Minimalist Nail Art Ideas That Prove Less Can Be More

March 04, 2021
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | by L'Oréal
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While we’re the first ones to swoon over a colorful and intricately designed manicure, some occasions call for something a little more subtle. But if you don’t want to give up those fun pops of detail, try doing minimalist nail art. It’s a great compromise and because the designs are so small, it’s usually easy to DIY. Don’t believe us? Check out five manicures that prove less can absolutely be more.

Polka Dots

Polka dots are probably one of the easiest nail art designs to recreate at home. All you need to do is choose your base color (we recommend a skin-tone nude if you’re going for a more subtle look), and pick a color for your dots. Then, dip the end of a bobby pin in your polish and gently place the dots all over your nails for a simple and cute look. 

Yin Yang 

Having one or two statement nails is a great way to transform a nude manicure. Case in point: this yin yang nail art, which is the perfect balance to the sheer polish base.

Golden Shimmers

Nail art doesn’t have to be painted on with polish. Try nail stickers to complete your minimalist manicure. We love these tiny star stickers paired with a sheer, shimmery polish. Try Essie Pure Pearlfection to replicate this base. 

Bold and Bright

If you can’t resist going with a bright color, rest assured you can still make it minimalist. Instead of painting the entire nail, try creating small, simple designs, like these abstract squiggles. 

Double Corner French

If you don’t have steady hands, this mani might require you to enlist the help of a pro, but it’s totally worth it. This twist on a French manicure can be done with any colors of your choice to add a pop color and do a playful take on a classic look.
Photo: Betina Goldstein @betina_goldstein,

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