A good at-home manicure is hard enough to do, but attempting nail art by yourself takes the task to a whole different level. If you don’t feel like your true self without a small masterpiece painted onto your fingertips there’s a high chance that staring down at your at-home manicure is big. fat. bummer. That’s why we are here to share simple nail art ideas that you can do easily at your home.
While your own nail art won’t be a perfect one, with fully detailed butterflies or flower prints, you can accent your manicure with minimalist and entry-level designs. “I would say that the best types of hand-painted nail art to do at home are simple abstract designs and natural patterns like a leopard,” says Fleury Rose, a New York City-based nail artist. “This is because they’re more forgiving than doing precise straight lines or geometric patterns.”
There are plenty of household items that double as nail art tools, too, which makes your transition to being your own manicurist a lot easier. To set yourself up with a palette of nail polish paint to play with, Rose recommends using an old takeout container or tin foil to pour some enamel onto. “For dots, you can use a bobby pin or a sewing pin with a plastic ball. For ombre and spray paint effects, a makeup sponge or dish sponge will do the trick,” she says. And if you have any precise art or makeup brushes that you don’t mind using for your manis, those work too.
Check out some easy nail art designs which you can do easily at your home with the tools mentioned above with little efforts and concentration.
- Confetti Nail Art Design
After applying a base coat and two coats of whatever color you’d like, grab a confetti polish/ glitter nail color like and swipe on as many layers as you want. Seal it with a top coat and voila.
- Ombre Nail Art Design
Paint two coats of the color as your base, and give it about 10 minutes to dry. Dab on the second color with a sponge, moving up from the tip towards the cuticle. Finish with the third color, applied with a sponge and only patting onto the tip of your nail, before swiping on a top coat to seal it in.
- Polka Dots Nail Art Design
Choose a different shade to create the polka dots on each nail. Polish each nail with two layers and let dry for two minutes. Then take your brush out of the bottle, wipe most of the polish off, and literally dot different shades onto each nail.
- Clouds Nail Art Design
Apply your base coat and two coats of whatever shade of sky blue that you wish. Use your sponge to dab a darker color to the top half of your nails, all the way to the tip. Then take your bobby pin, dip it into white nail polish, and slowly, carefully dot it onto your nail, creating a cloud shape. Repeat and draw as many clouds as you are into.
- Tiger Nail Art Design
Paint your nails as you normally would, with your base layer being a tan hue. Take a sponge to dab the tiger orange into the middle of the nail, blending it on the edges so that it fades out to tan on the sides. Then take your skinny brush or tip to slide thin tiger stripes horizontally across your nails.
- Animal Nail Art Design
Get a base of neutral-colored nail polish down. Then grab a tiny brush (or your nail polish brush) to paint small base spots in oval and heart shapes. With another really small brush (or bobby pin or toothpick), partially outline the spots in a darker.