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10 Coolest Nail Art Tutorials

Let me start by saying that I’m nail polish-challenged. I have a hard enough time painting a solid coat with my left hand, let alone fancy designs. Yet after looking through these 10 nail tutorials, I now think I might actually be able to jump on the nail art bandwagon — thanks to these helpful, clever tips.

Take a look at 10 of my favorite DIY nail art ideas — some featuring video tutorials, others step-by-step pictures.


  • 1. Graffiti Nail Art 1 of 10
    1. Graffiti Nail Art
    Celebrity manicurist Kimmie Kyees sits down with BellaSugar to show us the easy way to create a graffiti-inspired nail look. All she uses are two specific brands of nail polish, and the hard work is done. (Kimmie also has some great tips for basic manicures!)
    See the tutorial at BellaSugar
  • 2. Zooey Deschanel’s Tuxedo Nail Art 2 of 10
    2. Zooey Deschanel's Tuxedo Nail Art
    Zooey's tuxedo nails at the Golden Globes were nothing short of adorable — so Kirbie Johnson (BellaSugar's beauty reporter) shows us how to recreate the look.
    See the tutorial at BellaSugar
  • 3. Moustache Nails 3 of 10
    3. Moustache Nails
    Here's another video tutorial — this time from Cutepolish. This one is a little more complicated than the rest, but it's worth a shot! (Especially for those with a steady hand.)
    See the tutorial at Beautylish
  • 4. Chevron Fingernails 4 of 10
    4. Chevron Fingernails
    Here's a classic, understated way to wear some impressive nail art. You will need some tools for this one, such as nail art stamps and a scraper.
    See the tutorial at Shrimp Salad Circus
  • 5. The Digi Nails 5 of 10
    5. The Digi Nails
    This tutorial from The Hybrid Chick is actually a series of step-by-step instructions for nail adhesives. It's a great starting place for those who are new to nail art.
    See the tutorial at The Hybrid Chick
  • 6. Mixed Metals 6 of 10
    6. Mixed Metals
    My favorite source for nail art ideas is TheBeautyDepartment.com (a lovely beauty blog with celebrity Lauren Conrad's name on it). Here's a tutorial for a mixed-metal look; all you need is some nail polish and scotch tape.
    See the tutorial at The Beauty Department
  • 7. Nautical Nails 7 of 10
    7. Nautical Nails
    Another tutorial from The Beauty Department, this one is way easier than it looks. Even someone with the most unsteady hands (ahem) can recreate this look. And I think I just might.
    See the tutorial at The Beauty Department
  • 8. Missoni Nails 8 of 10
    8. Missoni Nails
    Missoni is pretty huge right now (from their coveted Bugaboo collection to their record-selling Target line), so this is some rather luxe-looking nail art. It's not the easiest tutorial (it requires more tools and patience than many of the others), but the end result is certainly impressive.
    See the tutorial at The Beauty Department
  • 9. Lisa Frank Mani 9 of 10
    9. Lisa Frank Mani
    Feeling nostalgic? Refinery 29 walks us through THREE Lisa Frank-inspired nail ideas — with easy-to-find colors (bolds are in this season!) and simple tools.
    See the tutorials at Refinery 29
  • 10. Newsprint Nails 10 of 10
    10. Newsprint Nails
    Have you checked out Hello Giggles yet? It's one of my favorite sites (co-founded by Zooey Deschanel), and they're big fans of nail art. I especially like this tutorial, which uses newspaper, rubbing alcohol, and the nail polish of your choice. Easy and impressive.
    See the tutorial at Hello Giggles

Want to be even trendier? Recreate these looks in spring 2012’s hottest colors.

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