22 Rainbow Nail Designs To Celebrate Gay Marriage Ruling, Because You're Never Too Old for Multicolored Anything
Well, it finally happened! Same-sex marriage bans have been ruled unconstitutional, which means it's the perfect time to break out those rainbow nail designs in order to celebrate marriage equality. Personally, I can spend a solid hour trying to decide what color to put on my nails every time I want to change my polish. Literally. Lately I've realized: Why go through all that trouble when you can show your support for the LGBTQ community and rock an amazing manicure at the same time? As adults, we tend to steer clear of multicolored nails. Sure, they're not deemed to be as professional looking as a set of nice nude nails. Yes, they may even have you twinning with your 7-year-old niece. But that doesn't mean rainbow nails are strictly for popsicle licking, pink backpack toting, pigtail wearing little girls.
When a single shade of polish is just way too dull for you, take a break from the dark side and walk on over to a rainbow paradise where the grass is always greener and the sky is bluer. Whether you're more of a nail art in 30 seconds or less kind of girl or you're a mani pro, there's a rainbow nail design to suit every skill level. Get ready to grab an ice cream cone and Instagram your manicure because your nails are definitely going to be worthy of hundreds of likes! Look towards these 22 designs for some eye-catching, multicolored inspiration.
1. Gradient Water Marble
Mix the rainbow, an ombré, and a water marble design together and you've got a killer set of nails.
2. One Nail, Different Colors
There's no way your nails won't match every outfit you put on.
3. Multicolored French Tips
Rainbow tips will spice up your nails when you just absolutely cannot resist getting a French manicure.
4. Rainbow Water Marble
Jump on the water marble bandwagon, but do it with a colorful flair!
5. Tie-Dye Nails
What better way is there to let your inner child out for some air than with tie-dye nails?
6. Polkadots & Stripes
When you can't decide between polkadots and stripes, do both for an uber cute nail design!
7. Candy Cane Stripes
These candy cane rainbow stripes are the perfect way to show your pride just in time for the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage.
8. Rainbow Rhinestones
If bling is your thing, rainbow gems can be your go-to when you want a splash of color.
9. Multicolored Jewels
You may go a little insane trying to achieve this look, but you can't ignore how elegant those rainbow pearls look.
10. Sugar-Coated Nails
What's better than rainbow nails? Textured rainbow nails!
11. Jumbo Heart
Nothing screams love quite like a giant heart.
12. Colorful Skyline
Show some hometown love or represent the gay pride in your city with a rainbow skyline.
13. Rainbow Accent
If a full set of rainbow nails overwhelms you, try a single rainbow accent nail.
14. Multicolored Flowers
Talk about a triple threat! It's feminine. It's colorful. It's summery!
15. Cutout Nails
Just when you thought rainbow nails were kiddy, cutout nail designs add an edge.
16. Rainbow Houndstooth
If houndstooth doesn't scream sophistication and class then I don't know what does.
17. Ombré Animal Print
I never thought animal prints could get even wilder, but here we are.
18. Multicolor Glitter
Your head would probably be spinning after strategically placing all of that glitter, but you'll definitely turn some heads with these nails.
19. Paint Drips
Channel your inner artist with these ombré paint drips.
20. Rainbow Flakes
If it's all too much, tone down a rainbow look by going with black nails and a few sprinkles of rainbow flakes instead.
21. Rainbow Mix & Match
Stripes, polkadots, ombré — you love it all, so why not try a set of mixed match nails!
22. Taste the Rainbow
Your nails are your canvas, so paint a rainbow masterpiece on them!