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No-Tool Nail Art | 5 Easy Designs For Beginners

Posted on June 01 2018

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New to the world of nail art? A common myth among novices is that you need mad polish skills or fancy tools to pull off the amazing designs found on nail blogs and Pinterest - but this isn’t true at all. While most designs may seem complicated and intimidating, they’re actually simpler than you think.

All you really need is inspiration, imagination - and a few helpful items which can easily be found in your home. Try stepping up your nail game with these super-simple, no-tool designs for beginners:

1. Stripes

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Striped nails are incredibly versatile, and provide a stunning boost to your overall look. They’re easy to draw freehand (or with help from tape).

You can use thin, vertical stripes to make your nails look longer - or go wild with horizontal lines. Alternatively, experiment with negative space for a cool, classy look, instead of covering your entire nail with stripes.

Our recommendations: Try contrasting colours like Snow White and Black Widow, or get creative with lots of different shades.


2. Polka Dots

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Like stripes, dots and spots are incredibly easy to paint on! All you need is a single colour for the base, then use a toothpick or bobby pin to dot your nails to perfection. Don’t be shy to experiment with different sizes and colours!

Our recommendations: Go with a simple colour like Snow White for the base. For the dots: the more hues, the merrier - just make sure they match!


3. Glitter Gradient

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Popular and classy, this simple design combines two different colours to achieve a gradient or ombre effect. Simply paint on a base coat, then apply a glitter top coat to half the nail.

Our recommendations: Try a sweet nude like Rosie with our silvery Pixie Dust or Dancing Queen.


4. Geometric Designs

Geometric designs nail art
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The great thing about geometric designs is that they never go out of style. Most patterns can be achieved freehand, simply by overlapping different colours and layers.

Not confident in your freehand game? Then tape is your best friend - it’ll help you stay straight and avoid mess.

Our recommendations: White or light colours work well as bases. Match them with contrasting or complementing hues like Midnight City and Summer Blush (or any others which catch your fancy!)


5. Half Moon Nails

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This timeless design dates back to the 1930s, but it’s still popular today. With some practice and precision, it’s possible to freehand the design. If not, top tip: you can use round stickers to achieve the “half-moon” up top.

Our recommendations: Classic reds like Jetsetter Jimmy really make this design pop, especially when paired with gentler hues like Rosie.

 

Look, we won’t lie: no matter how simple, even basic nail art takes time to master - but the more you practice, the better you’ll be.

Don’t let the fear of making mistakes stop you from trying these awesome beginner-friendly designs yourself. Just use our EasyPeel gel polish - so even if you mess up, you can simply peel it off and try again!

 

 

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