21 Silver Nail Ideas


Are you on the hunt for silver nail ideas that everyone will be envious of? Perhaps silver is the perfect sparkly shade to go with that designer dress you’ve just spent a month’s rent on, or those shoes that you bagged a few weeks ago that were in the sale? If you want something that’ll make you stand out from the crowd, we’ve found a few beauties that you should definitely take a peek at. Long, short, spiked, square, rounded, matte, shiny … We’ve found something for everyone, and we have a feeling that you’re going to love some of these.

Grab yourself a cuppa, make yourself comfortable, and don’t forget to let us know your favourites in the comments below!

21 Silver Nail Ideas

1 – Shimmering Silver Swirls

Here’s a great tip when you’re working with bright and bold nails, like these shimmering silver beauties … Get a pot of lotion, or something like petroleum jelly, to place around the nails beforehand.

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When you then go on to dunk your nails into the marbled water, or whatever way you’ve decided to marbleise them, you won’t have a nightmare trying to get the remnants off your skin. PVA glue can also help – the mess-up’s outside the lines will just peel right off.

2 – Simple Silver Sparkle

If you don’t have the exact shade of silver shimmer / glitter that you need, which is always a right pain, you can make your own at home. If you have craft glitter, or even cosmetic glitter, you can mix it in with a clear nail varnish to make your own unique shade. You can do the same with busted eye shadows, highlighters and powdered contour products too.

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That’s such a great tip, right? If it’s powder, it can be mixed with clear polish / base coat. How many more possibilities are there now?!

3 – Holographic Silver Nails

We love the fact that smaller holographic shapes have been used to create this stunning silver nail art look. It just goes to show that with a little bit of creativity, and some patience, you really could come up with something beautiful.


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These chrome nails are a really big deal right now. If you love the look of them too, you should take a peek at this:

4 – Silver + Salmon Nails

What about silver and salmon nails? It’s a combination you may not have immediately put together, but there’s something very pretty about it. This look is actually really easy to achieve too, especially if you have nail foils, or nail tape.

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You can easily create an ombré effect with the use of a triangular makeup sponge, and you simply tape off the areas you don’t want to cover. When the polish is basically dry, tear away the tape carefully, and you should be left with something that looks a little bit like this.

5 – Silver + Nudes

How about nudes and silver? Normally you’d associate nude shades with gold, but as you can see here, nude and silver work just a splendidly.

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If you don’t own a matte nail polish, you really should invest in one. You can turn any shade that you already own into a matte one, simply by adding this top coat. You can thank us for that later.

6 – Holographic Square Silver Nails

Holographic silver nails are a big deal right now, and one thing we would suggest is to make sure your nails are clean, polish-free, and freshly buffed.

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Shimmering and glittery polishes like this have a tendency to show off every single little flaw, and that’s not something you want. Take a few moments on the prep work beforehand, and your manicure will definitely thank you for it.

7 – Silver & Rhinestone Nails

The good thing about silver is that you can put it together with a wide range of other colours and shades, and we loved that this one had been adorned with multicoloured rhinestones.

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Theres something verge elegant and glam about this look, those mirrored gems adding to the sparkle. Just remember to keep a little tube of nail glue handy in your bag so that you can fix any stones that fall off along the way.

8 – Feature Sparkle Silver Nail Ideas

One featured nail makes bright and bold metallic shades much easier to wear, and that’s one reason why we loved this simple light coloured nail design. When your silver nails are restricted to just the one, they’re easier and more discreet to wear. Your boss might just let you get away with it!

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One thing that will make your glitter mani even easier – use a layer of PVA glue OVER your base coat, but UNDER your glitter coat. When it comes to getting rid of that shimmery shade, it’ll just peel right off. Again, you can just thank us later.

9 – Geometric Silver Nails

Geometric designs are a great way to modernise any nail, and we really did appreciate these stiletto beauties. They’re not easy to wear, these pointed nails, especially every day, but for a special occasion they look damn fine. That’s why we’ve added these to the list.

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Do you have a steady handy? You can recreate these freehand if you do. But if, like us, you’re about as steady as jelly, tape can help to keep those straight lines straight. That’ll help to add to the geometric look.

10 – Silver + White Henna Nails

White henna pattern tattoo nails are really elegant, and also make for really great bridal nails. When you add a touch of silver, and a little sprinkling of sparkle to the mix, and you have a wonderful set of silver nails that anyone would be envious of.

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Once again, you have that super cool feature nail, and a clever dusting of ombré to boot. What’s not to love about them?

11 – Rainbow Silver Holographic Nails

If you don’t want to mess around with the super pigmented glitters and powders necessary to achieve this high-shine holographic look, nail wraps work just as well. We fake it regularly, and we won’t tell if you don’t?

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Once those wraps are on, you are free to customise them as you wish, and we think the star decor on these works wonderfully. You could even mute it down (not that we’d understand why) by replacing those rainbow stars with less eye-popping shades, and you could even go with a pastel rainbow instead.

12 – Really Dark Silver / Grey Nails

If light and bright silvers aren’t quite your thing, why not darken things up a tad? More gunmetal grey with a slightly bronzed frosting, they’re almost not silvery at all.

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One great tip that you can use here is to layer a darker glitter over a lighter shade, and then add another coat over the top of that. Mix it all up with a beautiful bronze toned shimmer too, and you’ll have a look that’s similar to this, without the need to go out and actually buy this. We have silver polish, and gold, bronze, and dark silver glitter, in our nail polish boxes right now. Aren’t they they essential shades?

13 – Silver Swirls

We can’t help but think these would make great bridal nails, a stunning combination of white and silver swirls together. As far as silver nails go, these could be one of the best, especially with those rhinestone additions.

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To achieve these nails, start by removing old polish from your nails, and giving them a good clean too. The smoother and cleaner your base, the better this will look. In fact, the better all manicures will look.

Add a light, pale, light-reflecting silver shimmer polish, and when that’s dried, add a slick of silver glitter polish. You could mix it up with a number of colours, we feel it’s important to add before we go any further. When those layers have dried, get creative with a white nail pen, or use nail decals or stamps if you don’t trust your hand-painting technique. When it’s finish, you could add another coat of glitter if you wanted to, but don’t forget the top coat. You’d be upset if these nails chipped after just a couple of hours.

14 – Silver + Gold Nails

Who said silver and gold don’t go together? We love these gold and silver nails, a clever blend of the two metallics to bring you a two-tone mani that everyone’s going to want!

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We think these look wonderfully sophisticated gold and silver designs look great on the slightly rounded-off pointed tip, and you could recreate the entire look, or just pick one of those stunning designs and go for that on all of your talons instead. We personally love the gold tipped look ourselves. Which bit is your favourite?

15 – Square Silver Geometric Nails

We’re loving these sparkly silver ideas, a square-tip with a feature silver tip, and a black chevron design to separate the two different silver tones. They’re definitely bling-tastic, and it brings in that chrome nail ideas look that everyone’s in love with right now. Check out our feature piece on them by clicking the red link and you’ll see more dashing designs.

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These nails look like they should be really difficult, but they’re definitely not. We know this because we recreated the look ourselves, and they came out much better than we had anticipated. Start with the silver chrome nail look, and if you don’t have the highly-pigmented silver powder, opt for a nail wrap instead (which we found much easier).

Use tape to create that chevron space, painting that black, and once it’s dried, do the same with the darker silver, almost gunmetal-grey shade used for the tip. You could add rhinestones, or leave them out, that’s entirely up to you, but we’re definitely dazzled by these silver nail designs.

16 – Matte + High-Shine Silver Nail Ideas

Another really great idea for a manicure you can do at home, these silver nail ideas use different finishes – a matte one for the main nail bed, and then a high-shine, glossy, and almost mirror effect shade for the tips.

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We would probably start with the main frame of the nail first – add your silver shade, and then using a matte clear coat over the top to give it that finish. Once it’s dried, and definitely 100% dried, use nail tape to give you that tip cut-off, and then go for your shiny shade this time. While the tape is in place (so you don’t get any gloss on the matte section), add a top coat. When everything is dry again, take the tape away, and you’ll be left with these stunning silver nail designs.

17 – Silver + Yellow Nails

How do you feel about silver and yellow nails? Probably not one you would have automatically thought of, but we bet you feel different now … especially as these nails reminded us so much of the up and coming Beauty and the Beast movie. You too? Or just us?

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They’re certainly eye-catching, and high-shine too. That rose embellishment really helps to complete the look, although we’d probably replace that one with a red rose … Beauty and the Beast style. What do you think? Are you a silver and yellow fan now?

18 – Silver + Black Cats

We love silver nails. We love black cats. These nails could practically have been created for us – silver and black cat nails! They’ve got everything we love about nail designs – polka dots, glitter, a wonderfully shimmery featured nail, and … a black cat. Plus that adorable rhinestone bow-tie. You can’t really ask for much more.

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Of course, if you’re not a cat fan, you could always just leave those out. We can’t think of any reason why you’d want to, obviously. But the polka dot nails are really easy to recreate, using the tip of a hair grip duked in your nail polish if you don’t have a dotting tool. You could even replace the black cat with any number of things – something festive to make it Christmassy, perhaps? Or maybe even a love heart to celebrate Valentine’s Day? So many possibilities!

19 – High Shine Silver Nails + Floral Design

Firstly, we’ve never thought of using rhinestones as the centre of a flower before, and we think that’s a marvellous idea. Secondly, we’re so in love with these nails – high shine silver, with a black, white and grey featured floral nail. Oh, don’t forget about those rhinestones too. They’d look fabulous without them, but they certainly add a special little sparkle to the occasion.

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The flower has been created using an almost watercolour effect here, but you may find that hand-painting petals on a flower, especially when it’s a loose and relaxed flower, is actually easier than you’d first thought. It’s a case of swirling your brush, and using shading, but if you’re not that great at it (like us), you can buy transfers, decals, and even stencils and stamps to get the same effect. Airbrushing is another way to get nails like these.

20 – White + Silver High Sparkle Nails

They’re white, with a hint of silver, just the right amount of glitter, and a few swirls thrown in for good measure. these are simply stunning silver nail ideas, and definitely ones we’d consider for a sparkle-tastic wedding day too!

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A silver nail pen, or a thin brush dipped in your high-shine silver polish, will help to recreate those swirls over the bright white base. All colours seem brighter when applied over a white backdrop, so if you’re going for a bright pop or shade, try using this white base coat idea first.

One of the nails has been layered up with different sized silver glitter, and you could add more of these nails, or even take them out entirely if you wanted to. They’re completely customisable, and you could even considering swapping the sparkling silver for a glorious gold, perfect in time for the festive season!

21 – White + Silver Marble Nails

Another look that is both beautiful and on-trend, marble nails are easily recreate by dipping your brush in water and using that to engineer the polish on your nail so that it blends. We love the way the black and white marble has been used alongside that shiny dark silver polish, and the small silver embellishments at the base of the nails help to give it a really sophisticated and glamorous look.

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You could easily switch up the shape of these nails and still get the same effect – imagine them on square-tipped or coffin nails! If the marble designs are a little daunting for you, and these designs often are for a beginner, just focus on ONE marble nail, rather than more than that, and keep the rest of them simple with that silver shade.

Silver nails are perfect for any occasion, if you ask us, and we hope that we’ve given you plenty of inspiration with these silver nail ideas. We’d can’t wait to see what kind of creations you’ll come up with, so make sure you tag us in any designs that we’ve inspired you to make – #CherryCherryBeauty.

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