Quick Guide to 15 Stylish Yet Simple Nail Designs

Simple nail designs are so easy to duplicate at home. With the right colors and a few nail tools or everyday household items, you can easily pull off some of the most stylish nail designs!

With these easy nail designs, you’ll be the envy of all your friends! And won’t they be surprised when they find out you did them at home on your own?

You’ll love these cute nails designs we choose just for our faithful readers. All you need is your favorite colors, a few simple tools, a clear top coat and your imagination. Now get to work!

Check out these 15 simple nail designs you can do right at home!

Tape Nail Art

  1. Start with a pretty grey base and allow to dry.
  2. Apply nail tape in the shape or pattern of your choice (mix them up for variety for a more edgy look).
    *You can also use cut up scotch tape!
  3. Paint a darker color polish on the uncovered area.
  4. Allow to dry and gently remove the tape.
Tape Nail Art

Source: HannahRoxNails via Youtube

Swirled Nail Art

  1. Apply your favorite base coat. Don’t let it dry.
  2. Paint one bold stripe in the middle of your nail with another polish.
  3. Mix them slightly together with a bobby pin.
  4. Gently apply the mixed colors to the surface of your nails and let dry.
Swirled Nail Art

Source: Sveta Sanders via Youtube

Polka Dot Nails

  1. Paint the base in a dark matte lacquer coat.
  2. Allow to dry.
  3. Use the same color but with a metallic sheen and paint polka dots for a dramatic effect.
Polka Dot Nails

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Zig Zag Nail Art

  1. Paint your nails with a  base coat.
  2. Allow to dry.
  3. Use a brighter color to paint a zigzag line down your nails.
  4. For a more dramatic look, paint your nails tips with another color.
Zig Zag Nail Art

Source: HannahRoxNails via Youtube

Subtle Fade Ombre Nails

  1. Paint two or three shades of the same color on a sponge.
  2. Dab onto your nails.
  3. Allow to dry.
Subtle Fade Ombre Nails

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Lace Stamp Nail Art

  1. Paint your nails a pale shade such as taupe, nude, or a pale pastel.
  2. Paint the lace stamper with an iridescent or glittery shade of white.
  3. Stamp your nails with the lace design of your choice.
  4. Allow nails to dry completely.
Lace Stamp Nail Art

Source: Marine LP via Youtube

Gingham Nail Art

  1. Paint your nails with the base color of your choice.
  2. Paint a section of scotch tape or nail tape with a 2nd color.
  3. Allow both to dry completely.
  4. Apply a clear top coat to seal.
Gingham Nail Art

Source: HannahRoxNails via Youtube

Feather Nail Art

  1. Find a pretty feather (or feathers, depending on how many fingers you wish to paint with the feather design).
  2. Cut the feather(s) to fit your nails.
  3. Paint your nails the color of your choice.
  4. Allow to dry.
  5. Apply the feather to your nail with clear glue and then paint a layer of glue over the feather. (Or a clear base coat, after the paint has dried)
  6. Trim off any excess with cuticle scissors.
Feather Nail Art

Source: Marie Nail Art via Youtube

Fan Brush Nail Art (for thin stripes)

  1. Apply the desired base coat.
  2. Allow to dry.
  3. Choose colors for the stripes.
  4. Dip the tips of a fan brush in the first color and brush horizontally over your nails.
  5. Allow to dry.
  6. Repeat with the other colors, allowing each color to dry before adding the next. (Remember to clean the fan brush between colors)
Fan Brush Nail Art

Source: Demelza’s World via Youtube

Multi-Color Ombre Fade

  1. Chose 2-5 colors.
  2. Paint the first color as a base coat.
  3. Allow to dry.
  4. Paint the remaining colors with a sponge.
  5. Rub the sponge gently on your nails, leaving a bit of the base color at the nail bed.
  6. Allow to dry.
  7. You can add a clear glitter top coat to seal and add some sparkle.
Multi-Color Ombre Fade

Source: MyGirlyNails via Youtube

Metallic Nail Art

  1. Apply your favorite color as a base coat.
  2. Allow to dry completely.
  3. Use a metallic gold or silver Sharpie marker to make some fun designs.
  4. Allow to dry.
  5. Apply a clear top coat to seal.
    *For some extra bling apply silver or gold gemstones to your artwork!
Metallic Nail Art

Source: Lancengi via Youtube

Newsprint Nail Art

  1. Paint your nails grey.
  2. Allow to dry.
  3. Soak your nails in rubbing alcohol for a few seconds.
  4. Place a newspaper print side down on your nails.
  5. Gently dab the paper onto your nails before removing.
  6. Give it few seconds to set before sealing with a clear top coat.
Newsprint Nail Art

Source: Natasha Lee via Youtube

Snakeskin Nail Art

  1. Apply a base coat of your choice.
  2. Wrap a piece of netting material around each nail.
  3. Use a sponge to apply a second coat.
  4. Gently peel off the netting.
  5. Seal with a clear top coat.
Snakeskin Nail Art

Source: ChicNailArts via Youtube

Anchor Nail Art

  1. Paint your nails with blue and white polishes and paint your accent finger gold.
  2. Allow to dry.
  3. Paint an anchor on the accent finger in the white you used as a base on your other fingers.
  4. Add a small rhinestone to the other fingers for bling.
Anchor Nail Art

Source: HannahRoxNails via Youtube

Rhinestone And Floral Nail Art

  1. Apply a pretty color as a base coat and allow to dry.
  2. Paint a floral design in a 2nd color and outline the flowers with rhinestones.
  3. Allow to dry completely.
II. Rhinestone And Floral Nail Art

Source: Olga Levchuk via Youtube

Infographics Quick Guide To Stylish Yet Simple Nail Designs

See how simple it is to do your own awesome nail art? Try one and tweak it a bit to match your personality. Or, mix and match different designs for a funky look that’s all your own! Your friends are sure to be impressed when they see your cool and creative simple nail designs.

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