Red is a timeless beauty classic; red lipstick, red nails, red heels, or a sultry red dress is a sexy and elegant way to draw attention without wearing an unconventional shade.
White is another classic staple that’s plain and simple yet makes a statement. Shades of cream and milky white or bright white linen turn heads without intention.
When you pair red and white nails, you get an eye-catching combination that fits every occasion.
Why Red and White Nail Designs Are Amazing
There are so many ways to get creative when it comes to red and white nail designs, with many shades of rouge and off-white to choose from.
Red and white nails are popular for several reasons:
- Men find them attractive
- They create an eye-catching contrast
- The combination goes with most outfits
- They look good on all skin tones
- Anyone can pull them off
According to the experts on TikTok, people, specifically men, find red and white nails attractive because of the red and the white nail theories. Many beauty and fashion publications, including Cosmopolitan, have picked up on this viral theory. Apparently, red nails exude passion and remind them of their mothers.
Others argue that white nails attract even more than red nails; therefore, white and red nails together are the ultimate seductive combination.
We love using various techniques and nail art ideas to play with red and white nail designs.
The most popular red and white nail techniques include:
- Tye dye
Refer to the chart below for a brief description of each of the red and white nail techniques mentioned above.
|Two dots of red and white color polish and a dot of glitter polish brushed together into a swirl effect|
|Red and white nail polish colors transitioned into each other from light to dark|
|Gradient||Red and red nail polish color transitioned together into a cascading design|
|Galaxy||Red base color polish with a white shimmer or glitter top coat|
|Tips||Red and white nail polish with a visible divide at the tip of the nail|
|Tie Dye||Red and white polish brushed together on top of solid base color polish|
Are you excited to try out the attraction of this color combo for yourself? We’ve gathered 20 trendiest red and white nail ideas from talented nail artists on social media.
How To Do Red and White Nails
Want to know how to get gorgeous red and white nails at home? Simple red and white nail designs are easy to achieve; the secret is allowing ample drying time and using the right nail polish brushes for the technique.
Our tutorial will show you how to DIY red and white candy cane nails.
Here is what you will need:
- Red nail polish
- White nail polish
- LED nail lamp (optional)
- Fine-tip nail polish brush
- Base coat
- Top coat
- Manicure stick
- Nail buffer and nail file
Start by giving yourself a manicure; nail polish lasts longer when you prep your nails. Use your manicure stick to push your cuticles back, and buff and file your nails.
Apply a base coat to each nail. Wait for your nails to air dry, or dry under an LED nail lamp for 60 seconds if using a gel nail polish.
Apply the white nail polish. Wait for your nails to air dry, or dry under an LED nail lamp for 60 seconds if using a white gel nail polish. Repeat twice to get three coats of white nail polish.
Dip a clean fine-tip nail polish brush into the red nail polish. Paint three to five fine lines on each fingernail for the candy cane pattern. Allow the red polish to dry. Repeat over the red lines. Wait for your nails to air dry, or dry under an LED nail lamp for 60 seconds if using a red gel nail polish.
Apply a top coat to each nail. Wait for your nails to air dry, or dry under an LED nail lamp for 60 seconds if using a gel nail polish.
You now have gorgeous red and white candy cane nails! Post a pic on social media and use the hashtag #zohna.
Red White and Blue Nails
“Red, white and faBLUEous!” These nails are giving seriously patriotic vibes. We love red white and blue nail designs for Independence Day spirit or any day of the year! Red, white and blue symbolize many strong countries, teams, and identity groups.
For a bold color combination, blue and red stand out with the simplicity of white. Go for red and white stripes with blue and white stars for a classic Forth of July tribute, or get creative and do red white and blue nails with a marble technique for something a little elegant.
Red and White Christmas Nails
Get in the Christmas spirit.
White and red are two classic colors of Christmas time. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or just enjoy the festive time of the year, red and white nail designs are a great way to spread holiday cheer! We love red and white Christmas nails with a cute Santa suit design; it’s a easy hand-painted decal using black and gold nail art polishes.
Red and White Ombre Nails
Ombre designs are one of the most favorable techniques in modern beauty, from hair to eyeshadow, to nails. From the French word ‘to shade‘, ombre nail designs create a gradient effect between two or more colors or a single polish color into a nude shade. Red and white ombre nails can be achieved with so many shades of white and light red fading into darker rouge.
Glitter Red White and Blue Nails
Bring out the fireworks. It’s time for a celebration!
Glitter red white and blue nails are patriotic nails with a touch of sparkles. Add a glitter accent nail or two to your red, white, and blue nail designs or a sparkle decal to each nail. You can’t have a Fourth of July party without fireworks.
Red and White Acrylic Nails
Long, flawless nails rarely go unnoticed. Acrylic nails are the most effective way to get elongated, durable, and symmetrical nails.
We love acrylic and artificial nail enhancements for several reasons:
- Versatile nail shapes
- Durability and long-lasting
- Long canvas for nail art
- Streamlined length and appearance
If you want long red and white nails that look immaculate and elegant, go for red and white acrylic nails. They provide the longest and smoothest space for beautiful red and white nail designs and last at least two weeks with proper care.
Red Black and White Nail Designs
Take your red and white nails over to the dark side… Adding black to your white and red nails provides your manicure with intentional drama. Black is a bold and daring nail color choice. Red black and white nails are sure to attract attention with a little bit of dark mystery for an alluring manicure that goes with every outfit.
Simple Red White and Blue Nails
It’s okay to be modest when it comes to patriotic pride. Simple red white and blue nails are an elegant way to show off your patriotic spirit without attracting too much attention. Alternate your nails in solid red, white and blue, and add a few star and stipe accent nails for a simple, sweet red, white, and blue design.
Red and White French Tip Nails
White French tip nails are a simple manicure that complements every outfit of every occasion. Red nails are the classic solid color manicure that looks sharp, elegant, and polished. When you combine the two into red and white French tip nails, you have a classy color combination with a simple and feminine design.
Coffin Red and White Nails
Be the queen of edginess with these sharp-looking nails. White and red coffin nails give a dramatic nail shape to the enticing color combination. If you like the look of long nails with the practicality of a flattened-out tip, coffin nails are the nail shape for you. Make yours stand out with some ruby red holographic nail art.
Red and White Marble Nails
Go for a timelessly elegant manicure; marble patterns have been used for centuries in art and design. The blended colors swirled together add a touch of elegance to every space, including our nails. White and red marble nails add a luxurious appeal to your fingertips.
Red White and Gold Nails
These nails deserve a star on Hollywood Boulevard! Red and gold nails are ready to walk the red carpet for a golden oscar. White provides a stunning contrast to your Hollywood-inspired colors for award-winning red white and gold nails.
Red and White Nails With Diamonds
“Shine bright like a Diamond.” In words sung most famously by the iconic bombshell Marilyn Monroe, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” If you’ve got a thing for bling and fancy nail art, you’ll love red and white nails with Diamonds. You can ask your nail artist for gems at the salon or add DIY rhinestones to your nails at home.
Red and White Sweater Nails
Cozy up this winter with a warm and fuzzy new nail design. Have you heard of sweater nails? They’re an adorable 3D nail art trend that’s taken over social media. Sweater nails are embossed cable-knit sweater patterns achieved with dip or acrylic nail powder.
Red and white sweater nails are a playful and attractive way to get creative with your manicure.
Red and White Halloween Nails
Valentine’s Day and Christmas may be the apparent holiday choices for red and white nails, but have you considered Halloween?
Whether you want red and white ‘heaven and hell’ nails to go with your fallen angel costume or murderous blood splashes on a white backdrop, white and red nails are the perfect colors to do some creative Halloween nail designs.
Red and White Candy Cane Nails
Even if you’re not a huge fan of peppermint sweets, it’s hard to resist a candy cane around Christmas! Candy cane nails are one of the cutest ideas for red Christmas nails that’s super easy to do yourself. Red and white candy cane nails can be on each finger, or you can do candy cane accent nails.
Cute Red and White Nails
Cute nails never go out of style. It’s empowering to wear nails that are sophisticated and sexy, but it’s fun to get creative with playful nail designs.
Our favorite cute red and white nails are:
- Red and white plaid nails
- White nails with red roses
- Red nails with white animal print
- White and red Valentines Day nails
- Red and white kisses nails
Nail stickers are an easy and affordable way to get super cute red and white nail designs.
Red Green and White Nails
Go green or go home. It’s 2023, and green living is the way of life. Green accents give a little earthiness to your red and white nail designs.
Red green and white nails are also the perfect trio of colors for red Christmas nail designs. Add some gold or silver glitter to get in the festive spirit.
Red and White Snowflake Nails
Frosty red nails with glitter, icy silver holographic nail art, hand-painted white snowy nail designs, there are so many gorgeous ways to get red and white winter-inspired nails. Red and white snowflake nails are a simple and elegant way to wear winter wonderland-themed nails.
Red and White Stripes on Nails
When we say red and white strips on nails, we aren’t talking about candy cane nails. There are many ways to get unique red and white stripe nail designs.
The possibilities for white and red striped nails are endless, from red and white plaid to seersucker white and red patterns. We love these simple vertical red and white stripes on nude nails.
What Do Red and White Nails Symbolize?
In recent viral TikTok trends, the red and white nail theory is associated with attraction. The belief is that red and white nails attract the attention of an interested member of the opposite or same sex. White nails indicate a clean slate and a fresh start, whereas red nails indicate passion and confidence.
Find Your Match with Red and White Nails
Red and white nails aren’t just for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. White and red nails are a chic and sexy trend taking over social media. If you want to find your match and are ready for attraction, prepare for a manicure of red and white nails.