When it comes to picking a polish for your latest nail look, yellow may not rank very high up on your go-to look list. After all, yellow nails are often associated with discoloration, nail trauma, or even fungus. But it’s time to broaden your nail-color horizons, because these yellow nail looks may very well change your mind.
One of our favorite bright, cheery colors, yellow is sure to make you smile while invoking sunny summer and springtime vibes regardless of the season. From pale pastels to golden hues, glitter, nail art, and everything in-between—read on for 30 of our favorite yellow nail looks on Instagram, certain to look great on any nail shape or length.
Yellow can be a subtle or bold, depending on the design you choose. These chic slashes are super minimalist and work on all nail shapes, sizes, and lengths. Try to DIY it with the tip of a bobby pin.
Leave one accent nail nude with horizontal and vertical stripes to create a fun and neutral checkered style.
A fun, colorful spin on a classic French manicure is always a good idea.
Negative Space Half Moons
Half french, half full color, this look proves you don’t have to fully commit to one style — you do have 10 fingers, after all.
Nothing gives off vacation vibes like a perfectly painted palm tree.
A yellow color scheme complete with a handpainted white lemon is pretty much a classic pairing.
Black and Neon Geometric Art
With a white base, neon yellow and black lines make for a funky-meets-mod mani.
Too Cute Tulips
This certainly takes a steady hand and artistic eye, but these painted tulips are gorgeous.
Yellow leopard? Yes, please.
These little lightning bolts on the ring finger add just the right amount of funky fun to an already playful manicure.
Catch a Wave
This pastel-rainbow wave-inspired art with tiny white star accents gives off fantasy vibes, and we love it.
Sunny, Simple and Cheerful
Go back to basics with a perfectly painted, single-color yellow mani in this beautiful sunshine-y hue.
A pastel yellow manicure paired with a fun, colorful and geometric accent nail is a way to incorporate even more cheerful colors into the mix.
Not quite a french manicure, these half neutral half yellow nails are split with a wave in the most adorable way.
Love on Lemons
There’s really no wrong way to rock a lemon.
Pile on all the glitter for a glitzy accent nail!
A natural nail base, strategically placed lines and sections of yellow nail polish make for a gorgeous negative space manicure.
Simple Gold LInes
Simple gold lines elevate this manicure to the next level. Plus, gold and yellow look gorgeous together!
Pastel Peach and Yellow
Pairing pastel yellow with a pastel peachy-pink is an excellent combo, and the subtle swipe of gold glitter at the cuticle is the prettiest little accent.
With this reverse french manicure, only the area closest to the cuticle is painted yellow for a unique, eye-catching look.
Marvelous and Marbled
Marbled yellow and pink on top of a white base is the stuff tie-dye nail dreams are made of.
Two Gold Stripes
Two gold stripes at the tip is a relatively simple way to add another element to a basic yellow manicure.
Brighten your nails with these adorable smiley faces. See a pro manicurist to recreate this look, or try nail appliques for a DIY smiley manicure.
Neon Yellow Tips
Make a statement with electric yellow, neon tips that practically glow.
More Lemon Looks
When life gives you lemons, put them on your nails.
Yellow Tips With White Half Moons
Yellow and white reminds us of puffy clouds on a sunny day. Try this twist on the traditional French manicure by using sunny yellow tips and white half moons at the base of the nail.