Butterflies have become one of the most popular designs in nail art. This is because butterflies are beautiful, you can create so many different designs, the intricate wing patterns look stunning and celebs like Kylie Jenner have also been seen wearing butterfly nails. With all that said, we love these designs and know that you will too. So, to give you some nail inspiration, we have found 23 of the best butterfly nails on Instagram. You will find cool patterns, amazing color combos and more. Take a look, you want to try them all!
1. Colorful Butterfly Nails
The first butterfly nail idea that we have to show you is stunning. The base is almost clear and each nail is decorated with a colorful butterfly. Nail art tutorials can be found online which can show you how to hand-paint butterflies like these. The design can be recreated on any nail length and shape.
2. Blue Butterflies
There are different ways to decorate your nails with butterflies. You can have the whole butterfly, just the wings or maybe just the pattern. These nails use butterflies in a clever way. The nails are all nude and each one is hand-painted with blue butterflies. One nail has a whole butterfly but two nails have a wing and when the nails are together, they create one butterfly. That is such a stylish and pretty design idea. The butterfly art will require practice but you can create a simpler version of the butterflies instead.
3. French Ombre Nails with Butterflies
Love to wear trendy ombre nails? If so, this design could be perfect for you. This mani features French ombre art. Two of the nails are decorated with pretty butterflies in purple, pink and light blue colors. It is a beautiful nail idea and it is quite a subtle way to wear butterflies. You can find ombre nail art tutorials online and you can use nail stickers to recreate the butterflies.
4. Purple Nails with Clouds and Butterflies
Next we have a bright and pretty nail design to show you. These nails are long and are pastel purple. Each nail features cloud art and colorful butterflies. It is a stunning design and it would be perfect for the spring and summer. This look was created with nail colors by The GelBottle Inc in shades pastel V005, Papaya, Periwinkle, Marilyn and Daisy. A similar mani can be created with similar pastel colors and with butterfly nail stickers.
5. Bright Butterfly Nail Idea
This next nail idea is super cute and fun! Each nail is matte and painted in a different color. They are all decorated with bright butterflies and leopard print in the same color. It is a beautiful nail idea and it will suit everyone. You can recreate this art on all nail shapes and lengths.
6. Nude Nails with Bold Butterflies
Like bold nail art? If so, you need to see this design. Here we have long nude nails and two nails on each hand have vibrant butterfly art. These butterflies make more of a statement because of the vivid colors used. A mani like this would be great for the summer season. You can buy pretty butterfly nail stickers that will create a similar look. Try this design or put butterflies on all nails.
7. Colorful Butterflies
This next nail idea is one of our favorites! These nails are inspired by different types of butterflies. We love this because they are beautiful, magical and they are also on trend. Not only that, but this idea is so fun and screams spring! So, for this look, all of the nails have a matte nude base. Each nail is decorated with two types of butterflies, and two of the nails even have a light blue glitter. You can hand-paint nails like these or use stickers.
8. Pink Nails with Butterfly Nail Art and Glitter
If you are looking for a more glam butterfly mani, then this design could be perfect. For this look, two nails are bright pink, one nail is glittery pink and the other nail features beautiful butterfly wing art. Butterfly wings like these can be created by first painting the gradient or ombre. Then you can use a stencil or hand-paint the black wing over the top, then finish with the white dots. You can find tutorials for the gradient and you can use a dotting tool for the dots. If you don’t have one, a toothpick can work as well!
9. Dark Nails with Purple Butterflies
Butterfly nails don’t have to be bright. You can opt for darker shades and this mani is a great example. Each nail is matte with black tips. The butterflies are delicate and stunning and they add a touch of glamour. We think this is a chic way to wear butterflies. If you want to be even subtler, you can just have the butterfly accent nail or opt for a different tip color. This mani is perfect for the fall and winter.
10. Simple Butterfly Nail Art
Looking for a simple and stylish nail design? Then check this out. Here we have short and light nails. Two nails also have one half of a butterfly wing so when the nails are together, a whole butterfly is created. The butterfly itself has a simple black design with no intricate patterns on the wings which means you could recreate this yourself. All you will need is a light polish, a black nail polish with a thin brush and a steady arm, of course!
11. Nude Nails with Butterflies and Rhinestones
Next, we have another glitzy butterfly design. These nails are nude with rhinestones. Two nails on each hand also have half of a butterfly wing. What we really love is that the butterfly wings are different colors, and that creates a cute and statement making mani. This is a pretty and fun design that you can recreate or you can choose different colors for the wings.
12. Bold Purple Nails with Butterflies
If you love to wear bright nail colors, then this idea is perfect for you! Each nail is long and purple. There is one accent nail that is purple and clear with added butterfly sequins and stars. It is a pretty and magical mani. You can try a similar design with a purple nail color and you can buy sequin butterflies online.
13. Butterflies and Clouds
This next mani is another one of our favorites. All of the nails have a grey base with white clouds and each nail is adorned with sparkly rhinestones and colorful butterflies. It is such a pretty, unique and statement making nail idea. A design like this will have to be hand-painted which you can do with a thin brush. The butterflies can be created with nail stickers, you don’t have to paint them. Art like this would also look stunning on shorter nails.
14. Clear Butterfly Nails
Next, we have a pretty pink mani to show you. All of these nails are light pink and clear. Some of the nails have sparkly rhinestones and some feature light pink butterflies. It is a beautiful and magical look. Clear nails are so trendy right now. A mani like this can be worn for any occasion, from every day events to more special days like weddings.
15. Pastel Blue Butterfly Nails
Maybe pink isn’t your thing? If so, you can opt for a design in a gorgeous light blue shade! For this look, all of the nails are long and pastel blue. Two of the nails are decorated with dark blue butterflies, while the other two feature a silver glitter design. As you can see, the design is stunning and very springy. The look is perfect for the upcoming warm months.
16. Long Purple Nails
The next nail idea is trendy, pretty and screams spring! Here we have long purple nails with two accent designs. Each accent nail features butterflies in pretty pastel colors. We love this because it is stylish and uses the must-have nail looks. Not only that, but it shows that you can opt for any base color for your nails as well as shape. This look might be hard to achieve because the butterflies are hand painted, but luckily the nail artist made a short tutorial for the butterfly design. Make sure to watch it here!
17. Pink and Purple Nail Idea
We love this next nail idea as well. It is colorful, stylish and fun. Two nails are bright pink, one is ombre purple and the next nail is the mix of two with gorgeous butterfly art. This design is perfect for the summer because of the vibrant and vivid colors. You can create a similar look with the three nail colors and butterfly stickers which can be bought online.
18. Stylish Butterfly Art
This next nail idea is beautiful and unique. Each nail is nude with blue butterfly art. Each nail either has a whole butterfly or part of it such as the wing. It is a stunning and creative idea and the blue and nude color combo is gorgeous! You can hand-paint butterfly art like this. The design will look amazing on shorter nails too.
19. Glitzy and Glam Butterfly Nails
If you love bling and rhinestones, this next design is for you. Each nail is nude and square shaped. Two of the nails are decorated with gold rhinestones and two feature a black and white butterfly design. The butterfly is super glam and the gems are dazzling. This mani is not as bold as some of the others featured, but it will still make you stand out from the crowd in style.
20. Bold Mani with Blue Butterflies
Next, we have another clear acrylic nail design. This time the nails are super long and matte and each nail is heavily adorned with beautiful butterflies in dark and light blue shades. It is a pretty and easy to wear idea. You can try this design or you can opt for butterfly stickers for an easier recreation.
21. French Mani with Butterflies
Jazz up your French mani by adding some beautiful butterflies. As you can see, the butterflies look stunning with the chic nail art. These nails have three butterflies on each accent nail and they look stunning. A nail design like this is versatile and can be worn anywhere from work to a wedding. You can recreate this look with nail stickers.
22. Beautiful Butterfly Nail Art
This nail design is another one of our favorites! Each nail features a different design but together they create an eye-catching manicure. The gold rhinestones, purple shades and butterfly sequins look stunning together. Recreate the whole look or choose just one or two of the designs. Gold rhinestones can be bought online and you can easily apply them with nail glue.
23. Long Nails with Pretty Butterflies
Finally, the last butterfly nail idea that we have to show you is so pretty and elegant. The nails are long, nude and almond shaped. Two nails also feature purple and blue butterfly art. The colors are gorgeous and the butterflies are delicate and beautiful. This is an easy to wear mani that will suit everyone.
We hope you have found a stylish butterfly nail design to try!