14 Easy Nail Art Designs That Even the Worst Artists Can Handle
Get professional results at home, even with your nondominant hand.
This technique looks like shatter nail polish but doesn’t use any special polishes or tools. After letting your base coat dry, wipe off most of the polish from the brush of a second color. The almost-dry brush will create a punky, distressed look. Get the full tutorial from Chalkboard Nails, then protect your new mani by avoiding these 7 everyday habits that ruin your nails.
Water it down
Using a flat brush to apply watered-down nail polish results in a plaid watercolor look. Its beauty is in its imperfection, meaning you don’t have to worry about straight lines in your nail art designs. Get the full tutorial from The Nailasaurus. Find out what your nails reveal about your health.
Try different watercolors
Start with a base coat for your nails. Drop a few blobs of another color on a piece of wax paper, then water it down with pure acetone. Simply dab the second color over the first randomly to create a beautiful watercolor effect. Head over to Kelli Marissa to find out more. Read what your nail polish color reveals about you.
Use a toothbrush
A cheap toothbrush can be converted into a creative stamp for your nails. Apply polish to the bristles, then press the toothbrush down on your nails to transfer the color. Go for a rainbow scheme like this one, or stick with greens and browns for a cool camouflage. Head over to The Nailasaurus for full instructions, then use these 10 tricks for growing strong nails to give it staying power.
Start seeing spots
No dotting tool? No problem. Get creative with creating little polka dots for nail art designs. A pinhead, pencil (either point or eraser), nail, bobby pin, and thumbtack can all help you make clean circles. Stick with just one, or use a couple different sizes like Chalkboard Nails does here. Learn 10 tricks for protecting nails from wear and tear.
Glitz it up
Gradient glitter looks much classier than a nail of solid sparkles, but getting the right amount of glitter can be a challenge. Use a paper towel to soak up some of the clear polish, giving you more control of the glitter. Find out more from So Naililicious, and check out this 3-ingredient trick for making your nails grow faster.
Use sticker reinforcements
To get a simple half moon at the bottom of your nail, start by painting your whole nail the color you want the moon to be. Stick on circular reinforcement stickers to the base of your nail so the hole is mostly around your skin. Paint a second color from the top of the sticker up, then wait for it to dry before removing the sticker. Find out more from The Nailasaurus. Hopefully, the pretty polish will keep them out of your mouth—here are the gross things that happen when you bite your nails.
Taped and straight
The secret to getting perfectly straight lines in nail art designs? A piece of Scotch tape. Check out how Chalkboard Nails made this design. Don’t miss these genius things you never knew you could fix with nail polish.