With spring underway, we couldn’t be more excited about the warmer days ahead and afternoons (hopefully) spent in the sun. And with Easter around the corner, there’s also the opportunity for fun, cute Easter nail art.
This year, instead of spending Easter Sunday with our friends and family, those of us who are celebrating will be spending it at home as we practice social distancing in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we should lose our holiday spirit. On the contrary, this is an opportunity to create a festive environment for yourself. So bring on the Peeps! Bring on the copious amounts of chocolate (and eat as much of it as you want)! And, of course, bring on the pastel-colored nails!
Below, 10 easy Easter nail art ideas you can DIY at home:
Easter nail art idea: Peter Rabbit and his snacks
To copy this pretty mani, apply a cornflower blue base; then, either paint on carrots and a rabbit with the help of a slim nail art brush, or use nail art stickers to get the look. In the end, seal in your design with a topcoat for extra shine and longevity.
Easter nail art idea: groovy spring palette patterns
This easy-to-create nail art design can be adapted to fit any festive season depending on your color palette choice. This one screams “happy spring days.” To recreate, apply a nude base; then, using your nail art brush, draw on slim squiggles from the bottom left corner of your nail to the top right. To finish, seal the designs with a shiny topcoat.
Shop it! Sally Hansen good. kind. pure. Nail Polish in Almond Tan, $6.79, target.com
Shop it! Burmax 10-piece Nail Art Brush Set, $7.69, sallybeauty.com
Shop it! Essie Spring In Your Step Collection, $8.99 each, target.com
Easter nail art idea: rainbow-like French mani
The French mani gets a colorful spin in this playful design. To recreate, take your favorite nail polish colors in muted rainbow-like shades and apply them to the tips. Then, take a disposable beauty sponge and lightly dab it onto the lower parts of your nail to recreate that subtle and effortless ombré effect. To finish, apply a topcoat.
Shop it! Ulta Beauty Wedges, $2.99, ulta.com
Easter nail art idea: basic colors with fun prints
If you lean toward bright colors versus pastel shades, this nail art design is for you. Take orange, yellow, green, and cornflower blue polishes and use one per nail. Be creative and switch up how you paint on the base, whether you cover the whole surface of your nail, do a half-circle, or paint half of the nail horizontally. Then, take an Easter-inspired nail art sticker to apply rabbits, carrots, and flowers. Seal them in with a handy topcoat.
Shop it! Kawai Bunny Water Decal, $2.99, etsy.com
Easter nail art idea: Cadbury eggs
Recreate this pretty mani by applying a base coat in a pastel shade, then using a stamping plate with black polish to get the speckled print. Finish up by applying a matte topcoat.
Shop it! Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color in Black to Black, $4.59, target.com
Shop it! ClearJellyStamper Pretty Paper Stamping Plate, $14.50, clearjellystamper.com
Shop it! OPI Matte Top Coat, $8.69, target.com
Easter nail art idea: pink and blue ombré
Nothing screams “spring” like pastel colors, and this subtle nail art is the perfect place to start. To recreate, first apply light blue nail polish to the bottom half of your nail, then apply the baby pink polish to the top. Once both shades have dried, apply some pink polish to your nail sponge, then gently dab it over the middle area of your nail to create that seamless ombré.
Shop it! Ulta Beauty Wedges, $2.99, ulta.com
Easter nail art idea: pastel polka dots
If you love the Cadbury-inspired nails but are looking for an easier alternative, try polka dots instead. First, paint on your base colors. Once they’ve dried, take a slim nail art brush to lightly paint on white polka dots (in a pinch, toothpicks work too!). Just make sure to use a highly pigmented white shade to avoid having to reapply several times.
Shop it! Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in White On, $2.99, target.com
Easter nail art idea: flower power
Place a flower-printed nail art sticker over a layer of dried, clear nail polish, then seal it in with a topcoat. Creating nail art has never been easier!
Shop it! Olive & June Nail Art Stickers in Everyday Bouquet, $7.59, target.com
Easter nail art idea: Easter stationery
Mix and match your nails to create this festive manicure. Alternate between polka dots, rabbits, and chicks with the help of your nail art brushes or an appropriate nail wrap set.
Shop it! Bunny Easter Polka Dot Nail Wrap, $5.79 (orig. $11.58), etsy.com
Easter nail art idea: Peeps bunnies
Easter wouldn’t be complete without a box of Peeps—or, at least, nail art that honors the iconic snack. To achieve this look, apply a white base color and let it dry. Then, using your nail art brushes, outline the silhouette of the Peeps bunny and fill it in. Once that’s dry, paint on the eyes and nose with dark brown nail polish. If that seems a little too hard, you can always use nail art stickers or nail wraps instead.