43 Best Gel Nail Designs to Copy in 2021

In need of nail inspiration for your gel nails? Then you have come to the right place! We have found 43 of the most gorgeous gel nail designs from Instagram. Gel nails are brilliant because not only do they look fabulous, but the polishes can stay chip free for a couple of weeks! We love gel nails and know that you will love our best picks too. There is a nail design for everyone, from glitzy glitter to trendy nail art. What are you waiting for?! Take a look!

1. Trendy, Lace and Red Gel Nails

The first gel nail design we have to show you is this trendy lace look. This design features a red matte nail, red and glitter design, black glitter nail and black lace nail art. The thumb nail is also matte black. This is a gorgeous look that will suit the times when you want to feel glam. You can recreate the pattern with nail tape. For the lace design, you can buy nail stickers or check out some tutorials online.

2. Glitter and Matte Gel Nails

Add a stylish splash of color to your look with nails like these. This manicure features two different purple shades with two glitter nails. It is a bright and fun look that will suit any occasion. The polishes used for this look are Semilac in shades Burgundy Wine, Midnight Samba and Pink Cherry.

3. Chic Matte Stiletto Nails

Next, we have a chic matte look. These are stiletto nails in a beautiful mauve shade. There is also an accent nail with small sparkling crystals. This is an elegant manicure that would be great for a special occasion. For a subtler look, you can put a similar mauve shade on your nails without the sparkly accent nail.

4. Clear Gel Nails with Glitter

Looking for glam nails that will wow? Then these are for you! Here we have clear, stiletto gel nails. The nails are clear and then there is stunning, sparkly glitter about half way down. These nails would be amazing for a special occasion such as a party. You can use any glitter color with clear nails.

5. Shiny, Dark Red Gel Nails

Our next idea is a beautiful dark red look. Dark red is a stunning color that never goes out of style. These nails are a great example of how gorgeous it can be. The coffin nails featured here would look amazing from the desk to the dance floor. To recreate the look, you will need the Ready to Wear Gel Polish by Luxe Gel Professional.

6. Stylish Gel Nails with Tribal Art

Love wearing stylish nail art and cool colors? Then you need to check out these nails. Some of the nails are a light pink and there are two accent nails. Both accent nails are white and black but they both have different tribal designs. You can create tribal patterns like these with nail stencils that you can buy online. Try the color palette featured or choose your own.

Stylish Gel Nails with Tribal Art

Source: @melcisme

7. Glitter and Matte Grey Coffin Nails

Next, we have a glam nail idea to show you. For this look, most of the nails have a different design. One nail is grey chrome, another is matte, the next is matte with crystals, while the last ones are silver glitter. This is a chic, elegant and sparkly look and we love it!

8. Holographic Gel Nails

Jazz up your look with nails like these! This manicure features amazing silver holographic nails. You can check out the products used on the artist’s page featured below, but a color changing gel was used with holographic powder over the top. This is a super cool look that would be perfect for parties, the holiday season or just the days when you to feel glam.

Holographic Gel Nail Design

Source: @melimelr

9. Blue and Gold Glitter Gel Nails

Our next idea is a bold blue look. Most of the nails are dark blue and there are two accent nails. One accent nail is gold glitter while the other has a funky chevron design. The chevron art is white, blue and gold. This is a stylish and vibrant look. There are tutorials online that show you how to create the chevron patterns. With practice, you can create amazing manicures like this one in any color.

Blue and Gold Glitter Gel Nails

Source: @melcisme

10. Glam, Gold Glitter Gel Nails

Need nails for a special occasion? Then look no further, these nails could be perfect! Here we have gel nails that have been covered in stunning gold glitter. The gold glitter is super glam and will suit any special event from a party to a night out to a wedding. You can recreate this mani or try adding a silver accent nail for a cool and trendy mixed metal look.

11. Glitter Ombre Gel Nails

Next, we have a beautiful blue nail idea. Some of the nails are blue glitter, one nail is bold blue and the rest are white, blue and glitter ombre. This is a gorgeous look that is perfect for the ladies who want stylish and sparkly nails. A mani like this would be great for the holiday season too!

12. Glam, Matte Gel Nails

Our next gel nail idea is another glam look. This manicure features matte nails with two accent designs. One of the accent nails has gold embellishments and gems, while the other nail has beautiful ombre. This nail idea is perfect for the chic ladies who like their nails to be on trend with a little sparkle.

Glam Matte Gel Nails

Source: @chaunlegend

13. Cute Floral Gel Nail Design

Floral nails always look amazing and there are many different designs that you can create. Here we have a super stylish floral design. Some of the nails are a beautiful light pink, one nail has a glam, gold zigzag pattern and the last nail has a pretty floral design. You can create zigzags with nail tape and buy flower stickers online to recreate the look yourself.

Cute Floral Gel Nail Design

Source: @melcisme

14. Stylish Gel Coffin Nails

Love dark nails? Then this gel nail idea is for you. Here we have a gorgeous manicure that features a brown shade, purple tone and glitter. Nails like these would be amazing for nights out and these are perfect for the fall and winter. We love this nail look!

15. French Ombre and Glitter

This next mani is one of our favorites! These nails are French ombre and glitter. French ombre is a chic and stylish look that uses the classic French manicure colors but with the ombre technique. As you can see, it creates subtle and elegant nail art. You can create an ombre look with a sponge, there are tutorials online to help. For the glitter nails just use a glitter polish.

16. Matte Grey Gel Nail Design

Next, we have glam nails that would be perfect for a wedding or for the holiday season. These nails are a beautiful grey shade with accent designs. One nail has sparkling crystals and two of the nails have an elegant white design. This is stunning look that will give everyone nail envy.

17. Black and Pink Glitter Ombre Nails

Our next gel nail idea is a stylish black and glitter look. The nails are glossy black with gorgeous pink sparkles. The design creates an ombre look and the finished result is glam and statement making. Try the pink glitter or try a different color as black will compliment any glitter color beautifully.

18. Pretty Gel Nails with Rhinestones

Give your nails a glamorous makeover with a mani like this! There are many different designs featured here. These include: ombre, gems, shards and glitter. This is a stunning and glitzy idea that is perfect for a night out or party. Recreate the whole look or try maybe two of the designs.

19. Light Pink Gel Nails with Stars

Add a touch of magic to your nails with a design like our next one. These nails are a beautiful, light pink with one accent nail on each hand. The accent design features gorgeous gems with 3D stars. This is a pretty and elegant look that will suit everyone. It is easy to recreate to just use a similar pink shade on your nails, then apply the stars. You can by stars online.

20. Trendy Patterned Nails

Looking for trendy nail art? Then this is for you! Here we have a stunning nail idea that was created with gel colors. The nails are so artistic and creative, they look like a work of art. We love this look and it is perfect for all you stylish ladies.

21. Dark Green and Glitter

Next, we have this trendy green idea. The nails are a dark army green with glitter nails. Some of the glitter nails are also green and the other nail looks like it is rose gold. This is such a stylish combination! Green shade like this one will go with almost any other color. It is a cool look and you can even try just green nails without the glitter for a subtler set of nails.

22. Bold Orange Gel Nail Idea

Love bold nails that show off your fun and stylish side? If so, these nails are for you. Here we have bright orange gel nails. One nail is just orange, two nails are orange with crystals and the last two are glittery. This is a statement making design perfect for the ladies who like to stand out from the crowd. Try and recreate the whole look or just the orange nails. Orange shades like this one are perfect for the summer.

23. Metallic, Glossy and Glitter Nails

The next gel nail idea we have to show you is chic and trendy look. Some of the nails are metallic, one is glossy and two have glitter designs. We love this mani because the nails are different but the colors compliment each other beautifully. Nails like these will suit everyone and will glam up your look.

24. Nude Mani with Leopard Print

Next, we have a trendy leopard print mani to show you. So, three different colors and designs have been used. Some nails are glossy nude, some are sparkly gold and the others are nude with black and gold leopard print. It is a glam and stylish nail design to try. You can recreate something like this yourself as there are lots of leopard nail art tutorials online.

25. Light Blue Gel Nails

If you like bright and pretty colors, then this idea is for you. Here we have beautiful pastel blue nails. There is also one accent nail with a darker blue flame design. It is a cute mani and the flame art is very on trend. This color combo is perfect for all seasons as it’s fun for the spring and summer but icy and wintry for the fall and winter.

Light Blue Gel Nails

Source: @nail_sunny

26. Pink Ombre Gel Nails

The next nail idea is fun, trendy and glam. Some nails have a pink ombre design, one nail is pink and sparkly while the last nail has a stylish pink marble design. We love this mani because it includes must-have colors and nail art. There are ombre and marble nail art tutorials online so you can try this look at home.

Pink Ombre Gel Nails

Source: @nail_sunny

27. Bold Neon Yellow Nail Design

If you like vibrant colors and unique nail art, then you need to check this out! For this look each nail has a different design but most have a bright yellow color. So, we have a sparkly silver nail, yellow tips, yellow, white and silver art and finally an all yellow nail. It is such a cool design and it includes a few different trends.

28. Pretty Peach Nails

Next, we have pretty peach nails. All of the nails are peach except for one. Some of the peach is glossy while the other is chrome. The accent nail also has a French ombre design! It is a very pretty and cute look. We love the chic ombre with the peach, it is a bright and classy combo. This mani is perfect for the spring.

29. Subtle Marble Nail Design

Love marble art? If so, check this out! Here we have shorter nails and each one is nude with a subtle marble design over the top. The marble art is pink and white with silver glitter. This is a pretty and easy to wear version of the trend. The design will suit all nail lengths and shapes.

30. Blue and Gold Nail Design

The next nail idea is bold and glam! Here we have a blue and gold mani. So, each nail is different and features matte blue, sparkly blue and light blue color. There is also one glittery gold accent nail. The colors are stunning and we love the different texture and shades used. This mani was created with Velvet Claws, Copa Cabana and Indian Woods from JustNails.

31. Nude and Silver Foil Nails

Love subtle but trendy nail art? If so, check this out! This mani features nude nails with silver foil on the tips. We love this look because it is glam and trendy but subtle and easy to wear. You can buy nail foils online and they can easily be applied with glue. This design will suit any nail length and shape.

Nude and Silver Foil Nails

Source: @nail_sunny

32. Modern and Unique Pink Mani

Next, we have a fun and modern manicure to show you. For this, each nail is different but uses the same color palette which brings all the art together. All the nails except for one have trendy geometric art. This is a unique and bright mani and it is perfect for those who want to try something different.

Modern and Unique Pink Mani

Source: @nail_sunny

33. Pretty Gel Nails with Floral Nail Art

This next mani is pretty and flowery! Each nail is painted in a gorgeous purple shade except for one. There is also one accent nail that is light purple with beautiful flowers. You can hand-paint flowers like these or you can buy floral nail stickers online. Either way, your nails will look amazing. This color palette will suit all seasons.

34. Bright and Glam Yellow Nails

Love the bright yellow designs? If so, check this out. This is a glam and gorgeous yellow nail design. Some nails are all yellow, some are nude with yellow flowers and sequins while the last nail is white with rhinestones. It is a bold, fun and glitzy look and it is perfect for summer parties. You can even recreate the whole look or use one design on all nails.

35. Black and White Nail Design

Next, we have a trendy and unique mani. For this look, the nails are either black, white or nude. The nude nail also has a stylish geometric design. This color palette is chic, easy to wear and the design will suit all nail lengths and shapes. If you want something cool, edgy and unique, then this is the way to do it.

Black and White Nail Design 

Source: @nail_sunny

36. Cute Pink and Leopard Nails

If you loved the leopard print from earlier, then you need to see this! Here we have a bolder and more wild look. This time some nails are matte pink while others have a gorgeous leopard print design! It is a fun, summery and vibrant design and it will look amazing on anyone. This art will look fabulous on longer nail shapes too.

37. Cute and Pretty Gel Nail Design

The next idea is cute and pretty. So, each nail is nude or marble with a stripe in the center. On the other side of the stripe, the nails either change color or have the same marble art. The look is complete with colorful, neon rhinestones. It is a fun and unique nail idea and even though there is a lot going on, the overall mani is still quite subtle.

38. Neon Yellow Nails with Rhinestones

Jazz up your summer outfits with this next nail idea. So, each nail is short and all are painted in the same neon yellow shade. There is also one accent nail that is covered in bold rhinestones. This is a trendy and glam nail design that is a must-have for the summer. Recreate this or try a different neon color such as pink or orange.

Neon Yellow Nails with Rhinestones

Source: @nail_sunny

39. Nude Nails with Gold Foil

Earlier in the post we shared nude nails with silver foil tips. If you liked that idea, then you need to see this one too. This one is similar but it has gold tips instead! It just shows how the use of different foils will create a different look. Try gold or silver or be bold and try foils in a vibrant color like pink or blue.

Nude Nails with Gold Foil

Source: @nail_sunny

40. Bright Nails with Fruit Art

Next, we have another fun, bright and unique look to show you. Some nails are pink, one is orange and the other nail is white with watercolor fruit nail art. It is such a fun and unique nail idea. The tropical fruits are perfect for the summer season. Recreate this or you can use any fruit. Citrus fruits are a popular choice.

Bright Nails with Fruit Art

Source: @nailsrnd

41. Magical Purple Nails

This next nail idea is another one of our favorites. Here we have purple gel nails and the purple color has a shimmer. The shade is stunning and the whole mani has a magical unicorn vibe. Similar colors can be bought online and sparkly purple will suit all nail lengths and shapes.

42. Gorgeous Blue Mani

Maybe you like darker nail colors? If so, check this out. This mani features stiletto nails that are a gorgeous dark blue shade. Some nails have a galaxy look while the other is sparkly. This is a stunning nail design and it will be perfect for parties and nights out. Recreate the whole look or use one of the designs on all nails.

43. Trendy and Bright Gel Nail Design

The next nail idea is bright and very trendy. Here we have stiletto nails and each one is nude with black and yellow nail art. Some nails also have silver stripes or rhinestones. It is a unique and statement making mani and you can recreate something similar with plenty of patience and nail tape.

We hope you have found a beautiful gel nail design to try!

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Rebecca Puttock


3 thoughts on "43 Best Gel Nail Designs to Copy in 2021"

  1. valentina says:

    a very good job.❤❤

  2. Chloe says:

    hello my name is Chloe and want to now can you show some other gel nail dizzz

  3. Chloe says:

    hello my name is Chloe and I wanted to get some ideas on some nail designs can you help me

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