Beautiful nails are one of the easiest ways to look put together, but how do you nail (ha!) the right look? Try one of these eight gorgeous nail ideas to inspire your next mani and be on your way to the best manicure of your life!
Get the nail shape right
The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure your nails are shaped and filed properly. A squared-off oval nail shape makes all-over nail art, including simpler designs like solid colors, easier and more seamless. Additionally, make sure you don’t have any hangnails or ragged edges from previous manicures. Make a habit of filing your nails every time you paint them with a new polish!
Basecoat + Polish
Making sure your nails are in good shape before adding color is crucial to getting a long-lasting manicure. For strong, healthy nails, avoid things like acetone remover and harsh cleaners, which can damage nails and cause them to break. Instead, opt for base coats (many of which protect against staining) and non-acetone nail polish removers.
Keep your nails in top shape by regularly filing them, moisturizing them, and protecting them with polish. These steps help you achieve beautiful nails that last for weeks and can withstand everything from office work to rough-and-tumble summer adventures.
Make sure your cuticles are in tip-top shape. This will help you keep your nails healthy and pretty—and it’s easy to do! Moisturize them every night before bed with heavy hand cream, or natural oil like almond or coconut oil. Be sure to gently push back any cuticles that have grown too far onto your nail beds. A cuticle pusher can make short work of that task.
Nice French manicure
If you’re a fan of painting your nails but hate how quickly they chip, try a French manicure. By doing your nail in three parts (pinkie to middle, middle to pointer, pointer to thumb), you can give yourself a longer-lasting manicure than if you were to paint them all at once. Plus, it’s super easy and won’t take too much time. If it isn’t already done, fill in your natural nails with clear polish first.
Glittery nail design
Glitter nails are one of those trends that look stunning in pictures but fail to impress when you’re wearing them. This trendy nail design is best worn for a night out or a special event, as it is sure to draw attention away from your face—not in a good way. However, if you have what it takes to rock a glittery manicure, feel free to reach for these rainbow confetti nail stickers.
Cute pink shade
Light pinks are very popular among women of all ages because they can be matched with anything, and they make your hands look clean and fresh. If you’re going to paint your nails with a light pink shade, then think about using rhinestones as a decoration. Rhinestones on fingernails are great for parties or everyday use. This is a very delicate nail art that will beautify your nails in no time!
Sharpie designs on nails
Sharpie nail art has been popping up all over Instagram, Facebook and other social media forums and we can see why. The designs are impressive and fun to try at home. As with any nail art, make sure your mani is in good shape before attempting. While some of these looks seem simple enough for beginners, consider bringing a professional along if you’re looking to amp up your skills. One thing is certain—every sharpie design we’ve seen has been an amazing ode to creativity.