Dainty, feminine, and classy: light purple is one of my favorite colors to play with my nails because it has the girly element of pink and the sophistication of the color white. Plus, light purple nails are super popular right now!
Since it is a color associated with royalty, it’s no surprise that purple is an elegant color. Purple also means wisdom, bravery, and mystery – which is why this color is commonly used in magical and witchy nail designs.
Picking light purple nails over a darker shade is more romantic, softer, and more youthlike – which is perfect for wearing to day events, brunch, and first dates.
However, like make-up, nail colors may appear differently depending on your skin tone, hair color, or outfit color palette. If you have a cool or pale skin tone, then you are most likely to look good with light purple nails.
Light Purple Nails For Inspo:
Here are some of our favorite light purple nails for inspiration! Follow these photos yourself or bring your favorite to your next nail appointment.
Light Purple French Tips
A subtle and classic way to paint your nails light purple is by adding a french tip instead of a full nail. This purple twist to the original French tip can look great with your Y2K or color block outfits. A bit of character won’t hurt!
Rhinestones are more vivid than glitter so if your goal is to make your nails a major accessory piece, these little stick-on charms are your best friends. The good thing: — light purple looks good with silver shimmer. Some swan lake vibes!
Light Purple Nail Designs That Are Popular:
Here are some of our favorite light purple nails that are trendy right now.
Light Purple and Neon Green Color Block Combo
Love color blocking? No problem! Light purple is fun, groovy, and youthlike – which is not a surprise that it looks harmoniously good with neon green. Doing a half-and-half design is the easiest way to go, especially if you’re doing your nails from home.
Light Purple and Gold Glitter Prom Nails
Pink isn’t the only color that looks glamorous with glitter! If you are hesitant to go girly all the way, light purple is here to save the day. Use light purple as a base and add glitter to your tips. You can also paint one nail with glitter (as an accent) and leave the rest purple.
If there’s a trend I will never get tired of, it’s crystal nails! Crystal nails are challenging to achieve with nail polish, but buying them as press-on nails are readily available and accessible in the market. Plus, they look a lot realistic too!
Two-Toned Purple Tips (Dark purple and light purple)
Playing with two shades of purple to create a nail design is a great way to add depth to typical plain nails. Adding a darker shade can also highlight the lighter one. There are multiple ways to achieve this look, but my favorite technique is painting the base with dark purple and adding light purple to the tips. It’s like a French tip, but a popping one!
Pink-Light Purple Marble Design
Feeling retro? A nice Marble design is a pretty accessory to add to your outfit. Vivid and showstopping, these nails are bound to start conversations and spark interest. To make it appear even bolder, add a hint of dark brown to the line-up.
Light Purple & Yellow Smiley Nails
Light purple and yellow scream “Kandy”! So if you’re going to a festival, this design should be on your list! Just add light purple as a base and paint a yellow dot (enough to be drawn on) and add a smiley with black nail polish. If there isn’t much space, you can do an accent smiley nail by painting one whole nail yellow and drawing on it instead.
Purple Hearts Valentines Nails
Nude base and purple hearts. This design is a great alternative to typical pink/red heart nails that are all over the town – especially on Valentine’s day. Create a fresher look by using an equally feminine, dainty, and classy color with light purple.
Purple Ombre Nails
Purple ombre nails are pretty, elegant, and super trendy. It elevates any look by adding a splash of color in a subtle manner. It’s almost like dipping in colored smoke if you ask me. Mystical!
Light Purple Chrome/Holographic
Going to a rave party or a nightclub? Holographic or chromatic nails are a great addition to your outfit! I love how it shines when raising a glass or initiating a toast. It also looks like a piece of jewelry from afar.
Hot Wheels-Inspired Purple Flame Nails (Red outline)
Edgy E-girl style is what I would call these nails. If you have access to a nail tech or pro, ask him/her to draw a purple flame, outlined with flashy red polish. You can add streaks of neon green for a bit of accent.
3D Cupcake Nail Art Design
Light purple is the firm color definition of a cupcake! To make this come to life, you only need a couple of cupcake charms (or pure talent). For the easy way, simply paint your base with light purple and attach your cupcake charms. If you have access to nail pros, you can ask them to create a 3D cupcake design on top of light purple-colored nails.
Mermaid Inspired Glitter Ombre Nails
Purple is a great color to incorporate in magical and dreamy designs like a mermaid design. To add a “sea element” to your nails, combine mint green with light purple. Draw scales with glitter polish to finish the look.
Light Purple & Confetti Nails
Confetti nails are great for New Year’s Eve looks. With light purple as your base, sprinkle your nails with gold or multicolored confetti. Do not try to “perfect” the placement to make it look natural.
Light Purple Base & Sunflowers
If there’s a flower that looks seamlessly good with light purple, it would be a sunflower. The subtle warmth of this flower balances the cool tone of lilac or light purple. If you’re doing it at home, you can opt for daisies by doing the dotted technique.
Gold-Dipped Light Purple Nails
Gold is a great element to incorporate with light purple because they complement each other very well. Instead of glitter, a hint of gold polish can elevate your look. Want to make it look natural? Make uneven streaks instead of clean tips.
Another design commonly associated with purple is butterflies. To give it a soft touch, using a lighter shade of purple is the best way to go. You can make an accent nail if that’s easier for you to make.
Candy Shop Charm Design
What’s more candy-like than the color purple? With light purple as a base and a couple of candy charms, you can recreate your very own candy shop on your nails. Candy charms and press on nails are readily available on Etsy and local nail shops.
White Lace on Light Purple Nails
White lace makes a great detailed design for light purple nails because it adds depth and contrast to the overall look. White also makes a better pair for light purple nails because it complements its general softness. If you want a gothic-like alternative, you can opt for a darker shade of purple and black lace.
Looking for the perfect winter nails? Light purple is cool, dainty, yet feminine – unlike its blue counterpart. Adding snowflakes to the equation can easily turn it into a fun winter accessory. If you’re fond of silver jewelry, this nail design will also work for you.