Nail art ideas: 17 easy and on-trend designs to try

Nail art ideas: 17 easy and on-trend designs to try

Nothing says fierce quite like having the hottest new nail designs on the tips of your fingers. You could be wearing a tracksuit in Woolies while searching for a 24 pack of toilet paper and still look glam as hell thanks to your on-trend talons.

So if you’re heading to the salon soon, and have no idea what manicure to go for, we’ve rounded up some of the best new designs to inspire you…

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Eye spy

Just your regular pastel pink mani, only with bright blue peepers placed in strategic positions. Into it.

Image credit: @_gelcoco

Dramatic dots

What do you get when you mix negative space and feature nails with a fiery red shade? This showstopping design. Bravo, Betina. 

Image credit: @betina_goldstein


A sunny design to match your sunny disposition? Or just a huge Harry Styles fan? Either way, we LOVE IT.

Image credit: @annasarlvit

Jelly nails

Who doesn’t want their nails to look like gummi bears? This jelly-like design may be semi-see-through but choosing a bright colour will pack a punch. 

Image: @akikonails_nyc

Chequered nails

If you can’t quite pull off this pattern in a flanno, it might just work on your nails. 

 Image: @jessicawashick

Peach patterned nails

We’re peachy keen on any design featuring fruit.

Image: @betina_goldstein

Fruit salad nails

Told ya.

Image: @akikonails_nyc

Smiley face nails

It’s impossible to feel sad with this many friends on your fingers. 

Image: @nailartbyqueenie

Pearl nails

Just in case you weren’t already oozing enough class. Also a great one for brides who are looking for something a little more fancy schmancy. 

Image: @betina_goldstein

Wavy stripe nails

Give me ‘juicy fruit’ but make it ‘wavy’ – cheers.

Image: @heynicenails

Multi-tonal nails

If you struggle to choose just one colour at the salon, your prayers have been answered. Multi-tonal nails are in. 

Image: @betina_goldstein

Multi-tonal ombré nails

Stick to one side of the shade spectrum and make it semi-ombré…

Image: @jessicawaschick

Multi-tonal contrasting nails

Or go nuts and choose colours from every shade family.

Image: @nailsbyqueenie

Tortoise shell nails

Move over sunglasses and hair accessories, tortoise shell just found a new home. 

Image: @betina_goldstein

Neon tip nails

A bold colour choice in a minimal design. Genius. 

Image: @nailartbyqueenie

Amethyst nails

As if our crystal obsession wasn’t already at an all-time high. 

Image: @betina_goldstein

Ice-cream nails

With sprinkles and a cherry on top.

Image: @nailartbyqueenie

This article has been updated since its original publication. Do you like nail art or do you prefer to keep it classic with nail colour?

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