25 Minimalist Nail Art Ideas
So I was sitting on my living room floor, surrounded with all my gel and acrylic nail polish, some brushes, my nail file, my microfiber towel, my gel nail builder, a terry cloth, and about 100 different patterns and nail art designs running through my mind. I realized that at some point, doing my nails stopped being fun and started being stressful. So I decided it was time to minimize and simplify my life and my nail art routine.
As it turns out, I’m not the only one who has had this revelation. There is a movement out there called minimalist nail art and as I began hunting around Pinterest, Instagram, Google, and Facebook, I found a new trend in subtle nail art designs that I am absolutely in love with. If you’ve read any of my other articles, you know that I am a certified lazy girl who wants to be able to pull off eye-catching nail art designs without having to do a bunch of work. This is the beauty of minimalist manicures. You focus on using negative space, a lot of white space (think google homepage), and you keep it simple. This leads to some really beautiful patterns and designs that are subtle, simple, and elegant AF. You can literally do a whole nail one color with a gel or acrylic polish and then paint them with three complimentary dots that accent the curvature of your nail. Anyways, I love this look and have come up with a list of minimalist nail art ideas that I love and think are must-try looks for any woman who want so simplify her nail routine.
1. Minimalist Nail Art Ideas – Geometric Nail Design
First of all, let’s talk about how cool this looks. It is mostly natural nail negative space and then she attracts the eye with some interesting shapes that are not related on the surface. But because they are replicated on both hands and because they are both two toned with the same colors (black and clear), it works really well. Now, let’s talk about how quickly she was able to do this. I am guessing that she used sharpie and a sealer to lock in the marker. This couldn’t have taken more than 5 minutes. This is what the minimalist nail art designs are all about, quick and easy fashion that still looks classy.
2. Subtle Nail Art Tutorial – Double French Mani
The double french mani is a modern take on the classic french manicure. My mom used to rock the french mani so I tried to ignore it and only pull it out for formal events and special occasions. We’ll, when I was looking around at all these ideas for subtle nail art designs that fit into the world of minimalist art art, I found the double french manicure. It is mostly clear and natural nail with the tips having two complimentary or contrasting colors that are so subtle but look so good together. In this tutorial, Glamour shows us how to pull it off in under 30 minutes with steps we can follow.
3. Minimalist Manicure – Triangle Mani Nail Art
I aboslutely love this triangle mani idea. It’s definitely minimalist and it fits in the realm of quck and easy. You can use tape or liner to block off the outer parts of the nail and then just apply a few coats of black (or another color) polish in a perfect triangle pattern. Side note: this design definitely makes your nails look longer which is a cool side bonus. I think this is a fierce and aggressive look that works well for the spunky or fiesty type. Maybe mix it with a tight black dress and Vampy lips.
4. Minimal Classic Mani Idea – Just a Dot
This ‘just a dot’ look is so subtle and chic, I can’t stop looking at it. I have already decided I am going to use this look this weekend. What makes this look work is applying a nude base that looks like your nails at first glance, but it provides a smooth and even negative space for the dot to sit on. Then you just apply the dot on each nail and you’re officially rocking the minimalist nail art style.
5. Nail Art For Adults – Graphic Nails
You want classic and subtle nail art? This is it. You just run a straight line along the base of the nail and then add a perpendicular line straight out in the middle. Why does this look work? Lots of negative space attracts the eyes. The symmetry is pleasing to the eye, and it elongates the look of the nail. This is so simple, you can literally try in today in five minutes. If you’re a lazy girl like me, this is a minimalist nail art design you are going to want to keep in your arsenal.
6. Chic Nail Design – Pretty Polish With Negative Space
This one is easier than it looks, thanks to the beauty department’s tutorial. The triangle in the middle is nude, then outsides are fill in, and you make stripe one and stripe two connect to make a triangle. Then you make that middle triangle with a charm instead of painting it on. This is a not so subtle, but more of a chic minimalist nail art design that I am dying to try at my next formal (would be great for prom or homecoming for you high school ladies).
7. Keep It Simple Nail Design – Dots on the Tips
This is a variation on the dot minimalist mani idea we mentioned earlier. You can still do the nude base that looks like your skin and then instead of doing a polka dot, you apply this elongated ‘blob’ to the tips of your nails. I think what makes that design work is that the elongated dot shares a border with the tip of the nail. If you had done it more in the middle, I don’t think it would have done as well. Done like this though, you have a subtle and chic nail design that is super easy to make and definitely falls in line with simplifying your nail routine.
8. DIY Color Tip Nails – Quick And Easy Manicure
If you ever do want to do a french tip manicure but you want to do a more minimalist look that is a bit quicker and you can do at home, take a look at this tutorial on easy nail tips. You basically leave the rest of your nail bare and natural, lay down a striping line (the oldest trick in the book for perfect straight lines in nail art), and then paint the tips. She uses black here but I usually go with white or a light pink as spring and summer roll around.
9. Easy Spring Nail Art with Kester Black – Minimalist Nail Art
As she mentions in the tutorial, this minimal pattern is a celebration of spring and uses pastel colors to do so. She uses Kester Black nail polish and uses the second color for the diagonal lines for a second coat. It’s definitely simple, and it’s definitely beautiful. Hats off to Sonailicious for pulling off such a cute look in such a short tutorial.
10. This Minimalist Nail Art Tutorial Was Made for Beginners
If you’re new to nail art in general, minimalist nail art is a great place to start because of it’s clear lines and simple design. This tutorial is also a great place to start as it goes step by step how to prep your nails, how to apply the base coat, putting on your white nail coat, and then adding the colors layer by layer which will introduce the concept of layering.
11. Minimalist Classic Mani – Paint Your Love
These guys do another take on the polka dot and the blob mani that I showed you earlier. Again, I think it’s important for the end of the line to go all the way to the end of the nail, otherwise it’s not going to look as good. The best part is this mani probably took 10 minutes tops.
12. Penny talks about Knockwurst – Lazy Girl Nail Art
13. Fine Fine Neon Line – Super Easy Nail Design
14. Chic Nail Design – Angled French Tutorial
15. Trend Forecast: Nail Art Design Trends
16. Punctuation Marks – Minimalist Nail Art Design
Because I spent a lot of time writing, I instantly fell in love with this nail art design. It is super simple, uses a lot of white space, and you can get creative with it. My four nails said *!&$. I thought it was funny. Anyways, this is a minimalist manicure idea that you can make your own and keep really simple.
17. Manicure Classic – The Simple Split
18. Minimal Nail Art – Subtle Polka Dots
19. Copper Leaf Starburst Mani For Beginners
20. Stella McCartney-Inspired Nail Art in 5 Minutes Flat
21. Elegant Border Nails Tutorial
This one is borderline minimalist nail art but I love it so I decided to add it, because I can. The reason I think it fits here is because you can use a pattern to keep the design quick and easy to pull off and the black border around each nail is subtle and makes the look work.
22. Gradient Nails – Step By Step
23. Plaid Cats – Nail Art Tutorial
24. Chevron Accent Nails – Minimalist Classic Manicure
25. Nailed It – Super Simple Mani
When you are ready to simplify your nail art routine, come and join the minimalist manicure club and try some of these simple and easy to pull off nail art designs. If you need more nail art ideas for lazy girls, be sure to check me out on Pinterest. I also will be making a pin that you can use to save these ideas for later. Thanks for reading!!