8 Simple Nail Designs for Minimalist Mani Lovers

Tired of the traditional French manicure? Try a reverse French with contrasting colors of polish.

Bright Line

The little design glows even on otherwise bare nails. Try applying black polish for a more unusual look, as seen here.

Little Heart

You can create a two-tone look with any two hues, but we're obsessed with this muted variation from NYC manicure shop Sundays.

Half and Half

This colored effect appears to be difficult, but it is actually rather simple: Dip your nail in a small dish of water with a few droplets of polish, then clean off your cuticles with polish remover. And there you have it! 

Dip Dye

Florals can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be. Consider this design, made of basic dots, for something on the simpler end of the range.

Dainty Flower

Swirls of highlighter-yellow polish stand out even more on a neutral backdrop.  

Negative-Space Neon

Do not refer to it as a French: Celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik describes Jennifer Lopez's look as "glitter liner."

Glitter Tip

Who'd have guessed? With a few small dots and flicks, you'll have a bushel of blueberries on your fingernails.

Berry Cute

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