20 easy nail designs

20 easy nail designs

20 easy nail designs

March 8, 2016

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We have made for you a selection of beautiful and very simple nail art. Ideal for those who do not like gel coatings and rarely go to the salon.
Photo by Nastya Raduzhnaya

Nastya Raduzhnaya

Author of Lifehacker

20 easy nail designs


To make any of the presented manicures, you will not need any special tools (stamping, stickers, etc.) – only varnish and improvised means. Techniques are elementary, cope even if you do not have artistic abilities. Everything is so easy that you can repaint your nails at least every day, trying new designs.

flower fantasy

For this beautiful and delicate manicure, you will need dots (a wand with a spherical tip). Many girls have it, and if not, then a hairpin or invisible will perfectly cope with its functions.

You can do it exactly like in the video, or you can experiment with the shades and size of the flowers.

neon manicure

This bright design is perfect for spring and summer. Colors can be matched to clothing using the appropriate shades of varnish. If you don’t have a small diameter dots, use a toothpick.

bokeh effect

In photography, bokeh is a way of blurring the background. A similar effect can be achieved on the nails. To do this, you will need a lot of pink and red polishes (actually, any color scheme can be used), as well as a metallic finish.

original french

This design is suitable for everyday manicure, as well as for special events (wedding or graduation). White varnish with a thin brush, dots of small diameter – and an elegant pattern appears on the nails in a matter of minutes.

You can also use this technique by drawing from the base of the nail and experimenting with colors. Then the manicure turns out to be bright in summer.

French reverse

For a classic French manicure, frame the tip of the nail. But, if you highlight the base of the nail with white, it will also turn out beautifully. Wait for the base polish to dry, and using a semi-circular stencil (can be cut out of adhesive paper), paint over the base of the nail with white polish.

Strict lines

In cosmetic stores, where there are departments with goods for nails, it is easy to find tapes for nail art. By sticking this on your nails, you will get a stylish manicure with strict lines. Great solution for the office.

Scotch tape can be ordered on AliExpress – there is a large selection and reasonable prices.


Such a bright manicure can be done using dots (or invisible), nail tape and three varnishes – black, yellow and white. If you don’t have scotch tape, take a black polish with a thin brush and just paint stripes.


A gradient is a smooth transition from one color to another or from color to transparency. In nail art, this technique is often used. The gradient on the nails is easy to do with a regular sponge. In order not to stain the skin around the nail plate, use a special protective agent or simple PVA glue (see life hack No. 76).


Glitter varnishes are indispensable in nail design. After all, glitters come with small and large sequins, different colors and textures. With their help, you can make a stunning manicure, no worse than a salon one, for example, using the same gradient effect.

You can also highlight the ring finger with glitter varnish. It’s fashionable.

newspaper print

The letters on the nails look very stylish. Soak newsprint in alcohol to transfer the letters to your nails. As a base, you can use any light varnish, as well as a gradient. How to do it, you already know.


To create this spectacular manicure, you need black, white and colored varnishes, as well as a sponge. With its help, you can create stars, and the Milky Way, and galactic radiance. It all depends on your imagination.

Frosty pattern

The technique of painting on wet varnish opens up a lot of room for imagination. Armed with a toothpick, you can create real impressionistic canvases on your nails.

In winter, such a design will be relevant, similar to frosty patterns on the windows.


Smooth lines and strict angles on the nails look impressive. True, if you are not a professional manicurist, it is difficult to depict them. But there is a technique with which you can draw a neat geometric pattern on your nails easily and quickly.

Denim manicure

This design is suitable for girls who prefer casual style or sportswear. If you do not have a special marker for nail art, use black varnish with a thin brush. Perhaps there will be difficulties with the “pocket”, but you will surely draw a denim line without much difficulty.



If drawing a straight line is not difficult for you, you can easily complete this design. First, dots with dots, and then connect them with white varnish with a thin brush. See for yourself how simple it is.

Stylish hearts

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