10 Ideas for Retro 70s Nails

The 70s are back in style, and that includes nail art too! 70 nails are all about psychedelic shapes, colourful waves and flower power. Earth tones like brown, beige and terracotta are big in the 70s trend, plus bright pops of primary colours and pastels. 

Want to add a groovy feel to your manicure this season? Try any one of these retro 70s nail art designs to get the look.

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We love how much these 70s style flowers pop against a black nail base. Plus it’s a great way to give your 70s nail a bit of an edge. The bright colours really stand out on a dark background and create an eye-catching look. You can do this style freehand with a fine brush and your choice of bright colours to create your rounded 70s flowers. 

Colourful waves are synonymous with 70s style, and this red, yellow and blue design is the perfect colour palette for getting a retro look. The beauty of this 70s nail art is that it doesn’t need to be uniform; you can just add your waves at random across your nail and build your design up with each colour.

Or, for a different take on the look, add finer waves that sweep from one side of your nail to the other. This 70s nail art design is ideal if you have shorter nails, or if you want a daintier design for your wavy nails. To get the same effect, mix up the direction of your waves, starting some from the bottom upwards or from one corner to the other.

With a mellow yellow base and warm red and mustard tones, this look screams the 70s and gives a sunny California vibe to your nails that’s perfect for summer. Opt for a pale yellow gel base to make sure your wave colours really stand out.

Or why not combine 70s flowers and rainbow waves for a fun hippie aesthetic? And to add an even more retro touch, add a cute smiley face in the centre of your flowers. Before it was picked up by rave culture in the 90s, the smiley face was a hugely popular logo in the 70s.

Browns, mustard and burnt orange are all super 70s shades, so this combination gives an instantly retro vibe. To mix up the 70s swirls on your wavy nails, add a funky heart pattern on an accent nail in the same colours.

Or if a pastel palette is more your style, this gorgeous design is perfect for spring. Alternate small flowers with wavy lines in your favourite shades of purple, greens and blues. The almond shape of these nails works really well with the soft shades and curves of the waves.

These 70s flowers are perfect for spring and summer. Choose bold shades of blue, pink, yellow and green with alternating colours at the centre of each for a bright and super 70s look! This one works best for long nails so you have space for your flowers.

Nailing two trends at once, this 70s french tip manicure is one of our favourites. The abstract 70s pattern in alternating colours gives a really retro feel and looks amazing on long acrylics. This is one of the best options for long 70s nails.

If you’re looking for something bold and eye-catching, this funky 70s pattern is perfect. The super retro print will give any outfit a fun feel, whichever colour you opt for. With a fine nail art brush and a steady hand, you can easily add these 70s waves yourself from home too.


Whether it’s super 70s wavy nails or a fun flower design, bright and bold shades or retro browns and yellows, this trend has something for everyone. Which one of these retro 70s nails will you be wearing this season? Be sure to tag us on Instagram so we can see them! 


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