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9 Easy Nail Art Ideas That Anyone Can Do at Home

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Last Updated on March 16, 2022

Whether you’re new to the wonderful world of nail art and want to ease your way into it, or are DIY-savvy and are looking for ways save some pennies, we’ve got you with a selection of easy nail art ideas to inspire you.

Over the past few years, nail art has really blown up, and what was once an annual treat has now become more like a monthly occurrence – for me, anyway. I’ve always got a bucketload of new designs saved on Instagram I’m just waiting to try out.

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Nail art is not cheap however, and forking out £60 to £70 quid every month to keep our nails looking snappy is not keeping our bank balance happy.  

With at-home LED lamps, every colour under the sun gel polishes, and even nail art stickers that will blow your mind, it’s never been easier to get the look for less.  

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We’ve rounded up our favourite simple yet show stopping nail designs that you can do from the comfort of your own home.

From rainbow tips to jewel-encrusted nails and mismatched art, there’s something for everybody, every mood, and every nail shape out there.

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Jewel Nails

Jewels look great and they could not be easier to do at home. Just paint your nails, pop on some jewels in a design of your choice and seal with a topcoat.

We love Etsy for some great rhinestone jewel options.

Mismatched Art

Different nail art on every nail is perfect to attempt at home yourself. As they don’t all have to look the exact same, it makes things a lot easier.

They don’t have to be as complicated as these, but here’s some inspo to get you started. Try making one different to start with and keeping the others a set colour for ease.

Edgy French 

Toughen up the classic French mani by adding a black or gold tip. This is very easy to do, but changes the look completely.

We recommend this nail art brush from Cult Beauty for the perfect tips.

Holographic Manicure

A holographic mani is the most eye-catching, but quite literally takes no effort at all. The holographic nail polish does all the work for you.

This Nails Inc Paint The Town Rainbow polish is one of our favourites for a super-shiny look.

Smiley Nails 

Smiley face nails never fail to cheer you up and are super easy to do.

For best results use a nail art brush like this one from Cult Beauty.

Cow Print 

Cow print is much simpler than it looks to create at home. See exactly how to create the look below.

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Rainbow Tips

Another variation of French tips, a rainbow of pastel shades is perfect for the summer months.


Once you discover the rabbit hole that is Etsy nail transfers, it’s a game changer. We’re loving these Etsy transfers for a look far more impressive than it really is.

Half Moons 

So simple, yet so effective.

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