Why leave your nails natural when a little bit of work can turn them into an eye-catching piece of art? The world of nail design has become more creative and innovative than ever before, there are countless chic and cute ideas to try. From sleek and minimalistic styles to quirky and cool 3D designs, there’s a nail art idea for everyone, and we can help you find the perfect one for you. Whether you plan to DIY your nail design at home or take the inspiration to a technician, these top ideas are sure to get you excited and fired up for some new fabulous fingertips.
1. Undernail Art
If you want a nail design idea that is unique and on-trend while still being office appropriate, look no further than under-nail art. The chic look can be created by applying a colour to the tops of your nails and a contrasting hue to the underside.
2. Two Strikes
Many modern manicure ideas are both simplistic and artistic. This “two strikes” look is such a design and creates a fashionably chic appearance. Try rocking the look with bright hues on the weekend or more subdued shades during the week.
Try adding a little edge to your nails this year with the application of studs. The dramatic design pairs particularly well with dark and rich, wintery hues, such as blue, burgundy, oxblood, and plum.
4. Simple Squares
Simple small squares can create a seriously chic nail design idea. Best of all, you can easily create the look at home with the help of tape. When creating the design, consider using two different shades of the same colour for a coordinated yet creative look.
5. “Edible” Nails
Pretty Little Liars star, Shay Mitchell, nailed one of 2017’s hottest nail trends when she rocked a fast food look. Have fun copying her style with your own “edible nails”. While burgers and fries are perfect for winter, sweet ice creams scream summer.
6. Sculptural Styles
This year, nail art has been taken to new heights with incredible sculptural designs. Although these futuristic and ultra-glamorous styles may not be subtle, they are perfect for making a statement.
7. Round the Outside
One stylish nail trend that you can create at home is this “round the outside” look. The design can be made by first painting your nails completely in a base shade, such as taupe. Then, after it has dried, carefully trace around the edges of your nails in a bold colour, such as red.
Add some glamour to your fingertips with the addition of mini pearl beads. The beads can easily be bought online and attached by pressing them into wet polish. Use one on each nail for a sophisticated touch or cover your nails completely for a luxurious look.
9. Newspaper Nails
Newspaper nails are a creative and cool look to rock. The design can be created by either using stamps or real paper to imprint words and pictures on your nails. Just be aware that people may try to read your nails all day long.
10. Negative Space Designs
By only partially painting your nails and leaving the rest natural, you can create a seriously chic look. You’ll also save on polish as a bonus.
11. Modern Half-Moon
The half-moon manicure may have peaked in 2016, but its modern update is perfect for 2017. Instead of a neatly rounded design, the style features a sharper, triangle shape for a more contemporary feel.
12. Minimal Outline
For a chic and modern manicure that you can wear to work, ask for a coat of polish with a clean outline around the edge of your nails. For an extra stylish touch, opt for a matte base with a glossy line.
13. Sugar Nails
Actress, Lucy Hale completed a colourful nail design with a coating of sugar. The cute and seriously sweet style resembled gummy worms with its playful appearance. Try the candy-inspired design for yourself, as long as you’re not trying to kick a nail-biting habit.
Why not take a cue from Katy Perry in 2017 and spell things out with words on your nails? The fun style can be used for anything from your name to instructions, such as Katy’s “find me” design.
15. Ink Stained
Make your nail art seriously artistic in 2017 with an “ink-stained” design. Thanks to its bold aesthetic and minimalistic colour palette, the look is simultaneously exciting and understated. You can recreate it at home or in a salon by using a dry-brushing technique.
16. Holographic Shine
Move over metallic nails. This year is all about that holographic shine. The crazy cool and futuristic look can be created in a range of colours and is eye-catching in any light. The trick to creating the design yourself is a holographic powder that you can apply to wet gel polish.
17. 3D Accent
While ombre nails are still cool, adding a 3D accent makes them even cooler, just ask Halsey. The singer rocked some seriously stylish punk nails that featured black ombre polish and a 3D skull on her ring finger.
18. Half ‘n’ Half
Even beginner nail artists can create a chic “half ‘n’ half” look with ease. All you need is two different colours of polish and nail art tape. While you could split your nails horizontally into the two contrasting colours, a diagonal design feels a lot fresher.
19. Gorgeous Geodes
Beautiful geode nails are starting to pop up everywhere in 2017. Try the look for yourself with a stunning, black and purple glitter design. Create the style on all your nails or just one for a chic accent.
20. Gold Flakes
Need some killer nails for your next evening out? Consider trying rich black, navy or red nails embellished with glitzy gold flakes. The luxurious look is perfect for the night-time.
21. Geometric Nails
Geometric nails are on-trend and super chic. To rock the playful look in style, just pair neutral hues, such as white, nude, and black, with an accent tone like red.
22. Gold Stripes
While it used to be that your only choice was what colour of polish you want, today, the list of nail art accessories and tools that you can buy is amazingly extensive. One such accessory is striping tape, which, when used in gold, can create a chic, modernistic design.
23. Dripping Polish
Polish that appears to ooze and drip down your nails is a great trend to try. Rock it for a fun weekend look or when you can’t decide on just one colour to wear.
24. Creative Tips
Take your standard French manicure into the future with creative tips. Instead of a simple white end to your nails, try a bold hue, such as blue, in an asymmetrical or off-centre curve.
25. Chic Chevrons
A chic chevron look can be just what you need to up your manicure’s fashionability without turning it crazy. While you can use contrasting colours to achieve the look, leaving the stripes clear creates an on-trend negative space style.
26. Cartoon Characters
Have a cartoon character that you love? Why not get them on your nails? Whether your favourite is Mickey Mouse, Homer Simpson or Curious George, having them on your nails all day is sure to make you smile.
27. Bow Detail
If you like your nails to be fun and flirty, then you’ll love the bow trend. Nail artists everywhere are attaching small plastic bows to their nails, and the results are incredibly cute and quirky.
28. Artistic Outlines
Nail outlines are a huge trend right now, and there are plenty of variations for you to try. For a particularly unique and playful take, try creating a dotted outline. The design is super easy to do and looks amazing.
29. Abstract Designs
Not sure which nail design idea to choose? Why not get creative and make your own abstract art? All you need to do is add different shapes and designs in contrasting colours for a bold and inventive style.