30 Shockingly Easy Nail Designs You Can Totally Do at Home

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Stepping out of the nail salon with a set of freshly painted nails can make you feel like a new person. There's nothing like a little pampering and a fresh mani to make you feel like your best self. But it can get expensive fast. Especially if you opt for some nail art.

That's why we rounded up 30 of our favorite simple and easy nail designs that you can do at home (and probably with the nail colors you already own). We're not nail artists by any means, but luckily with these looks, that doesn't matter. Whether you want to rock a set of stars along your cuticles, a tonal gradient across all 10 fingers, simple glitter stripes, or a double French mani, you're sure to find a look (or three or four) that you love, below. See all of our favorites to DIY below.

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Starry Details

Olive and June's nail stickers make for a unique and easy mani. We're impressed. 

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Statement Red

Who doesn't love a classic red manicure? The star accent on the ring finger takes it to a whole other level. Pick yourself up this 10 Piece Nail Art Brush Set ($8), or any similar set, for details like painted stars and many others in this roundup.

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Shimmering Champagne Tips

Play up your bare nails with a swipe of gold at the tips. Try a chunky metallic shade like L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Gold Dust ($9). 

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White Dots

In this case, less is definitely more. We love the simplicity of these neutral nails with white dots. 

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Pastel Mismatch

We're suckers for a good pastel nail look and multiple shades? Even better. Mirror the color order on each hand for a polished look. 

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Gold Glitter Stripes

This one's almost too easy. Use a thin gold nail polish like Finger Paints Striping Polish in He-Art of Gold ($3), swipe it down the center of your nails, apply a top coat, and you're good to go. 

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Teal + Gold

Teal and metallic gold collide in this chic design. Try a shade like Essie Go Overboard ($9) when you're re-creating this look. 

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Confetti-Like Dots

You've probably seen polka-dot nails before, but not this way. Instagram nail guru Alicia Torello layered her dots for this cool effect.

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Colorful Lines

The colored stripes make this neutral mani fun and interesting. Nail stripe stickers make achieving the look super easy. 

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Graphic Neon

The impact of this manicure far outweighs the time it takes to achieve it. No metallic or color combo is off-limits with this simple and chic style.

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Canary Yellow

The contrast between the yellow base and blue dots really makes this look from Paintbox pop. These dots are 3D, but a contrasting polish will also provide a big enough pop if you're not looking to shop for extra baubles.

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Blue Dots

A nail art hack? You can use a toothpick to create different-sized dots like these by Chillhouse.

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Silvery-Blue Stripes

Spice up your summery white mani with a stripe of metallic blue. We love China Glaze's Nail Lacquer in Can You Sea Me? ($8).

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Two-Tone Purple

Purple on purple totally works here. Different shades of the same tone are always a good choice for a polished, understated take on nail art.

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Diagonal Periwinkle

The unique color combo is what drew us to this two-toned nail design. The baby blue reminds us of Essie's Bikini So Teeny ($9). 

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Sprinkle of Glitter

Get this sparkly yet understated look by using a sponge to press on glitter from the lower-left corner, tapering into nothing. Set generously with a clear coat and bam—instant party nails.

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Blushing Beauties

We're totally here for this twist on the two-tone manicure. Each nail is a little bit different, which keeps things interesting. 

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A Sleek Swoop

Shift your French tip to the corner of your nail for a modern take on the classic manicure. Stick with pastel or go bolder with a bright hue.

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Black and White

If you're not a fan of bright colors on your nails, these black-and-white half-and-half nails are perfect. Plus, they're super versatile. 

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Bling Fingers

Bejewel your nails for a minimum-effort, maximum-effort impact. Grab some appropriately-sized sparklers—like these Swarovski Create Your Style Xirius Nail Combo Crystals in Navette ($10)—and get to gluing.

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Metallic Accents

This light pink mani got a major upgrade. Add a triangle of tonal foil to your go-to nail polish shade to emulate this beautiful style. 

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Nail Wave Nouveau

Throw in a curve to give a half-and-half-mani a playful twist. Stick to all one shade as a base, or skip it in favor of a clear base coat for a negative space moment that will make everyone positively jealous.

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Negative Space Stunners

If you want to rock a head-turning manicure but don't have the patience to sit and paint all your nails, consider this black and white half-and-half mani that confines the color to just two nails. Recreate the look using striping tape to trace clean lines for your base color and finish with dots of contrasting black or white polish.

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Polka Dot Party

We've shown you plenty of variations on this theme, but there's still room for a classic polka dot pattern in your nail art arsenal. The delicate size of these give the mani a slightly retro vibe, and we are here for it.

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Yayoi Kusama-Approved

Your nails can look like an actual piece of Yayoi Kusama's trendy art with minimal effort. Simply start with a bright, dandelion-yellow base and finish with black dots in varying sizes.

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Embellished French Tips

Here's another option for all you French-manicure-lovers out there. Adorn the center of the nail with…well, with whatever you want, really. The witchy decals in this mani are making us long for Halloween all year long.

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Blue Gradient

If you're not one to get crafty with intricate nail art but still crave an eye-catching design, check out this gradient option. With a different blue shade on each nail, it's a dreamy contrast we can't stop staring at. If you're not sure which shades of blue will pair well together, take the guesswork out of the equation and use Olive & June's Blue Jeans Kit ($40).

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'90s Daisies

Baby blue and daisies are giving us serious mid-90s, Clueless vibes. Your nails will be the envy of everyone you flash with the "Whatever" hands.

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Wavy Red

Okay, this look will require a striping brush, but it's still super simple to recreate. Just dip your brush into the burnt-red shade of your choice and gently paint a squiggle from one corner of your nail to the other, being careful not to overlap as you paint the other two on.

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Houseplant Parent

If it's been more than 15 minutes since you showed someone a picture of your monstera, these nails are for you. Carry your plant pride around with you everywhere, and don't be intimidated by the tiny individual leaves; these ALLYDREW nail art decals ($10) once again save the day.

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