47 Stunning Easy Nail Art Designs (with tutorials)

Manu Luize
12 Min Read

Easy nail art designs blog posts are always a big hit here on the blog, so now I’ve picked 47 easy and simple nails to inspire you! Sometimes we think that because a nail has some nail art it can be complicated to recreate it at home, but the truth is that there are simple easy nail art ideas to do at home for beginners that don’t require any skill and are quick to get it done!

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Easy nail art designs

photo: sonailicious.com | You will find this tutorial later in this blog post

Sometimes we just need a step-by-step tutorial to be able to make beautiful and easy nail designs at home. Proof is that even myself, before: every attempt to do my nails was frustrating, they were always a mess! Now I’ve gotten better and I even published nail art tutorials myself on my Youtube channel! Practice makes perfect: just try and practice it, and everyone will be able to get it done too! And nothing better than starting to practice with simple nail designs that are easy to do at home.

I’ve chosen 47 easy nail art photos to inspire you to choose beautiful and simple nail designs, but in addition to the photos, I’ve also found several tutorials to help you get the job done! Now no one has an excuse that they don’t know how to do their nails! Just follow the easy nails step by step! And if you don’t get it right the first time, no problem, we’ve all been there. 😉 Try to start with the simple nails and progress to the more complex ones.
I divided these simple nail designs into 3 categories of nails: very easy nails, nails that are easy but you need a little more time to recreate them, and, finally, a category of easy nail designs for whom, or for when you have time and you’re in the mood of something easy but a little bit more elaborated. Now you can dive into the easy nail art designs below!

Easy Nails: super easy and simple nails

Easy nail art

photo: sonailicious.com

This first category: they are the ones that are the simplest and fastest nails to do, like very very easy nails. They are simple nail art for beginners without tools, that don’t require much time to do the nails, the kind of easy nails to do at home.
For the first one in this category, the photo above, you just paint your nails with the color that will be your background nail color and use those striping nail tapes (as I used in this striped nail tutorial) to divide the nail and paint the second color. If you have more practice and skill, you can make the second color of nail polish freehand yourself, just with the nail polish brush. It’s similar to a classic french manicure with a twist.

Glitter nail art

Striped nail art: it’s super easy to do alone and you don’t need to know how to draw anything! It’s kind of the lazy-girl striped nail art! Check out the video tutorial with the step by step for these easy nail idea that teaches you how to make striped nails in the easiest way in the world (the video is not in English, but it’s very intuitive to follow):

Easy nail art ideas

Photo and tutorial available from Sally Beauty

Easy nail art tutorial

Here’s another easy nail idea in pastel colors that turned out super delicate! Remember that you can always change the nail polish color of any of the nail designs here and make your own combinations according to the season or your mood of the day.

Cute easy nails

photo and tutorial by Pshiiit.com

trendy nude nail art

Recreate this look with french tips with Easy Nude Art press on nails, $15.

photos of easy nail designs

One tip when doing any nail art with the nail adhesive tapes, or even if you are going to improvise with an office transparent tape: wait for the nail polish to dry completely! In this way, when it’s really dry, you don’t run the risk of “taking off a piece” of the nail polish, or even if you stick the tape in the wrong place, you can easily remove it and stick it back in the right place without problems of smudging or damaging your nails.

Are you feeling inspired by easy nail art ideas and are you in need of new nail polish? Check out some beautiful and trendy colors to do these nail art yourself at home (just click on the number and name of nail polish below the image and you will be redirected to the store where it’s available to buy online):

Nail polish for nail art
  1. Nail color Pink Pursuit, Insta Dri Nail Color $9.99. | 2. Summit of Style (gold glitter nail polish), Metallics Nail Polish, $10. | 3. Raisin’ the bar, Infinite Shine Long-Wear Nail Polish, Purples, $13. | 4. Petal Pusher (grey nail polish), Neutrals Nail Polish, $9. | 5. Hanaah red classic Nail Lacquer, $12 | 6. Pink Glitter Nail Polish, $4.99.
Easy nail art blue designs

photo: Marine Loves Polish

And here’s another nail design tutorial for easy nails:

And here’s another easy nail art step-by-step tutorial that also uses striping tapes, using them is the most practical way to make simple designs, especially the very easy designs for when you don’t have much time and still want to do something different:

Simple nail art ideas

Sally Beauty

glitter nail art - press on nails

Recreate this look with Lilac and glitter nail art, press on nails $ 8,49.

Easy nail designs

pshiiit.com and honeymunchkin

This is a modern and geometric nail style, that remind me of the trend called negative space.

Easy nail designs: 47 simple nail art ideas


Nail art - press on nails

Recreate this look with: Modern and trendy swirl nail art, prep on nails $10.

Easy nail ideas

Tip: A white nail polish is always a great color to have, for when you want to create a fun or classy nail design.

Easy nail art ideas
Easy nail tutorial

Nail tutorial by Hannah Rox It

Chic nude nail art

Chic nude nail art, nail wraps, BUY IT HERE for $16.

Cute easy nails

Marine Loves Polish

nude nail art - nail wraps

Nude nail at nail wraps, BUY HERE for $16.

Easy Nail Designs: Easy nails for when you Have Time to do them!

Easy nail art striped nails


Tutorial easy nail art: striped nails

In this other category, this kind of nail art is still simple and they are still easy nail designs, but they are for that day when you already have a little more time and patience to do your easy manicure. They are simple nail ideas, but they require a little more work.
The nail tutorial above is from the blog pshiiit.com, which always has beautiful pictures, amazing nail art ideas, and super easy nail tutorials to follow. From colorful to black nail ideas, choose your favorite ones!

Easy nail art for beginners

You can do the polka dots on the nails with a dotting tool or for those who don’t have it: you can simply use a bobby pin, do you know that part that has a ball at the end? Just use it. 😉

Polka dots easy nails

The polka dots can be made again with the dotting tool or using the tip of a bobby pin or the nail stick, with that back part of the “toothpick”, by the way, a toothpick will work too.

Easy mermaid nails
Easy nails ideas: orange nail polish

And here’s the tutorial of the nails in the photo above:

Easy nails ideas: tutorial

Here’s a super cute idea and easy to do at home: strawberry nail art. A tip for those who don’t want to get all nails with nail art is to choose just one or two nails for the nail art, while all the others can remain with only one nail polish color. In this way, you can create a chic nail art look.

Strawberry nail art

Tutorial by Hannah Rox It

Easy nail art ideas tutorial
Nail polishes for simple nails
  1. OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish – Linger Over Coffee 0.5 fl. oz, $ 7.80. | 2. Inglot Natural Origin Nail Polish – Au Naturel 003, $20.70. | 3. Mylee Full Works Complete Gel Polish Kit – Black, $179.40. | 4. Not so Sweet, NCLA Beauty Vegan Nail Polish, $ 16. | 5. OPI Nail Polish – Black Cherry Chutney 15ml, $10.50. | 6. Lauren B. Beauty Bright Lights Nail Polish 14.8ml, $14.
Easy nail art designs: triangule nail art
Chic easy nail art
easy nails tutorial

photo and nail tutorial by pshiiit.com

Easy nail art designs for when you have time and patience

Simple nail art designs

The last category of easy and simple nail art is for that day when you have more time for your manicure and you’re willing to make stunning simple nail art, but that can have more elements to it and, therefore, you will need more time to get your manicure done.

checkerboard easy nails

When you look at these chessboard nails and think it’s super difficult and takes a lot of time, think twice! It’s actually very easy with the help of striping tapes to decorate your nails, check this easy nail tutorial:

Easy tutorial simple chessboard nails

photo and tutorial by pshiiit.com

Easy nails tutorial
Triangle nail art

Inspired by Marc Jacobs’ collection, simple nail art flowers that look difficult, but that is super easy to do with the tutorial:

Simple nail art flowers tutorial

nails photo: sonailicious.com

UK flag nails
Chessboard easy nail art
Tutorial chessboard nail art design

nail photo and tutorial by pshiiit.com

Easy nail art design triangle

Below you will find some artistic nail art designs, for when you really have the time for your nails. Don’t forget to put a sheet of paper or an old magazine under your hands so you don’t get any nail polish on the surface of your table while doing the next easy nail design.

Artistic easy nail designs
Easy elegant nails


Flower nail art: easy nail design
Easy gradient nail art design

 Marine Loves Polish

Flower nail design: easy nail art
Green easy nail art
Easy nail art design guide
Polka dots easy nails
Blue easy nail ideas

Posted by Manu Luize
Manu Luize is a fashion and beauty blogger with over 10 years of experience. As an expert in fashion and beauty, she has been writing about chic outfits, stunning nail art, amazing decor tips, and great travel destinations.