20 Best Nail Art Tutorials for Beginners [2020]

Who considered the nail extensions to be dead cells? No girl ever did neither do I.

Right from colors to themes, matching and contrasting colors bring life to the nails. If you’re someone who loves to do nail art and decorate your nails according to what you’re wearing, this is the right place for you.

Go pick your nail art kit and start decorating. Here we have made a list of 20 best nail art tutorials for beginners.

Diagon orange and pink nails

This vibrant and young design will enlighten your mood and day as you wear this to work.

Here are the steps to do it:

  • Paint your nails with orange nail paint first.
  • Paint the lower half of your nail with a bright pink color diagonally.
  • Repeat the same process with yellow color going across diagonally.
  • Coat it with clear nail paint and you’re good to go!

Four-leaf clover nails

Fresh leaves never fail to bring freshness in your day. 4 leaf clovers is an easy and trendy design. Get light and dark green nail paint and a brush.

4 leaf clovers image tutorial

Apply a coat of light green nail paint and start painting hearts with dark green color as shown in the picture. Create 4 hearts with their bottoms touching each other. Give a white touch in the middle of the dark green hearts and you’re good to go.

Ocean blue nails

To create this style, all you need is light blue nail paint and shimmering dark blue nail paint. Start painting your nails with the light blue nail polish. Once you’re done, take thin strips of paper and place it diagonally across your nail.

Now it’s time for some blue shimmer! Paint one half of your nail with a dark blue shimmer. Finish with coating your nails with transparent nail paint so that it stays for a longer period of time.

half and half blue nail art image tutorial

Strawberry nails

One of the most Delicious nail art tutorials for beginners.

Every girl will undoubtedly love this. Strawberries have always been sweet and fresh and so this nail art gives a sense of freshness. Instead of painting your nails with a simple red color, paint them with red strawberries this time!

Here’s all you need.

  • Red nail paint
  • Light and dark green nail paints
  • Nail art brush
  • Polka dot brush
  • White nail paint
  • Clear nail paint

Start by painting your nails red. Try to use red matte nail paint to give them a better look. When it’s dry, take the polka dot brush, dip it in the white nail paint and start putting white polka dots all over your nails. Remember to not put too many of them.

delicious strawberry nail art

Next, take the nail art brush and dip it in light green nail paint and start drawing the leaves of the strawberry on the topmost area of your nail.

Once you’re done, try adding strokes of dark green nail paint over the light green one. This step is optional.

Mermaid scales on your nails!

Creating beautiful blue mermaid scales on your nails is one of the fantasies that girls have. Here are all the things that you need:

  • Light blue nail paint
  • Dark blue nail paint
  • Nail art brush
scales nail art tutorial image for beginners

Start by painting your nails with a light blue color. Take the nail art brush and dip it in the dark blue color. Try imitating the shape as shown in the picture. Finish it by coating it with clear nail paint.

Triple clouds nail art

This style of nail art gives a very cheerful and bubbly look to your nails. Here’s all you have to do.

triple clouds nail art tutorial image for beginners
  • Paint your nails with bright pink nail paint and let it dry completely.
  • Take light blue nail paint in your nail art brush and draw a line in the corner of your nail as shown in the picture.
  • Continue drawing lines but shorter than the 1st one as shown.
  • Repeat the same process with a dark blue color.
  • Let it dry and coat it with transparent nail paint and there you go!

Valentine’s nail art!

It is one of the most famous nail art tutorials for beginners. There are a number of styles to do this nail art.

The easiest and prettiest has been described here for the beginners. This requires you to paint and design all 5 nails in different styles all in the shades of red and pink.

valentine's nail art tutorial image for beginners

Here’s all you need:

  • Baby pink nail paint.
    • Nail art brush
    • Pink shimmer nail paint
    • Red nail paint
    • White and red shimmer nail paint
    • A small heart paper cut out that


  • Start with your thumb and paint it red. Let the thumb be simply red.
  • Paint your index with baby pink and let it dry completely.
  • Take your nail art brush and after dipping it in white nail paint, start creating crosses and circles as shown in the picture.
  • Then paint your middle finger with white nail paint and with the nail art brush, write love in a pretty way.
  • Next, place a small paper cut out which is heart-shaped and then run the red nail paint’s brush over your finger.
  • For your tiny finger’s nail, use pink shimmer and then put polka dots with a white nail art brush.
  • Cover every nail with clear nail paint and you’re ready to go!

Pretty Halloween!

Again there are several styles to do this. To opt for the easiest, you need a black matte nail pain, white nail paint, and a nail art brush.

  • Start with painting all your nails black
  • Next, take the nail art brush and draw half-moon as shown in the picture
  • This will give an effect of eyes on your nails.
black nail art wih white eyes easy tutorial for beginners

Matte manicure

This is a very simple nail art style that adds class to your outfit and goes with almost every color. All you need is matte and gloss black nail paint.

Start by applying a base coat of transparent nail paint. Then apply black matte nail paint on all your nails. After it dries completely, apply a black glossy nail paint just on the tips of your nails as shown below in the picture.

matte and gloss nail art for beginners

Galaxy nails art

Choose abas color for example blue and do some sponge work on it. Dab your nails while it is wet with the sponge. It will create some uneven surface on your nails on which you can draw some stars easily. Mix a little of pink in it to give it a proper galaxy look.

Rainbow nails

One of the most colorful nail art tutorials for beginners. How refreshing it would be to carry a rainbow with you where ever you go. It is easily possible if you do the rainbow nail art which is super easy and fun to do.

Create a base of white nail paint on your nails and let it dry completely. Take a thin nail art brush and all the 7 colors of the rainbow.

Start dipping your brush in each color one by one and drawing straight uneven heightened lines on your nails. In the end here’s how your nails must look.

rainbow nail art tutorial for beginners image

Fish net nails

Fishnet nails are very pretty and trendy nowadays. Start by putting a skin-colored glossy nails paint on your nails.

Let it dry completely and coat it with clear nail paint. When it’s all dry up, take a thin brush and dip it into black nail paint. Start drawing diagonal lines all across your nails.

Cross the diagonally drawn lines with another set of diagonal lines. Put some black nail paint on the tip of the nails too, to give it a finished look.

After it’s done it should look like this:

Flames nail art.

Everything for this nail art that is essential for you to know has been shown below in the picture.

an image of flames nail art tutorial for beginners

All my heart nail art

How about creating alternate color hearts on every nail? Interesting right? This is a typical girlish nail art style but sometimes it’s good to be a little girlish. You will need a heart-shaped paper cut out to place on your nails. Make the cut out according to the size of your nails.

Paint first 2 nails in bold red-colored nail paint. Let it dry and then coat it with the transparent nail paint. Once this is done, place the hollow heart cut out on your nail and paint it pink. Here’s how it should look like.

After completing these 2 nails repeat the same process on the other 2 nails and the thumb. Just do the opposite of it in terms of color. Paint the nails pink and then fill the hollow cut out with red to give contrast to the whole design.

valentine's day nail art

The beetle bug nail art

cute beetles nail art tutorial for beginners

A very simple and cute design to follow. Start painting your nails in red color. After you’re done, paint a T shape in your nails and surround the visible red area with black polka dots. Finish the art by dipping your brush in white nail paint and drawing hollow circles to make eyes.

Just stripes!

Go classy with simple and sober stripes. Paint your nails in white nail paint and draw horizontal stripes with a thin nail art brush.

an image showing stripe nail art tutorial for beginners

The heartbeat!

Heartbeat in most of the cases signifies love for someone. It’s very simple and attractive. Paint all your nails in white color and paint a heart on your ring finger with red nail paint. Draw continuing heartbeat rates with red nail paint as shown in the picture.

heart beat nail art tutorial for beginners

The colorful polkas!

an image of polka dots nail art

This is one of the easiest nail art tutorials for beginners.

Paint your nails white and randomly start marking polka dots at the edge of your nails. Try to add different colors to your polka creation so that it looks unique and attractive even when someone sees it from a distance.

The shimmering one

Paint different just one of all the 5 nails. Let’s take an example, paint the 4 nails in deep blue and the wedding fingernail in silver shimmer. It’s simple and easy to do.

an image showing simple shimmering nail art

The newspaper print

This is the trendiest style that one can do. Paint your nails into white and while it is still wet, place a section of printed English/Hindi newspaper on your nails. Let it be there for 10-15 seconds. Take it out and cover it with transparent nail paint.

an image with a newspaper nail art

Since now you have the information on some of the best nail art ideas and designs with all the steps mentioned, why don’t you go try some of your favorites? I hope you find the designs beautiful and easy to do.

Do reach out to us if you have any questions and don’t forget to comment below.

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