Many of us admire nail art designs but are scared to do it on our own nails because we think it is a complex art. But creating a nail art design is simpler than you thought but it needs patience and practice. Go easy on yourself and start with these easy nail art designs for beginners. So all set to get started?

Simple Nail Art Designs for Beginners:

1. Alternate the Colours:

multi color nail design

Alternating nail polish colors on each finger or painting each finger with a different color is sure to grab attention. It is simple and needs very less effort.

2. Use Effect Polishes:

magnetic nail polish art

There are several effect nail polishes available in the market like Crackle effect, Croc effect, Magnetic effect, Colour changing polishes etc. You can easily use them for a quick and a different nail look.

3. Water Decals/Nail Stickers/Nail Wraps:

tom and jerry nail art

There are several ready to use nail art designs available in market like Water decals, Nail stickers and full nail wraps. Instructions for applying these are generally mentioned on them and are quite easy for beginners. For more details about this nail art tutorial, read the post water decal nail art.

4. Dotting Manicure:

dotted nail art designs

It is the easiest and let’s say first step towards free hand nail art design.  Dots look simple and elegant. You can start by drawing dots on your nails to make flowers.

5. Stripes Nail Art Design:

stripes nail art designs

Stripes look very attractive on nails. To create stripes, you need a nail art striper pen or you can even create stripes using a thin brush.

6. Simple Flower Nail Art Design:

simple flower nail art designs

Flowers can be created by connecting the Dots mentioned above. Get complete tutorial of this design in the post – flower nail art tutorial.

7. Animal Prints:

animal prints nail design

Animal prints like zebra, leopard are very easy to do and look very cute on your nails.

8. Rhinestones Nail Art:

rhinestones nail art designs

Adding some bling to your nails is very easy. Rhinestones are perfect for a party look.

9. Cartoon Nail Art Design:

cartoon nail art designs

Just use a stick and contrasting colours to get this design. Follow the instructions here for this cartoon nail art designs.

10. Newspaper Nail Art Design:

newspaper nail art design

This nail paint is easier than it looks. Follow the instructions for this newspaper nail art tutorial here.

11. Pastel Burst Nail Art Design:

Pastel Burst Nail Art Design

Another simple nail art tutorial that you can get by doing more than one stripes on the nails.

12. Bow Nail Art Design:

bow nail art designs

You can do this design using Dotting tools and Nail stickers. Another great Nail art design for Parties. Get detailed instructions here.

13. Caviar Nail Art Design:

Caviar Nail Art Design

You can get the Caviar Nail art design by using beads and a fast drying top coat.

14. Leaf Nail Art Design:

leaf nail art

Another nail arts design for beginners, create this Holy Leaf nail art design using Rhinestones and glitter.

15. Christmas Nail Art Design:

christmas nail art designs

Use a Nail art brush to create the hat and beard to create this simple Christmas nail art. The rest of the nail paint is very simple.

16. Polka Dot Heart Nails:

Polka dot heart nails

Though Valentine’s Day has just gone by, you can still wear this design for a whole year! Pink is cute no matter what time of the year it is!

You can do this nail art design by painting your nails powder pink except ring finger. Paint your ring finger white and put polka dots using toothpick in heart shape. Use different hues of pink for making dots and seal your design with a good top coat and you are done.

17. Polka Dot Bow Nails:

Polka dot bow nails art

Bows are very much in trend and they look very pretty on your nails too. To get this look paint your nails blue and add polka dots using toothpick and make rhinestone bow on your ring finger. Stick rhinestones using nail glue. After it dries apply top coat.

18. Braided Nails:

Fishtail braid manicure

Doing this look is quite easy and with little patience you can get this right on your nails. For this choose three fast dry nail paints and overlap each color as shown in the picture and allow enough time in between to dry the layers and you are done.

19. Colored Rhinestone Half-moons:

Colored rhinestone half moons nail art

Half-moon nail arts always look classy!

If you like this look, you can get it by painting your nails black and then adding different colors of rhinestones near the cuticle areas as shown in the picture and apply fast drying top coat.

20. Chocolate Nails:

chocolate day

They are very easy to do. All you need is brown chocolate color nail paint and some embellishments like hearts (you can use broken hair clips) and fimo pieces. Stick them using nail glue. Also add golden glitter nail paint on your thumb and pinky.

21. Glitter Gradient on Tips:

Glitter gradient on tips art

Glitter gradients look very cool! You can get this look by painting your nails black and adding fuchia glitter nail paints using sponge on tips. When it get dries, apply top coat.

22. Glitter Gradient on Half-moons:

Glitter gradient on half moons

This looks so classy and chic. If you like this look, you can try this by painting your nails lavender and adding silver glitter using sponge on half-moon area. You can also use dry glitter or glitter eye shadow by mixing it with clear nail paint.

23. Water Drops/Few Drops Nail Art:

Water dropsfew drops nail art

You can get this look by making maroon to purple gradient and apply matte topcoat over it, let it dry completely and then add dots of clear nail paint using toothpick at one side of your nail. Don’t apply any top coat on them.

24. Digital Nail Art:

These nail paint designs look very cool if done properly. To get this look paint your nails white and let them dry completely, now make black lines using black striper pen and fill some spaces with different colors and leave some spaces white. If needed draw black lines again to give neater look. When it dries completely apply fast drying top coat.

25. Feather Nail Art:

Nowadays adding real feather to your nails is in very much trend.

For this, paint your nails and put feather on your nail when the polish is still wet and wait for few minutes so that it get set. After that, trim your feather in nails shape and top coat your nails.

26. Mix match nails:

Mix match nails art

Having mix and match nails looks very trendy and superb. You can get this look by painting your thumb and middle finger yellow, your pointer finger black with white polka dots and your pinky finger white with black lines as shown and your ring finger in a graphite glitter color. After you finish applying nail paint, apply top coat.

27. Chain and stud nails:

Chain and stud nails art

These nails can be done by painting your nails in two colors and adding chain and studs on your nails. Also add some animal print on your pointer and pinky finger.

28. Glitter nails with dark colored tips:

Glitter nails with dark colored tips art

To get this look paint your nails with glitter polish and add thin dark colored tips. Don’t forget to seal your nails with good top coat.

[ Read: French Tip Nail Art Designs ]

29. Glow in the dark nails:

Glow in the dark nails art

Glow in the dark nails look chick for night outs. These special nail polishes which glow in the dark come in many colors.

30. Gradient with stamping nails:

Gradient with stamping nails art

To get this nail art design, simply make gradients with different colors on all your nails and stamp your nails with your choice of your design and top coat them.

31. Glitter party nails:

Glitter party nails art

To get nails like these, paint your nails in nude color and add green glitter polish, fimo flower and some rhinestones here and there and you are done.

32. Diagonal half and half nails:

These nails look very pretty and are very easy to do. Just paint your nails in one color and when it is completely dried use cello tape to paint other half and top coat.

33. Heart garden nails:

Heart garden nails art

Heart gardens are also very easy to do. Paint your nails off-white and draw hearts with brown stems and small leaves. Seal your nail design with top coat. One of the elegant nail arts for all to try.

34. Matte and shiny black:

Matte and shiny black looks very chick and trendy. Paint your nails with matte black nail polish and add polka dots with shiny top coat.

35. Funky or two toned French nails:

Funky or two toned French nails art

Funky French is also known as two tone French. It looks very cool. Doing this nail paint designs is quite easy. Just do it as you do your normal French but using different colors.

36. Moustache Nails:

Moustache nails art

Moustache nails are very much in trend these days. They look cool and very trendy.

37. Reverse color accent polka dot manicure:

Simple Polka

Reverse color accent polka dot manicure is easy to do and looks very chick and cool. You can do this in any color just you need is three different colors.

38. Rainbow Caviar:

Rainbow Caviar nail art

Rainbow caviar nails looks so cute and pretty.

39. Black with rhinestones:

This nail art design looks very pretty and beautiful. Doing these is very easy, just paint your nails with black matte polish and add colorful rhinestones as shown. Apply topcoat.

40. Hearts made with crackle nail paint:

Hearts made with crackle nail paint art

Doing this is also very easy and quite doable at home with ease.

41. Shimmer nails:

Shimmer nails art

Shimmer accents look very classy and elegant.

42. Stain glass nails:

Stain glass nails art

Stained glass looks very pretty you can do this as full manicure as shown or as an accent nail.

[ Read: Fruit Nail Art Tutorial ]

43. Multi-colored leopard print:

Multi colored leopard print art

Multicolor nails with leopard print looks very cool and easy to do. Just take your makeup sponge put three colors on it and dab it on your nails and stamp your nails with leopard print template or free hand leopard design.

44. Half nails:

Half nails art

This half and half nails with zig-zag line in between looks pretty and it is quite doable too.

45. Water decal:

Water decal art

Water nail decals are easiest way to get gorgeous nails at home. Just apply nail paint and add your water nail decal and top coat your nails and you are done.

46. Funky and French:

Funky and French nail art

This year funky French nails are very much in trend. You can try zebra print French tips to get the look.

47. Double colored nails:

Two color nails look very gorgeous and easy to do. You just need to know how to make polka dots.

48. Side French nails:

Side French nails art

Side French nails looks very pretty you can get this look by painting your nails in red and then painting one side of your nails with black just like you paint your tips in normal French manicure. You can use tape for crisp lines.

49. Vintage green:

Doing this type of nails is very easy. If you like vintage looks than you can give them a go.

50. Lace nails:

Lace nails art

Creating these kinds of lace nails is quite easy and doable at home. Take fishnet lace, trim it according to your nail size and stick them on your nails using clear nail polish and you are done.

[ Read: 10 Best Manicure Videos ]

As you noticed, doing these simple nail art designs for beginners is simpler than you thought. Check out our detailed post on how to do nail art at home. We will cover advanced nail paint designs in the coming posts.

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  • Joy


    • Dimpal

      thnk u :)

      • menaka

        Hi Dimpal, your nail arts are Superb i Love all the designs lot i Wanna try bt i dont know how to do…. Please Show the Pic How shld do…. please..

  • vedasri

    This has to be one of the best tutorials I’ve ever seen!!!! And my favorite nail was the one with the Animal prints it so cute can’t wait to try it out myself!!!! awesome post Dimpal… :)

    • Dimpal

      thnk u Vedarshi… I am so glad nd i really wanna see what u girls come up with.. please post ur pics here :)

  • Deepakshi

    That was great! Loved it and how you described it in the most simplest manner. Will surely try it out soon :)I like the second and flowers one the best.

    • Dimpal

      thnk u Deepakshi. Looking forward to see your nails :)

  • Meghana

    These are just brilliant. I never experimented with Nail art before. But I can probably try the first one atleast.

    • Dimpal

      U should give it a try Meghana, i am sure u ll love it <3

  • Chahna

    Super designs. Wondering if there is a tutorial for each of them?

    • Dimpal

      there are some but i will try to do tutorial for each of them.

  • Ekantika

    Very basic nail art for beginners. I tried the first four already. Hoping to graduate to advanced nail art designs like in your other tutorials. Keep it up.

    • Dimpal

      thnk u :).. yeah believe me keep practicing and you will be an expert in no time :)

  • Divya Kerani

    I always love animal prints, especially zebra prints. Thank you so much for nice tips.

    • Dimpal

      ur most welcome :)

  • Daksha

    Always I would like to design my nails with a cute decoration, instead of the boring plain design. and now here i got so much stuff to try on my nails. and all the designs are very cute i love them!! thank you very much.

    • Dimpal

      i am glad u like them :)

  • Kaartika

    I just love your designs. So cute, and so easy.I’m going to try this later on tonight.all of your nail arts are amazing! Pls giv me the nail art idea for this valentines day special could you do one please!

    • Dimpal

      thnk u .. i will try to upload a tutorial before valentine day .. crossed my fingers :)

  • Vandana

    Oh wow! Such lovely colours and such lovely prints. Dimpal you make it all seem so easy. thanks so very much!

    • Dimpal

      aaww thnk u :)

  • Kalpana

    The article is excellent!!! I really appreciate the time and effort taken by the author to write this article… Really liked each of those nail arts and in particular I loved the Dotting Manicure, Animal Prints, Cartoon Nail Art Designs and Caviar Nails. Each of them have been done with precision… Good Read!!!

    • Dimpal

      thnk u.. i a really glad tht u like it :)

  • Gautami

    Wow…Dimpal superb.. really cool nails!!! i wish to get them done too!! they seem not so difficult… i guess il b able to do it as well… im gonna try each of them personally at the earliest!!!

    • Dimpal

      ohh i am glad you like them.. show us when u create them.. i am sure u ll enjoy doing them :)

  • Honey Arora

    Nice article.. all the nail arts are good..i really liked polka dots two styles, caviar, hello kity.. would love to try them.. but sad part is that i dont kw how to do them.. :( can you pls temme frm whr we can get caviar nail polish?

  • divya

    hi nice article. Liked all of the nail works. would love to try.. but my nails are tiny.. and i have the habit of biting.. can u suggest alternatives to grow them.

    • Dimpal

      thnk u divya.. glad u like it .. only thing which can stop you biting nails is your will power..and believe me its not very tough to overcome.. i myself use to bite my nails till my high school but when i saw other girls with beautiful long nails i decided not to take my hand near my mouth :D.. it actually does help.. when u r doing/thinking smthng make sure ur hands are far away from mouth or indulge them in some else activity like playing with pen or rubberband etc.. ..use some strengthening base coat to your nails , it will help them grow longer.. or you can also use olive oil.. some people advice to use bitter oil/juices to ur nails… Paint ur nails bright colorful .. :)

  • Deepakshi

    Wow. This is like the best nail art design post ever. Totally in love with it.

  • Bittu

    Wow!!! just too good!!! each of them is better than the oother!!! im confused to which will b my pick!!! they r just too good!!
    Keep it up!!! good work

  • Dimpal

    i dont know how but i believe that i mentioned the image source for picture 7 but just saw that it not there so here it is .. picture 7 Image courtesy: … :)

  • aisha

    its ossom designs luv them…. :*

    • puja malhotra

      thanks i am glad you liked the article..:)

  • Manjari Singh

    Simply amazing!!!!

    • puja malhotra

      thanks manjari..:)

  • Yahvi

    Wow also cant describe the feeling.. truly mesmerized… or i should say hypnotized.. amazing nail arts.. im confused now wich one to try.. wil share when i do. :)

    • puja malhotra

      thanks yahvi…i am looking forward to your nail arts…:)

  • Binal

    This page just got all the nail designs desires out of me… Freak i feel now.. im sure to try each of them now.. Wow Wow.. Im so excited now.. they are simply awesome..<3

  • Lakshanya

    Super like.

  • Bansari

    These are simply awesome:) will try them soon

  • Saara

    Oh wow! Never thought that so many different things were possible when you get into nail art! So are so very creative and artistic to even be able to tell which are the better ones! I really liked the matte black design the rhinestones and also the one with the shiny black shade mixed in. yes i love back :p Thanks dimpal! This is a lovely post!

  • selina

    i have seen all of these over and over. nothing special

  • KalpanaMalhotra

    Wow these nail arts are simply awesome, specially the animal print ones:)
    You compile some amazing nail arts puja, keep going!

  • sepideh

    Whenever I design my nails they look ugly why???

  • madison

    needs to show how their made

  • carla jane

    omg!………..all nail art designs is so beautiful……………
    just like me…………..hahaha…………….

  • carla jane

    i want to try all that nail art coz i want to be beautiful………………

  • Clara

    so so so beautiful..just love those nails…and also want them in my nails..

  • rashi

    so pretty :) m gonna try them ;*

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  • mamatha

    superb nail cuet nails


    super nail designs

  • Vidyotma vidushi


  • sneha

    awsome …….

  • Meghana

    Totally loved these designs. They are so many which I loved and want to try them on my nails. The designs are simple and awesome. Great job done!

  • reet



    Love the idea of feathers! Looks really cool applied to nails. Thanks for great idea!

  • sandhya

    the feathers idea…………….awesome…

  • preethika


  • Twinkle Kapadia

    It is simply one among the best nail art collections I have seen

    • StyleCraze

      Thanks Twinkle, for finding our article to be interesting!

  • stephy

    I love these nail designs:-)