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17 Simple Nail Designs Even a Nail Newbie Can Do

  • Photo: Ze Chaudron Magik

    Ombre Neon Nails

    With a white backdrop and fluorescent ombre, this look by Ze Chaudron Magik is a nail newb's go-to summer mani. It may look hard, but with a little tape, two neon polishes and a sponge, this triangle gradient is a breeze.

  • Photo: The Nailasaurus

    Easy Daisy Nail Art

    Daisies are hot for summer. Play up the trendy flower with this simple nail art look by Sammy of The Nailasaurus. All you need is a dotting tool. If you don’t have one, Sammy says a bobby pin will work just fine.

  • Photo: Chalkboard Nails

    Polka Dot Tips

    If you're not in the mood for florals, try dotting on this mani by Chalkboard Nails. Use your dotting tool to create super easy polka dot tips. This look is fresh, and since there are no lines to perfect, it’s easier than your average French mani.

  • Photo: Chloe’s Nails

    Rays of Glitz Mani

    Chloe of Chloe’s Nails knows glossy black polish looks better with rays of glitter. This clean line design may look hard, but strips of tape make it easy, so grab a roll and your favorite glitter polish and create this glam look.

  • Photo: In Pursuit of Polish

    Cloudy Day Nails

    Nail newbs and pros alike will love these cloudy day nails. All you need to complete this whimsical nail art is a dotting tool and white and blue nail polishes. Wanyachu, the nail blogger behind In Pursuit of Polish, says if you can create blobs, you can create clouds. 

  • Photo: Glitter She Wrote

    3D Manicure

    If you know anything about nail art, you know 3D nails are huge this season. We love these over-the-top digits, but they’re often pro-level—with the exception of these embroidery floss nails by Glitter She Wrote. These friendship bracelet-esque accent nails are a nail newb’s BFF.

  • Photo: My Awesome Beauty

    Cubism Nail Art

    Sophie of My Awesome Beauty channels cubism with her color blocked nails. This nail look may take time, but with the help of striping tape and Sophie’s color-by-numbers tutorial it’s easy as 1, 2, 3.

  • Photo: I Feel Polished

    Striping Tape Nail Look

    Striping tape once again creates a pro-effect in I Feel Polished’s tutorial. The tape comes in tons of colors, so for a last minute mani, use the tape to create a design and seal the look with a topcoat. Or you can use it like I Feel Polished and paint over the tape with a glitter nail polish then remove the strips to reveal a perfect pop of color.

  • Photo: Dressed Up Nails

    Pastel Nail Art

    If you want to rock pastels for spring, you’re not alone. Whitney of Dressed Up Nails is on a pastel kick. Use spring’s favorite shades in a new (and easy!) way with this dots and drips tutorial.

  • Photo: Lackfein

    Neon Tips Nail Look

    Lackfein gives herself the perfect tips without tools or tape by painting only the top of her nails. If you're attempting this easy mani, use contrasting colors, like Lackfein’s slate gray and neon yellow, for stand-out tips.

  • Photo: Nail Art Couture

    Easy Floral Freehand

    If the term “freehand” gives you serious jitters, you’re not alone. But nail art newbs, let go of your preconceived notions. Nail Art Couture’s vintage flower mani will calm your nail nerves—she uses a gel pen to turn polish blobs into flowers.

  • Photo: Coewless Nail Polish Blog

    Gold and Neutral Nails

    Take neutral nails from lifeless to lux with gold accents. Coewless Nail Polish Blog’s nail design takes a few minutes and even less effort. Nothing is easier than adding a coat of gold flecked nail polish to an accent nail.

  • Photo: Wacky Laki

    Glitter Chevron Nail Look

    If you prefer colorful glitter, add glitz to neutral nails with carefully arranged multicolor flecks. We admit, Wacky Laki’s chevron look takes some time, but with the tutorial and the right tools (Wacky Lacki uses a toothpick), even a rookie can create this look.

  • Photo: Anna Norman

    Half-Moon Mani

    Some of the best (and least expensive) nail tools hang out in the office aisle. Anna NormanBirchbox contributor, uses reinforcement stickers to perfect her half-moon mani. Norman's nail look, while a gorgeous manicure on its own, is also a lazy girl's dream. When we don't want to completely redo our nails, this is the go-to nail art to hide chipped tips.

  • Photo: Smashley Sparkles

    Glitter Gradient Mani

    Smashley Sparkles uses a small nail art brush and uneven strokes to create this can’t-mess-up mani. With a black base and bright glitter gradient, this nail look isn’t only forgiving, but reminds us of the aurora borealis.

  • Photo: So Nailicious

    Cuticle Tattoo Nail Look

    Inspired by the black fingertips Lorde rocked at the Grammys, this season's nail art has gone over the edge. Cuticles no longer define the boundary of the nail game. So Nailicious takes easy nail art out of the box with cuticle tattoos

  • Photo: Chickettes

    Try Nail Decals

    If you want elaborate nails with rookie skills, nail stickers are your go-to solution. From cute designs to your favorite celeb’s face, the Internet is full of these inexpensive decals. Chickettes uses a dotting tool to add a few decretive touches to her water decal mani.

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