Nail Art

Bright floral nail art with small gold pearls

Nail art is a fun trend for all ages. This art form involves the adornment of nails with intricate painting of designs, polish effects, adhesives and piercings and is a fun way to express yourself.

Artificial Nails

Nail art can be created on natural or artificial nails. Nail artist Christie Gibson likes working with artificial nails best. She explains, "I prefer acrylic because of how creative we can get with colors. I like to do nail art on acrylic instead of natural nails because it stays on the nail longer. In the best scenario with a natural nail manicure it may only last a week. Then your beautiful nail art has to be removed because polish is chipping. Gel is just as good as acrylic, but I mostly do acrylic just because it is what I am most used to working with. There are techs who do amazingly creative things with gel."

3D Designs on Acrylic Nails
3D Designs on Acrylic Nails
Long Acrylic Nails
Long Acrylic Nails
Designs on Acrylic Nails
Designs on Acrylic Nails

Simple Nail Art

Nail art does not have to be elaborate or expensive. If you're on a budget and interested in simply trying the look out, if you want something just for a special occasion or if you want something fun and temporary, retail press-on nails or nail decals are a safe, affordable option. Glitter can be used over simple polish for a more glamorous look or for a look that will be seen from far away. Simple designs are by no means boring.

Simple Nail Designs
Simple Nail Designs
Stickers and Decals
Stickers and Decals
Blue Fingernails
Blue Fingernails
American Manicure
American Manicure
Striping Tape
Striping Tape
How to Do a French Manicure
How to Do a French Manicure
Nail Art Step by Step
Nail Art Step by Step

Formal Nail Designs

Formal designs can be as simple as a French manicure for a wedding or a prom. They can also be a little more playful with added detail and color.

Wedding Nails
Wedding Nails
Designs with Flowers
Designs with Flowers
Pink Nail Designs
Pink Nail Designs
Half Moon Manicure
Half Moon Manicure
French Nails
French Nails
Prom Nails
Prom Nails

Fashion Nails

In the 1990s nail piercing was the trend. In the early 2000s placing tiny adhesive gemstones on the nails became trendy. More recently the trend has turned to nail polish marbling and colored acrylic nails. Gibson weighs in, "Colored acrylic and glitter acrylic is very popular. I get many emails from people who want glitter acrylic nails and want to know where they can go in the area they live. We do a lot of creative stuff with acrylic, and hand painted flowers are requested most often at my salon. My plumeria flower is probably the most requested design."

Nail Gems
Nail Gems
Nail Art Pens
Nail Art Pens
Bold Nail Design Pictures
Bold Nail Design Pictures
Black Designs
Black Designs
Bow Tie Designs
Bow Tie Designs
Tribal Nail Designs
Tribal Nail Designs
Nail Painting Ideas
Nail Painting Ideas
Nail Desgin Ideas
Nail Design Ideas

Seasonal Design Ideas

Celebrate holidays and events with these fun designs. Seasonal designs can be elaborate mini-paintings, colorful stripes of glitter or polish, or easily applied and changed nail decals.

Christmas Design Ideas
Christmas Design Ideas
Valentine's Ideas
Valentine's Ideas
Halloween Nails
Halloween Nails
Beachy Nail Designs
Beachy Nail Designs
Easter Designs
Easter Designs
4th of July Nail Designs
4th of July Nail Designs
Designs for Fall
Designs for Fall

Cute and Classy Nails

Cute and classy nails are more popular among tweens and young girls. These designs are for the young as well as the young at heart. To change things up or to get a more subtle look, you can create one statement nail on each hand with a design, then paint the rest of your nails in a complementary color.

Minnie and Mickey Mouse Inspired
Minnie and Mickey Mouse Inspired
Cupcake Nail Art
Cupcake Nail Art
Skull Designs
Skull Designs
Butterfly Designs
Butterfly Designs
Kitty Inspired
Kitty Inspired

Art for Your Toes

Nail art isn't just for manicures. Pedicures with designs on one or all the toes is fun and playful. There is no better way to get rid of the winter blues than to have beautiful beach-ready toes.

Pedicure Designs
Pedicure Designs
Toenail Designs
Toenail Designs

Nail Stamping

Stamping is an easy way to add a design that looks professional. With tips from CutePolish, you can't go wrong!

How to Find and Wear Nail Art

There are several methods for creating works of art with your nails, including freehand painting, air brush painting, stamps, stickers, nail decals and adhesive accessories such as rhinestones. Regardless of your artistic ability, you can find supplies and a method that works for you. Like all other art forms, nail art is only limited by your imagination.

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