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10 Easy And Adorable DIY Manicures

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1. An interesting take on plaid:

The key to this is that the lines don't need to be perfect! A slightly blurred plaid looks very cool, and extra points for metallics. Just lay a base coat on and start criss-crossing thick and thin lines.
Courtesy of Bridget Read

The key to this is that the lines don't need to be perfect! A slightly blurred plaid looks very cool, and extra points for metallics. Just lay a base coat on and start criss-crossing thick and thin lines.

2. Sweet little hearts:

These also don't need to be perfect. Simply use two brushstrokes to create each heart.
Maegan Tintari / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: lovemaegan

These also don't need to be perfect. Simply use two brushstrokes to create each heart.

3. A few polka dots:

instagram.com / Via Courtesy of Amber Butcher

These off-to-the-side polka dots are clean and incredibly easy!

4. Some lovely jewels:

All you need is a coat of your favorite nail polish, a pair of tweezers, and some jewels from your local craft store. No need to even create shapes — mosaics are beautiful as is!
Courtesy of Bridget Read

All you need is a coat of your favorite nail polish, a pair of tweezers, and some jewels from your local craft store. No need to even create shapes — mosaics are beautiful as is!

5. Some tiny stripes:

All you need to do is apply a base coat and lightly brush each nail with a thin accent color. Again, no need to worry about the lines being perfect — these ones aren't, and they still look amazing!
Courtesy of Jackie Lee

All you need to do is apply a base coat and lightly brush each nail with a thin accent color. Again, no need to worry about the lines being perfect — these ones aren't, and they still look amazing!

6. Go bold with a leopard print:

Leopard isn't as hard as it looks! The key to making it look good is for the lines around each leopard spot to be a little messy, so it's perfect for you. ;)
Courtesy of Nail It / Via Facebook: nail.it.annaroni

Leopard isn't as hard as it looks! The key to making it look good is for the lines around each leopard spot to be a little messy, so it's perfect for you. ;)

7. Liven up your French manicure:

Try adding dots to the tips and using unusual colors!
Maegan Tintari / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: lovemaegan

Try adding dots to the tips and using unusual colors!

8. A twist on a half moon:

This is an elegant way to include some nail art over your favorite base. All you have to do is paint straight across the top of your nail and paint a line that dips downwards. Beautiful!
Courtesy of Laura Mintz

This is an elegant way to include some nail art over your favorite base. All you have to do is paint straight across the top of your nail and paint a line that dips downwards. Beautiful!

9. A cool Rorschach blot print:

All you have to do is cut out unusual shapes on masking tape, lay them over your base, and then fill them in!
Maegan Tintari / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: lovemaegan

All you have to do is cut out unusual shapes on masking tape, lay them over your base, and then fill them in!

10. A cute lil cat:

This is for the slightly more advanced. You can draw an outline with a pencil and then fill in the cat eyes, etc.
Courtesy of Nail It / Via Facebook: nail.it.annaroni

This is for the slightly more advanced. You can draw an outline with a pencil and then fill in the cat eyes, etc.

Feeling inspired?

Check out Sally Hansen’s “I Heart Nail Art” Contest and enter for a chance to Win $500 & a trip to NYC to compete in the Grand Finale!
Sally Hansen

Check out Sally Hansen’s “I Heart Nail Art” Contest and enter for a chance to Win $500 & a trip to NYC to compete in the Grand Finale!