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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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.
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).
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.
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.
Spice up your summery white mani with a stripe of metallic blue. We love butter London's Nail Lacquer ($15) in Metallic Aquamarine.
A nail art hack? You can use a toothpick to create different-sized dots like these ones by Chillhouse.
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).
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.
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).
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.
Up next: Discover the modern French mani that's back and better than ever.