15 Quick And Simple Nail Designs To Do In Under 15 Minutes

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Last Updated: 11th October 2016

Nail art is an expression of a woman’s femininity. Painting your nails can give you a creativity boost. Every time you see your lovely nails, you get a sense of achievement. To help you in this regard here are some quick and simple nail designs for you to try out.

1. Holographic Nails

  • Start with a base coat.
  • Apply glitter nail polish. When applying the polish, make sure you dab it on instead of painting the nails. This way the holographic flex will stand out.
  • Apply strips of glue down each nail.
  • You’ll know the glue is ready for the foil when it is clear.
  • Keep in mind the colored side of the foil should face upwards.
  • Press foil onto the glue. Rip off the foil.
  • For your glitter accent, you can use more glue, or you can use a clear top coat to keep the glitter in place.
  • Brush off the excess glitter from the sides.

2. Oil Spill Foils Nail Art

  • Paint your nails black.
  • Put on foil glue. You can get it on eBay.
  • Paint the glue in different shapes on the nails.
  • Always remember less is more at the end of the nail.
  • Take the rainbow foil. You can see a yellow color at the other side of the foil.
  • To remove that you should take some cotton, dip it in acetone, open the foil and wipe it.
  • Take the foil press on to the nail and take it off.
  • Again paint your nails with glue according to your creativity.
  • Take different colored glitters. Apply the glitter with a brush over the second coat of glue. After you’ve finished, scrub off the excess glitter.
  • To add more definition take black color in your liner brush and enhance the designs.
  • Take glitter polish and fill in the gaps. It gives a stained glass look to your nails.
  • Decorate with small stones of 1.5 mm.

3. Pink Diva DIY Drag Marble Nail Art

  • Apply pink nail polish to some of your nails and white polish to the other nails.
  • With lighter pink color keep dots, followed by white color. Keep two dots of black.
  • With a liner, mix these colors as you see in the picture.
  • Pull the colors as you would do in water marbling.
  • Take all the extra polish from the sides.
  • To the white painted nails apply pink color horizontally followed by black.
  • With your liner drag and pull the colors as in water marbling.
  • Take off the excess.You can play with your creativity and form the designs.
  • Add crystals called pixie dust to your nails to look stunning. Finally, apply the top coat.

4. Gel and Acrylic Lace Nail Art


Things needed

  • Acrylic powder# 22 by Ugly Duckling
  • Integrity Gel by INM.

Method

  • Apply white color to your nails.
  • Mix the gel and the powder of any color of your choice to the consistency of toothpaste.
  • Take a little bit of the dough and add it to your nails. Thin out with your finger.
  • With a pointed nail tool, gently start making your design. Create small circles so it looks like lace.
  • Repeat the design for other fingers.

5. Chrome Mirror Two Color Fade


You need

  • Chrome Nail Powders by LIN DECORATION
  • Gelfinity UV/LED Lamp by KUPA INC.
  • Eye makeup applicators.

Method

  • Buff the surface of your nails with a file. Apply black color to your nails. Cure your nails in LED lamp for 30 seconds.
  • Apply another black coat. Cure your nails in the LED lamp for 30 more seconds. Buff your nails again.
  • Apply ‘Akznetz Shine On by Akzentz’ top coat to your nails.
  • Cure your nails for 30 seconds in the LED lamp. With eye makeup, applicators apply the chrome nail powders of your choice onto the nails. Your nails look like a mirror. Amazing!
  • Apply the top coat and finally, cure your nails.

6. Cushioned/ Quilted Gel Nail Design

Source: Naio Nails

  • Apply acrylic nail extension in the shape of a ballerina's nail. Apply gloss.
  • Take pink blush UV gel with a pointed brush and draw a diamond on your nail. Cure for 10-30 seconds in LED light.
  • Repeat the process, with spaces in-between to get cushioned effect.
  • Finally, cure your nail for about a minute. Apply mega gloss sealer gel at the points where the triangles meet.
  • Keep micro beads over the gel. Cure in LED lamp for 1 minute. Using mega gloss sealer gel, seal the beads. Put your nails in the lamp for a minute. Finish it off by applying cuticle oil.

7. 3D Acrylic Petals Nail Art

  • Apply two coats of black gel polish onto your nails.
  • Take your detailer brush and dip in Ugly Duckling Acrylic and Monomer liquid and put it in a dabbing dish. This liquid is a slow setting which is great for working petals.
  • For best results be careful with your liquid to powder ratio.
  • With the same detailer brush, dip into the white powder and put the ball on the nails. Shape the flower petal with a dry brush. You can dry the detailer brush by pressing the bristles onto a paper towel.
  • Gently shape more petals. Put a pearl at the center with the help of a tweezer. Add more mini pearls.
  • Apply silver dust to enhance the beauty of the petals.
  • You can go in for simpler designs to get a hang of it.

8. Aquarium Nails

  • Sculpt a thin acrylic nail. Shape side walls and smooth out the nail.
  • Trim a clear tip to fit on the nail leaving a small margin.
  • Add a little nail glue to hold the tip in place.
  • Seal the edges with clear acrylic.
  • Make sure your acrylic beads are not too wet.
  • Leave a small opening to fill the nail. Allow to dry fully.
  • Add a small amount of glitter. Fill with baby oil using a dropper or syringe.

More...

  • Blot away excess oil with a tissue. Seal with a dry bead of acrylic.
  • File and buff very gently. Add some nail art and crystals. Top coat with glaze and cure your nails for two minutes.

9. Matte Black Nails with Glossy Tip


Source: Jasmine.snow

Things needed

  • Base Coat
  • Top Coat
  • Glossy black nail polish
  • Mattifying top coat
  • Regular tape
  • Any lotion to apply when done

Method

  • Apply base coat. Apply black polish.
  • Completely dry your nails if you think it needs a 2nd coat, apply more, and let dry.
  • Apply tape to ends of nails.
  • Apply matte polish to exposed nails.
  • Let it dry completely.
  • Carefully remove the tape.
  • Apply top coat to tips only.
  • Let top coat dry completely.
  • Wash hands and apply lotion.

10. Easy Cherry Blossom Nails

  • Apply mint color on the top of your nail and clear polish at the bottom.
  • Make dark brown color by mixing brown and black in a palette.
  • With the liner brush draw branches across the nail.
  • Apply few dark leaves.
  • Draw pretty cherry blossoms with pink color.
  • With lighter pink highlight the flowers.
  • Mix glitter with a top coat in a palette.
  • Apply it gently on the flowers.
  • Finally, apply the top coat.

11. Vintage Delicate Print Stamping Nail Art


Source: Cassis P

Things needed

  • Marianne nails no 68 plate, stampers, and scrapper.
  • Polishes and stamping polishes
  • Gold beads, Simply Peel, scissors, dotting tool, detail brush, tweezers and blue studs.

Directions

  • Apply Madam Glam Sea Swing and Sun as the base coat.
  • Apply Simply Peel around your nails for easy clean up.
  • The stamping polish is Urban Nail Art White.
  • Apply the UNA to design in the Marianne nails no 68 plate.
  • Stamp on the middle finger. Peel off simply peel.
  • Do the same for other nails.
  • Next, use Lady Silhouette on the same plate.
  • Stamping polish is Ya Quin An Chocolate.
  • Keep stamping other images.
  • Take a few drops of nail polish on a plastic sheet.
  • Start coloring with a detail brush.
  • Do the same for other stamps.
  • Apply clear polish. Allow them to dry completely.
  • Once dry start peeling and place the design onto middle finger.
  • Put the designs on each of the nails.
  • Cut as necessary.
  • Have some gold beads ready. Top coat your nail and start applying the beads.
  • Use dotting tool dipped in the top coat for this process.

12. Rainbow Spiral Water Marble Nail Art

  • Paint your nail white. Grab a small piece of scotch tape and wrap it around the base of your nail.
  • Wrap your outer part of the nail with a scotch tape.
  • Start water marbling with orange, light green, dark green, blue, pink, dark pink, orange, yellow and blue.
  • You can do this technique with the colors of your choice.
  • Take the stick used for designing and move the water marble onto the sides.
  • Repeat the process and move from middle to sides.
  • Next, go from the outer layers to the middle. Make a swirl at the center.
  • Dip your nail in the water marble. Remove the excess polish.
  • Slowly pull out your nail from the water.
  • Apply top coat.

13. Disney Inspired Frozen Nail Art


Source: SCSnails

Things needed

  • Base coat/top coat
  • Light blue
  • White makeup sponge
  • Pearls and Rhinestones
  • Acrylic paints
  • Detail brush

Directions

  • Use acrylic paints to paint the characters on the plastic bag.
  • This nail design is for those who are good at drawing. You can also avail the help of your loved ones those who are good at art.
  • Seal with top coat and let it dry for a couple of hours.
  • Apply base coat and paint your nails blue. Sponge some white near the cuticles.
  • Add white and blue glitter. Then add Pearls and Rhinestones.
  • Use tweezers to peel the characters off the stickers.
  • Apply them to your nails using clear polish.
  • Use Acrylic paint for the background.
  • Apply topcoat and you’re done.

14. Turquoise Glitter Gel Nails


Products used

  • Nded 1-phase Rose Clear Gel
  • Nded Ultra bond Primer
  • Nded Premium High Gloss Sealing Gel
  • Nded Hygiene spray Sanitizer
  • Nded Turquoise glitter
  • Nded Peach Cuticle oil

Directions

  • Prep your nails and apply Rose Clear Gel.
  • Cure the nails for 2 minutes.
  • Again apply Rose Clear Gel to the tip of the nail. Apply turquoise glitter to the nail edges and apply chunky glitter to the tip.
  • Gently correct the glitter.
  • Seal the glitter with Rose Clear Gel.
  • Cure the nails for 2 minutes.
  • File the nails into shape.
  • Apply primer around the cuticle area before the top coat.
  • Apply top coat.
  • Cure the nails for 2 minutes.

15. Easy and Perfect Baby Boomer Gel Nails


Products used

  • Nded 1-Phase clear gel
  • Nded Makeup Gel - Antique Rose skin
  • Nded French white gel
  • Nded Ultra bond Primer
  • Nded Hygiene Spray Sanitizer
  • Nded 1-Phase Rose gel
  • Nded Quick Finish top Gel

Directions

  • Prep and Prime your nails.
  • Apply base layer. You can use 1-Phase clear gel.
  • Cure for 2 minutes.
  • Use French white gel to paint the tip.
  • Blend and fade. Try to fade out the smile line.
  • Cure for 2 minutes.
  • Apply a second coat to make the white color more intense.
  • Cure for 2 minutes.
  • Cover pink. You can use Antique Rose Pink.
  • Try to blend with white color.
  • Cure for 2 minutes.
  • Seal everything with 1-phase rose gel.
  • Cure for 2 minutes.
  • Apply the gel one more time. Again cure for 2 minutes.
  • File and buff.
  • Cleanse your fingers. Prime around the cuticle area.
  • Apply top coat.
  • Cure for 4 minutes.

Top Nail Art Tricks

  • To make your polish last longer apply white vinegar to your nails before you apply the nail polish.
  • Use eyeshadow applicators to apply sparkles.
  • Buy Mason jars from the dollar store, roll up some sponge and put it in the jar, soak your sponge in nail polish remover liquid. You have your very own DIY polish remover.
  • To make mermaid nails, cut some plastic loofah and sponge on some mermaid colors.
  • Clean your messy cuticles with an eyeliner brush dipped in remover.
  • Make a scrub using lemon juice and baking soda, apply with a toothbrush, leave a few minutes and rinse your nails.
  • Dip your painted nails in ice water to dry faster.
  • Apply glitter polish to a sponge for large amounts of glitter coverage.
  • Make your nail polish stickers by applying a thick coat of polish onto a sandwich or freezer bag. Allow to dry, cut it into shapes and stick onto freshly painted nails.
  • To remove nail stickers soak your nails in water and use a floss pick and slowly remove from the nail bed.
  • Use a cheap white eyeliner to pick up Rhinestones and studs.

Takeaway

Nail art can be immensely therapeutic. With beautifully painted nails you increase the athletics of your surroundings. Creativity is God’s gift so paint your nails artistically and spread positivity.

It is also a great way of taking care of your nails. For some, nail art can satisfy their inner artists. Being able to create art in such a simple way can be one of the best outlets to relieve stress.

Last Updated: 11th October 2016

Nail art is an expression of a woman’s femininity. Painting your nails can give you a creativity boost. Every time you see your lovely nails, you get a sense of achievement. To help you in this regard here are some quick and simple nail designs for you to try out.

1. Holographic Nails

Source: Popsugar Beauty

  • Start with a base coat.
  • Apply glitter nail polish. When applying the polish, make sure you dab it on instead of painting the nails. This way the holographic flex will stand out.
  • Apply strips of glue down each nail.
  • You’ll know the glue is ready for the foil when it is clear.
  • Keep in mind the colored side of the foil should face upwards.
  • Press foil onto the glue. Rip off the foil.
  • For your glitter accent, you can use more glue, or you can use a clear top coat to keep the glitter in place.
  • Brush off the excess glitter from the sides.

2. Oil Spill Foils Nail Art

Source: Robin Moses Nail Art

  • Paint your nails black.
  • Put on foil glue. You can get it on eBay.
  • Paint the glue in different shapes on the nails.
  • Always remember less is more at the end of the nail.
  • Take the rainbow foil. You can see a yellow color at the other side of the foil.
  • To remove that you should take some cotton, dip it in acetone, open the foil and wipe it.
  • Take the foil press on to the nail and take it off.
  • Again paint your nails with glue according to your creativity.
  • Take different colored glitters. Apply the glitter with a brush over the second coat of glue. After you’ve finished, scrub off the excess glitter.
  • To add more definition take black color in your liner brush and enhance the designs.
  • Take glitter polish and fill in the gaps. It gives a stained glass look to your nails.
  • Decorate with small stones of 1.5 mm.

3. Pink Diva DIY Drag Marble Nail Art

Tutorial: Robin Moses Nail Art

  • Apply pink nail polish to some of your nails and white polish to the other nails.
  • With lighter pink color keep dots, followed by white color. Keep two dots of black.
  • With a liner, mix these colors as you see in the picture.
  • Pull the colors as you would do in water marbling.
  • Take all the extra polish from the sides.
  • To the white painted nails apply pink color horizontally followed by black.
  • With your liner drag and pull the colors as in water marbling.
  • Take off the excess.You can play with your creativity and form the designs.
  • Add crystals called pixie dust to your nails to look stunning. Finally, apply the top coat.

4. Gel and Acrylic Lace Nail Art

Tutorial: Nail Career Education

Things needed

  • Acrylic powder# 22 by Ugly Duckling
  • Integrity Gel by INM.

Method

  • Apply white color to your nails.
  • Mix the gel and the powder of any color of your choice to the consistency of toothpaste.
  • Take a little bit of the dough and add it to your nails. Thin out with your finger.
  • With a pointed nail tool, gently start making your design. Create small circles so it looks like lace.
  • Repeat the design for other fingers.

5. Chrome Mirror Two Color Fade

Tutorial: Nail Career Education

You need

  • Chrome Nail Powders by LIN DECORATION
  • Gelfinity UV/LED Lamp by KUPA INC.
  • Eye makeup applicators.

Method

  • Buff the surface of your nails with a file. Apply black color to your nails. Cure your nails in LED lamp for 30 seconds.
  • Apply another black coat. Cure your nails in the LED lamp for 30 more seconds. Buff your nails again.
  • Apply ‘Akznetz Shine On by Akzentz’ top coat to your nails.
  • Cure your nails for 30 seconds in the LED lamp. With eye makeup, applicators apply the chrome nail powders of your choice onto the nails. Your nails look like a mirror. Amazing!
  • Apply the top coat and finally, cure your nails.

6. Cushioned/ Quilted Gel Nail Design

Source: Naio Nails

  • Apply acrylic nail extension in the shape of a ballerina’s nail. Apply gloss.
  • Take pink blush UV gel with a pointed brush and draw a diamond on your nail. Cure for 10-30 seconds in LED light.
  • Repeat the process, with spaces in-between to get cushioned effect.
  • Finally, cure your nail for about a minute. Apply mega gloss sealer gel at the points where the triangles meet.
  • Keep micro beads over the gel. Cure in LED lamp for 1 minute. Using mega gloss sealer gel, seal the beads. Put your nails in the lamp for a minute. Finish it off by applying cuticle oil.

7. 3D Acrylic Petals Nail Art

Source: Nail Career Education

  • Apply two coats of black gel polish onto your nails.
  • Take your detailer brush and dip in Ugly Duckling Acrylic and Monomer liquid and put it in a dabbing dish. This liquid is a slow setting which is great for working petals.
  • For best results be careful with your liquid to powder ratio.
  • With the same detailer brush, dip into the white powder and put the ball on the nails. Shape the flower petal with a dry brush. You can dry the detailer brush by pressing the bristles onto a paper towel.
  • Gently shape more petals. Put a pearl at the center with the help of a tweezer. Add more mini pearls.
  • Apply silver dust to enhance the beauty of the petals.
  • You can go in for simpler designs to get a hang of it.

8. Aquarium Nails

Source: princesschan 1986

  • Sculpt a thin acrylic nail. Shape side walls and smooth out the nail.
  • Trim a clear tip to fit on the nail leaving a small margin.
  • Add a little nail glue to hold the tip in place.
  • Seal the edges with clear acrylic.
  • Make sure your acrylic beads are not too wet.
  • Leave a small opening to fill the nail. Allow to dry fully.
  • Add a small amount of glitter. Fill with baby oil using a dropper or syringe.

More…

  • Blot away excess oil with a tissue. Seal with a dry bead of acrylic.
  • File and buff very gently. Add some nail art and crystals. Top coat with glaze and cure your nails for two minutes.

9. Matte Black Nails with Glossy Tip

Source: Jasmine.snow

Things needed

  • Base Coat
  • Top Coat
  • Glossy black nail polish
  • Mattifying top coat
  • Regular tape
  • Any lotion to apply when done

Method

  • Apply base coat. Apply black polish.
  • Completely dry your nails if you think it needs a 2nd coat, apply more, and let dry.
  • Apply tape to ends of nails.
  • Apply matte polish to exposed nails.
  • Let it dry completely.
  • Carefully remove the tape.
  • Apply top coat to tips only.
  • Let top coat dry completely.
  • Wash hands and apply lotion.

10. Easy Cherry Blossom Nails

Source: Robin Moses Nail Art

  • Apply mint color on the top of your nail and clear polish at the bottom.
  • Make dark brown color by mixing brown and black in a palette.
  • With the liner brush draw branches across the nail.
  • Apply few dark leaves.
  • Draw pretty cherry blossoms with pink color.
  • With lighter pink highlight the flowers.
  • Mix glitter with a top coat in a palette.
  • Apply it gently on the flowers.
  • Finally, apply the top coat.

11. Vintage Delicate Print Stamping Nail Art

Source: Cassis P

Things needed

  • Marianne nails no 68 plate, stampers, and scrapper.
  • Polishes and stamping polishes
  • Gold beads, Simply Peel, scissors, dotting tool, detail brush, tweezers and blue studs.

Directions

  • Apply Madam Glam Sea Swing and Sun as the base coat.
  • Apply Simply Peel around your nails for easy clean up.
  • The stamping polish is Urban Nail Art White.
  • Apply the UNA to design in the Marianne nails no 68 plate.
  • Stamp on the middle finger. Peel off simply peel.
  • Do the same for other nails.
  • Next, use Lady Silhouette on the same plate.
  • Stamping polish is Ya Quin An Chocolate.
  • Keep stamping other images.
  • Take a few drops of nail polish on a plastic sheet.
  • Start coloring with a detail brush.
  • Do the same for other stamps.
  • Apply clear polish. Allow them to dry completely.
  • Once dry start peeling and place the design onto middle finger.
  • Put the designs on each of the nails.
  • Cut as necessary.
  • Have some gold beads ready. Top coat your nail and start applying the beads.
  • Use dotting tool dipped in the top coat for this process.

12. Rainbow Spiral Water Marble Nail Art

Source: Mucking Fusser

  • Paint your nail white. Grab a small piece of scotch tape and wrap it around the base of your nail.
  • Wrap your outer part of the nail with a scotch tape.
  • Start water marbling with orange, light green, dark green, blue, pink, dark pink, orange, yellow and blue.
  • You can do this technique with the colors of your choice.
  • Take the stick used for designing and move the water marble onto the sides.
  • Repeat the process and move from middle to sides.
  • Next, go from the outer layers to the middle. Make a swirl at the center.
  • Dip your nail in the water marble. Remove the excess polish.
  • Slowly pull out your nail from the water.
  • Apply top coat.

13. Disney Inspired Frozen Nail Art

Source: SCSnails

Things needed

  • Base coat/top coat
  • Light blue
  • White makeup sponge
  • Pearls and Rhinestones
  • Acrylic paints
  • Detail brush

Directions

  • Use acrylic paints to paint the characters on the plastic bag.
  • This nail design is for those who are good at drawing. You can also avail the help of your loved ones those who are good at art.
  • Seal with top coat and let it dry for a couple of hours.
  • Apply base coat and paint your nails blue. Sponge some white near the cuticles.
  • Add white and blue glitter. Then add Pearls and Rhinestones.
  • Use tweezers to peel the characters off the stickers.
  • Apply them to your nails using clear polish.
  • Use Acrylic paint for the background.
  • Apply topcoat and you’re done.

14. Turquoise Glitter Gel Nails

Tutorial: Jessica Angelique Winsenne

Products used

  • Nded 1-phase Rose Clear Gel
  • Nded Ultra bond Primer
  • Nded Premium High Gloss Sealing Gel
  • Nded Hygiene spray Sanitizer
  • Nded Turquoise glitter
  • Nded Peach Cuticle oil

Directions

  • Prep your nails and apply Rose Clear Gel.
  • Cure the nails for 2 minutes.
  • Again apply Rose Clear Gel to the tip of the nail. Apply turquoise glitter to the nail edges and apply chunky glitter to the tip.
  • Gently correct the glitter.
  • Seal the glitter with Rose Clear Gel.
  • Cure the nails for 2 minutes.
  • File the nails into shape.
  • Apply primer around the cuticle area before the top coat.
  • Apply top coat.
  • Cure the nails for 2 minutes.

15. Easy and Perfect Baby Boomer Gel Nails

Tutorial: Jessica Angelique Winsenne

Products used

  • Nded 1-Phase clear gel
  • Nded Makeup Gel – Antique Rose skin
  • Nded French white gel
  • Nded Ultra bond Primer
  • Nded Hygiene Spray Sanitizer
  • Nded 1-Phase Rose gel
  • Nded Quick Finish top Gel

Directions

  • Prep and Prime your nails.
  • Apply base layer. You can use 1-Phase clear gel.
  • Cure for 2 minutes.
  • Use French white gel to paint the tip.
  • Blend and fade. Try to fade out the smile line.
  • Cure for 2 minutes.
  • Apply a second coat to make the white color more intense.
  • Cure for 2 minutes.
  • Cover pink. You can use Antique Rose Pink.
  • Try to blend with white color.
  • Cure for 2 minutes.
  • Seal everything with 1-phase rose gel.
  • Cure for 2 minutes.
  • Apply the gel one more time. Again cure for 2 minutes.
  • File and buff.
  • Cleanse your fingers. Prime around the cuticle area.
  • Apply top coat.
  • Cure for 4 minutes.

Top Nail Art Tricks

Source: Janelle Estep

  • To make your polish last longer apply white vinegar to your nails before you apply the nail polish.
  • Use eyeshadow applicators to apply sparkles.
  • Buy Mason jars from the dollar store, roll up some sponge and put it in the jar, soak your sponge in nail polish remover liquid. You have your very own DIY polish remover.
  • To make mermaid nails, cut some plastic loofah and sponge on some mermaid colors.
  • Clean your messy cuticles with an eyeliner brush dipped in remover.
  • Make a scrub using lemon juice and baking soda, apply with a toothbrush, leave a few minutes and rinse your nails.
  • Dip your painted nails in ice water to dry faster.
  • Apply glitter polish to a sponge for large amounts of glitter coverage.
  • Make your nail polish stickers by applying a thick coat of polish onto a sandwich or freezer bag. Allow to dry, cut it into shapes and stick onto freshly painted nails.
  • To remove nail stickers soak your nails in water and use a floss pick and slowly remove from the nail bed.
  • Use a cheap white eyeliner to pick up Rhinestones and studs.

Takeaway

Nail art can be immensely therapeutic. With beautifully painted nails you increase the athletics of your surroundings. Creativity is God’s gift so paint your nails artistically and spread positivity.

It is also a great way of taking care of your nails. For some, nail art can satisfy their inner artists. Being able to create art in such a simple way can be one of the best outlets to relieve stress.

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