55 Festival Nail Ideas For Every Client In 2023


It’s here, it’s finally here! Festival season is amongst us and we’re so ready for it.

Let’s talk about the endless dreams we’ve been having about being showered from head to toe in glitter and rhinestones, dressing up in extravagant outfits, and accessorising with the funkiest nail art possible…they’re all to become real VERY soon. Doesn’t it feel good?!

If you’re a nail tech during this season, then it’s time to get your festival nail art designs ready! Soon enough you’ll be having an influx of clients who are after the most obscure, groovy and unique nail designs possible and it’s important you’re prepared. Let this be your time to shine and get creative. After all, if you can’t go all out for festivals then when really can you?

We’ve rounded up 25 of the best festival nail designs from our IG feed and organised them into themes to make it easier for you. Peek below and tag us on our socials if you decide to take inspo from any – we love seeing all your creations!

1. Abstract

If there’s ever a perfect time to go all out with snazzy nail designs, festival season is the one. Mix and match with all the colours in your nail kit and go wild on your clients’ nails, they will LOVE you for it. Here’s a selection of some of our fave festival nail ideas for 2023. Check them out below…


This animal print inspired nail design is giving off all the festival vibes we want in 2023. Pairing that with pastels? It’s a no-brainer.


Bright, bold and BEAUTIFUL. This festival nails set is everything abstract and we’re so here for it.


These muted, earthy tones are a DREAM for festivals. It’s giving us camouflage-esque vibes, perfect for the grassy weekend festival your client has booked in!


Want to brighten your client’s day? Make sure to try this tie-dye inspired nail design out on them and leave them smiling from ear to ear! They’re beyond perfect for summer and especially festivals in 2023.

2. Glitter

Take your festival nail designs to the next level and incorporate some glitter. EVERY festival requires a splash of glitter – right?


A simple touch of silver glitter with a baby blue vibe? Yes, please.

This festival nail design illustrates how you can incorporate glitter without going overboard (and we’re obsessed).

Summer is certainly here with these stunning nails using Glossify Naturalbuild!


Do you SEE that shimmer??? Ahhhh we cannot DEAL! Simply stunning ✨

3. Neon

Neon is (and always has been) a must-have in your nail kit when it comes to designing festival nails. Get creative! Summer will soon be over and you’ll regret not spicing your client’s nails up when the Autumnal colours start coming back into play.


If your client is after something super simple, try out this burnt orange look – we’re OBSESSED. It’ll pop against any festival fits and, the bonus? This design won’t take too long to complete and is easily maintainable for your client.


This funky set is the perfect nail design for a UK festival this year. It’s giving us swirly candy canes in the middle of summer and we’re in love.


If you fancy stepping out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself by creating a marble nail effect on your client for this festival season. Pair this nail art technique with bright, summery colours and you’ll gain a client for life.


This swirly pattern, mixed with the neon colours, has completely captured our hearts. Send help.


Maybe burnt orange is the colour of the season? If so, @amyguynailartist is smashing it!


This drippy, funky pattern in a range of neon green shades…need we say more?!

4. Ombre

Is your client after a seamless nail set? If so, opt for an Ombre design. They’re expensive-looking and will win the hearts of anyone who steps through your salon doors.


@byleah.x has effortlessly shown us how festival nails in 2023 don’t have to be complicated. Try out the ombre effect in a French manicure style and you’ve got yourself the perfect design.


We HEART purple and pink together!! And that blend? Incredible.


Similarly to @byleah.x, @nailsbyychlo has transformed her client’s nails with the classic French manicure with an ombre twist. For festival season, get this look nailed in your skillset and don’t be surprised if you have an influx of clients asking for the same style.


We want to PRAISE whoever thought to blend burnt orange with neon pink! This unusual combo is definitely a festival nail trend of 2023 and is very pleasing to the eye.


Help. Another French/Ombre twist. We can already picture the plethora of people attending Glastonbury festival already with these stunning nails!!


Now this, THIS is what you call talent. @nicsnailss has completely blown us away with this ombre/pastel/French nail design. *gives a virtual round of applause*

5. French Manicure Inspired

Is it really a shock that we’ve popped the French Manicure inspired designs as a theme for festival nail ideas 2023? The French Manicure is a classic for any nail technician, but when it comes to festival nails, there’s something so appealing about having this simple nail design. Think about it, most of your clients will be looking for practicality over aesthetics anyway, especially if they’re going to be pitching tents in the middle of muddy fields. So, add a twist and give them simplicity with style.

We even have a tutorial on How To Create The Perfect French Manicure with our ambassador, @paintbyjaz! Check it out if you need any tips to help your mani technique today.


If you were after summer vibes, @cb.beautyxx has given them all. This turquoise and pink French Manicure is breathtaking and we can’t take our eyes off them.


Give a classic French manicure a badass twist with gold tips – your client will fall in love…


Who doesn’t love a leopard print number? Seriously. It’s a statement for 2023 festivals.


@nailsbyholly___ has effortlessly transformed the classic mani. This is the perfect design for clients who are looking for something a little more stripped back and neutral.