Do you want a fresh look for your nails? DIY manicures are all the rage today and have been taken to whole new level thanks to the pandemic. People are styling their claws in ways they once would never have imagined! You might be looking for some DIY manicures for inspiration and you have come to the right place!
We have been watching social media to discover the hottest manicure trends and exciting new ways to really spice up those nails. We have pulled some of the most innovative nail art designs to share with you so that the next time you’re ready to paint, you’ve got some excellent ideas for how to get the perfect look! Check them out, DIY mama!
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How sweet are these pink and white DIY manicures? We love that the middle fingers are different from the rest, they really stand out!
How do you feel about these desert-themed DIY manicures? We think they look so refreshing and fun. We’re not sure our hands are steady enough to do the same, but we’d still try to paint a little cactus or two!
These flower-child-inspired nails are just breathtaking. Lean into your pastel fantasy and you could end up with something similar.
Waves for Days
You can handle painting some waves like this, right? We think most people can pull off these DIY manicures if they don’t put too much pressure on themselves.
Saved by the Bell
Want to paint your nails to look like they belong in the title sequence of Saved by the Bell? This look is so delightfully retro and brings back so many memories!
How dreamy are these wave tips? By using three colors that are similar, you too can achieve these awesome DIY manicures.
Make Them Sparkle
When all else fails for your DIY manicures, just make them sparkle! Glitter, sparkle polish, whatever you got that shimmers will give you the gold.
Creamy & Dreamy
These DIY manicures look like a creamsicle. Like, they actually look delicious and should probably be classified as a dessert.
These nails have a lot of green on them that ranges from neon yellow to forest green. We’re certain something similar with another color would be equally appealing for other DIY manicures. Just imagine purple and pink!
The thing we would all be wise to remember when it comes to DIY manicures would be to let loose and just have fun with it. There’s not much rhyme or reason here but these nails look like a blast!
Pastels & Polka Dots
If you’re craving some dots on your DIY manicures, really lean in and go for it. Look at how hypnotic these turned out!
Don’t Fear the Color
This is art, right? We love the multicolored nails on these DIY manicures. They look as if they’ve been inspired by wallpaper or other decorative arts. Brilliant!
Make Us Blush
The neutrals look positively divine. We go from warm at the pinky to cool at the thumb. We are really into this creamy, pastel look!
For those unoffended by a green and pink color combination, you could have fun DIY manicures like this. They look as if they’re made of aged glass.
Just a Little Wild
You don’t have to go totally wild and commit yourself to an entire day of painting! Oh, no! Sometimes you just want a quick solution. This lovely sage green looks lovely on its own, but you can add interest by painting a black detail on just one finger. Looks solid to us!
One of a Kind
Why plot and scheme for an overall look when you can just do something completely different for every nail? We’re sure these DIY manicures will not appeal to everyone but we hope they do inspire you to have fun and experiment with your styles.
Having fun with your tips seems like a winning idea. These look so fresh and fun and not too over-the-top!
Don’t these wavy lines look like swirls of chocolate? Brown works out well in this application and we’d like to see much more of it in the wild and for your DIY manicures.
Leopard print is a hot look right now for many manicures. As you can see, it looks excellent when paired with these neon green color.
These lovely ombre nails are improved with a lovely rainbow sparkle which really looks spectacular on top of the muted base. We think this would also look excellent with a black to grey ombre.
If you’re a person who believes that simplicity is bliss, a simple yet well-executed monochromatic look will do wonders. As you can see, no bells and whistles on these nails just a nice coat.
These rainbow marbled DIY manicures look fantastic with just enough whimsy to keep things interesting without being too much. Why marble with just one color when you can really shine like this?
The person who shared this image shared that Skittles candy inspired the color choices. Don’t they look sweet?
Roses & Stardust
There’s nothing wrong with turning that femme energy all the way to the max! As you can see here, these lovely pinks look smart next to some sparkle. If you’re looking for DIY manicures that will make your hands look pretty as a princess’s, this is the ticket!
Are you absolutely obsessed with your plants? You can take them with you with DIY manicures like this one. Black polka dots and plenty of green make this look unforgettable.
Silver has been applied to these nails in a similar fashion to gold leaf. Don’t you love the way it sparkles on top of these clear nails?
We’ve got some metallic swirls on these nails that look like molten gold. If you’d like a warmer look, go with gold and you won’t regret it.
These funfetti nails are everything! As you can see this person has gone just about full sparkle but spared some pink base for an extra pop of solid color. What a dream!
These DIY manicures are so special we’re almost speechless. With slight differences in color, each layer adds depth and detail. The addition of the white swoops also looks very artful and inspired.
These nails look absolutely arresting. In red and yellow with some added sparkle, you two can have a mani that looks like a stoplight.
Well, plaid looks even better on nails than we would have ever guessed. The contrasting yellow and black offers so much pop while not being too overpowering. We’re very much into this fun look.
What’s better than plaid? Plaid placed on a diagonal. We get a real pop with the addition of the blood-red nails here.
Orange & Red
The oranges and reds chosen for these DIY manicures are so similar it’s almost impossible to tell them apart. If you’d like a surprising look that not many folks are doing, consider doing something similar for added visual interest.
Who needs matchy-matchy manicures? Not this person! We find different patterns on almost every nail which is a little chaotic but also very carefree and fun.
How good do black and gold look together? We find the two colors paired at the tip with the addition of some sparkle to bring it to life.
There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Sparkle
We’re into the blue shimmer on the nails but the real star of the show is the silver one with the cool diamond pattern on it. We could do with a whole hand of that but we respect this person’s artistic choices.
A Touch of Green
While this looks great with the pale green we imagine any other colors would look equally as satisfying. We like the black splatter detail but we wonder if doing something similar to all the nails would not also work? Either way, we think it’s a fun look to try.
We find tiny rainbow dots on these white nails. It proves a refreshing, youthful, and energetic look.
Get Into the Grid
Here’s one of the most original DIY manicures on the list! We find grids painted in two separate colors here on the majority of the nails. But, they become married together on the ring finger with an organic design that really contrasts with the straight lines on the other nails.
Some things are classic for a reason. These blush-pink nails look stunning and understated which is perfect if you’re after a chill look.
Make those tips extra special with parallel bands like these. The mellow colors chosen for these DIY manicures is also a very nice touch!
Are we feeling a bit moody? Show your flair for the dramatic with these black flames DIY manicures. The rainbow sparkle looks so dynamic next to the pitch-black polish.
Soak Up the Sun
Florals are always a good idea! Nothing screams summer like sunflowers and these cute nails really show them off well!
Let the cosmos be an inspiration for your DIY manicures. We find a slightly patterned look here that consists of an ombre effect with one nail that features a checkerboard!
This is serving lava lamp realness, right? Pick some of your favorite pastels and get to work and you won’t be disappointed in your retro DIY manicures that feel oh, so fresh!
Beauty of Botanicals
Pair some sparkle with some blossoms and don’t look back. These fresh and femme nails look so delightfully natural.
How splendid do periwinkle and gold look together? We find the color combination irresistible on these DIY manicures. You’d be wise to do the same!
Goth, But Cute
Get in touch with your inner child with little nail decals like these. A lovely sparkling, black base makes the little shapes truly pop!
Grey proves one of the best neutrals for understated DIY manicures as it looks excellent paired with just about every color. We find pastel pink and green looking sharp here next to some lovely opal nails. How classy!
The Galaxy Is Calling
We find a lot of DIY manicures inspired by space these days and we could not be more thrilled about that! These blue galaxy nails are truly worth marveling at.
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Marble is one of the most beautiful materials on this earth and these DIY manicures imagine it with gold veins shooting through it. Black and gold is a classic color combination for a reason!
We share this image with you to remind you to have fun! Most of us doing DIY manicures are not going to have salon-approved results and that is totally fine! Paint some things that are meaningful to you on your nails and expect compliments.
Warm It Up
A pinkish nude paired with a juicy berry color looks mighty nice! With the addition of some sparkle, these nails look completely polished and ready for a night out.
As we mentioned, leopard print is huge for DIY manicures today. If you’d like to choose the perfect colors for your own, take a look at these nails. Each one offers you a different color scheme that looks ready to party!
We find some solids with a shimmer with a couple of nails that are topped with glitter and little flowers. This is a really balanced look that feels totally put together.
Asymmetrical French Tips
The person who shared this image said that they finished these DIY manicures in just 15 minutes. An asymmetrical French tip looks contemporary and new compared to the traditional scheme. For a quick mani, we think this is a winner!
These DIY manicures remind us of the chameleon paint that’s popular for sports cars. See how they reflect different colors? If you love metallics, consider doing the same!
Kissed by Fire
We find a lovely almond shade paired with two vibrant orange colors that really heat things up. Pairing neutrals with bold colors helps strike balance and create drama.
The person who shared this image described being inspired by wallpaper. There are stranger things! We love the coral-shaped designs done in gold that look so decadent on the red base.
These shimmery, geometric nails look so absolutely fabulous. The person who shared this photo explained that they had extra strips and decided to put them to good use. We think this is a win!
These nails are bejeweled to an incredible degree! If you’re not afraid of a little dazzle, really go for it and express yourself!
Sweet & Sour
How fun are these citrus-inspired DIY manicures? These fruity nails are the perfect send-off to summer! More fruit manicures, please.
Poppies and polka dots are a winning combination in these DIY manicures. The black and white base colors look so graphic and appealing.
We don’t really know what is going on here but we were attracted to the black and burgundy color combination. It appears there are random objects seemingly floating in the black nails which keeps things interesting!
If you love your dog, tell the world with DIY manicures. How fun are these sweet, little paw prints? While the hot pink is a blast, we’re sure you could get an equally endearing look with another base color.
We find some shimmering goodness in these understated yet attractive DIY manicures. If you’re not after any fuss, something similar will be perfect for you!
We haven’t the slightest idea how that chrysanthemum nail was accomplished but we’re very much into it! Even without, these pink nails with glitter sure do delight.
It’s amazing how elegant simple, nude DIY manicures can be! This person has found the perfect color to match their skin tone. Would you do the same?
Galaxy DIY manicures are certainly having a moment as we felt the need to share yet another one of these examples with you. See how each nail is a different take on the brief? Pick just one or mix it up like this and you’ll be seeing stars!
Mix & Match
Alternating between pink and random designs, we find these nails that buck convention but still remain balanced. A little sparkle never hurt anyone, right?
Do you remember doing spin art as a child? That middle finger has a design on it that is so evocative of it. By painting each nail a different color and then combining them on one, you can have really cohesive DIY manicures like this one.
Fade Into You
Notice the ever-so-subtle ombre across these nails? The colors here remind us of tropical flowers that are bursting with life. What a dream!
Shimmer Plus More Shimmer
Embrace the shimmer! We find a lovely plum purple next to a single sparkle nail for an unforgettable look.
If you’re looking for another animal print that’s not leopard, consider going with these zebra stripes. Black and white works fine but these browns really work best and look more natural. Rawr!
If you’re not going big, what are you even doing? Purple, aqua, and orange somehow work brilliantly together in these DIY manicures. Add some sparkle for good measure and you’ve got some irresistible claws!
The person who shared this photo of their DIY manicures explained that they were inspired by the sea! Don’t these shimmery delights remind you of the sun reflecting off of the waves?
This photo was shared by a teacher who explained she did these nails for the return of her class. How fun are they? We bet her students will love the effort she put into these claws!
These nails look like candy! With pink, yellow, and a shimmering purple you too can make those electric dreams come true!
How delicate are these botanical DIY manicures? We find the palest green paired with some blush flowers for a look that looks like it’s floating on air.
When in doubt, add some stripes to make a statement. The lovely sparkly lines really do add so much to the marble base.
We wanted more fruit and, girl, did we get it! These peach nails are pretty much everything and one of our favorite DIY manicures on this list.
Get your ketchup and mustard fantasy on with these McDonald’s-inspired DIY manicures. We’re not sure who this will appeal to but we know you’re out there!
These DIY manicures look like a sparkling sunset, right? If you are after a warm color scheme, we encourage you to explore all the oranges.
It’s not summer unless there’s watermelon involved, right? These playful melon-inspired nails are absolutely a blast and don’t seem too hard to pull off! e
If you’re afraid of color, this likely makes you shutter. But, for fans of rainbow DIY manicures, you could not find a more vibrant set of claws!
Confetti adds just enough pop in these soft, pink DIY manicures. If you’d like a little razzle-dazzle but not something over-the-top, consider a similar scheme.
These DIY manicures somehow look like Easter. The soft pastels and shiny topcoat truly make us want some Peeps.
Seeing spots? These dangerously fun polka dots in varying colors are slightly wacky but an inventive way to make your nails look like spotted robin’s eggs.
These warm tips are perfectly finished with tiny flower details to add some sweetness. These are the perfect summer DIY manicures.
These mermaid-inspired DIY manicures are a total, whimsical dream. They really do look like fish scales. We love the scalloped detail and think it would be fun to do the whole mani with them!
These nails look ethereal and stunningly simple. If you think you’ve got what it takes to do some freehand work on your DIY manicures, you should totally give this look a try!
We find more wavy lines that remind us of 1960s fashion. We think this done in cool colors would be equally stunning.
Mean & Green
These nails remind us of comic books for some reason! The stunning green nail next to the contrasting purple really makes a statement.
Live It Up
Break some rules with your DIY manicures and prepare to revel in their uniqueness. These do not match but they do somehow coordinate well together.
Soft pink mixed with metallic gold looks ultra-femme and very special. Get creative, as this person has done, with how you apply the golden shapes and dazzle everyone you meet!
Peaches & Cream
The person who shared this image described being inspired by peaches and cream. We love the warm summery glow these DIY manicures give the hands.
These soft neutrals look beautiful together as they go from cool blue to warm brown. This is one sweet look!
When in doubt, add some stones to make basic DIY manicures really pop. We like the crescent shape down at the nailbed on the middle finger best.
Neon & Nature
These neon nails envision a world where leaves come in radical colors like pink and red. These irreverent and fun DIY manicures will serve you so well!
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This person described creating her DIY manicures with items they found at Dollar Tree. These are perfectly cute and girly which might be the look you’re going for!
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these DIY manicures and you intend on trying some of these looks on your own fingers. We encourage you to express yourself through your nail art with claws that are as colorful, interesting, and charming as you are! Now, it’s time to paint!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
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