Top 10 Easy Nail Designs For Beginners

No matter what you’re learning, practice is the way forward. For aspiring manicurists, trying out new designs, exploring palettes, and keeping up with the latest nail trends is an exciting way to become better acquainted with the art of manicure. These are our top 10 easy nail designs for beginners. 

1. Pastel French Manicure

French manicure is a classic look. And lately, people can’t get enough of pastel palettes. Doing french tips is a great way to practice smooth lines. These gorgeous pastel french manicure design nails combine tried and true with new using a pastel palette that really pops. 

2. Half-Moon 

Half moon designs on nails make use of the same type of contrast balance as french tips, but create a wholly unique and stunning look. These half moon designed nails create an eye-catching combo of color. This look works particularly well with oval-shaped nails, where the circular lines create a nice balance between both ends of the nails. This is one of the best easy nail designs for beginners to get started.

3. Glitter

You can’t go wrong with glitter. It’s sparkly, it’s shiny, and it never really goes out of style. For nails that are hard to miss, these light-catching silver glitter nails are the way to go. Without any complex linework, they’re equally simple and gorgeous. Doing a simple glitter nail will also work with nearly any shape of nails, so they’re a very versatile option. 

4. Blocks And Lines

Lines and blocks are excellent ways to play with contrast and color balances. Mixing solid dark colors with transparent polish is a stunning way to make use of that contrast. These kinds of designs are a fun way to make the most of nail space. They’re also one of the best ways to get familiar with using tape to create new designs. These black and gold designed nails are a brilliant example of how well high contrast can work. 

5. Squiggles

Doing lines with brushes might take a bit of practice to get perfect. But there are some great ways to get started on line work without all the pressure. Squiggles are a great way to get familiar with lines without the need to keep them perfectly straight. These tri-shade squiggles on a clear background are a great example of what you can do with a little bit of creativity and wavy lines. 

6. Hearts

Who doesn’t love hearts? There are a few different ways to get the perfect heart shape to adorn your nails, but whether you’re using stencils, simple brush strokes, or even toothpicks, they’ll be sure to amaze. These transparent hearts on brilliant crimson are a perfect example of how there’s no wrong way to do hearts. 

7. Cow Print Nails

Bovine beauty? Yes. Cow prints are hot right now and nails are no exception. They’re also an excellent way to get familiar with shapes and play around with high contrast designs. You can stick with classic color combinations, like dark brown and white or you can get innovative with new color combos. These cow print nails with light pink background color are a perfect example of how you can play with classic designs in new palettes. 

8. Pastel Ombré

Pastel and ombré are two words we love. And they also work brilliantly together. Many ombré looks are made by mixing darker and lighter hues, but you can also do the same with different colors. Making gorgeous gradient designs is also a great way to get familiar with the practice of using a makeup sponge in order to achieve flawless color and shade transitions on nails. These pastel ombré nails are a perfect example of how gradients and brilliant pastels work so well together. 

9. Checkerboard

Checkerboard patterns are as eye-catching as they are classic. The great thing about this design is that the color choices are unlimited. There’s no color that looks bad in a checker pattern. They’re also an excellent way to get used to using tape to create designs—especially thicker tape. These gracefully offset checkered tips are proof of how versatile and stunning checkerboard patterns can be. 

10. Colored Stripes

The last of our top easy nail designs for beginners! Not unlike color blocking, colored stripes on nails are a great way to get familiar with working multiple colors into eye-catching designs while practicing straight lines. The great thing about thick stripes is that they don’t need to be perfect; a little sway here or there will blend in great with the overall design. These striped nails make use of the spectrum and prove just how beautiful colored stripes can be on nails. 

If you’re an aspiring manicurist, there’s no better way to prepare than getting started at home practicing designs. Practicing and getting familiar with different tools and techniques you can use will go a long way towards your manicuring career. These are our top ten easy nail designs for beginners. If you’ve been thinking about taking the next step in your manicuring career and you don’t know where to start, be sure to reach out today to speak with an advisor. At Career Beauty College we offer a manicuring program that will give you the experience and knowledge you need to be starting off your manicurist career in only nine months.