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. And the star accent on the ring finger takes it to a whole other level. 

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Gold Glitter Stripes

This one's almost too easy. Use a thin gold nail polish like It's So Easy Strip Right Glitter Paint ($5), swipe it down the center of your nails, apply a top coat, and you're good to go. 

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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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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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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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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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Colorful Dots

We can't get over how simple this multicolor, dotted polish is. It'll probably take you five minutes at most. 

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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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Canary Yellow

The contrast between the yellow base and blue dots really makes this look from Paintbox pop. To get similar 3D dots, use these BMC Nail Polish Art Mini Caviar Bead Studs ($17). 

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Silvery-Blue Stripes

Spice up your summery white mani with a stripe of metallic blue. We love butter London's Nail Lacquer ($15) in Metallic Aquamarine.

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Blue Dots

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

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Two-Tone Purple

Purple on purple totally works here. This look puts 2018's Pantone color of the year, ultraviolet, to good use. 

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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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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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Purple Stars

Can you tell we're a little obsessed with the whole star-pattern trend yet? These tiny stars are everything. 

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Mint Squiggles

Bright wavy lines totally transform these neutral nails. They're subtle, yet stylish. 

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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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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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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. To recreate the look, use striping tape to trace clean lines for your base color and finish with dots of contrasting black or white polish.

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Elevated French

Love the look of a French manicure but want to jazz it up a bit? Check out this nude and black glitter option that incorporates a second half-arc for added allure.

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Yayoi Kusama-Approved

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

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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 shade of blue 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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Starry Cuticles

Sticking to the star theme, this simple design only requires star sequins and a topcoat to create. Adhere the tiny stars along your cuticle line with topcoat and finish with an even coat overtop.

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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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Embellished French Tips

Here's another option for all you star lovers out there. Simply adhere a gold star sequin to the base of each nail with topcoat after painting on a classic French manicure.

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Mauve Moment

If you love the idea of gradient nails but crave something a bit dustier in hue, check out this mauve masterpiece. With two shades of purple and dusty rose, you can create a cool mani that's bound to earn endless compliments.

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Neutral Palette

Sometimes creating a swoon-worthy nail look is as simple as combining your favorite colors of the moment and calling it a day. That's what celebrity manicurist Betina Goldstein did here and, let's be honest, we're in love.

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Fawn Nails

If you fawn over neutral nail art, you'll love this easy DIY. Start with a creamy light brown base on one side of each nail and top it off with relaxed white dashes. Finish with topcoat to seal in your Bambi-approved look.

Up next: Discover the modern French mani that's back and better than ever.

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