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10 Pearl Nail Designs to Elevate Your Next Manicure

Emerging on the nail art scene a few years ago, pearl nail designs have become one of our favourite nail trends. The dainty jewels can elevate your ordinary manicure with their classically feminine and classy design. A refreshing design to the more graphic nail art looks that are in style, pearl nail art can offer a more minimalist way to make a statement with your nails. 

If you’re wondering why a few pearls on your nails can make all the difference then it might be to do with the jewel’s connection to royalty. The opulent gem has been favoured by the upper classes since 2300 BC when they were gifted to members of the Chinese royal family. Julius Caesar even made a law to restrict anyone but the ruling classes from wearing them. 

Whether you like the idea of modelling some extra high-class nails or simply want to try something new on your next visit to the salon, find inspiration in these 10 stunning pearl nail designs. 

Simple pearls

This minimalist pearl nail design involves adding a single pearl onto each manicured finger. The nail artist has chosen to go with a nude base and white oval tips to ensure that the pearl’s luminescence stands out. Using Lights Lacquer polish in the shade of Adaline and Paper Snow, the pearls provide a pretty eye-catching addition to the classic nail style.

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Coloured tips with a pearl

This gorgeous nail art design from Michelle Joseph showcases khaki coloured tips adorned with a single pearl. The darker toned tips contrast nicely against the light pink painted nail and milky pearl. You can easily adapt this style by swapping the khaki for another shade of your choosing. We think that dark blue, brown or black would look just as incredible.

Source: @michellejosephh_

Pearl encrusted tips

This stunning design involves a pearl encrusted French tip. By cleverly keeping the base of the nail extremely minimalist with a glossy nude shade, the frosty pearls really shine. The pearl tips use a mix of large and small pearls for a particularly bejewelled look. Ideal for an event, this design really shows off the pearl’s iridescence.

Source: @nailedbypg

Gold chain pearls

If you’re looking for some nail art that will match your gold jewellery then you might want to take some inspiration from Betina Goldstein’s stunning pearl design. Described as a Barbra Streisand X La Rosalia nail baby, the design involves a gold chain that swirls around six different sized pearls. Complimented by a simple gold ring, this statement design is one of our favourites.

Source: @betina_goldstein

3D Coloured pearls

If you love the pearl trend but lean towards more graphic nail art designs then you’re going to appreciate this take on the design by Natalie P Nails. Using a transparent glitter sprayed base, this nail art design sees the pearls rising off the nail and into the air. While the artist describes the design as a space age look, we think the pearls give it a definite mermaid edge.

Source: @nataliepnails

Pink pearls

This sweet design gives the nail trend an extra girly update. Using pink glitter as the base, the pearls are given a light pink shimmer. We love how the nail artist has alternated between vertical and horizontal placements of the pearls to give the design a little more oomph.

Source: @blingnails.x.dana

Clear and clean

This clean nail art design showcases the pearls in all of their glory. With a transparent base, the pearl’s opaline beauty steal the show. The style is a little edgier than other pearl designs and this is only accentuated by the leather Balanciaga bag and cool tracksuit pants that it’s paired with.

Source: @nailsbyfionna

Pearl rows

Another beautiful design from Chanel nail artist Betina Goldstein showcases a set of eight pearls placed in rows on each finger. With no long tips or coloured polish, the design is incredibly simple and very effective. We love the addition of the gold pearl jewellery to really complete the look.

Source: @betina_goldstein

Pearls with dark tips

While most pearl nail art designs seem to stick to lighter colours, this nail artist shakes things up with a dark black glittery French tip. We love how the white glitter featured in the black reflective polish works compliments the three small pearls attached to the base of the nail.


Pearls with gold chrome

The combination of gold and shiny pearls makes this nail design really stand out. As the gold swirl edges carefully around the raised pearl, the sharper tips really accentuate the nail’s power and give the nails an almost queen-like look. If you need a confidence inducing design then this one might be it.

Source: @_st.nelle

If you’re looking for more nail art inspiration then make sure you read about the return of the French tip nail, Hermes polish and the best nail trends to look for in 2022.

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