Even as we get older, we still love to celebrate birthdays. The plans might shift from a party with a magician and all our closest friends to something more casual, like partying with the magician. Either way, this year, we’re most excited about getting birthday nails.
And whatever rabbit he’s going to pull out of his hat next.
A fun birthday manicure could be something simple like sparkly polish, or you could go all out with a design featuring balloons, cake, and presents. We’ve got all the birthday bases covered in this list. Including that one we stole from Fenway.
21 Fun Birthday Nails To Rock This Year
1. Colorful Balloon Nails
No one will be able to use the excuse that they “forgot” your birthday after you get this manicure painted on. We’ll work on the excuse that they “don’t even know you” next.
2. Subtle Roman Numerals Birthday Nails
For the person who likes neutral nail colors and doesn’t even tell anyone it’s her birthday, this simple manicure is the perfect fit.
3. Pink ’23’ Nails
4. Balloons and Stars Birthday Nails
Skip the real balloons and go for hand-painted ones instead, plus a bunch of colorful stars. This also skips the part where you watch your balloons deflate in the corner of the living room for two months before you finally put them out of their misery. And into your roommate’s room.
5. 90s Manicure
Whether you were around for the 90s or you’re just super passionate about colorful geometric designs that make you nostalgic for old-school Taco Bell, this manicure is a great one to rock on your birthday. We mean “rock” in all senses of the word.
6. Birthday Cake Nails
Normally we’re all about having your cake and eating it, too. But in this case, it’s probably safer if you don’t.
7. Glittery Black Leo Nails
Leave it to a Leo to bedazzle her birthday nails with glitter and shiny gold accents. Leave it to us to roll our eyes about it. We’ll give you three guesses about what sign we are. Nope, not Virgo.
8. Simple Pink Glitter Nails
Sometimes, all you need is a little pink to get you in the mood to party. On a side note, Barbie, we’re starting to think you might have a problem.
9. Tiffany Box Nails
The best presents come in boxes that match our nails. Which is why we painted our nails in classic Tiffany blue.
10. Sagittarius Birthday Nails
Leos have it easy. But when your zodiac sign is longer than most names, you gotta get creative. These “Sag Baby” nails are both a declaration of astrological pride and a concession to the effects of gravity.
11. Glitzy Gold Birthday Manicure
Being extra on your birthday is practically a birthright. Are we Nepo Babies now?
12. Sparkles and Stars
The stars on this manicure glow in the dark, so this birthday babe can finally navigate to the bathroom in the middle of the night without stubbing their toe. Stepping on the cat is a whole different story.
13. Playboy Bunny Birthday Nails
This birthday diva is manifesting money and bling for their bday. Don’t burst their bubble by telling them how much taxes take out of a paycheck.
14. Pisces Birthday Mani
This Pisces nail design features bold gold that’s still soft enough to represent a true Pisces. Just don’t start quoting Lesley Gore at us.
15. Green Celebration Nails
Pop the champagne! It’s time to celebrate. And it’s also 11am, so we’re long overdue for a mimosa.
16. Purple Birthday Present Nails
We love everything about these nails. The vibrant purple nail polish. The sparkly cupcake and balloons. The random gnome hat. They’re…perfect.
17. Pink Birthday Manicure
This mani includes all the best parts of a birthday: cake, icing, fire hazards, and the birthday person getting their spit all over said cake to eliminate the hazard. What a delight.
18. Chrome Birthday Nails
No need to reinvent the wheel for your birthday mani. Trendy chrome nails will do just fine. Get in the car, we’re late to our wheel-inventing class.
19. Disco Ball Nails
We have no idea how to recreate this set, but we’re enjoying staring at it. Is this how magicians get away with their tricks? Look over here at our sparkly fingers! The $20 in your pocket is now in mine. Ta-da!
20. Sparkly Pink Cupcake Drip Nails
These negative space icing drip nails leave much to be desired. Well, mostly cake.
21. Constellation Nails
This manicure was inspired by the stars the nail tech was born under. If everyone would be kind enough to wear their birth chart on their fingertips, it would be much easier to know who to avoid.
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