42 Chic Nail Art Ideas for Minimalists

Emily Gold 09-14-2017 AM ET / 0 Shares

For those of you who tend to think less is more, this one’s for you.

A far cry from the over-the-top and heavily decorated nails we see so often on social media, these nail designs mix minimalism with creativity to fashion some truly beautiful examples of nail art.

Rose gold holo cuffs.

Rose gold holo cuffs by So Hot Right Nail

(So Hot Right Nail)


Rainbow by Olive & June

(Olive & June)

Lettering tattoo nails.

Lettering tattoo nails by Park Eunkyung

(Park Eunkyung)

Dotted accents.

Dotted accents by Gladun Nails

(Gladun Nails)

Cuticle cuff.

Cuticle cuff by Park Eunkyung

(Park Eunkyung)

Polka dots.

Polka dots by Alicia Torello

(Alicia Torello)

Baby pink accent.

Baby pink accent by Cassandre Marie

(Cassandre Marie)

Cut out nails.

Cut out nails by Park Eunkyung

(Park Eunkyung)

Curves nails.

Curves nails by Park Eunkyung

(Park Eunkyung)

French manicure & opaque.

French manicure & opaque by Mari Lumme

(Mari Lumme)


Lettering by Park Eunkyung

(Park Eunkyung)

Geometric lines.

Geometric lines by Ayano Hori

(Ayano Hori)

3D water drops.

3D water drops by Beyond Club

(Beyond Club)

Mickey mouse.

Mickey mouse by Gladun Nails

(Gladun Nails)

Bracelet nails.

Bracelet nails by Mari Lumme

(Mari Lumme)

Negative space.

Negative space by Cassandre Marie

(Cassandre Marie)

Colorful lines.

Colorful lines by Beyond Club

(Beyond Club)

Nude beige fade.

Nude beige fade by Lili Venice Nguyen

(Lili Venice Nguyen)

Negative space nails with dance legend peace pipe on the tips.

Negative space nails with dance legend peace pipe on the tips by Mari Lumme

(Mari Lumme)

Ombre stripes.

Ombre stripes by Alicia Torello

(Alicia Torello)

Crystal squares.

Crystal squares by Gladun Nails

(Gladun Nails)

Yellow accents.

Yellow accents by Olive & June

(Olive & June)

Starrily galaxy.

Starrily galaxy by Mari Lumme

(Mari Lumme)


Bird by Gladun Nails

(Gladun Nails)

Rainbow glitter.

Rainbow glitter by Park Eunkyung

(Park Eunkyung)

Black line half moon.

Black line half moon by Paint Box

(Paint Box)

Chevron cutout.

Chevron cutout by Mari Lumme

(Mari Lumme)

Touch of silver.

Touch of silver by Hatumi


Simple negative space nails.

Simple negative space nails by Alicia Torello

(Alicia Torello)

Aztec nails.

Aztec nails by Beyond Club

(Beyond Club)

Desert camel nail art.

Desert camel nail art by Mari Lumme

(Mari Lumme)

Classic shades in infinite shine.

Classic shades in infinite shine by Alicia Torello

(Alicia Torello)

Wire nails.

Wire nails by Park Eunkyung

(Park Eunkyung)

Fruit halfcut nails.

Fruit halfcut nails by Park Eunkyung

(Park Eunkyung)

Matte satin stripe.

Matte satin stripe by Gladun Nails

(Gladun Nails)

Negative space geometry.

Negative space geometry by Mari Lumme

(Mari Lumme)

Zebra tips.

Zebra tips by Mari Lumme

(Mari Lumme)

Constellation nails.

Constellation nails by Olive & June

(Olive & June)


Stitches by Alicia Torello

(Alicia Torello)

Slanted french tip.

Slanted french tip by Alicia Torello

(Alicia Torello)

Nude floral.

Nude floral by Ayumu Takasawa

(Ayumu Takasawa)

Super subtle matte and glossy diamonds.

Super subtle matte and glossy diamonds by Alicia Torello

(Alicia Torello)