Cute French Manicure Designs

Since my previous post on how to French Manicure at home I’ve had a lot of requests for more cute French manicure designs. This post will be partly a French manicure gallery full of different French manicure images and go into the different types of French manicure.

If you are looking for French manicure steps, you can find them at my previous post showing you how to do French nails at home.

Some people are put off by completing the French nails look as they think it requires a super steady hand but that isn’t entirely true. There are ways you can cheat by using French manicure stickers or French manicure tape. Check out the youtube French manicure with tape tutorial below on how you can achieve this look with everyday adhesive tape.

I think a French manicure for short nails looks amazing. It is super classy and easy to do. You can use the tips in the youtube tutorial above or you can buy French tip stickers.

Another great look for any length of nails is the black on black French manicure which I have written about earlier. The great thing about this design is you can do it with any coloured French manicure, it looks amazing with different shades of blue French manicure.

Some people might find the French manicure a bit plain but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some great pictures of French manicures that look stunning but they’re not too hard to achieve at home.

funky-french nails

I really like the upside down French manicure.

upside down French nails image

Here’s a funky French manicure with design elements.

funky french nails image

The sky really is the limit with French manicures. You can make a very subtle design or go for something a little edgy. Let your imagination lead you – now go grab some nail polish and start designing!


Simple Nail Art Designs for Beginners

Easy Nail Art DesignsThis post will show you a few simple nail art designs for beginners. It doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming, especially with these tricks you can use for really easy nail art.

Some nail art basic designs can be made with a few brush strokes or dots. Keep reading for some videos of nail art designs for beginners and links to other posts with design ideas.

An example of one of these simple designs of nail art is the Newspaper Print Nails look, you don’t need to buy any extra nail art supplies to be able to make this design. I’ve written easy to follow step by step instructions at a previous post which even gives you a few variations to the nail art newspaper print look.

Here’s a youtube nail art video which shows you how to create this great look. These polka dot nail art designs are gorgeous and are so easy to attempt at home.

These dotting tool nail art designs are fun and easy to try out. With a nail art dotting tool you can go polka dot crazy and create dots in different colours, dots of different sizes. Check out the nail art tutorial on my Japanese nail art post for instructions on how to make your own cute panda nails.

Here’s another easy look you can complete with this youtube nail art designs tutorial – I love the look of plaid on the nail. Plaid is one of the easiest nail art patterns for beginners to create at home if you’re not the creative type.

One classic look that doesn’t have to be difficult to do is the French Manicure. It doesn’t have to be the as simplistic as nude nails and white tips. It can be a cute nail art design for beginners to attempt to do even if you don’t have a steady hand.

French Manicure Modern Look

You can combine it with stamping nail art to add some extra detail to it. You can even cheat at doing the tip by using a stamper (you’ll have to watch my how to video on my stamping nail art post to know what I’m talking about). Or if you prefer a square tip you can use the idea suggested in the video above by using cello tape to make it easy to paint perfect lines on your nails.

Try this French manicure modern look. Adding some zebra stripes makes it such a fun design to try out. If animal print isn’t your thing, try stamping on some images from an image plate or use nail art stickers. You can add any kind of 3D nail art which will be sure to spice it up a bit.

Don’t let your feet feel left out from all the creative fun, here’s a toenail art tutorial that’s really easy to follow or you can use these nail art patterns for short nails.

If you have some images of simple nail designs please send them in so I can share your nail arts pics with the rest of the readers on this nails art blog. I’d love to be able to share everyone’s ideas of some easy nail art designs and how to do them.

How To Do Water Marble Nails Step by Step

Nail art in waterSo for today’s post I’m going to explain how to do water marble nails step by step. These easy nail art designs are incredibly simple to do at home once you get the hang of it.

It can be a bit difficult to do at first but keep reading and watching for some good advice on how to get this cool look. And the great thing about it is, you can make use of all your cheap nail art supplies that you have lying around. As I mention later it is best to practise with your least favourite nail polishes until you nail this look!

Here is a youtube water marble nails tutorial that I found. She only uses two colours but this video is so easy to follow and has step by step instructions.

Your Water Marbling Supplies Equipment List

  • A Q-tip
  • A small bowl or cup of water – use bottled or filtered water at room temperature
  • Toothpicks or a pencil
  • Adhesive tape – if you don’t have any tape you can always use vaseline or lip balm around your nails
  • Nail polish that is quite thin/liquidy so it spreads easily in the water
  • Base and top coat
  • Serviette to clean off your toothpick
  • Nail polish remover
  • Garbage bin

Instructions for Water Marble Nails

water marblingAs always when doing your nails it is best to do it in a well ventilated area and to use some paper towels or an old towel to protect the surface of the area that you are working on. The instructions below are mainly reiterated from the youtube water marble nail art video for those who may have issues streaming it.

If this is your first time attempting these nail art in water designs it is best to start with only two or three colours and only use cheap nail polishes until you find you have the hang of it. When choosing your colours go for light and dark or contrasting colours as it will look more striking on your nail.

  • Apply your clear base coat and allow to dry.
  • Now apply the coloured base coat that you would like to show through your designs as sometimes the colours can come out slightly transparent and there’s always the risk that you won’t completely cover your nail. I think lighter colours always look good as a background colour but it depends on what look you’re going for.
  • nail polish on waterOnce your base coat has dried completely you can stick the adhesive tape around your nails, you want to get this as close to your nail bed as possible without getting it on your nails. This makes it easy to clean up your nails once you have completed your designs. I find attaching the tape in two or three pieces around your nail gives the best coverage.
  • Now to add the nail polish drops in water, do this fairly close to the water level. As mentioned earlier this works best when you use filtered or bottled water at room temperature. It is best to work quickly when adding the nail polish on water as it will give you more time to make your design.
  • You can drop as many drops as you like. I try to do anywhere from 5-10 drops  into the water, just experiment and see what works best for you.
  • Now to make your designs, take your toothpick and pull it through the design. Don’t start from the outer edge though as it tends to stick and mess up your design. What works for you will depend on how quickly you have worked in the steps leading up to this.
  • Always clean your toothpick between pulling it through your design as polish will stick to it.
  • Once you are happy with the design then place your nail into the water, I like to add my finger to the water at a 45 degree angle – I find this gives the best results.
  • Water marbling nail artWith your nail still in the water use your toothpick to clean the nail polish off the surface of the water.
  • You can remove the adhesive tape from your fingers now or carry on with your other nails.
  • Repeat until you’ve done all your nails.
  • Once completed just use a q-tip and some nail polish remover to clean off any excess nail polish from around your nails.
  • Apply a clear top coat, then sit back and marvel at your handy work!

I hope these instructions are easy for you to follow. Water marbling nail art can be a bit tricky at first but with a bit of practice the results are so worth it! If you are having issues with your marble nail art try following these tips.

How to Make Nail Art Designs at Home

basic nail designsThis is a run on from my cute nail art designs for beginners post that I wrote earlier in the year. I have had a few more requests for more Beginner Nail Designs Posts on how to make nail art designs at home.

So, I have included some nail arts pictures and videos of nail art designs for beginners – none of these creations require many nail art tools.  Keep reading to learn how to recreate some incredibly basic nail designs…

I really love the water marble effect on the white nail polish designs, it is really easy to do and you can create so many different patterns for each finger nail. The creator of this tutorial, DearNatural62 has a lot more similar youtube nail art tutorials so you can get a lot of good ideas for different colour combinations and swirly patterns.

In the next youtube nail art designs tutorial are even more simple designs of nail art. All you need is a striper tool, you don’t need to buy special individual nail polishes with this brush. It’s quite a long video but you can skip through to the next step.

Here is another easy nail designs for beginners with black nail polish and a dotting tool. They don’t recommend using the same matte polish as they have used but try the Matte Magic Nail Polish it’s great and will save you money as you can use it on any nail polish colour to create a matte effect. I’m all for reducing my costs buying nail art supplies as this can be an expensive hobby!

In the below youtube nail designs tutorial for easy nail art for short nails for beginners or toenails as they have shown. I always mix up toenail designs and short nails designs. All you need is a striper tool and a nail dotter tool and you can buy these at any nail art online shop.

So now what is stopping you from creating easy nail art at home? Check out my Newspaper Print Nails post for more easy design ideas. The image below is super easy to do as well, all you need is two different colours of nail polish, adhesive tape and a nail art dotting tool.

  • Give yourself a quick manicure and apply your base coat.white nail polish designs
  • Apply the pink coat of nail polish and allow it to dry.
  • Stick on the adhesive tape covering the lower part of your nails and then apply the white coat to your tips and slightly over the tape.
  • Carefully remove the tape and you will have a perfect line dividing the two colours.
  • Once the white coat has dried, use your dotting tool to apply any pattern of dots.
  • Don’t forget to apply a layer of top coat to lock in your design.

If you have any simple nail art ideas and want to share them with the readers of Please send in details and advise of the nail art design step by step instructions so that our readers can try your simple nail designs at home.

What is Nail Art?

free hand nail designs imageWhat is nail art? Nail art is a creative form of expression by beautifying the nails of your hands and feet. You can do this by using different colours, designs including detailed patterns and 3D nail art. Nail art has become one of the hottest fashions lately with nail bars and salons popping up everywhere. Nail art can be as simple or as intricate as you like. It is a way to express yourself and your creativity and put it on display for the whole world to see.

Nail art seems like a new fad that is taking the world by storm with the number of nails art blogs to be found on the internet. Interestingly, nail decoration and nail art aren’t so modern though. Cleopatra used to colour her nails red. In Ancient Egypt henna would be used to stain the nails and would leave them different shades or red, orange and brown. Chinese women would mix beeswax, egg whites and vegetable dye to colour their nails different shades.

Contrary to popular belief, nail art isn’t exclusive to the rich who have time to pay to get their nails done. Making creative nail designs is affordable for anyone to do at home. This site shows you how you can use nail art brushes and pens to design nails art easily and cheaply while at home.

3D Nail Art Designs imageThere are so many different forms of nail art. Here are some that are included on this website:

Stamping Nail Art – a great technique that allows you to have elaborately designed nails that take little time and no need for free hand nail designs.

Shellac Nail Polish – a revolutionary nail polish that won’t chip or smudge and lasts for at least two weeks.

Nail Art Pens – great invention for expressing your creative streak and your individuality. Nail art pens allow you to create unique free hand nail art.

Acrylic Nails – if you want long nails but are having trouble growing them, acrylics could be the answer.

Gel Nails – another form of artificial nails that are similar to acrylics but gel nails are less likely to cause damage to your natural nail bed.

French Manicure – this nail art design is a classic that will always remain in fashion. I’ve also written a post about a cool Black French manicure as well.

3D Nail Art – this is any kind of nails art that isn’t restricted to only nail polish. Such as the nail polish bows in the picture above. Japanese nail art is well known for using a lot of 3D nail art pieces to create a really cool look.

Newspaper Print Nails – this is a really simple nail art design that is really easy to recreate.

Simple Designs for Beginners – I have a whole post dedicated to very simple designs that a beginner will feel comfortable trying at home.

If you’re not sure where to purchase any of your nail art materials, the best deals can be found online. Check out my post on cheap nail art suppliers for details.

So what’s stopping you trying out some creative nail art designs? Practice makes perfect – so go grab your nail art supplies and get cracking!