11 DIY Nail Art Trends Blowing Up On Instagram

Nail art has come a long way since a toothpick-dotted flower made your middle-school dance outfit feel extra special. Now most salons feature at least some sort of design option — a simple dot of gold glitter at the cuticle or a half dip — if not an entire menu of color-coordinated choices. But in the wake of COVD-19, with mandated salon closures nationwide, we're going back to basics, trying some of spring's most on-trend nail art designs at home.

This season's coolest looks in particular are pretty, wearable, and in some cases, not too hard to DIY. From a new spin on florals with the daisy chain to unexpectedly chic color ways (like the rainbow mani 2.0), we've rounded up the breakout nail art you're about to see everywhere. Scroll ahead and find the manicure you — and everyone else posting their #quarantinenails on Instagram — will be wearing this spring.


Designing a tie-dye manicure is actually easier than it looks, but the process does require a little more finesse than squeeze bottles of dye and rubber bands. Artists are recreating the effect by carefully painting nail polish in individual swirls, then pulling a striping brush through the center before the polish dries to create the spiral effect. As with thrifted tie-dye T-shirts from the '70s, the beauty is in the imperfect homespun finish.

Muted Rainbow

Muted, cool-toned pastels are seasonally fitting for March and April — so why not try a different one on each nail? Tenoverten nail pro Nadine Abramcyk tells us that the key to a cohesive multicolored manicure is to be picky about your polishes. "I always recommend a range of shades in the same color family or with the same undertone," she says.

Cuticle Dot

The minimalist cuticle dot started trending in the first few months of 2020. For spring, the best way to style the look is with a glossy nude base, almond-shaped tips, and a small dot of white nail polish, like HD by Olive and June.

Double French

At this season's Fashion Week in Paris, we spotted the 2020 take on the French manicure: colored tips. The upgrade for spring will be coordinating your bright tip with a similarly bright cuticle stripe in a different color — think neon pink with electric blue.

Remixed Hearts

If heart nails feel cheesy in mid-February, come spring, the red-and-pink cupid symbols are super chic. Create yours with a classic red polish and an adaptation on the French tip.

Daisy Chain

Florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, but all things that bloom feel adorably apropos this time of year. You can paint a single blossom on each finger, or mix and match your bouquet with nail-art stickers or custom press-on gels, like these from ManiMe.

Spotted Nails

Like a trendier take on polka dot, dove gray or pastel droplets make sophisticated nail-art accents.

Negative Space

Negative space adds unexpected shape and dimension to a manicure while keeping the overall look minimalist. We're partial to this pastel-yellow crescent half dip, but the whole point of this look is to try something new, so have fun experimenting with cut-outs, stripes, and floating negative designs, too.

Cuticle Striping

If you fancy yourself a nail-art minimalist, then classic cuticle striping will be right up your alley. Like the name implies, the look starts with a naked nail that's accented with a skinny stripe of polish along the curve of the cuticle. Nail pro Betina Goldstein tells us she's been gravitating toward neon shades, like this electric blue by Nails Inc.

Pearl Accents

If you've dabbled in nail studding, like teeny tiny gems or rhinestones, then consider leveling up to delicate pearls for spring. "Pearls are so trendy right now," says nail pro Thea Green. For the most minimalist adaptation of nail jewelry, use a top coat to get a clear glossy base, then stick a single pearl right at your cuticle.

Peach Ombré

Faded ombré was a big winter nail trend that we're seeing trickle into the spring season, but instead of the dark or glittery shades, brighter tones are taking over. Nail pro Skyy Hadley recommends starting with a base polish in a nude a few shades lighter than your skin tone, then blending a fun color — like this peach polish — as your tonal gradient.

11 DIY Nail Art Trends Blowing Up On Instagram 11 DIY Nail Art Trends Blowing Up On Instagram Reviewed by streakoggi on April 03, 2020 Rating: 5
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