Stars are one of my favorite nail style designs out there. It’s a magical, dreamy, and festive look any time of year.
Plus, star nails add a bit of a spark to any outfit! From constellations, zodiac-inspired to bejeweled star nails, there is a perfect design for every occasion.
Today I’m sharing all of my favorite star nail ideas right now. These are super trendy manicure ideas with a touch of something extra.
Let’s hop in!
Star Nail Ideas:
Types Of Star Nails To Try Out:
Simple Star Manicure
Soft, delicate, and sophisticated. A simple star manicure can be achieved with a nude base and white stars. Bring these nails to work and rock them at an evening gala. You can never go wrong with this classic pattern! Alternatively, you can skip the nude base and apply the pattern directly for a seamless look.
Witchy Stars & Moon Manicure
This popular and well-loved design is for lovers of astrology and magic. A set of nails combined with these symbols is the perfect way to shape this interest on your nails. Strike a good conversation with someone like-minded by subtly showing your nails. It’s almost like having a tattoo! Achieve this look with a black or dark purple base and work the details with a gold/silver polish.
Festive Snowflakes & Stars
What’s a better way to celebrate the holidays than with a star manicure? Add a holiday twist by adding snowflakes over stars or recreate a nail set with these two symbols present. You can opt for a milky nude base or bright red to match the mood of the season. Looks good with a cup of hot choco in hand!
‘Very Good’ Star Smiles Manicure
Stars combined with smiles remind me of my childhood days when we would have to work hard to get our ABCs right to get stamped with a star and a smile. Brighten your day by trying on this jolly pattern on your nails. Let it serve you as a lucky charm! Achieve this look with a subtle or neutral nude shade as a base, and a repetitive pattern of stars and smiley faces all over your nails.
Starfish designs are for the beach babes out there! Whether you’re preparing for a beach trip or you’re simply missing the sea, this star pattern can put you in the mood to soak under the sun. Ideally, you can start with a nude base or make a more vivid canvas with white polish. For the starfish, use burnt orange to replicate the color of the sea creature.
Bedazzling Silver Star Tips (For NYE)
One of my favorites for NYE is bedazzling silver tips! Star glitters are bigger than the average glitter sparkles used for fun and chromatic nails designs. Combining star glitters with small sparkles make the best-polished look! Plus, it looks good with any outfit.
Multi-colored Stars Manicure
Fan of color-blocking? A multi-colored pattern might be the one for you! On a nude or naked nail base, add stars in bold or neon colors depending on your preference. For a popping look, you can outline the nails in black or white. Perfect for monochrome outfits or one-colored outfits. You can choose over a repetitive pattern or a single star per nail arrangement.
Pop-Art Inspired Star Nails
A vivid yellow star outlined with black over a white base makes an iconic pop-art-inspired manicure. This both looks good with a red flowy dress or a sports-casual outfit. I love how it adds a fun twist to straightforward fits! A pop-art-inspired star design makes the best of both worlds. You can also switch up the color yellow for warm and vivid colors like orange or pink.
Princess Baby Pink Stars Manicure
Want to achieve the look of a 90s princess? Feel like Cher with a milky baby pink color base topped with silver star glitters. This design can make your hands look clean, soft, and delicate. Put on a cropped shirt, a skirt, and high-knee socks and you’re good to go! For an alternative base, you can opt for a milky, baby blue color.
Minimalist Gold Star Nails
A minimalist pattern made with gold sheets can make any fit look sophisticated and expensive. It looks great as an ice breaker for minimalist and monochrome outfits as well! For a seamless, jewelry-like outcome, you might want to leave the base blank and naked. You can seal and secure the top by using a protective coat.
Multi-textured Star Nails
Feeling experimental? Multi-textured star nails look unique and creative, perfect for Y2K and hipster outfits. Play with glitter dust, matted polish, and gold/silver sheets for a fun nail party! For your base, you can use one color in multiple shades – just to match the mood. You can wear these nails with a classic LBD or a casual dressy fit. Looks best as an ice breaker!
Black & White Star Manicure
This pattern made with black and white colors reminds me of vintage Hollywood! Classic and timeless, this star manicure is versatile enough to match any outfit. I would wear this to a gala or a party, but it equally looks best even as an everyday manicure. Alternatively, you can invert the colors per nail for a distinctive look.
Chromatic Blue Star Nails
Something as shimmering as chromatic blue star nails stand out in club parties, raves, and dinners with the girls! With a chromatic base, add silver stars with nail polish, or top it off with star glitters if you’re doing it at home. Pair with an equally cold-colored top or dress and you’re good to go!
Black Stars on Naked Nails
An alternative to the subtle look of white stars, black stars make a bold statement addition to your outfit. For some reason, this pattern reminds me so much about Lady Gaga’s iconic camp style. This can also be an alternative to the classic black and white combo if you’re looking for something more seamless.
Bejeweled Star Nails
Doing your nails at home? No worries! There are a lot of alternatives to complicated star designs that you can do at home. Simply start with a solid-colored base and add sparkly jewels to the tip or the base (half-moon) of the nail. You can get these nail jewels on Amazon, Etsy, or artisan nail stores in your area.
Encapsulated Star Glitters
Playful, childlike, and fun. This encapsulated star glitter design is a great alternative to bold multi-colored designs if you wish to aim for a lively look without looking too flashy. It reminds me of a classic birthday cake with sprinkles on top! To achieve an encapsulated star glitter look, you will need a couple of layers of milky translucent nail polish and assorted colored star glitters.
Neon Stars Manicure
Neon stars are great accessories to put with club-party and rave fits. Aside from its energetic, flashy, and high-spirited look, neon stars light up when directed with blue light. Well-inspired by Kylie’s neon star nails, this design is considered popular among her fans. How awesome it would be if everyone with neon stars on their nails raised their hands at a party!
Gold Stars On Festive Red Manicure
Preparing for Christmas? Show your Christmas spirit by decorating your nails with snowflakes, stars, and polka dots. Plus, you get a fabulous excuse to wear red on your nails. This looks great in close-up photos with a cup of hot coffee in hand. Cozy!
Galaxy Stars Manicure
Another Pinterest, Instagram, and Tiktok favorite is the iconic galaxy stars manicure. In fact, everyone has had their fair share of this nail trend since 2015’s Tumblr days. Regardless of that, a lot of people still patronize this design because of its dreamy aura.