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.
Olive and June's nail stickers make for a unique and easy mani. We're impressed.
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.
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).
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.
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.
You've probably seen polka-dot nails before, but not this way. Instagram nail guru Alicia Torello layered her dots for this cool effect.
The colored stripes make this neutral mani fun and interesting. Nail stripe stickers make achieving the look super easy.
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.
A nail art hack? You can use a toothpick to create different-sized dots like these by Chillhouse.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
Houseplant Parent Nail Club
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.
Up next: Discover the modern French mani that's back and better than ever.