9 Amazing Pinterest Nails Ideas & Designs

When it comes to DIY projects, Pinterest is the place to go. This website is home to millions of innovative ways to create amazing projects. Many people utilize Pinterest for beauty tips and tricks, including nail art. Pinterest has a ton of amazing nail art and manicures that are great for beginners and crafty people alike. Below are some of the best Pinterest nails ideas and designs.

a woman's hand with red manicure

The Coolest Pinterest Nails Ideas to Try

1. Newspaper Nails

pointy pink nails with written text on them

Newspaper print nails are a simple and classy way to express your love for reading and writing. These Pinterest nails only require white nail polish, rubbing alcohol, and, of course, newspaper. Start by painting the nail with a white base coat and let it dry completely. Soak the nail in a small cup of alcohol for a few seconds. Next, place the newspaper print-side down on the nail, and gently rub it onto the nail. Be careful not to let the paper shift. Finally, peel the paper from the nail and finish it off with a glossy top coat.

2. Quilted Nails

Quilted nails are very sophisticated and professional looking, but this look is easier to make than it seems. For the best results, use a light color. Begin by painting your nail with the color of your choice. Allow the polish to dry completely. Next, place three long, thin strips of striping tape diagonally and evenly spaced across the nail bed.

Take three more long pieces of tape and place them diagonally in the opposite direction to make diamond-shaped spaces. Paint a thick layer of polish on the nail and let it dry partially but not completely. Gently peel the striking tape, one strip at a time. Let the polish dry completely and add small rhinestones or glitter in the intersections. Seal in the design with a matte or glossy top coat.

3. Mermaid Nails

Mermaid nails or fish scales are a popular style of Pinterest nails that are also simple to do. You can do this if you have a mesh bag or you can buy nail vinyl. Use two contrasting colors for the best results. Begin by painting the nail with your first color, and let the nail dry completely. Next, wrap the mesh tightly around your finger, so that it covers the nail bed. Secure the mesh by taping it down to your finger. Paint over the mesh with the second color, being sure to include all of the spaces. Without letting the polish dry, gently remove the mesh. Once the nail is completely dry, finish it off with a matte or glossy top coat.

4. Plastic Wrap Nails

Using plastic wrap for these Pinterest nails is an innovative way to achieve an interesting texture. This is a very simple design that gives your nails a rustic look. Pick any two colors that go well together, and paint the nail with the first color. Let this first coat dry completely. Next, paint the nail with the second color. Before the second coat dries, take a ball of plastic wrap and dab it gently on the nail, which will remove some of the fresh polish and reveal the first color underneath an abstract texture. Let the design dry, and seal it in with a glossy top coat.

5. Tie Dye Nails

black tie nail design

These Pinterest nails are cute, casual, and fun to make for the summer. To make your nails look like a tie dye t-shirt, start by painting the nail white, and let it dry completely. Starting at the cuticle, use a thin brush to make small strokes and work your way in a spiral around the rest of the nail to the center. In order to create a more realistic design, try not to let the polish dry, so the colors blend. Continue to work in spirals with multiple colors until the center is filled in. Finish it off with a glossy top coat.

6. Galaxy Nails

long galaxy nails design

These classic Pinterest nails are beautiful and ideal for anyone, especially for those who like science fiction and outer space. To achieve this look, start with a white base coat. This will make the other colors pop. Break off three pieces of a makeup sponge and paint the rough edge of one sponge piece with black polish. Dab the black polish diagonally and through the middle of the nail.

Next, do the same with purple polish, dabbing it next to the black polish on both sides. Make sure the colors overlap to create a gradient effect. Lastly, take blue nail polish and dab it around the purple while overlapping. Let the design dry and then cover with a clear glitter polish. Paint on small stars using white polish, and finish off the design with a glossy top coat.

7. Strawberry Nails

short nails with strawberry pattern

It is super simple and adorable to paint your nails to look like strawberries. Start by painting the nail with a dark pink polish, and let the nail dry completely. At the cuticle, use green polish to paint three triangular-shaped leaves. Finish off this design by dotting the strawberry with yellow dots. Seal the design in with a matte top coat.

8. Fan Brushed Striped Nails

These fan brushed striped Pinterest nails are rustic, abstract, and easy to make. Pick a few colors that you think go well together. Start with a white base coat to help the colors pop. Separate the bristles on a flat paint brush and dip the edges in your first color. Swipe the brush across your nail until there is no more paint on the brush or until you want to switch colors. Continue to do this until you are content with the design, and finish it off with a glossy top coat.

9. Watermelon Nails

hand holding a piece of watermelon

Having nails that resemble slices of watermelon is a great way to get ready for summer. Start by painting your nail light pink and let it dry. Paint a straight line of green on one edge of the nail and let that dry. Next, paint a white, curved line, with the curve facing towards the green. Finally, paint three tear-drop shaped seeds in the middle of the pink section of the nail. Seal in the design with a glossy top coat.

Designs that may seem like only a professional can make can be easily made by anyone with a little practice. Pinterest has made it possible for anyone to be a nail artist, so don’t hesitate to try these or any other nail art designs you find!

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