12 Super Simple Nail Designs + Nail Basics For Beginners by Meghan M - Musely
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12 Super Simple Nail Designs + Nail Basics For Beginners

posted in Beauty > Nails
08/04/2014
  • Nail Design #1 Slanted Mani

    For this super easy slanted tip mani, evenly paint all of your nails with any of your favorite polishes. Then take a complimenting color and paint the top left corner of all of your nails, and your done!

  • Nail Design #2 Tiny Polka Dot Mani

    For this super fun design all you will need is 5 of your favorite colors, a toothpick, and black( or any dark color) polish. Paint each nail a different color and let them dry. When fully dried make small polka dots with the toothpick. Have fun!

  • See how the small dots are evenly spaced to give a really cute little design.
    See how the small dots are evenly spaced to give a really cute little design.
  • Nail Design #3 Accented Mani

    This look is sooo simple, but also is a great addition to any look. First find two colors that work well together. Paint all of your nails, except the ring fingers, the lighter shade of polish. Then take the darker color and paint the ring finger. Now you have a perfect mani to match any outfit.

  • Nail Design #4 The Fishtail

    Pick three different polishes. Start by painting half of your nail with your first color. Then make diagonal lines alternating sides and colors. Now you have a design that looks just like a braid.

  • Here you can see the alternating pattern of this braid design.
    Here you can see the alternating pattern of this braid design.
  • Nail Design #5 Yellow Polka Dot Mani

    Paint your nails yellow(or any light color). Then take a blue or other darker color and use a dotting tool(or bobby pin) to make dots around your nail and you have a super cute mani.

  • Add polka dots to the tip or moon of the nail, or cove the entire nail.
    Add polka dots to the tip or moon of the nail, or cove the entire nail.
  • Nail Design #6 Turquoise and Gold Stone

    First paint your nails with a turquoise or light blue color. Next take a small plastic sandwich baggie and crunch it up. Paint a small portion of the baggie with gold polish. Lightly dab the plastic on the nails and finish it with a topcoat.

  • Make sure you only lightly dab the nail with the plastic.
    Make sure you only lightly dab the nail with the plastic.
  • Nail Design #6 Gold Leaf Mani

    Before starting your manicure, cut small triangle of foil that will fit onto your nail. Paint your nails with any nail polish color. While the nails are still wet, take a slightly damp q-tip and use it to pick up one of the foil triangles and place it into the left corner of each nail. If necessary, smooth the foil lightly with the q-tip and trim or fold down the edges. Finish with any topcoat.

  • In most cases, the foil will need trimming. To reduce the amount of trimming, cut the triangles smaller.
    In most cases, the foil will need trimming. To reduce the amount of trimming, cut the triangles smaller.
  • Nail Design #7 Checked Mani

    Paint nails with a base coat of white. Use black nails tape or a striper brush to create a checked nail design.

  • In this photo they used nail tapes, but using a striper brush is perfectly fine.
    In this photo they used nail tapes, but using a striper brush is perfectly fine.
  • Nail Design #8 Galaxy Nails

    Start by painting nails with an even coat of black polish. Paint shades of blue and pink onto a make up sponge and sponge shapes onto each nail to create a galaxy design.

  • Feel free to add other colors or flecks of white to your design.
    Feel free to add other colors or flecks of white to your design.
  • Nail Design #9 Rosebud Mani

    Paint nails any light colors. Make medium or dark pink dots on the nail( maybe 3-4) Add flecks of other shades of pink and some white to help shape the roses. Then use a green to add leaves.

  • Nail design #10 The Bow Mani

    Paint your nail blue, then paint one corner white. On the line in between the two colors make two loops to form a bow.

  • Nail Design #11 Coral Polka Dot Nails

    Paint your thumb,pointer,ring,and pinky fingers white. Paint your middle finger coral. Add Black polka dots to your ring finger.

  • Nail Design #12 The Rainbow French Tip

    Start with completely white nails. Then starting at the tip use a striper brush to stripe different colors until you reach the middle of your nail. Now your done!

  • Nail Tips
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    Tricks

  • Use bobby pin ends instead of nail dotters.
    Use bobby pin ends instead of nail dotters.
  • Always start your manis with a solid white base coat.
    Always start your manis with a solid white base coat.
  • Have polishes ready before starting manis to avoid spills, breaks, and chips.
    Have polishes ready before starting manis to avoid spills, breaks, and chips.
  • Make sure polishes are organized, or at least in one area, to avoid losing any polishes.
    Make sure polishes are organized, or at least in one area, to avoid losing any polishes.
  • Use tooth picks to make stripes or any other outlining lines.
    Use tooth picks to make stripes or any other outlining lines.
  • Always finish manicures with topcoats to avoid chips, and add an extra shine.
    Always finish manicures with topcoats to avoid chips, and add an extra shine.
  • These are just some ideas, have fun and play around with different designs. You'll definitely start to learn some new techniques and be able to make each design unique to you. Hope I helped!

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