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Nail Art Design Ideas: Fun DIY Manicure Tutorials and Videos

Updated on May 16, 2013
Nail art design ideas and step-by-step tutorial instructions for cool unique manicures.
Nail art design ideas and step-by-step tutorial instructions for cool unique manicures. | Source

Nail Art

Nail art is a fun and fabulous trend on the beauty scene today. A unique manicure is the perfect way to show off your personality and style, and thanks to the following instructional tutorials, it's easy to learn the tips and tricks that can help you create your own nail art designs without even having to set foot in a salon!

I've been experimenting with my own creative designs lately and have posted a few DIY nail art tutorials on my blog that will show you tricks for painting stars, stripes, a chevron pattern, and a funky grunge pattern. (Visit my blog here to see all these nail art tutorials now, or bookmark for later!)

The videos below will also show you step-by-step how you can achieve a braided pattern, the water marbling technique, lovely ombré gradient nails, the newsprint look, and introduce you to a fantastic tool you can use to stamp a variety of intricate patterns directly on your nails.

Braided Pattern Nail Art Manicure video tutorial

Braided Pattern Nail Art

This is a trendy multi-layered look with overlapping diagonal stripes of color. Choose three contrasting colors to create your own fun color palette. CutePolish recommends using a metallic, a neon, and a pearlescent color for maximum effect; watch her video to the right to see the technique in action and find out just how easy it is to create this woven look nail art!

I'd like to try this design using a Peacock inspired color palette: gold, bright turquoise blue, and a pearlescent teal. What will you try?

Peacock Color Palette Nail Polish for Braided Manicure

Braided Manicure Nail Polish Palette (as shown in video)

Nail Stamping Technique with the Konad Nail Stamping Kit

Intricate nail art designs can easily be achieved by using a really exciting tool that I discovered through this video. There are other brands available, but the one I keep hearing people talking about over and over is this Konad Nail Stamping Kit, and I have just ordered one of my own from Amazon!

I have gathered from what I've read that it's important to use the special stamping nail polish for the patterns, otherwise your designs may bleed and ruin the look. It is also essential - as with all nail art designs and manicures - to be sure to finish off with a good top coat to seal and protect all your hard work and make it last!

Konad stamping supplies are sold individually, but the Starter Kit is a great deal. It includes a stamper, a scraper, 4 image plates for a total of 28 designs, 3 special stamping nail polishes, and an instruction booklet. Watch the video below to see an excellent demonstration of how the Konad Nail Stamping Kit works.

I have always wondered how people could possibly get all those tiny details the same on every single nail...well, mystery solved, I guess!

Zebra Nail Art Manicure tutorial with Konad Stamping Kit

Konad Nail Art Tools and Supplies on Amazon

Newspaper Nail Art Manicure video tutorial

Newspaper Print Transfer Nail Art Manicure

This technique looks a whole lot simpler than you might think! Cut small pieces of newspaper, dip your painted nail in rubbing alcohol, press newspaper to the wet surface of the nail and remove. Finish with a clear coat and that's it!

Another great video tutorial by CutePolish (at right) will show you how easy it is to do your own newspaper print nail art manicure!

This technique can be applied over almost any color of base coat. Try hot pink, turquoise, or yellow for a brightly colored manicure, or nude, white, or clear for a more subtle look. You can also use the same method to apply images from the newspaper - from the comic strips, for example!

Ombre / Gradient Nails Manicure video tutorial

Ombre Nail Art Manicure video tutorial

Ombré is a huge trend in fashion today. The word means 'shaded' and refers to a gradient of dark to light of the same color or even a soft transition between different colors. You see it in clothing and accessories, hair color, and certainly nail polish.

This video tutorial shows the trick for getting that shaded look and can be used with any colors you want. I really love this mixture of blues transitioning from dark blue to a light aqua, like the colors of the sea!

Water Marble Nail Art Manicure video tutorial

Water Marbling Nail Art Technique

Water marbling is a really cool technique for all kinds of artistic applications, and while slightly more complicated than most DIY manicures, I imagine it becomes easier with practice (as most things do). One of my favorite things about this nail art technique is that no two nails will be exactly alike; and each and every one of your fingers can have its very own unique, one-of-a-kind work of art!

As with the rest of these nail art tutorials, once you learn the technique you can play around with it and experiment with an unlimited number of color combinations and ways to implement the element into your manicures.

For example, some fun things to try might be just marbling the nail tips for long nails, or taping off diagonal sections of the nail before dipping to create an even more interesting pattern. The possibilities are endless, and I can't wait to try some of them!

Multicolored Dot Nail Art Manicure video tutorial

Which one will you try first?

Thanks so much for reading! Do you have a favorite from all these nail art designs? I'd love to hear it, and what colors you would use or how you would modify it to make it your own!


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      Jessica 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      So glad to hear it! Thanks so much for visiting. It really is a ton of fun wearing some of these manicures, even if you don't do it yourself. I always have trouble with the right hand, since it's pretty tough doing some of these with your non-dominant hand. Sometimes I just do the fun stuff on my left hand... lol!

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      TheKatsMeow 5 years ago from Canada

      Very cool Hub! I don't really wear nail polish that much because it tends to chip off very quickly on me, but I might consider getting my nails done after reading all of these tutorials. Thanks for sharing, you've opened my eyes to all kinds of nail techniques!

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      Jessica 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thanks so much for your comments, everyone! I appreciate you stopping by :) I only recently got back into painting my nails when I found a box of old nail polish and was having a hard time deciding on just one color. I discovered nail art when I started thinking of ways to use 2 or 3 of my favorites and poked around online for ideas. Talk about inspiration overload, lol! These are just a few of my favorites.

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      Wow, great hub. I really enjoy. I m very fond of nail art and I also use to experiment new things.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      MomsTreasureChest 5 years ago

      Cute fun ideas! Thanks for sharing. The news print was a unique idea!

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      My daughter also loves doing nail art designs. This hub will give her some more ideas. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I love the Nail art. I'll show this to my sister. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up and useful!

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      Lovelovemeloveme 5 years ago from Cindee's Land

      I love this. Looks hard though. I don't have the patience enough to do these things at home. But I love love the designs

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      My daughter has a boxful of nail polish. She will surely love this hub. Thanks!

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I love these ideas! So cute. I wish I had more patience doing my nails.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      This was great! and something I haven't done for years! I love the newspaper print one, just place the paper on top of the wet nail! great stuff, and the spot one at the bottom too, really different hub and reminded me to get out the nail polish! lol! voted up! cheers nell