How To Do Nail Art At Home? April 18, 2017

Nail art. It can be a total bummer sometimes.

We often see complicated tutorials of intricate designs and are often put off by it. Something a little simpler would definitely draw more people in. Maintaining your nails is honestly the best accessory since you just need to do them only about, once a week.

How To Do Nail Art At Home

These tutorials are quite simple and can be done with the things you’d find right at home. So, read on to get pretty nails!

1. Tri Color Cliffs Nail Art

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This nail art is super simple and is the perfect choice for someone who is just starting out. You don’t need any extra tools apart from your nail polishes for this one. This tutorial will be described using certain colors, but it’s entirely up to you! Play around with your choice of colors!

What You Will Need

  • Pastel blue nail polish
  • White nail polish
  • Pastel coral nail polish

How To Apply?

  1. On clean nails, apply a base coat to protect your nails.
  2. Use the pastel blue color to create a vertical stripe on one corner, while leaving some space empty near the cuticle.
  3. Now paint from the center, a little lower.
  4. Create the last stripe, again lower. You should have what looks 3 steps.
  5. Repeat the steps but starting from below the blue.
  6. Do the same with the pastel coral.
  7. Seal this with a top coat and you are done!

2. Bow Nail Art Tutorial

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Now that you’ve gotten the hang of doing nail art with just the nail polish, it’s time to start adding tools to the pretty picture! This is also an incredibly simple nail art that you can easily do! It’s very casual so it can be worn at all times.

What You Will Need

  • Sky blue nail polish
  • White nail polish
  • Black nail polish
  • Nail striper or a very fine paint brush

How To Apply?

  1. Start by painting all of your nails with the sky blue shade as your base color.
  2. Paint over it with white in a heart shape as shown in the image.
  3. Using a nail striper or a paintbrush dipped in black nail polish, follow the shape where the white and blue meet and create two loops at the center so that it looks like a bow.
  4. Seal it with a top coat, and you are good to go!

3. Splatter Nail Art Tutorial

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This one is for the artist in you. You can create a fun paint splatter pattern using just a paintbrush!

What You Will Need

  • White nail polish
  • Light blue nail polish
  • Purple nail polish
  • Pink nail polish
  • A stiff paint brush

How To Apply?

  1. Paint all your nails with white as the base color.
  2. Now comes the fun part. Find a stiff brush like the one shown in the image. Dip it in the light blue polish, and run your fingers through the brush and direct it at your nail so that the brush splatters on your nails.
  3. Repeat the same thing for the pink and the purple.
  4. You should have a nice splatter nail art.
  5. Use a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to clean up the sides around the nails.
  6. Seal it with a top coat.

[ Designs: 2 Glorious Purple Nail Art Tutorials with Pictures ]

4. Chevron Nail Art Tutorial

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Okay, I know what you’re thinking. This may seem complicated, but the best part is, it’s actually easy. For the tutorial, red, white and blue were used but the choice of colors is all up to you!

What You Will Need

  • Red nail polish
  • White nail polish
  • Blue nail polish
  • Tape

How To Apply?

  1. Use red nail polish as the base for the chevron nail art.
  2. Strategically place the tape so that it creates a chevron stencil.
  3. Paint over it with the blue polish.
  4. Wait for a minute or so to remove the tape.
  5. Now place the tape as shown near the cuticle and paint the area with white.
  6. Again, wait for a minute before pulling off the tape, and seal it all with a top coat.

5. Glitter V-Tip Nail Art Tutorial

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Is there a party around the corner? You probably had plans of going to the salon to get your nails done, but something else popped up, and now, you’re short on time with your nails undone. This nail art is perfect as they’re easy enough to do when you’re in a rush.

What You Will Need

  • Black nail polish
  • Silver glitter nail polish
  • A ‘V’ shaped sticker or a piece of tape.

How To Apply?

  1. Paint all your nails black as the background color.
  2. Place the V sticker or the corner of a piece of tape near the tips as shown.
  3. Paint the bottom half with the glitter polish.
  4. Wait for a minute before you carefully pull away the tape or sticker.
  5. Finish it off with a top coat.

For more glitter nail art tutorials, click here.

6. Galaxy Nails

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These nails are out of this world! I love anything to do with space. In fact, one of my favorite genres of books and films is sci-fi so it’s no wonder that this nail art made it o this list.

What You Will Need

  • Black nail polish
  • Metallic green nail polish
  • Pink nail polish
  • Blue nail polish
  • Makeup sponge
  • Glitter top coat

How To Apply?

  1. Start with a black base.
  2. Apply some metallic green on a makeup sponge and dab it onto your nail.
  3. Now apply the pink on a makeup sponge and dab onto the nail.
  4. Continue the same process a blue shade.
  5. By this point, your nails will already start to resemble the galaxy.
  6. To amp up the game, add a glitter top coat, and you’re good to go!

7. Stripes and Lines Nail Art Tutorial

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These fun geometric patterns add a little something to your nails and are super easy to do. You need a little patience for this one, but the outcome is worth it!

What You Will Need

  • Pastel blue nail polish
  • Brown nail polish
  • Tape

How To Apply?

  1. Start with the pastel blue as your base.
  2. Once it is fully dry, you can begin the placement of your tape.
  3. On the pinky, place it diagonally.
  4. Cut up thin stripes for the ring finger.
  5. Create a ‘V’ shape from the tape for the middle finger.
  6. Create very sharp angled triangles with the tape and place them on the index finger as shown.
  7. Similarly, create a design for the thumb finger.
  8. Now, paint over the tape stencils you just created with brown nail polish.
  9. Wait for a minute or so for the nail polish to dry a little and then carefully remove the tape.
  10. Voila! You have yourself a fun manicure!

8. Pastel Daisies Nail Art Tutorial

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Ready to step up your nail art game? This honestly looks so pretty, I’m tempted to try this one out on my nails! I’m weak for anything pastel so this one is straight up my alley as far as nail arts are concerned.

What You Will Need

  • Base Coat
  • Pastel pink nail polish
  • White nail polish
  • Gold studs, bindis, or gold polish.
  • Gold glitter nail polish
  • Dotting tool or a bobby pin

How To Apply?

  1. Apply a base coat.
  2. Apply the pastel pink polish to all your nails except the ring finger.
  3. Place a gold stud near the cuticle of the index and pinky fingernails. Do this while your polish is still wet. This helps it to stick on. In case you do not have any studs or bindis, you can use gold polish.
  4. Now moving onto the middle and thumb. These two nails will be clad in daisies. Use a dotting tool to create 5 dots in a circle so that it looks like a daisy. If you don’t have a dotting tool, you can use the end of a dotting tool.
  5. Place the gold stud or gold nail polish at the center of the daisies.
  6. Now all that’s left is the ring finger. Apply the gold nail polish as the base, and the glitter polish over that. This gives it a more intense look.
  7. Seal everything with a top coat, and there you go!

9. Nautical Nails

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A fan of sailing and the vast open waters? Then this nautical nail is probably perfect for you. And if for some reason you don’t like the ocean, that’s okay because this still makes for a really cute nail design.

What You Will Need

  • White nail polish
  • Navy blue nail polish
  • Red nail polish
  • Nail striper or a fine paint brush.
  • Toothpick

How To Apply?

  1. Start with a white base.
  2. Use a nail striper dipped in navy blue nail polish to create stripes.
  3. Now, using the blunt side of a toothpick, create an anchor design. First, create a tiny circle.
  4. Then, create a line down from the circle.
  5. Draw two lines from the vertical line so it looks like an anchor.
  6. Finally, draw a horizontal line in the middle to complete it.
  7. Seal it with a top coat and you are ready to sail away!

10. Monochrome Polka Dots Nail Art Tutorial

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Let’s finish off this list with an easy one, shall we? I love this one! Anything monochrome is my cup of tea. This black and white polka dots nail art is another cute one which can be achieved with minimal effort.

What You Will Need

  • Black nail polish
  • White nail polish
  • Dotting tool, bobby pin or pencil.

How To Apply?

  1. Paint all of your nails black.
  2. Using a dotting tool, the back of a bobby pin or a pencil dipped into white nail polish, create dots.
  3. It’s as easy as that! Finish with a top coat.

[ Read: Black And White Nail Designs ]

Let’s check out some tips that would make your nail art process a little easier.

Important Tips And Hacks To Do Nail Art At Home

  • Most of the times, people have an issue with keeping their hands steady. Make sure to work on a flat surface and sit down while doing it. This will give you more control.
  • Line the skin around your nails with petroleum jelly to ensure a quick clean up.
  • You can also apply a layer of glue around the nails so that it can be peeled off after you finish your nail art.
  • Use a paintbrush dipped in nail polish remover to clean the area around your nails.
  • Make sure your nails are free from any oils or lotions before you start with the nail art!

Tempted to try them out? Well, I definitely know I am. My nails have been bare for a while maybe it’s time to dive back into nail art again. Nail art can be quite therapeutic. It gives you some time to be alone and gather your thoughts, and by the end of it, you have beautiful nails! Who can say no to that?

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  • Tarani

    Nice NOTD Dimpal nice article …. :)

    • Dimpal

      aaww thnk u Tarani :)

  • Chitra

    good nail art design dimpel… i’ll try it out…. :)

    • Dimpal

      thnx Chitra , i would love to see it :)

  • Chahna

    pretty good nail art nice…. i luv it… :)

    • Dimpal

      thnk u sweet :)

  • Eshani

    Thanks for the simple tutorial. A little difficult to procure the items but should be doable. Can you also tell me where i can get a dotting tool?

    • Dimpal

      Eshani, u can use any polish combination available, instead of dotting tool u can use bobby pin or toothpick.. u can order dotting tool online on some sites like urbantouch

      • Eshani

        Thanks Dimpal. Yes, Urbantouch seems to carry a good range of Nail art equipment. Will definitely try this one this week.

        • Dimpal

          ur most welcome.. plz if possible do share pics here :)

        • Dimpal

          Eshani, I just checked violate bag has set of dotting tool at very reasonable price.

          • Eshani

            Thanks Dimpal, will definitely check it out.

  • anuhya

    Nice tutorial.

    • Dimpal

      thnk u :)

  • Nimrata

    Really nice intro tutorial to do nail art. Urbantouch has a good variety of nail art tools that you can try yourself at home.

    • Dimpal

      thnk u … yeh they do have.. its really good to see those things available straight to us .otherwise getting nail art done from saloons is an ache :)

  • Deepakshi

    Wow. Really gorgeous nail art and you make it look so simple. I am wondering where to start off. There have been so many nail art how to’s recently that i am totally in love with this art now :)

    • Dimpal

      i am so glad u like it Deepakshi,.. yeah u r right.. i was in same condition when i started .. so many good art all over and cldnt really decide how and where to start ..i started doing the with very basics and still learning :)

  • Pavitra

    Thanks for the excellent tutorial. This looks like a very simple design that I can try at home. It is really bothersome with salons as they charge a bomb for even simple nail arts. Following you right away.

    • Dimpal

      thnk u Pavitra. i am glad i cld help.. ur right salons are bothersome.. one have to have enough time to go there and pay tht prices.. other than tht whtever i create on my nail whether it is good or bad i feel proud to say tht i did it..u knw wht i mean.. :)

  • becky

    hey! lovely article dimpal
    Great article for beginners i must say! will try this right away.
    Bring in more girl:)

    • Dimpal

      thnk u dear..i wil try my best :)

  • Krishna

    This one is the best nail tutorials i have come across!! really loved the colourful color combination…;) i guess i can use green and blue.. too.. :) im surely gonna try this weekend..

    • Dimpal

      oh green and blue would love awesome :)

  • dontha bharani

    i wanted to know how to do nail art at house.pls may i know by tommorrow including method and pics of it

    • Dimpal

      i think i just showed u one way :)

  • Taranjeet

    Simple and nice tutorial.. It needs a lot of time i guess to do it.. my hands shake a lot.. and im not so perfect in doing these.. but would love to try it out once.. :)

    • Dimpal

      taranjeet.. i know it looks hard at the beginning with all tht drying time and shaking hands but give it a try….put both of ur hands on a tough support and thn paint thm ..i hope tht wll help :)

  • Tarani

    wow! Its so simple and pretty, will love to try it soon:)

    • Dimpal

      thnk u .. i would live to her how it came out..

  • anu

    wow its so simpl yar i will try it very soon

  • nithya

    these are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee these r vry easy ya



  • Shivani Prabhu

    SO easyy

  • Shivani Prabhu

    <3 it………

  • prasanna

    it is nice

  • Shruti Goenka

    I would like to try this in the festive season. Thanks for sharing :)

  • swathimaha

    hi dimpal,this is soooo easy and very nice and beautiful.

  • priyanshi

    it is beautiful

  • ariana

    so nce

  • Abeba Woldekidan

    Hi Teams, I am interest in your discussion pls contact
    me on

  • http://facebook maya khan

    simple and decent nail art♥

  • Anonymous

    Having had my nails done at a nail salon for many years; I perfected doing nail art for myself for more than 20 years, saving a ton of money! I learned nail art by observing having my nails done over the years; stopped going because the technician wore a mask but never offered clients one. I am asthmatic, the fumes really got to be problematic for me – solution, I began doing my own! I now have 3 great-grand-daughters, and they enjoy me doing their nails twice a month!

    Great Nana Bam

  • anupama

    This is so simple

  • Simi

    I like it . It is awesome.