Grab Your Polish and Tools — Here Are the Best At-Home Nail Art Tutorials


Most of us have been spending time at home self-isolating for a couple weeks now, which you might have noticed can take a toll on your nails. From constantly washing your hands to loading up on potentially drying hand sanitizer (not to mention skipping the routine trips to the salon), it would make sense if you've been more tempted to give your nails some extra attention these days.

Especially if you're a fan of nail art and with a little more time on your hands, now is as good a time as any to whip out your best nail polishes and tool kit and get to work. Looking for inspiration? Ahead, scroll through for some of our favorite at-home nail art tutorials that are easy to DIY.

Additional reporting by Kirbie Johnson

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Showstopping Foil Nail Art in 5 Minutes or Less

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Wear Your Heart on Your Manicure

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A Nude Nail Art Look in Less Than 5 Minutes

One of the best ways to enhance a nude manicure is to add a subtle accent. And in this case, it requires only one coat of metallic polish and a strip of tape. The end result is a chic, eye-catching design that takes less than five minutes to complete. Let this sophisticated style be inspiration for your next manicure, and here's exactly how to do it.

Starburst Nail Art That's Easy to Do

For anyone who's thought, "Nail art? There's no way I could do that myself," you might want to think again. This brilliant starburst technique just requires scissors, tape, and some strategic painting. And once finished, you'll be impressed with the intricate, artistic geometric pattern that results. The best part? It only looks complicated.

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The Ombré Manicure

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Make Your Own Nail Decals

Nail decals make it easy to get an elaborate, striking nail look. And now you can make them at home with this do-it-yourself technique. So grab some wax paper and your imagination. It's time to get crafty.

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Fishnet Nails

Like you often see on the runway in the form of chiffon designs and bold, feminine prints, the beauty world's version involves chic, texturized manicures. Here's how you can recreate the fishnet style on your nails.

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10 Easy Nail Art Designs Using Household Items

These cute and colorful designs are perfect for an at-home manicure because they don't require professional nail art tools at all — and can easily be done by using random items that you should have laying around your house.

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22 Easy At-Home Nail Art Ideas

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5 Ways to Get Ombré Nails

This glitter ombré style is very on-trend, yet is still easy enough to DIY with just a few simple steps.