Minimalist nail art is all about small designs that leave a big impact.
A random swerve. A tiny pop of color. An out-of-nowhere shape. That’s really all it takes to be part of this niche nail art category.
But don’t be fooled. Minimalist nails might seem random — but that’s the absolute last thing they are.
Let’s take a look at 14 of the loveliest minimalist nail art creations we’ve seen lately.
1. White minimalist nail art
Like we said… minimalist nail art is all about those random swerves. But nail art within this category is also really good at using neutral colors in non-neutral ways.
2. Barely there tips
Skip the traditional French tips and swipe on your favorite gel polish duo at the tippiest tippety-tip of your nails. It’s a minimalist nail trend we hope never goes away.
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3. Gold swerves
When it comes to minimalist nail art, chrome nail powders absolutely nail it (no pun intended).
4. French ombre
If you’re going for a traditional look with a minimalist feel, this is the design you’ve been looking for.
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5. 24k tips
Like we said, chrome nail powder nails it every time (especially when paired with a natural cover acrylic powder).
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6. Pure white V tip
Thick or thin, a V tip is a super hot, yet super minimal way to step up your nail art game.
7. Matted gold
When it comes to minimalist nails, a matte top coat paired with gold (or silver) is the ultimate power couple. One mutes, while the other amplifies.
8. Faded cow print
When we started gathering good examples of minimalist nails together, we didn’t expect cow print to make the list. But here we are, and here it is.
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9. Understated neon cheetah print
Who knew neon animal print could be pulled off in a minimalist fashion? We definitely didn’t, but we’re glad it happened.
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10. Neon nudes
Paint on a nude overlay with a few perfectly planned out swipes of neon and you got yourself a beautiful set of minimalist nails.
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11. Nude on top of nude
Playing with different shades of nude is a fun and easy way to create minimalist nail art.
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12. Art makes art
You can get inspiration from everywhere around you (even 70-year-old paintings).
13. Textured hearts
Textured nail art can turn out in really interesting ways, especially when it’s paired with a muted gradient.
14. Bubble Yum
Like we said, inspiration for minimalist nail art can come from anywhere (even from packs of bubble gum).