Heading to the nail salon to get a manicure and pedicure is one way to relax and have some me-time. But it can get quite costly, especially when nail art is involved. With these 17 nail art tutorials, you can just DIY at home!

We know, it can get quite stressful to spend time perfecting the nail design, so do it when you have the time to spare, listening to your favourite music, or playing your favourite movie at the background.

Tools You Need (Depending on what nail art you want to do)

Before we begin, here are some tools/products you’ll need for your nail art project-

1. Nail polishes, of course!

2. A dotting tool. If you don’t have a dotting tool, a toothpick or a rounded tip bobby pin would work just fine!


3. Scotch tape of various thickness to create crisp lines.

4. Patience. ‘Cos you definitely can’t rush these things!

Now for the tutorials!

1. How to properly apply your nail polish

Before we get started with any nail design tutorials, let’s begin with the basics!

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2. Half Moon and French Tip

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Don’t worry if you don’t have a thin brush, you can just use a dotting tool or a toothpick to slowly create the half moon shape.

3. Angled Accents

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Use scotch tape for this and angle it accordingly. Once you’re done with the second colour, wait for it to dry and peel off the tape!

4. Curved Monochrome

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Use a dotting tool or a toothpick to create the curved line and carefully fill the space up. Voila! You have yourself chic and stylish nails!

5. Polka dots!

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You can never go wrong with polka dots. Choose a base nail polish colour and take a contrasting colour to create the polka dots. You can choose to create polka dots on all your nails, or just an accent nail.

6. Zig Zag Patterns

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Click here to be directed to the page for the full tutorial. How she came up with the zig zag design was pretty cool. She used regular scotch tape and created the zig zag with a pair of zig zag art scissors. How creative!

7. Moustache

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This is quite a simple nail design, and you can sport this during the Movember movement in November!

8. Florals

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Oddly enough, creating these types of flowers as nail art is not as complicated as you think. Create random splotches on the nails and take a lighter colour to start creating dimension to the “flowers”.

9. Panda-monium!

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Try this adorable nail design for when you’re feeling a little bit cutesy. Really, who can say no to such an adorable panda on your nail?

10. The Tuxedo

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Remember when Zooey Deschanel came to the red carpet with tuxedo nails? Well, here’s a step-by-step guide for you to achieve that! It’s also great if you want a quirky design for your wedding day. You can paint one nail a tuxedo, and another a dress! (Read: 10 Fancy Nail Art Designs For the Big Day!)

11. Checkmate

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Place some scotch tape on a dry nail. The placement of the tape depends on what design you’re going for. For this example, it’s placed so that the result is a checkered design.

12. Triangles

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Here’s another example of how you can use tape to create crisp lines. For this tutorial, use a really thin tape. And be sure to let each layer dry before you start with the next one!

13. Geometric Shapes

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This design uses a mixture of the tape technique and the dotting technique.

14. Heart Stencil

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Who knew you could create a heart shape stencil for your nails using just tape?

15. Bunny Rabbit Nails!

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We know that Easter Sunday just passed, but hey, at least now you know what you can do on your accent nail next time! These bunny rabbits look so cute and is simple to achieve – just use a dotting tool or toothpick.

16. Dots and Diagonalnail tutorial_dots and diagonal


This one is great for everyday wear and all you need is the tape and dotting technique, and some creativity.

17. Leopard Print

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This may look complex but follow this step-by-step tutorial closely and you’ll realise it isn;t that hard after all.

Which is your favourite look?