Top 10 Easy Nail Designs For Beginners

Oct 15, 2021

With so many ways to create beautiful nail designs, knowing where to start is its own challenge. So we’ve compiled a list of ten easy nail designs for beginners to help you practice! 

1. French Manicure

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic French manicure. This minimalist and elegant design is as pretty as it is popular—and there’s a reason it’s so wildly popular! In this video tutorial, Kelli Marissa shows you how you can achieve this beautiful and simple look without using any special tools! 



2. Polka Dot Nails

Polka dots never really go out of style, do they? This gorgeous but simple design makes use of visual contrast and really makes your nails pop! There are many different ways to achieve the perfect polka dot look, using different tools or materials. In this Nails By Jema tutorial, you can learn about four useful ways to get your polka dots popping! 


3. Gradient Nails

We love gradients. I mean, who doesn’t love a beautiful sunset? Or a hazy mountain range? The waves on a beach cascading into the sand? 


With color gradient nails, you can create a tiny piece of this beautiful color effect right in your nails! While this may seem like a steep challenge, this video tutorial from Lilypadpolish shows us how you can achieve this gorgeous gradient look with some simple cosmetic wedges or sponges! 



4. Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails have gotten really popular lately! There are numerous advantages to acrylic nails. They’re usually pretty tough, they’re long-lasting, they can add length to nails, and they can be very smooth compared to natural nails, making them ideal for beautiful designs. 


But what about doing acrylic nails? It might seem daunting at first, but this video by Kiara Sky Nails breaks the process down and explains what you’ll need to know to get started!



5. Striped Nails

Polka dots may pop but they aren’t the only way to make use of contrast in nail design. Stripes are another timeless pattern that makes use of visual contrast to make your nails stand out! While there’s plenty of ways to achieve stripes, don’t panic if straight lines aren’t your forte! In this video tutorial, Sandi from Cutepolish shows us 4 different ways to get that satisfying striped look! 


6. Wavy Striped Nails

Is there anything better than striped nails? What about wavy striped nails? In this video tutorial, HannaRoxNails shows us how to make a beautiful wavy take on striped nails! 


7. Glitter Nails

Glitter is a great way to create dazzling nail designs that always manage to capture the light! Glittery nails defy dimension and add some much needed sparkle in our lives, but how do you get them to look like that? In this video tutorial, Nika Nails shows us 3 ways to get that sparkly look!


8. Diagonal Design

Diagonal designs can be downright delightful. Diagonal designs make great use of space and color to create appealing designs that really show off your nails’ lustor! In this video tutorial from Robin Moses Nail Art, we learn a great way to achieve that gorgeous diagonal look. 


9. Color Blocking

When it comes to contrasting and complimenting colors, color blocking is the way to go! These clean lines and visually appealing blocks of color come together to create aesthetically comforting compositions. In this video tutorial, Kelli Marissa shows us how to make color blocks using just tape! 


  1. Rainbow Nails

We can’t forget one of the most widely appreciated gradients that we get to see in nature—rainbows! Rainbow nails are a beautiful way to express yourself in COLOR. In this video tutorial, Tina Yong shows us how to get that beautiful spectrum of colors, right in your nails! 



There is a wide world of nail designs and styles, and you might be more excited than ever to get started and become a master of your craft. No matter what your favorite styles are or your ambitions, though, practice is key! With these top ten easy nail designs for beginners, you can get started on perfecting your own technique and looks! And if you’ve been thinking about getting started on your manicuring career, don’t hesitate to reach out today!