14 Elegant and Easy Nail Art Design Ideas and Inspiration

I rarely get the extra time for a well-deserved manicure, but that’s not to say I can’t have pretty nails. While it may be easier to slap on stick-on nails, I prefer the feeling of nail polish. I’ve put together easy nail art design ideas and manicure ideas that are classy and elegant and the best part is, you can do it from the comfort of your home.

There’s a nail look for every level and every color preference. From glitter to matte nails and busy to plain ones, it’s time to get inspired!

1. Intergalactic Reverse French Nails

Gold and purple nails are the perfect combination for an elegant look. Although marble looks difficult, it’s easier than you think and the fun part is you can’t mess it up because there are no rules for how marble should look.

The gold reversed French nail elevates it to a more regal nail design. This nail look is perfect for the party season, you can add some extra sparkle and shimmer too!

2. Semi-outlined French Nails

This semi-outlined French is chic and classy! It’s most effective with a ballerina nail shape. Black and nude are great colour combinations and I can imagine if the colours were reversed the nails would look even more striking.

3. Pastel Yellow Manicure

Bring the sunshine to your nails with this elegant yellow manicure! Perfect for spring and summer, when it’s all about lighter and brighter colors. The yellow also makes these nails ideal for Easter! Easy to pull off, all you need is a pastel yellow and a steady hand.

4. Pretty Elegant French Manicure 

There’s no doubt that French nails are the leading go-to for dapper nails. There are so many variations to French nails to cater to every nail shape. These pretty elegant nails with the pointed tips is giving me all the vogue feels, it’s original yet subtle enough not to be out in your face.

5. Mixed Finish Abstract Art

Nothing says sophistication like abstract. I love the mix of different finishes and textures, and the different, original looks you can create are endless.

6. Transparent Accent Nail

Not sure if you want a busy nail look or a plain one? Opt for a mixture of both by creating an accent nail! The options are endless, but I’m loving this pale pink nail look with the butterfly accent nail! Recreate it for Valentine’s Day by replacing the butterflies with hearts!

7. Marble Nail Design

Marble Nail Design

Marble is sophisticated, elegant, and full of detail. The overall appearance is simple, making it the ideal choice for those who want detailed nails that don’t look kitschy or too busy!

8. Transparent Matte Ombre Nails

Transparent Matte Ombre Nails

Matte-orange is something I would never have considered trying because I always marked it in my brain as too loud for comfort. But this nail art design has made me think twice. I guess I can have that pop of colour, without too much of it by creating a gradient ombre effect. Easy and effective!

9. Glossy Transparent Pastel Ombre Nails

If bold and matte don’t appeal to you, why not try out a glossy pastel look? It’s equally as beautiful on the nails and it’s hard to decide what I love most- the colours or the ombre effect!

10. Solid Abstract Geometric Nail Art 

Looking for bold that’s not too bold or tacky? This geometric cute and easy nail design is exactly that! Perfect for beginners, it’s not too hard to recreate and you can customize it with any color or finish of your choice!

11. Fully Outlined Pastel Nails

Fully Outlined Pastel Nails

I’ve never thought a white outline makes for classy fingernails without making it look like a child’s artwork but these nails prove that it can. These are perfect for any time of year but, would work beautifully for a gorgeous spring nail look.

12. Nighttime Sparkle Nail Design

Space Dust Nail Design

Do you love dark nail designs? If yes, this sparkly aqua and black nail design is perfect for you! It’s a fairly easy design to start with as it requires no stencils or triple layering. All you need is some sparkly nail powders and you’re good to go. They make a gorgeous festive nail look and you can change the color of the sparkle to any color of your choice, be it red, yellow or orange!

13. Glitter Ombre Nails

Glitter Ombre Nails

I’ll be honest, I am loving the whole transparent ombre nail trend. And this design is the perfect excuse to play with glitter polishes. Spice up this look by reversing the glitter!

14. Mermaid Scale Accent Nails

I’ve always wanted to do a mermaid scale nail but was a little concerned about it being too gaudy. Well, fortunately, I’ve come across these beautiful nails with their subtle mermaid scales and black base!

Final Thoughts

There are so many different and original nail ideas that you can come up with! From these nail looks alone you can customize the color and designs to create your own original nail look!

One thing to be aware of when painting your nails regularly, is that nail polish can weaken the nails. Learn how to grow strong nails and how to stop nail polish from ruining your nails.

Hollie xx


About Hollie

Hi, I’m Hollie, and I’m passionate about everything beauty. Over the last decade and a half, I’ve tested thousands of products to bring you the best of the best! I also love bringing you fun and creative beauty looks. Learn more.

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