Looking for some nail art inspiration? Hey, Miss hating all those banal nail designs, I’ve got some really unique nail art ideas that aren’t only cute, but easy as well. You know, busy schedules, all-night parties, cooking and cleaning don’t leave me enough time to get my nails done every other day. So, after experimenting for a while, I found out many nail art ideas that don’t take a lot of time and last more than a day. If you are in the same boat with me, you know what I’m talking about. Ladies, get ready for some unbelievable manicure magic as I bring you the most awesome nail art ideas from beauty experts and celebrities to inspire you to experiment with your nails more often.
1. Cosmic nails
Are you a cosmic girl who loves to go star-trekking once a week? Create the effect of the night sky and galaxies on your own nails. Start with a dark blue base, use a sponge to dab on some glitter to create a cosmic effect, and then use a toothpick to dab on white polish to create little stars. You can create whatever you want, besides. There are many cosmic nail ideas, which is why you shouldn’t dwell on this one design only.
2. Beach design
Now that you have one month left of summer, you can still enjoy some beach time. Even if you can’t, you can at least enjoy your beautiful nails. Beach nail designs aren’t easy to create at home, but with a little practice you can learn how to do it without spending a dime. If you have some little shells, try to create this cute nail design yourself.
3. Two-tone manicure
Bored of your French manicure? Try to create two-tone manicure that will make at least five days of your life brighter. It can be done with any colors you love. Opt for pink and yellow, blue and yellow, red and black, black and purple, or green and orange combo. The brighter colors are, the better.
4. Polka dots
I know what you wanna tell me, but polka dot nail design can be fun too. Paint your nails black and pink, or whatever color combo you like, and dot on some cute spots with the aid of a simple toothpick – use a different toothpick for every color. Lazy girls really love this easy yet beautiful nail art idea, and you?
5. 3D effect
Give your perfectly polished nails a 3D effect by gluing on your favorite embellishments, such as flowers, gemstones, or even pearls. Although this nail art idea isn’t perfect for everyday look, you can create it for some special events like weddings, birthdays, dates etc. I love to use flower embellishments on my nails. Give it a try, girls. I’m sure you’ll like it as well.
6. Caviar black manicure
If black is your color, then caviar black manicure is something you will definitely want to try. Black caviar nail polish is available in almost every beauty store, which means you can create your own nail art at home. While your boss won’t probably like your black creation, your friends will appreciate it. Even if they won’t, who cares? Do it for yourself!
7. Water marble miracle
Yep, lazy girls, it’s miracle. Marbling is a quick, easy and beautiful way to update your nails – be they short or long. Water marble manicure looks like it is for-the-pros only, but don’t dread, you can do it at home too. All you need is your creativity, nail lacquers for free-dropping, clean water, and a stick for drawing patterns. Do a quick Google search to find step-by-step instructions.
8. Bold tips
Bold girls love bold nails. But painting your nails in a bold color is too simple and boring. Having your tips painted in a bold color, though, is the easiest way to stand out from the crowd. Apply a base coat of clear polish and then paint your tips some bright color like neon red, pink, blue or green. Once you know how to do it, you can have new manicure every other day.
9. Black French manicure
Add drama to your nails by creating a black French manicure. Mix black shiny and matte polishes, opt for a nude and black French tip combination, create a black and pink French manicure with some beads or flowers, or you can create your own variation. Black French manicure doesn’t mean sadness, it means “Look at me, I’m not afraid to express myself.”
10. Metallic nails
Metallic nails have always been one of the hottest nail trends. There are a wide selection of nail art foils out there. My favorite one is a gold foil. Pick your nail art foil, apply the leafing to wet polish, let it dry, and then cover with top coat. Since metallic leaf is very fragile and sticks to almost anything, use tweezers to make the process a bit easier.
11. Pastel nails
Having a hard time choosing between different pastel nail polish colors? Try them all! Pastel nails look beautiful, feminine, fun and summery, and can be done in a great variety of ways. It’s a modest and cheap way to jazz up your look without wrecking your budget. Say goodbye to boring and dull nails!
12. Rainbow nails
Rainbow is a symbol of love, peace, and freedom. Many women believe rainbow nails are for teens and girls in their 20s only. However, you can try out this cute nail art idea even in your 50s. When it comes to nails, your age doesn’t matter at all. Actually, when it comes to anything. I hate beauty rules and don’t respect those who say what we must do and avoid in a certain age. A professional beauty expert can advise but don’t dictate to you. So if you wanna try a rainbow manicure, just do it!
13. Marine nails
Dolphins, shells, waves, seaweeds, sharks, seahorses, ships, anchors and many more are all amazing ideas for your marine nails. This nail art trend is usually perfect for long nails, but a small anchor or dolphin can look beautiful on short nails too. Marine nails may take a lot of time and effort to create, but it’s worth it.
14. French manicure with flowers
This year, French manicures are the biggest trend on the most runways. A classic French manicure is a great choice for work, yet it’s boring if you don’t update it at least once a week. Adding some beautiful flowers to your classic French manicure is a quick way to spice up your mani. It doesn’t have to look bright – it has to look delicate.
15. Splash of colors
If you have no idea what to paint today, or you simply don’t want to paint anything special, try a so-called splash of color mani. Start painting whatever your soul wishes. It sounds weird, but looks pretty good – even if you don’t have any nail art skills. The result may greatly surprise you.
16. Amethyst nails
Amethyst nail art is becoming popular these days. It looks really tricky, but don’t forget that you can create your own design. Grab some violet or purple nail polishes and spend a few hours experimenting with different designs. You may be astonished at how creative and skillful you are once you finish your mani.
Between us girls, nail art is actually simple. Let others think that your mani is tricky and expensive. But now you know some frugal and easy nail art ideas that, hopefully, will completely change your mani routine. These ideas are perfect for both short and long nails, as well as fake nails. Do you have any other ideas not mentioned on my list? If so, please share them with me. I want to try out some of your ideas too.