20 DIY Easy Nail Art Designs To Do At Home For Beginners

Easy Nail Art Designs to Do at Home: Nail designs are ways to beautify and embellish your nails after you might have had your manicure and pedicure done. And in order to make them look more beautiful and attractive, you can get some beautiful art on.

Nail arts are quite expensive, and some people might not have the budget to get a professional work on their nails, this is why we would be providing you with some beautiful nail art designs that you can do yourself in your room or dorm.

These designs won’t cost you much, though you would need some tools to get the designs on your beautiful nails, but if you happen not to have one or two tools that are required, then improvise. Yeah, improvise by looking around your room for things you think can work in place of some tools which you happen not to own and your best friend or roommate does not have them too.

To get started with your home nail art adventure, there are few things you need to tick off before applying nail colors on your beautiful nails. There are;

  • Ensure your nails are filed round, do not file your nails flat. When you file your nails are filed flat, they can easily get chipped and as a result, you might get injured. But when you make it look spherical, your nails are safe and you are also safe from harm.
  • Another thing is to ensure your nails are clean. Clean beneath your nails by clearing it off dirt you might have gotten in there, either through itching your scalp or skin or from other activities. Also use some rubbing alcohol to get off nail polish residues you might have on your nails.
  • Cutting off the nail cuticle is advised against, as it exposes you to infections. So if you used to cut off your cuticles or perhaps bite on them, then you need to stop that.

Every part of a lady’s body garner some level of attention, down to the toe nails. So as a lady, you wouldn’t want to be caught unkempt with either the wrong outfit, or poor manicure. And getting a good manicure done cost a few bucks. This is why we are providing you with DIY nail art designs you can do at home. You do not have to always go to a professional to get your beautiful nails nicely polished.

We will be providing you with a step by step tutorial on how to paint your favorite nail art design yourself. As well as listing the tools that will be needed to achieve each design.

How to do Nail Art Designs for Beginners at Home

To get started with this nail art adventure at home as a beginner, you would need few things, you need to have nail polish of several colors, a stripper brush (this is a brush with small bristles used to make stripes), cello tapes, loose glitters, striping tapes and any other tool you can lay your hands on. The tools are not limited. So, let’s see some easy nail arts designs you can do at home.

1. Smiley Nail Art

The first nail designs we would like to start with is the smiley nail art. Everyone happen to love smileys, as they are expressive, they help us express our moods. And having your nail painted in your current mood is totally a good vibe.

For this design, you would need few things;
  1. A yellow nail polish
  2. Red, white and black nail polish
  3. A stripper brush
How to Apply;
  • Apply the yellow nail polish as the base color, as that is the background of every smiley.
  • Leave to dry, before proceeding to draw in the expressions. If you do not let the base polish dry before drawing in the expressions, you would have lot of smudges on your nail, and you won’t like that. So be patient, do not hurry.
  • When the nails are dried, pick up the stripper brush and the other nail colors and start making the curves to form the lips, another long curve to form a tongue out expression. The smileys can be easily drawn by having an image of the smiley beside you, then you simply look at it, then draw what you see on your nail. To have a nice job, it’s better to practice on a sketch pad using the same tools before drawing on your nails.

2. Watermelon Nail Art

Easy to do nail art designs at home - water melon
Credit: Polishisthenewblack

You are about having a watermelon on your nails.

Materials Needed
  1. You will need a stripper brush
  2. and the necessary nail colors to achieve this.
How to Apply
  • To get started, the first nail polish to apply is the green polish, as it serves as the hard part and base of your watermelon. You do not have to paint all the nail in green, as it will just be below, you can paint the nail green half way up. Then leave to dry
  • Pick up your stripper brush and make a thin curved line in form of a U in white nail colour. Trace the U in white nail polish to make it a little bit bold.
  • Then cover the remaining naked nails with a red polish.
  • Leave that to dry, when it dries up, pick up your black polish and make the seeds in your watermelon.

3. Newspaper Nail Art 

Easy to do nail art designs at home - newspaper nail art

For this nail design, you will need;
  1. A newspaper,
  2. Some alcohol
  3. and a nude or white nail polish.
How to do this design
  • First thing is to paint the nail in white or nude, leave it to dry.
  • Dip the nail in alcohol, place the newspaper on your nail, do not move it while it’s placed on your wet nails, this will leave you with no so clear prints.
  • So gently place the newspaper on your nail. After few seconds, remove the newspaper and top coat your nails. This design will have people flummox as to how you got some newspaper on your nails, and I’m sure you will be glad to give them the details as to how you got the prints on your nail.

4. Polka Dots Nail Art

Easy to do nail art designs at home - polka dots nails arts

For this design, you will nee;
  1. Your desired nail polish color
  2. stripper brush
  3. and another nail brush to make the dots,
How to Apply:

You can use a match stick to make the dots, by placing the tip of the match stick in the desired color you want as the dots, and using the matchstick to drop a dot on your nail. You can use a stripper brush too, If you want tiny dots. It’s quite simple, first is to paint your nail in the base color you want, leave to dry and then proceed to making the dots.

5. Pineapple Nail Art 

Easy to do nail art designs at home - pineapple This is another fruity nail art design you can try out.

For this design, you will need;
  1. a yellow nail polish
  2. a green polish
  3. your stripper brush
  4. and a light brown or gold nail polish.
How to Apply
  • First thing is to paint your nail with the base color, which is yellow.
  • Leave it to dry, then proceed to making the slanted strips using your stripper brush.
  • Then use the green polish to make the wavy effect at the tip of your nail.

6. Country Flag Nail Art

Easy nail art designs - country flag nail art
Credit: DIYdecorcrafts

For a patriotic citizen who happen to love their country so much, you can incorporate your country flag on your nails. Wave your hands, as well as your flag. This is also a nice idea for when your country happen to be celebrating some historic events, perhaps Independence or other events.

The things you will need for this are best known to you, as you know your country flag better than a stranger, and you can draw your flag in your sleep. I’m certain you will use some nail polish, stripper brush and/or a cello tape.

7. Symmetric Nail Art 

Easy nail art designs - symmetric art
Credit: Sonailicious

This is another beautiful and simple nail art design at home to do yourself for your beautiful self.

For this nail design, you do not need any new tool, the tools you’ve been using from the start of this adventure are still very much useful here.

Simply make the symmetry as you wish by using your stripper brush and your desired nail polish.

8. Studded Nail Art

Easy Nail Arts at Home - Botanic Nails Every girl loves stud! Studs makes things stand out. They add some atom of uniqueness to everything they touch.

Things you need for this design
  1. You need to get some studs, in whatever size and shape you desire.
  2. And some glue too, the glue will be used to have the studs in place.
How to do this design
  • First thing to do here is to do paint the nail in your desired nail polish, it could be a single paint or you mix some colors.
  • When the polish are dried, you pick up the stud, it is advisable to use a picker to pick the studs as it will help you place them easily on your nail.
  • Then you put just a drop of glue behind the stud before placing it in position on your nail. You can have one of your nails fully studded, while others are left with no studs.

9. Sticking Tape Nail Art 

Easy to do nails art at home Skipping Tape Art Here is another beautiful design. This can be achieved with a cello tape. You simply polish the nail with your color of choice, when it dries, you pick up a scissors and use that to cut your cello tape in strips, and place in strategic positions as you wish, then paint the space that are not covered with a tape.

You can put the tape on vertically or horizontally. It is not a must to have all nails uniformed in design, as far as they are similar.

10. Wavy Nail Art 

Easy To Do Nail Art Designs at Home for Beginners - Waby Nail Arts This design requires a fan brush, as it will be used to achieve the waves. Apply the base color you want and leave to dry. Pour some nail polish on a board or paper plate. So when your nails are dried, you pick up the fan brush and dip in the paint poured on the board, then lightly sweep your nail with the tip of the brush.

It could be horizontal or vertical. Do as you wish, the only rule in nail art is to come out looking beautiful and creative.

This design is classy

11. Ombre Nail Art Design

Ombre Nail Arts DIY Nail ARt Designs at HomeThis design is for those who love gradient or ombre designs. Ombre or some times called gradient, holds different shades of a colour. Blended in to form a beautiful gradient.

The tools needed to achieve this are;
  1. Two shades of nail polish. One has to be lighter than the other.
  2. A plastic sheet
  3. Few toothpicks
  4. Cotton swabs
  5. A clear nail polish
  6. Nail polish remover
  7. A little piece of sponge
The procedure to get this done;
  • Apply the base coat
  • Pour out the two nail polishes onto the plastic sheet, each staying by the other.
  • Proceed to blending both together using a toothpick.
  • Apply the blended polish on your nail (which should have dried up by now)
  • To get a not so smooth nail like the one on the ring finger in the image, dip the sponge in nail polish and gently dab on the nail.
  • Clean up whatever stain you might have around your nails, by dipping the cotton swab in nail polish, and mop the stains off.

12. Floral Nail Art Design

More than half of the total population of women around the world love flowers. The way they bloom and look cute on their stems makes them very much lovable. This nail art design is one you will love to have done, could be during spring. As the flowers bloom and fall during spring, so does your nails bloom.

The design might look a bit difficult, which might make you leave it out for professionals. But not to worry, this tutorial will put you through drawing a garden.

The materials needed to achieve this design are;
  1. A white nail polish for base coat
  2. Two tones of nail polish to make the flowers (e.g pink and purple, orange and yellow, etc)
  3. A thin nail art brush
  4. Clear nail polish for the top coat.
Procedure to achieve the design is as follows;
  • Apply the white nail polish, that serves as a base coat. Coat it twice to make a firm base.
  • Draw flowers by dipping the thin nail brush in one of the other two nail polishes. You can make a circle with the letter n or inverted u to form the flowers.
  • Put the thin nail brush in the other nail polish and trace out the flower drawn.
  • If you have a green nail polish, you can use that to draw stems beneath your flowers.

13. Starry Night Nail Art Design

Galaxy Starry Night DIY Nail Designs at Home

This nail art design is like having the galaxy on your hands, and you have the power to flaunt the galaxy. Everyone loves the stars, and how they shine so bright in the dark sky. Now let’s get to how to achieve this design.

Tools needed for this design are;
  1. A black or navy blue nail polish for base coat
  2. Metallic nail polishes
  3. Toothpick
  4. Rectangular sponges
  5. A plastic sheet
  6. White nail polish
  7. Glittering nail polish
The step by step procedure to achieve the starry night design is as follows;
  • Apply the base coat, which is the black nail polish
  • Apply another coat of the black nail polish, but leave the first coat to dry before you apply another coat. Then you leave the new cost to dry completely.
  • Lay out the plastic sheet and pour some metallic nail polish on it.
  • Slightly dab a sponge on the nail polish on the plastic sheet.
  • Dab the sponge dipped in metallic nail polish on your nails.
  • If you have another metallic nail polish, dab a new piece of sponge on it and dab on your nails again.
  • Leave to dry.
  • Pick up a toothpick and dip in white nail polish to make dots on your nails.
  • Now use the glittering nail polish as a top coat.

That’s how you get the galaxy on your nails.

14. Halloween Nail Art Design

There is no limit when it comes to having fun and trying out different nail art designs. This Halloween nail art is perfect for the fright night. You and your girls can play around with some nail polish to achieve this design.

The materials needed for this design are;
  1. Black nail polish
  2. White nail polish
  3. A clear nail polish for top coat
The procedure to get on with this design are as follows;
  • Apply the black nail polish which is the base coat.
  • Leave to dry.
  • Then use the brush for the white nail polish to drop a big dot on your nail, in whatever corner you desire.
  • Drop another dot close to the initial one.
  • Leave that to dry too.
  • Now use the brush from the black nail polish to drop a smaller dot in the white dot. Drop on both dots.
  • Leave to dry.
  • Apply the clear nail polish as that is the top coat.

Now your nails are Halloween ready!

15. Two-Toned Nail Art Design

This is another beautiful and simple nail art design to achieve all by yourself, with no sweat. Here, you can blend in two tones of colour to achieve this.

The materials you will need for this are;
  1. A navy blue nail polish
  2. A powder blue nail polish
  3. Nail strips
  4. Clear nail polish
The procedure to get this done are as follows;
  • Start by painting the whole nail with one of the nail polish.
  • When it dries, place a nail strip from one corner to the adjacent corner.
  • Then paint one half in the other nail polish shade.
  • Finish up with a clear nail polish.

16. Vertical Strips Nail Art Design

This vertical strips design is simple and classy. It speaks class and minimalist, for people who do not like too much drama on their nails.

The materials needed to get this design are;
  1. A white or any other you desire nail polish for base coat.
  2. Nail strips
  3. A clear nail polish
The procedures to get started with for this design are as follows;
  • Place the nail strips on your nails, forming Vs in whatever number of Vs you wish to have on your nails.
  • Use the nail brush to swipe the white nail polish on your nails, do this gently so as not move the strips.
  • Before the polish gets dry, gently remove the nail strips.
  • Leave to dry then apply the clear nail polish.

17. Musical Notes Nail Art Design

Music lovers, this one is for you. Are you into music or you are a music lover, then this design is right for you. It is quite simple to achieve, not to worry.

The materials needed to achieve this design are;
  1. White nail polish
  2. Black nail polish
  3. A thin nail brush
  4. A clear nail polish
The procedures to follow to achieve this design are as follows;
  • Apply the base coat, which is the white nail polish.
  • Leave to dry
  • Draw three horizontal lines using the black nail polish.
  • Leave that to dry as well.
  • Use the tip of your nail brush to make two dots with black nail polish as seen in the image above.
  • Then use the thin nail brush to draw horizontal lines to connect the dots.
  • Finish up by apply a clear nail polish.

18. Coloured Clouds Nail Art Design

This design is colourful and beautiful. You would be having the clouds in your nails, by the time you are done. Just that your clouds won’t be in one colour.

The materials needed for this design are;
  1. A pink nail polish
  2. Aqua green nail polish
  3. A blue nail polish
  4. A turquoise nail polish (do not forget that you can use whatever colours you desire)
  5. A clear nail polish
The procedure to follow for this is as follows;
  • Paint your nails with the aqua green polish, leaving out your eng finger.
  • Paint the ring finger in pink.
  • Looking at the image, start creating the cloud by using the turquoise nail polish to create vertical lines.
  • Leave to dry.
  • Then use the blue nail polish to create vertical lines on the turquoise lines, but not the same height.
  • Then finish up by applying the clear nail polish.

19. Thin Lace Nail Art Design

I guess everyone loves the feel of lace, especially when it is thin and soft. This design is also another easy one to achieve all by yourself.

The materials needed for this are;
  1. A grey nail polish
  2. Black nail polish
  3. Lace trimmings
  4. A scotch tape
  5. Clear nail polish
Procedures to follow are;
  • Start by applying a base coat, the black nail polish
  • Leave to dry.
  • Place the lace trimmings on your nails in whatever corner you wish.
  • Secure it in place with the scotch tape.
  • Then apply the grey polish over the lace.
  • Pull off the lace trimmings.
  • Then apply a clear nail polish.

20. Rainbow Nail Art Design

This is another colourful design, and who does not love colours? Colours add some level of brilliance and vibrancy to whatever it touches. The design does not require perfection.

The materials needed are;
  1. Blue, white, green, yellow, red, orange and violet nail polish.
  2. A clear nail polish.
  3. A thin nail brush.
The procedure to achieve this is as follows;
  • Start by applying a base coat of white nail polish.
  • Leave to dry.
  • Then start drawing in different colours of none identical vertical lines using the thin nail brush.
  • The lines shouldn’t be the same size.
  • Arrange the colours as you desire.
  • Then finish up with a clear nail polish.

These designs are totally achievable designs as a beginner. All you need is to set your minds to them, and make sure your hands are steady. Then you can change nail art designs as much you change your outfits.

Final Words

All the above nail art designs at home for beginners are not only beautiful, but classy. They are designs you might to spend some dollars for at a nail shop. But with the guide share in this article, you can get this done on your bed. You and your best friend can even help each other out with the designs, and you never can tell, you might start cashing out from painting nails for other people. You can grow into a professional when you are consistent with your beginner skills.

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