12 Minimalist Nail Art To Try On Your Next Mani Sesh

Ideas for the girl who's just dipping her tips and toes into the wonderful world of nail art.
by Macy Alcaraz   |  Mar 2, 2016
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We love a fresh mani and go crazy over bottles of colorful nail polish. But if you're one of those girls who sticks to one color (red? nude? pink?) but are curious to see how nail art will look on your tips, then this list is for you! We rounded up a few subtle takes on nail art so that you can rock a mani that's not too far from what you're normally used to. These designs are chic and understated, you won't even realize they're nail art!

  1. Marble nails
    Just a white base with a hint of pattern. Totally perfect match with your midi rings.

  2. Pastel Marble
    If you want to change it up a little, paint your digits in alternating white, pink, gray, and silver with a marbled accent nail.

  3. Down the Middle
    Paint a single stripe with gold or metallic polish in the middle of your nail.

  4. French Glitter
    A variation on the French tip. An almost invisible line of glitter at the very tip of your nails speaks understated glamour.

  5. French Half Moon
    Another glitter nail art adds a half moon to the french tip. Skip the base color!

  6. Gray-dient
    A silver and dark gray ombre is perfect for the girl who loves to wear black.

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  7. Lined
    You can use a thin paintbrush or striping tape to do this nail art.

  8. Pop of Neon
    Before painting over with a nude color, use a neon base on your nails. Use striping tape to do the patterns and gently peel off to reveal the neon stripes.

  9. Neon Neon
    Go for 2 stripes with this design.

  10. Dotty
    Love this take on negative space.

  11. Diagonal white
    Use washi tape to achieve that straight edge.

  12. Gilded
    Paint half your nail gold and the other half black for a different take on the French tip.

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When she's not busy online, she's in the kitchen on a mission to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
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