These cute and easy nail designs are for the person that doesn’t have so much time to spend on a detailed, complex manicure. Most of the ideas in this gallery that we’ve put together can be mastered in just two steps! Your nails will be the talk of the town, and you’ll smile and feel proud because you know they took no effort at all to paint on. They’re so easy to do that you could be reading this half an hour before an event, and you’ll still have time to perfect these easy nail art designs! If you’re always on-the-go and busy, but still want cool and easy nails, this page is for you.
Quick One Color Nails
Just grab a bottle of nail polish, swipe on the color, and go! If you know you need to dress up your nails a bit, but don’t have more than fifteen minutes to wait and do so, these easy cute nail designs are your quickest way out the door.
This easy blue manicure uses two different shades of blue for a very understated sophisticated effect.
Moon and French Tip Nails
These easy nail art designs are spins on the classic French manicure and moon manicure (painting the base of your nail a different color, in the shape of a half moon, instead of the tip). They’re colorful versions of both styles, and most of them are easy two color looks that are quick to accomplish!
Let’s start with versions of the classic French tip.
Here are colorful, cute, and easy moon tip nails!
Stripes always give such a clean and chic boost to any outfit. Here are some cool and easy ideas for striped nails that won’t give you any stress or hassle.
You don’t always need to cover your whole nail in stripes. For a classy look, make use of negative space and use your stripes sparingly, like in these easy nail designs.
Vertical stripes make your nails look longer!
Here are horizontal thin stripe ideas.
If you’re feeling extremely patriotic, try these United States of America-inspired easy nails! Perfect for the Fourth of July, don’t you think?
Stripes can be painted in swirls for a whimsical effect, like on these easy nails.
Polka Dot Nails
Polka dots are super easy to paint on! Just take your bottle of nail polish and swipe that on first, then use a toothpick or other small pointed tool to dot your fingernails to perfection. Here are easy nail designs to use as inspiration if you want to rock fun and youthful polka dots.
You can even use polka dots a bit sparingly to get a classier, understated sort of look, as in these ideas.
Gradients and Glitter
Create cool and easy nail effects by using glitter to add some sparkle and shine to your nails, or expertly blending two or more colors to create a gradient or ombre effect. Use the following pictures for ideas and inspiration!
Glam it up with some glitter, sparkle, and shine.
Silver always looks better with a little shimmer! Such a simple and easy way to add a bit of punch to any manicure.
A little glitter goes a long way with these ideas.
We’ve even got you covered for the holidays with these two sparkly easy nail designs.
Rhinestones are another way to get your nails to sparkle.
Gradient nails are easy nails to paint on, but they make you look like such an artist!
Easy to Do Patterns
Fun patterns don’t always need to be complicated and take all of your time. Here are some easy nail designs that use quick and easy patterning to get that cute look!
Here are some cute and easy nail designs inspired by bold and big shapes.
These ideas are inspired by easy tribal patterns.
These may look complicated, but they’re actually very easy nails. Simply paint your nails in one color, use thin strips of tape to cover up where you want the stripes to be, paint your nails in a second color, then remove the tape and voilà — you’ve got these amazing geometric patterns!
This design is also easy to do. All you need is an artistic eye to randomly splatter black paint over easy white nails!
Easy Nail Designs Inspired by Nature
This next list is by far our favorite. These easy nail designs are inspired by nature — fruit, flowers, and trees! They’re fun, simple, and easy to do. They also look extremely cute and playful, don’t you think?
Here’s how a tutorial on how to paint the perfect watermelon nail at home!
And here are more watermelon-inspired ideas. They’re the perfect easy nail designs for a hot summer’s day when you want to be reminded of the refreshingly sweet fruit.
Here’s a sweet and sophisticated nail design for Fall.
These nails are so cute and easy to do! They’ll bring a smile to anyone’s face whenever they see your manicure.
Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without some floral inspired nails. They range from simple and fun to easy and elegant.