47 ‘out of the box’ Ways to Style the Classic Red Nail

Red nails are the staple to any classic chic fashionista’s cosmetics counter. Almost as basic as red lips, red nails are sure to be a winner with any outfit, an easy go-to when you’re feeling stressed about your look. Check out this lovely lady, her red nails pair perfectly with her red lips and cami, giving her an effortless french sophistication in a laid back style. Or the woman in the picture below her, with her red velvet purse that contrasts her white outfit and offsets the red nails.


red-nail-designs-22021635But, how about we kick it up a notch? Red nails don’t always have to be the basic candy apple red mani-pedi that your grandmother wore to her first job interview, feel free to mix up the classic and add your own unique twist. Below are some great example to get you started with ‘thinking out of the box’ for your weekly polish.
However, before we jump into the examples, here are a few tips to keep your manicure looking fresh and coax it to stay on as long as possible.

DON’T use nail polish remover to thin your nail polish out if it has gotten goopy or dried out. Nail polish removers that contain acetone can actually decrease the quality of your nail polish and cause it to become no longer useable.

DO use a nail polish thinner to restore glory to all the gunky old polishes sitting at the back of your dresser or cupboard. An important note to remember, nail polish thinner drops cannot be used on glitter polishes.

DON’T keep your nail polish bottles in the bathroom. This is a common practice that most people do not realize is actually cutting short the shelf life of the nail polish because of the fluctuating temperatures and humidity.

DO keep your nail polish bottles in a dry and dark cupboard or other area in order to ensure your nail polish lasts at least two years and beyond.

DON’T store your nail polish bottles jumbled together in a mess, especially with them lying sideways. When the bottles lay sideways, the polish can seep into the the opening between the neck of the bottle and the cap, and drying there, making the bottle very hard to open the next time you want to incorporate the shades you need into a manicure.

DO try to find a seperate, organized place for your nail polish. If you have a huge collection, this step is all the more imperative to be able to access the full breadth of your investment. After all, no one wants to buy a shade of nail polish and then realize they have a bottle of it at home that works perfectly fine. To organize your nail polish try using a compartmentalized box, a rectangular basket, etc. A great DIY way to organize your nail polish is to glue tiny, strong magnets on to each one of your nail polish bottles, and then stick them on a magnetic board or magnetized wall. This makes them easily accessible, and displays them in a way that is much clearer than a huge box.

Also, always remember to clean your nails with nail polish remover and a strong soap before applying the polish to make sure the polish binds to your nail better. After you do that, put on a base coat to allow the polish to bind even better to your nail and lasts longer, while also preventing yellowing and protecting the nail bed. When your look is finished, use a top coat to seal it off. A top coat adds gloss and shine, while also giving you extra protection and wear. Pro Tip: brush some of the top coat polish onto the very tip of your nails after you are done applying it to the whole nail. This will deter any pesky chips on the edges.

Another great thing to remember when painting your nails, especially if you normally have trouble with painting your right hand if you are right handed is to use a cuticle guard. You can buy a cuticle guard at any store or use some white craft glue. Apply it around the base of your nail beds and up the edges with a q-tip or brush to block nail polish from getting on your skin. When you are done painting your nails, simply peel of the cuticle guard and admire your beautiful new manicure.

  1. Basic Rounded Red Nail

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This look is a little long, but versatile because of the rounded ends.

2. Basic Boxy Red

red-nail-designs-22021646This manicure is a great length that is not so long it will bother you, but is still stylish. The rectangular tips add a clean and professional look.

3. Simple At Home Mani


This manicure couldn’t be simpler, when your nails are a little longer than your base of your finger, paint them with any red nail polish that looks flattering on your skin tone for an easy and fast professional look.
4. Fast Drying Polish


Need to be out the door quick for a job interview or a friend’s wedding? No problem! Use a fast drying nail polish like this one. Don’t have a fast drying polish? Try sticking your hands in the freezer to dry them faster, or run them under ice water.

5. Easy Glossy Red


This look requires almost no prep work, simply cut your nails down to a comfortable length and gloss over your nails with a gel-based nail polish. The gel polish gives you a longer wear time and a beautiful shine.

See: The Perfect 59 Nail Gel Designs

6. Pointy Red Tips


This witch-esque style is not for the faint of heart, or those who desire a more practical style. However, this look can be great for a costume- or those who are in dire need of a portable back scratcher!

7. Stacked Finger Rings


instead of investing in another bottle of polish to upgrade your look, try some rings to step up your hand envy game. Use multiple rings on a single finger to get a stacked effect that looks whimsical and bohemian.

8. Statement Ring


Don’t feel comfortable with too many rings on your hands? Try a single flamboyant ring as a statement accessory. You can choose a neutral color that pairs with your outfit, like pictured here, or purchase a red one that will match your manicure.

9. Plaid Printed Nails


You will need some nail stickers or prints to do this manicure, hand painting it would be very time taxing. This look adds a grunge retro look to a classic manicure, definitely a unique twist that no one else will have. Try pairing it with a red flannel for a cutesy matching look.