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23 Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

Nails do not have to be painted in vibrant colors and do not have to be full of gems and flowers to get noticed. You can have simple nail designs that will catch everyone’s eye as sometimes less is more. We have found 23 simple yet eye-catching nail designs. There is a nail idea for every style and you can have a go at recreating them yourself at home. Take a look to find your favourite.


A simple way to jazz up any nail color is with gems. Little crystals like the ones featured will subtle sparkle and will give your manicure a touch of glamour. You could choose any nail polish color but choose a light one like this for an elegant look. Gems are low in cost and are easy to apply.

Light Nails with Gems for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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Glitter polishes are a great way to make your nails look stylish. A glitter accent nail will give you an eye-catching manicure. These nails have a pink polish and a gold glitter accent design. This combination is cute and it could be easily recreated at home. All you will need is two similar shade nail polishes. You could even choose a different color combo for your own unique look.

Pink and Glitter Nails for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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Our next nail design idea features an accent nail with metallic strips. The strips create a professional looking manicure and you can create this look at home. All you will need is metallic nail tape, nail polish and top coat. You paint on your polish and it let it dry. Then cut small stripes of tape, put them onto the nail in strips and cut off the ends. Add top coat and you are done! You could create something light and elegant like this or something vibrant and bold.


You can give your nails the wow factor by making them shimmer! These nails have a subtle silvery sparkle and you can create something like this with a shimmering nail polish. These polishes can be bought online in a variety of colors. You can have different polishes in your collection to create different sparkling looks. Nails like these will suit anyone for any occasion.


To create an elegant manicure easily try to use soft polish colors. This manicure has used a very light pink and beige polish to create beautiful nails. With just two shades you can simply create nails that will give everyone envy. A design like this will suit all nail lengths.

Soft Color Manicure for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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You don’t have to use bright colors to attract attention to your nails. You could create a stylish nude manicure like this one. It features a shiny nude polish, light glitter polish and a chrome polish. This combination is trendy and statement making. Nails like this can easily be recreated all you will need is three nail polishes.


Matte nails are must haves for 2017. This next manicure has created a simple but stylish design with blue matte polish and glitter. Nails like these will get everyone’s attention. All you will need for a mani like this is a matte polish and a glitter polish. You could also have a color underneath the glitter. Choose any color combination for nails like these. The design possibilities are endless.

Matte Nails and Glitter for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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A subtle and simple way to jazz up your nails is by adding colored gems. This design has used a different colored crystal on each nail. The gems add color to a neutral manicure. You could use any colored sparkles but make sure you use a light color nail polish so the gems can pop.

Colorful Gem Design for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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White is a soft, chic and elegant color. It does stand out on its own but this manicure has stepped up the game by adding a white glitter accent nail. The glitter creates a trendy statement making manicure. You can create this look at home with a white nail polish and white glitter polish.



Looking for glam nail designs then this next pick could be for you. These nails have a soft neutral shade on all the nails accept one. The other nail is covered in gold glitter. The use of glitter on long nails creates a glamorous manicure. You could recreate this with similar colors, try out the long nail length for a trendy look.

Glam Glitter for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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Creating funky nail designs is not as hard as you might think. Our next pick features a half color design. Half the nail is yellow and half is the natural nail color. You would just have to put tape over the part you don’t want to paint and then paint your half design. Try the yellow or a different color for a unique look.

Funky Yellow Nails for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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Next, we have an elegant white and silver glitter nail design idea. The white and the silver compliments each other perfectly. Nails like these would be great for a wedding or a special occasion. You could try gold glitter with this design to.

Subtle Silver Glitter Manicure for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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Light purple is a pretty nail polish choice. It works very well with other colors. On this manicure, the purple has been worn with white and little crystals. The combination is very cute. You could recreate the purple look with just the white polish or just the gems. If you have time try both!

Cute Purple Nails for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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If you liked the metallic strip idea from earlier in the post then you may like this one to. The idea is the same with the metallic tape but there is two strip and one strip nail designs. The colors used are also different as this manicure has used white and gold. White and gold is a chic color combo. Nails like these would be perfect for a night out or special occasion.

Chic White and Gold for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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Embellishments are a great way to jazz up your manicure. This next design idea features light blue nails with a pearl accent nail. The pearls add instant elegance to your look. Pearls also go with most colors so you could recreate this design with different polish shades.


Our next idea is simple but stylish. It features a light neutral shade with a pink chrome accent nail. You will only need two polishes to create this look. So, it is easy and won’t take a long time to complete. We love this design and think it would look awesome in other colors to

Stylish Pink Manicure for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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Here is another simple embellishment. This trendy manicure has silver dots placed on two nails. It is a creative idea that is easy to recreate. You could buy some silver dots or use some silver polish. If you didn’t like the silver you could try another color to.


Next, we have a blue manicure that has a thin white strip painted at the top. It has French manicure look to it but as the white strip is thinner it looks trendy. You could use a white polish to create this but you will have to have a steady hand. With practice though it will awesome.

Light Blue and White Design for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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Here is a French manicure with a creative twist. Instead of the clean white line there is a paint drip design instead. This is a subtle and stylish design for your nails. There are many paint drip nail stencils available online. You could even try painting the design in different colors.

Creative Paint Drip Nails for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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Give your French manicure a twist by adding blue tips instead of white ones. This is a subtle way to jazz up your usual manicure. Once you have tried blue you can try other colors to. The design possibilities are endless. These nails feature a light and very dark blue. We love this color combo.

Blue French Nails for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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Spot nail designs are cute and chic. You can easily create dots with a thin nail art pen. These nails feature a dot design and a glitter nail. If you wanted you could try both the dots and glitter or you could just choose dots. Spotty nail art can also have a vintage look to.


You don’t have to choose soft and light colors, you could try dark colors to. These nails feature a dark blue and two black glitter nails. Nails like these are perfect for the fall and winter. Black glitter would also look great on a night out to. All you would need is the black glitter polish and an optional darker color for the other nails.

Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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Last on the list is this pink and glitter design. Instead of the glitter being along the top of the nail it is along the bottom instead. This is a simple and creative design that would suit any nail length. You could even try this design with another color instead of pink.

Elegant Pink and Glitter Nails for Simple Yet Eye-Catching Nail Designs

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We hope you have been inspired by these simple and eye-catching nail designs.