Nail art really ties up your whole look together and set a statement. They are a fun and creative way to show your personality and aesthetic sense to the world. Although they look quite complicated and intricate, you will be surprised to know that most of the designs are quite easy to make if you take a little interest.
While some people use nail stamps and stickers to get the job done, nothing beats the beauty of trying out the designs and patterns yourself.
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Without further ado, here are 30 gorgeous and easy nail art ideas that are ideal for beginners to try out at home.
1. Summer and Daisies Nail Design
Summer is all about sunshine and daisies. When the sun-kissed shores call out to you and the lemonade stands are in business, try this simple nail art to reflect on your love for the warm season. It is pretty simple and minimalistic with a neat manicure and yellow tips. Make daisies with simple crosses and add a center dot of yellow. That’s all it takes to get this fun and dainty nail art to match those lovely sun dresses.
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2. Love Connection
Nothing can compete with the sweet baby pink color when it comes to a cute, girly look. A simple coat of Barbie pink can really add color and softness to your entire attire. Amp it up with some black paint by drawing simple dots and a tiny heart on one of the nails. It gives a neat look that’s romantic and fun. You can also use a marker tip if it doesn’t work with nail paint!
3. Color Play
It’s always fun to mix and match with different colors to create unique patterns that match your outfit. In this case, the use of bold colors really bring out the aesthetics of the nail art. The simple yet classy touch of gold running as a single strip separating the two colors add a nice glamorous pop. You can use a small tape strip while putting on the first coat, or even let them merge and paint over with the gold strip.
4. Classy Block Pattern
This is a great look for the workplace or a minimalistic and classy attire. Match it with a black and white outfit for an elegant look. The nail art will take no time at all. All you have to do is add the black nail paint in one neat stroke at the center. This can also be done over a French manicure, and works wonderfully with both short and long nails.
5. Earthy Vibes
These grounded, subtle and grounded colors are great for falls and winters. Playing with different shades of deep green/grey with one or two nails that have a soft white color really gives an earthy look. It is a great look to pair up with both casual and formal clothes. Add some leaves with black paint or marker to complete the look on the white nails.
6. Playing with Shapes
Polka dots or lady-bug patterns are always so chic and beautiful. When it comes to nail art, they work beautifully with French manicure for a shiny and dainty look. Color the tips in your favorite color and use something with a small and rounded tip for the dots. Just dip the brush in paint and neatly apply on the nail for perfect circles to match the tips.
7. Glitter Tips
This is a timeless look that will never let you down! Just a small pop of glitter adds elegance and glamor to an overall minimalistic and simple look. In this case, the glitter nail polish is used a little over the tips and extended to one side neatly. This can also be done just on the tips the same way as a French manicure. Add a coat of paint when it dries if you want a glossy look.
8. Polka Dots FTW
Never underestimate the power of a simple polka dot pattern! The smaller the dots, the more aesthetically pleasing and chic it will look. You can never go wrong with a simple and elegant black and white pattern. Reverse the colors on one nail if you want a fun pop of design, or keep it simple and minimalistic like this nail art with same colors and pattern on each nail.
9. Tropical Art
This is a little advanced than a simple beginner level, but if you pour your heart into it, it will get easy with time! With a simple and light base for the flower patterns, use a small brush tip to paint the flowers with the same bold color as the other nails to add a nice color contrast. This is a great look for an outdoor garden party.
10. Speckled Effect Nail Art
This is a very simple design that gives off the perfect spring and summer vibes. Soft pastel colors are the way to go to match the sunny weather and add a fun look with your dresses. In this case, pastel colors are beautified with a minimalist speckled pattern with black paint to give a look akin to the Easter eggs, making the egg hunts all the more fun!
11. Over the Rainbow
No matter which season and year it is, rainbows are always in. They add a bright and cheery touch to your everyday look. By using the colors of a rainbow, add a little strip of color gently with a brush, starting from the edges of the nail. Add a nice white background to bring out the colors, and add a little glitter and sparkle to take it to the next level.
12. Marble Effect Nail Design
Marble effect is relatively simple to do by blending in the colors of two tones. They can be done with a small brush tip and blended in smoky patterns to give off a luxurious marble effect. No better way to take it a step further than to add a gold band on the edges to bring out the royal beauty of emerald green.
13. Pumpkin Spice
Add charm and cuteness to your trick and treat this Halloween season with this simple nail art. With a dull orange look, color the nails in the shades of pumpkin and leave one out to add a nice pumpkin carving effect. Just sketch in a naughty smile or a wink to one of the nails to give it a spooky Halloween effect.
14. Shimmer and Stars
Add a touch of luxury and elegance to your look with this simple to follow nail art. It plays with gold and black tones to give off a celestial vibe. Add in some golden stars that can be drawn with a thin brush tip, or pasted on the glittery black nail color, along with simple black and gold paint on other nails.
15. Raindrops on Nails
This is one of the simplest designs in the bunch. All you need to do is paint your colors in your favorite shade, which is pink in this case. With a transparent color, add a few drops mimicking nail drops over your nail. You can also use glue for this purpose for a lovely 3D effect on your nails. This works well with all colors but is ideal with darker shades.
16. Spooky Halloween Nail Art Idea
Add a little spook and terror to your look with this intriguing nail art. This is another great idea for Halloweens to match that mad scientist outfit. Use shimmery red nail color to first coat the tips and then add uneven lines that seem as if it’s dribbling down the nails for a cool blood effect. This can be done on all nails or a single odd one out.
17. Zig-Zag Patterns
This gives a Monster Inc. or Hulk like look due to the similar color palette, but is more of a general pattern that can be used to give your everyday look an artistic edge. It can be done by using some green and black nail polish along with nail stickers for the zig zag pattern running across the nails. You can also cut tiny strips with the same pattern and color over them to get the design, however it will be quite advanced and time consuming!
18. White and Silver
This is a simple nail art that’s quite simple to paint over without taking up much of your time. With a small tip add a black triangle pattern to divide the nails for two different shades. Then while staying within the drawn line, add coats of white and silver for a beautiful and elegant look.
19. Glam it Up With Some Gems
When in doubt, go for stickers and gems. Small nail gems will take your look to the next level instantly, and make it look like an intricate nail art without taking any more time than a normal coat of nail paint. Use the colors of your choice, however a metallic grey or silver works best to match the colors of the gems.
20. Animal Prints Nail Design
Animal prints are not all that hard to do. Leopard and zebra prints are quite easy, where you just need some command over the brush to paint in tiny specs of black over a solid color of your choice. While brown and black usually works well for a truly animalistic look, a subtle pastel or earthy color can give it a different touch with some added glitter to glam it up.
21. Rose Nails
Try something a little advanced with this beautiful flower patterns and shiny nail art. Using a glittery turquoise as the base for one nail and on the edge for others. Draw simple flowers using yellow and pink. These can be done like simple daisies, or with two different color tones for a rose pattern.
22. Psychedelic Dots
Add exciting pop of colors to a classy black nail paint with this simple nail art. All you need is rounded brush tip and bright colors of your choice. You can also use loud neon colors for this. Use both small and large circles and draw them in different patterns on each nail for a unique and colorful look, ideal for parties and hangouts.
23. Pastel Swirls
These cool and cute colors are a way to beat the summer heat with a lovely and dainty nail pattern. Use your favorite pastel colors and add them one over the other to form layers and swirls along your nails. Use a white nail paint or marker to draw a line between the colors to give it a neat look.
24. Tie and Dye Nails
This is a beautiful spring look to pair with your tie and dye shirt or dresses. It is definitely not beginner level nail art, but it can be achieved with a little practice. Use smudges of pastel colors and blend them in with a small brush. Add some fun decals of flowers for a delicate touch.
25. Holographic Nail Art Idea
This is a smart and chic look that never fails to impress. It’s amazing how easy and simple it is to recreate this look with your favorite colors. You can use any color as the base, but a darker shade like emerald or royal blue works best. Add gold lines like splashes in random patterns and you are done!
26. Mosaic Art
This one demands you to challenge yourself a bit. Make random lines for a mosaic look with a thin brush or black marker, and then color in each shape without letting it get out of the lines. For beginner level, you can make the lines a bit thicker to make it easier to paint within it.
27. Cloudy With a Chance of Excessive Cuteness
Simply put, this nail art is plain cuteness. It is easy and gives an adorable look that can be paired with sun dresses in summers. Use a sky blue or baby blue nail color as the base, and add cloudy patterns with the white nail paint. These won’t be hard to do as clouds certainly don’t have a definite shape, and everything works well to mimic the cloudy effect.
28. Elegant Life Line Pattern Desing
We highly recommend this look for Valentine’s Day or for the date you’ve been looking forward to for days! A polished matte look can never be out of style. Use white color for two nails and add sleek black lines that look like a life-line for a beautiful and romantic look.
29. Fancy Patterns
This may seem like a complicated look, but if you have nail stamper, it can be a breeze and take virtually no time! However, you can try a few of these patterns that are simpler to do with a thin brush, and play with different color tones of your favorite color for an elegant and fancy nail art pattern.
30. Cute Foxy Nails
Saving the cutest for last. This is a simple step by step look to push you and help you learn something a little more advanced and too darn adorable to pass on! A cute fox look can be used on one of the nails, while others have simple matte nail colors of blue and yellow to enhance the color contrast.
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