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Nail Art DIY Tutorials: Cool Manicure Designs and How to Do them Yourself!

Updated on October 17, 2012

Nail Art is a great way to express yourself and show off your spunky side. But there's no need to make a trip to the salon when it's so easy to do your own really cool manicures! There are so many friendly people out there willing to teach us their tricks that there's no excuse not to try your own nail art!

I have been having so much fun lately coming up with my own nail art designs that I thought I'd share some of my recent tutorials along with several other inspiring instructional videos with some really cool techniques for getting professional looking nail designs.

Among the techniques you learn here today are how to paint stripes, stars, and ombré graduated color nail polish, as well as nail stamping, newsprint transfer, marbling, and some other cool patterns. I hope this collection will inspire you to come up with some of your own fun manicures!

Photo by Bespangled Jewelry

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DIY Chevron Manicure Nail Art Tutorial

by Bespangled Jewelry

A step-by-step tutorial for a cool chevron design manicure. This one is in a very fresh and summery mint and white color combo, but you can choose any two (or more) colors and use this technique to create your own personalized nail art design that fits your mood and the current season!

Click to see the Chevron Nail Art Manicure Tutorial with photos and instructions here, and learn the technique so you can do it yourself!

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DIY Stars and Stripes Nail Art Manicure

by Bespangled Jewelry

Learn two fun techniques from this one tutorial; how to paint stripes, and how to paint stars!

This one is red and white and very patriotic, so it makes a great 4th of July manicure, but you can use any colors and either or both of these techniques to come up with the look that fits any occasion and your own personal style.

Click to see this DIY Stars and Stripes Nail Art Manicure Tutorial and learn some neat tricks to incorporate into your own nail art designs!

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DIY Grunge Manicure Nail Art Tutorial

(aka the 'Mint Chocolate Chip Manicure') by Bespangled Jewelry

This is a fun and funky manicure inspired by my favorite ice cream (no kidding!) The grunge nail art technique is super easy, plus it's GREAT for covering up a marred mani (you know, like when you go to bed with perfect nails, and wake up with sheet marks??) when you don't have time to start all over.

Again, the colors you choose is up to you, and I promise once you try this technique once, you won't want to stop!

Learn the trick for this Grunge looking manicure by visiting my DIY Mint Chocolate Chip Nail Art Tutorial.

Grunge Nail Art Manicure Alternative: Black glitter polish with silver accents

Grunge Nail Art Manicure Alternative: Black glitter polish with silver accents
Grunge Nail Art Manicure Alternative: Black glitter polish with silver accents

Zebra Print Nail Art Tutorial using Konad Nail Stamping Kit

Konad Nail Art Stamping Kit Starter Set

4 image plates yielding 28 different designs and patterns, stamper, scraper, and 3 special nail polishes plus instruction booklet. Watch video above for an excellent demonstration of how to use this kit for an awesome salon-professional looking manicure!

DIY Marbled Nail Art Manicure Video Tutorial

Amazingly artistic manicure with easy step-by-step instructions. Create your own patterns and swirls in your favorite color palette and get ready for compliments and 'wow, how did you do that??'

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Ombré Purple Gradient Nail Art Tutorial - DIY ombre manicure

Great video by Jen of From Head to Toe showing how to create ombre look nail polish with a fun glitter touch.

Book Print Nail Art Manicure Tutorial - DIY newsprint transfer nails

Simple tutorial for how to transfer words from a newspaper onto your nails for a fun 'book print' look manicure.

Cool Retro Wallpaper Design Nail Art Tutorial - DIY funky dot manicure

This great video tutorial shows you how to recreate a retro wallpaper design on your nails, using stripes and layers of dots for a super fun and funky manicure!

I hope you liked some of these nail art tutorials and found one you just have to try! If so, I'd love to hear about it - which one will you try first? What colors will you use?

Which is your favorite?

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    DebbieBrown1 5 years ago

    They're all great. I do my own gelish nail polish and love nail art but have never had a go at doing the nail art myself. I'll start out with the chevron design. Wish me luck :)