80 Beautiful Nail Paint Designs For 2021

Get comfortable with these basic techniques & you’ll become a nail paint design pro in no time!

The following tools & materials will help you get started creating the below nail paint designs. You can find most of these at your local beauty supply store or pharmacy.

  1. Striping Brush
  2. Detailing Brush
  3. Fan Brush
  4. Clean up Brush
  5. Dotting Tool
  6. Tape
  7. Striping Tape
  8. Toothpicks
  9. Makeup Sponge 
  10. Cotton Swabs
  11. Rhinestones
  12. Stamper & Stamping Plates

Fine Lines —

To create fine lines & striped designs, use a striping brush at least 8mm long & as thin as possible. For straight lines, the longer and thinner the better.

Striping Tape —

Use striping tapes as a decoration or to create stenciled lines & designs. A pair of tweezers will really help to place the tape exactly where you need it.

Color Blocking —

Use washi or Scotch tape to create a layered design. Experiment with shapes, angles & color combinations to create a truly unique look.

Rhinestones & Studs —

Rhinestones & studs add a bit of flare to your otherwise plain manicure. Jazz up your nail paint designs with these gems as a finishing touch.

Gradient —

Create a smooth transition between colors using a makeup sponge. Use a toothpick to swirl the colors together on a piece of scrap paper first to ‘pre-blend’ your gradient.

Stamping —

Try using a stamping kit to transfer intricate designs to your nails from etched metal plates. Drop stamping polish onto the plates, scrape away the excess, and use the rubber stamper to transfer the art.

Below are images for some mail paint designs inspiration! Each image has been sourced to its original.

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