You don't have to visit the nail salon to have an amazing manicure. Many of us tend to stick to solid colors when doing at-home manicures, but we shouldn't shy away from slightly more complicated designs. We're sharing some simple nail art designs for beginners that anyone can perfect with a bit of practice.
Combine two of your favorite colors to create a simple but cool manicure. You just need some tape to use as a guide. Simply place tape over half of your nail (or three quarters if you'd prefer to have a clearly dominant color) and paint. Wait for your first color to dry, remove the tape, and add in the second color. You can use any variation you like: horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.
The classic French manicure can be surprisingly easy if you have the right tools. If you can find a rounded sticker, you're golden. Just apply beneath the tip of your nail and paint! Try using a bright color to add a modern twist to this notoriously neutral design.
This cute design is perfect for beginners. All you need is two shades of nail polish and a toothpick. Start with your base layer as you would with a plain manicure. Once the polish has dried, create dots by dipping a toothpick into your second color. If you don't have a toothpick, you can use any small but pointed object (a needle, a pin, an old pen, etc.).
Classy marble is deceptively easy to make. Surprisingly, it can be achieved with a small amount of crumpled plastic. Paint your nails as usual and wait for them to dry. Crumple up a bit of plastic and paint over the creases with your second color. Place the plastic over your nails to create the marbled effect, and voila!
If you have a glitter topcoat, you can easily create a confetti effect. As always, start with a base color. Add your ‘confetti' once it's dry with your glitter topcoat. Start from the tip and only paint halfway down your nail. Make sure the glitter is heavier at the top, becoming sparser the further down it is. Don't worry about it being even all the way down.
This pretty design looks way more difficult than it actually is. All you need is three polishes in the same tone. Start with the lightest color as your base, painting all nails completely. Wait for your base color to dry before moving on. Dab on the second color with a makeup sponge, moving from tip to cuticle. There's no need to wait for the second color to dry; finish up with your third color on another sponge, but only apply on the tips.
This one is technically cheating, but it will still result in a dazzling manicure. If you don't feel confident with using more than one nail polish at a time, don't! Get a pack of stick-on rhinestones. Paint your nails as usual, then go wild once they've dried.
Don't forget to seal off all your hard work with a top coat!