9 Gorgeous Prom Nail Ideas That Aren't Your Classic French Manicure

One of the best parts of prom (if not the best) is the shameless primping and prepping. When else is it acceptable to pay to get your hair, nails, and makeup done, really? For prom, you treat yourself — which includes picking out some pretty prom nail art. I remember planning my look from head to toe, from nails to shoes to hairstyle. It's all very fun. But just because everyone goes all out for prom doesn't mean that you need to follow the same styles or standards. You do you and, hey, if you're going to treat yourself, you might as well experiment a bit. An amazing prom dress (or killer prom suit) is a must-have, obviously, but what about the details? Let's not forget about that.

The most fun way to add some individuality to your prom beauty look? A kick-ass manicure. Of course, there's always the classic French manicure to fall back on, but there's something to be said for trying something different. Not only will they be saying, "Look at her outfit," but they'll follow that up with, "Have you SEEN her nails?" Plus, cool manicures make for much better hand-involved Instagrams. You hold that pre-dance cup of coffee in style, girl. If you're looking to switch up your prom manicure, here are nine ideas that will keep your look fresh and 100 percent you.

1. Add Some Studs

The perfect addition to a simple, but edgy, dress. And red? Always a good choice.

2. Acrylics

I used to be TERRIFIED of classic acrylics, but still always wanted longer nails. One day I went for a simple, rounded acrylic and I was really happy with the results. Opt for a subtle nude color, and you'll be surprised how natural it can look — and how long acrylics can last, too.

3. Emoji Nails

I mean, if you REALLY want to make a statement.

4. Holographic Nails

Because deep down, all any of us really want is to be Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.

5. Two-Tone

This is sort of an opposite French manicure, with a hint of color. It's simple, but fun.

6. Matte Nails

Who needs the boring, glossy stuff anyways?

7. Go To The Dark Side

Simple, clean, and will go with your outfits after prom.

8. Stiletto Nails

The Kardashians would be proud, and what else even matters, really?

9. Barely There Glitter

Sometimes the best option is the most minimal one.