10 DIY Nail Art Ideas | DIY Formula

10 DIY Nail Art Ideas

Whether you’re headed out for a night on the town, primping for a big date, or just want a little glamorous pick-me-up, there’s nothing like a new coat of nail polish to add the finishing touch to your look. When you’re seeking to add something a little extra special to your manicure, you could head down to the nail salon and pay a fortune for fancy nail art. Or you can keep your cash in your wallet and do it yourself! Check out these DIY nail art ideas that come out flawless every time.

1. Pretty in Pinstripes

For a quick and easy manicure that looks salon-quality, all you need is a pair of scissors, a piece of tape, and a marker. Any kind of nail polish will work for this DIY project. Just make sure to use contrasting colors for the base coat and the lines to make them really pop. In addition, you can even do multiple sets of lines in different colors for a plaid style print that will have your friends wondering how you did it!

Level of difficulty: Easy
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Materials include:

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Nail Polish Base Color(s)
  • Nail Polish Stripe Color(s)

2. Splatter Paint Party

Who hasn’t wanted to go all Jackson Pollock and make some awesome splatter paint art at one point or another? With this super easy DIY nail art, not only can you make the art, you can wear it. This tutorial shows you how to capture the fun and funky splatter-paint look in a manicure. That includes how to keep those splatters off the rest of your hand.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Time to complete: 30 minutes
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3. Faux Stone Nails

This manicure requires a couple of steps. However, the result is totally worth the effort, especially since it doesn’t require any special tools or expertise to create a stunning look. Try different color combinations to make your nails look like a variety of different stones (turquoise would be stunning!). Or you can think outside the box and use a metallic polish to add a gleam like diamonds in the rough to your rockin’ new look.

Level of difficulty: Medium
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Materials include:

4. “The Ruffian”

This is another example of easy DIY nail art that’s just as high-end and classy as something you’d get at a salon. All it requires to create this look is a fairly steady hand. You can even cheat on that by bracing your hand against the table when you’re applying the polish. The Ruffian is sort of like a French Manicure in reverse. However, instead of crescents of white (or color) at the tips of your fingers, the contrast lies at the cuticle. Experiment with different colors to see what shades speak to your inner ruffian.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Materials include:

  • Base Nail Polish Color
  • Accent Nail Polish Color

5. Bobby Pin Polka Dots

While you could buy a special dotting tool to create your DIY nail art, chances are you’ve got a couple of bobby pins lying around. If they’re too bent to be much use for holding back your hair, even better. This tutorial will show you how to use a bobby pin to apply perfect polka dots to your nails for a quick and cute manicure with a hint of vintage flair.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Materials include:

6. Lace Stamped Nails

This manicure does require a bit of an investment. However, if you love doing your nails without spending your hard earned time and money at the salon, then it’s definitely worth the money upfront. The Konad nail stamper works almost like the screen printers they use to make t-shirts. You apply polish to a design plate, scrape away the excess, and use the stamping tool to pick up the remaining polish and apply it to your nail. It’s just like a stamp! The process might sound complicated, but this tutorial will show you how to create even delicate, lace-patterned bridal nails at home with just a little practice.

Level of difficulty: Medium
Time to complete: 30 minutes
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7. The Easiest Feather Pattern Ever

Feather patterns are a staple design in nail art and with good reason! The exotic shapes, patterns, and colors are completely unique! But when it comes to creating those complex designs on your own nails, it can get a little tricky. This tutorial solved that problem in the most ingenious way. The trick is to just use real feathers! With this DIY nail art, you’ll be ruling the roost in no time.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Materials include:

8. Subtle Matte/Gloss Finish

If flashy colors and patterns aren’t really your style, go subtle with a matte/gloss design instead. All you need is a single color of nail polish as your base color and a matte top coat. As a tip, know that dark colors work especially well, since the mattified areas show up better. This tutorial gives you a few ideas for patterns you can create with this simple technique.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Materials include:

9. Sassy Snakeskin Manicure

For a glitter of reptilian glam, use powdered pigments to create a simple snakeskin texture on your nails. This tutorial gives you some pointers on how to apply the powder once your base color is in place. With so many different pigment colors available, the combinations you can try are virtually endless! Want to give this look a try without investing in powdered pigments right away? You can use eyeshadow powder to give it a trial run. Just make sure to apply a clear topcoat to seal it.

Level of difficulty: Medium
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Materials include:

10. Velvety Soft Nails

This look is truly unique. There are no fancy designs, no bright patterns, just soft, luxurious velvet right on your nails! It might sound a little bizarre, but this trendy manicure is making waves with its deep rich colors and textural interest. All it takes is a jar of flocking powder in the color of your choice. The fuzzy texture and jewel tones of this manicure make it especially well-suited to winter wear.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Materials include:

Conclusion

If you don’t consider yourself the artsy type, DIY nail art can seem daunting, but with these simple techniques, you can keep your nails on point without ever booking a trip to the salon. DIY nail art is a great opportunity to change up your styles with the season, get festive, or just experiment and have some fun! Keep your hands looking good. In addition, you can make them feel good as well with one of these DIY sugar scrub options that are equally effortless. Have you tried any of these looks? Share your favorites in the comments below!