Of all the beauty tips and tricks that can be DIY’d, successfully executing at-home nail art is notoriously not an easy thing to do. That’s not to say it’s impossible though, as made evident by a handful of talented nail artists, often appearing on the Instagram explore page with looks they say aren’t as difficult to accomplish as they may appear.
Whether you’re stuck at home, trying to cut back on your nail salon visits for financial reasons, or both, extremely cute and seemingly intricate nail art designs that even the most novice-nail painter can handle on their own do exist. To highlight some of the best, NYLON spoke to a handful of experts for their take on which nail art designs are the most DIY-friendly and step-by-step advice on how to get them done.
Thankfully, you won’t need a full salon’s worth of tools either. Most of the looks below can be accomplished with a simple brush and common household items, like bobby pins and Q-tips.
Check out seven easy at-home nail art ideas, below.
According to Hike Clerb founder and content creator, Evelynn Escobar-Thomas, dotted flower nails are an easy look to accomplish sans a nail tech. “I created these on my natural nails, so all you need to do is start with a primer and then get to dotting,” she says, noting that, to create the dots, she used a dotting tool which you can pick up from most beauty stores or online at Amazon. If you don’t have a tool — and don’t feel like waiting for one to be delivered — Escobar-Thomas suggests using a toothpick or bobby pin. “If you’re using a ‘homemade’ tool, be sure to delicately tap the dots on your nail to ensure the proper shape comes out,” she adds. “I use one color for the middle and another for the petals.” As with all designs listed here, let the nails dry and finish with a top coat.