You’ve heard of no-makeup makeup. But have you heard of barely-there nails? Beauty bloggers and Instagrammers alike have shown us the world of minimalist nails, meaning bare or one-color nails often accented with a simple design. These nail designs emphasize that “less is more” and can be done right at home.
A simple yet stylish nude nail design is a great place to start. This Korean nail manicure, otherwise known as a bracelet nail art, gets its name from the thin, bracelet-esque lines going across each nail. Feel free to add jewels wherever you please! Tip: Use a toothpick as your guide.
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This eclectic black and white decor is for the unique souls out there. Don’t forget to finish off with a topcoat to ensure durability of the design. Tip: Use Scotch tape for stick-straight edges.
Everyone loves a good polka dot. Feel free to modify this design any way you want — switch up the colors, add a french tip, or paint different sized dots.
This outlined border manicure is not only eye-catching, but gives your nails dimension they didn’t know they had. Tip: Use a cotton swab to coat the skin around your fingernails with Vaseline. This makes it easier to wipe away unwanted polish on your skin once your nails are done.
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A traditional French manicure takes a twist (literally). This slanted alternative is chic, elegant, simple and appropriate for any occasion. For this look, it’s important to have your cuticles in-check.
Random chevron designs on the edges of the nail make for a fun DIY using whatever two colors you’d like. Tip: Have an old liquid eyeliner that you’re ready to get rid of? Wash the brush and it can be used as a thin nail art brush.
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Try basing your nails with a nude color and adding a thin dash of a brighter color at the top for another French manicure alternative. This is great way to amp up your nail look without it being too attention-grabbing.
Color blocking is a bold trend that rules the runway and screams modernity. How can we color block nails? Choose two colors (preferably ones that contrast well) and use one of them for the base and one of them to create your “block” in the top corner of your nail.