We don't know about you, but when our nails are pretty and painted we just feel more put together. Fortunately for us, it doesn't require being a pro nail artist to get the job done. In fact, simple nail art ideas are all the rage right now, popping up left and right on Instagram and real life. From minimalist negative space nail looks to modern French manicures, ahead you'll find 34 of our favorite simple nail art looks worth giving a try.
Pink Tonal Fade
Rainbow manicure, mismatched nails, tonal fade—whatever you call this multi-colored manicure trend, this demure pink range slays it like no other. It's the ultimate neutral manicure that still offers a layer of intrigue thanks to varying hues. Best of all, it's incredibly easy to recreate given it only requires choosing five pink polishes and painting them on.
Dainty White Stripes
This simple matte manicure is eye-catching thanks to the tiniest white strip straight down the middle of each nail. The trick to creating a nail look like this is to use a nail-striping brush, like China Glaze Stripe Rite Best in Snow ($6). The ultra-slim brush makes nailing a perfectly straight line easier than ever.
This small-to-large dot manicure is done in varying pastel shades, in a way that makes it look almost holographic. The light, cool shades make for an alluring match when combined with a nude base, but just imagine the disco vibes if it were done with black.
If you don't have a proper nail blotting tool at home, just open up a bobby pin and use one of its rounded tips to create the same effect.
Tiny Polka Dots
All you need is your favorite hot pink polish and white nail polish pen to bring this look to life. Need a reco? Many nail lovers swoon over the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen ($6) in white.
French manicures are having a major moment; so is neon. So, it only makes sense to combine the two. Here we have a moody gray and neon yellow combo, though you can swap out the colors for whatever fits your fancy. And, while the result looks super professional, it's actually easy to create with the help of circle stickers as a stencil for the rounded French tip.
White Lines and Gold Foil
Negative space, gold foil flecks, and curved white lines combine for a simply stunning nail look. Since foil can be tricky to DIY, your best bet is likely to head to the nail salon to bring this manicure to life. While there, have your manicurist show you how to create the look so you can eventually learn to do it at home.
Rose Gold Accent
We love rose gold nail accents nearly as much as we love negative space, so it's no wonder we fell head over heels as soon as we saw this simple manicure. All it takes is a clear basecoat, a single metallic rose gold stripe down the center of each nail, and clear topcoat. Talk about simple.
Matte French Mani
We're madly in love with French manis—especially when they're unconventionally matte. Truly, how could you not be? They're simple, demure, and forever on-trend. And, fun fact, if matte is your goal, all it takes is topping off your favorite nail color with a matte topcoat, as opposed to seeking out a totally new nail collection to achieve the unshiny finish.