. Matte Red

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @matejanova

Matte nails have certainly made their appearance in the trend space, a unique touch that can top any base color. Adding matte to an iconic red color brings a more subtle vibe and texture to the nail. 

6. Red Hearts

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

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A simple way to spice up your red manicure is to add hearts on a spotlight nail (or two or three). With so many different ideas, you can really make these your own by playing with heart sizes, shades, and nail placements.

7. Wine Red

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @themaniclub

This deep wine red is sexy and feminine, and gives a classic feel. Although this nail is darker, it can still appeal at any time of the year with its smooth red color.

8. Burnt Red Sparkle

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @paintedbyjools

Adding a bit of sparkle never fails to spice things up. Here, the subtle shimmer brings a decorative touch to the nail. Paired with this deep burnt red color, it is wearable across any age or taste.

9. Lipstick Red

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @matejanova

This red is bright and sexy, and with a glossy finish, reminds me of a beautiful red lip, perfect for a date night or someone looking to have some fun with bright colors.

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10. Red Foil

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @kimberley_oates

This foil nail brings a unique shimmer with a bit of texture. It catches both the light and the eye, and is perfect for someone looking to try something new!

11. Rainbow of Reds

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @themaniclub

Achieve this beautiful ombre of reds by selecting a variety of red shades and placing them, from the lightest shade to darkest, on each nail. The best part is that anyone and any technician can recreate this with whatever reds you have on hand!

12. Cherry Red

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @gel.bymegan

These deep cherry red nails remind me of a juicy Michigan cherry. While being on the darker side, they still pull enough red to be paired perfectly with any season.

13. Red and Yellow Flowers

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @gelsbybry

These red and yellow flower designs scream spring and summer, and are the perfect nail to add to your warm-weather style. While not being overly complicated, this design is achievable at home with some practice!

14. Subdued Red

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @gel.bymegan

This slightly-subdued red is simple and classy—nearly subtle in typical red standards. This nail is perfect for someone wanting red nails without the stark saturation.

15. Red and Pink Ombre

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @kimberley_oates

These ombre nails add a fun twist to the classic design by alternating between red and pink colors. And with no harsh lines (like our beloved french tips), the effect is natural and subtle.

16. Red Strawberries

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @by_hannahtaylor

These nails add an adorable strawberry design, perfect for summer and great for anyone looking to add extra touches to their nails.

17. Red Tips and Drips

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @gelsbybry

This super fun design is perfect for someone looking to add an artsy feel to their nails. This touch with a simple nude background makes it truly stand out, and can be added to one accent nail, or all of them!

18. Red Cherries

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @gelsbybry

These adorable cherry nails are simple yet interesting, and are the cutest accent! The small designs are perfect for those who want to up their nail game without going over the top—the cherries here are sweet and subtle, but still super fun.

19. Berry Red

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @themaniclub

This berry red color is the perfect mix of red and pink, and is perfect for someone not wanting to commit to a full red nail. The hues mix perfectly in this glossy raspberry color.

20. Asymmetric Red

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @lolo.nailedit

If you’re looking for something unique and different for your nails, this asymmetric look is perfect. Adding different shapes and sizes of red marks to the nail makes for a one-of-a-kind look, adaptable in every sense.

21. Red Chrome

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @gel.bymegan

As chrome makes its rounds in current nail trends, red is no outlier. The chrome finish pared with a classic red hue is truly eye-catching.

22. Red with Pink Accents

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @victorianicholnails

This bright red nail is paired with some bubblegum pink accents, making for a fun and flirty set. These designs are perfect to practice your detail skills on your own, or to show to your technician.

23. Red Hearts and Swirls

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @by_hannahtaylor

These red details are less of a commitment than a full red set. Hearts not your taste? Swap them for stars, flowers, or moons to make these really your own.

24. Red Marbling

24 Red Nail Ideas to Try If You Want to Test The "Red Nail Theory"

Source: @by_hannahtaylor

These nails create an incredible marbling effect using swirls of different colors alongside the statement red. You can easily swap out the accent colors as needed and can change the swirling lines as desired.

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