Dark purple is a color that is often associated with royalty, luxury, power, and ambition. In other beliefs, it is mostly linked to the highest chakra – the highest point in the body that connects us with the divine. It is also a color of intuition, wisdom, and magic. Dark purple is also a color of the galaxy, where the stars reside in space.
With all these in mind, it isn’t surprising to see dark purple nail designs that are designed with spark, glitter, witchy/occult symbols, constellations, and more. It is also not surprising to see dark purple nails worn with evening gowns and formal clothing.
There are so many exciting ways that you can wear dark purple nails. If you think you can rock this color, check out these lovely ideas we’ve collected just for you.
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Dark Purple Nails Ideas:
Specific Dark Purple Nail Ideas:
Here are some of my favorite manicure types for dark purple nails.
One of the long-standing nail trends since “Tumblr days” is the galaxy-painted nail art. This art can be done at home or with the help of a professional nail technician. Just have a bottle of blue, red, and dark purple polish ready for the ombre base. Add a white polish for the stars as well.
There’s nothing grander than a matte-finish dark purple polish. If you’re going for a more serious and formal look with, presumably, a black dress, this is a great nail option to consider. You can even match it with your lipstick if you find a similar shade.
One of my favorite ways to put on polish is by making a french tip version of every color! Dark purple glitter tips look dainty especially if paired with a nude base. You can leave the base naked, but a little pigment can make your tips consistently stand out.
Dark Purple Nails Mix
Don’t want to go all the way? You don’t have to paint your nails all dark. You can do an alternate with 2 more colors to balance out the elements. Go with gold glitter polish and warm white. Paint them alternately to create a fun look.
Halloween Spooky Art
Dark purple is also a color associated with the yearly Halloween tradition. With dark purple or black as your base, you can add symbols or charms with cobwebs, spiders, pumpkins on them. Keep it creative! Feel free to wear them all year round if that’s your thing.
Dark Purple Bat Nails
Another Halloween favorite! If you want to keep the colors consistent, another fun way to add a spooky twist to your typical nail art is by picking a black bat design to apply over a dark purple base. You can also add bat charms if that is more accessible or interesting to you.
Metallic/Chromatic Nail Art
If you’re going for a minimal but flashy look, another way to rock dark purple nails is by choosing a metallic/chromatic polish. You can wear this with anything edgy or camp-like. Personally, I would wear chromatic nails to a rave or a club party.
Purple and Gold Combo
Since purple is a color of luxury and royalty, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pair the color with gold. The way I would wear this combo is by picking one nail to put on the gold accent. I would leave the rest purple.
Purple-Black-White Nails Mix w/ Witchy Art
As I’ve said earlier, purple is a color that is highly associated with witchy and occult symbols. One of the most popular ways to incorporate these symbols is by applying them on a dark purple base. That way, symbols easily stand out.
Bejeweled Coffin Nails
Adding sparkly charms to nicely-painted nails is a great way to showcase the unique shape of your nails. You can put the charms where your cuticles are or on the tip. You can use smaller charms to create a glitter ombre effect. Personally, I would use a matte polish for this design, but it’s all up to you.
Marble Dark Purple Nails
A marbled design is a cool way to paint your nails with deep purple. Because purple is deep, solid, and pigmented, the pattern can easily be visible to the eye. I would likely pair purple with white to maximize the pattern. You can also go with pastel yellow or anything on the light-warm spectrum.
Early on, we talked about galaxy nails. But that’s not the end of it! You can rock ombre nails just with any contrasting color. You can use sunset, dawn, or sunrise as inspiration! I would personally pair dark purple with pink and white (in that order).
Birthday Party Chunky Glitter Accent (One Nail Accent)
Is dark purple too serious for your taste but do you still want to try it out regardless? A safe way to get on the dark purple nail trend is by adding a fun element that doesn’t disregard your free-spirited personality. This also looks great with birthday fits, if you ask me.
Black-to-Purple Transition Nails
Another witchy-inspired minimal design is a black-to-purple manicure. As opposed to ombre and alternation, you paint your nails with purple first, eventually transitioning to black halfway to finish. You can decide where to start or where to add the “transition”.
Zodiac Inspired Nails
Are you a fan of Astrology? Another fun and stylish way to incorporate stars into your nails is by adding a delicate design of Zodiacs. This can be a little tricky if you’re doing it at home, but with the help of a professional or a fine brush, you can make this happen. If drawing on all the nails is too much for you, you can opt for doing a statement nail instead.
Royal Purple Glitter Design
If you’re doing your nails at home, another quick and chic way to add dark purple to your nails is by picking out a dark purple glitter polish. It’s easy, festive, and stylish. This would look great on a New Year’s Eve fit!
Nude + Dark Purple Color Block Nails
Another way to showcase this awesome color combo is by doing a color block design. You can play with shapes, curves, and lines to make these two colors work. For the nude shade, I would pick out something darker than my skin color to make it pop or stand out.
Dark Purple Rose Nails
Who says roses can’t be purple? As opposed to pink or red, dark purple roses look a lot more mysterious and mystical. It is also not as light as pink or as flashy as red. It also doesn’t look as vivid or dark as black.
Amethyst Crystal Nails
If you follow #WitchyNails tags, then you would know that the Amethyst crystal nail trend is breaking Instagram and Pinterest! If you may ask, how is this all possible to paint? Often, crystal nails are bought as an acrylic stick-on set than a particular nail polish color. You can also ask your nail technician how to get it!
Shades of Purple Manicure
If you’re a purple nail polish hoarder, using them all at once is the best way to showcase them all! Simply set them up the way you would when combining colors for transition-style nails. Alternatively, you can alternate them – if the shades are too greatly apart from each other.