Even if you’ve spent the last few months of school barely scraping by with Zoom classes, online testing, and the chaos that has been 2020/2021—you’ve finally arrived! CONGRATS! It’s time to accept your diploma with a perfectly manicured hand, because graduation day, in my opinion, is one of those occasions when you can go all-out in the beauty department if you want to. I’m talking about glam lashes, a bold lip, and a killer manicure. So, to help you get ready for the big day, I’ve compiled a list of the cutest graduation nail looks—from French tips to animal prints
Silver and Gold Graduation Nail Design: Graduation Nails
A silver and gold manicure isn’t just for New Year’s Eve. For a graduation nail look that will stand out against your robe, try this sparkly polish combo.
Use Olive and June Nail Polish in Exclamation Point or Sephora Collection Color Hit Mini Nail Polish in Black Lace to recreate it.
Blue and Gold Graduation Nail Design: Graduation Nails
The deep blue in this mani contrasts beautifully with the shimmery gold, and the inverted colour blocking design adds to its uniqueness. Remember to use nail tape to create crisp, clean lines.
Use Nash and Pino Nail Polish in Cool to recreate it. Mom
Graduation Floral Nail Art: Graduation Nails
This navy floral manicure combines spring nail vibes with graduation vibes. It’s just too adorable to pass up as you pass through the virtual stage.
Sundays Nail Polish in Indigo can be used to recreate it.
Burgundy Graduation Nail Polish: Graduation Nails
Don’t believe the myth that dark, moody nail polishes are only for winter manicures. This burgundy shade is lovely enough to wear all year—even to your spring graduation.
Mischo Beauty Nail Polish in Front Row can be used to recreate it.
Neutral Nail Designs for Graduation Nails
Do you want to keep your nails simple for graduation? Apply a neutral shade of nail polish to complete your look without being *too* flashy.
Make it your own with: B Nail Lacquer in Cashmere
This Graduation Neon Manicure: Nails
Painting your nails in a vibrant neon shade is a super fun (and trendy!) way to make them stand out on your big day, whether you have long acrylics or short nails.
Use Nails Inc Naked in Neon to recreate it.
Linear Nail Polish Look for Graduation
I like this graduation nail idea because it is both unique and minimalist. Make your own with a pair of thin striper nail brushes and a shiny top coat to seal in your lines.
Make your own using: Beetles Nail Art Liner Brushes
Graduation Nails with Sparkly Negative Space
This negative-space sparkly mani is a great graduation nail design. It’s glamorous without being over-the-top, which is basically my nail-art vibe all the time.
Sally Hansen Mega Strength Nail Polish Lacquer in Wild Card can be used to recreate it.
This Classic French Manicure is Perfect for Graduation.
For your graduation day, you can’t go wrong with a classic French manicure. This idea’s soft, slightly rounded edges are ideal for any nail length, especially short ones.
Make your own with: Taupe Coat Clear Top Coat