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Minimalist manicures may be simple, but they’re anything but plain. These manicures are made up of subtle yet visually compelling nail designs that redefine our expectations of what delicate nails look like. From artistic strokes to crystal-encrusted designs, we’ve rounded up some of the best minimalist nail art ideas to take to your next appointment. Ahead, screenshot-worthy nail inspiration for short and long manicures.

negative space nail art

With its negative space and elevated gold dots, this chic nail art idea incorporates easy elegance into your everyday look. It’s a surprisingly simple nail design that makes a large impact.

Glazed Donut Nails

The glazed donut nail trend created a firestorm on TikTok and was inspired by none other than the minimalist beauty company founder, Hailey Beiber. This hyper-glossy nail polish look is easily one of the most popular nail designs of the summer, and we’re betting that it will maintain its trending status for the rest of 2022.

Crystal Tips

Just, wow. This Swarovski Crystal-encrusted nail design is an unexpected and impressive way to incorporate jewellery into your outfit and can be recreated with regular nail art crystals for the same effect. It’s ideal for those who like to mix little luxuries into their otherwise pared-back style.

Simple strokes

Abstract nail art has been one of the top trending nail designs over the past year, and we can see why. Elevate your nude manicure with these simple strokes for an instant splash of colour.

nude nails

Simple, yet effective. Selecting your shade of nude nail polish creates a timeless and seasonless look that you can wear over again.

Neutral Hues

If you’re into minimalist nail art, then chances are your wardrobe is filled with the minimalist’s favourite colour palette: hues of beige. Take a page out of J. Lo‘s book and opt for a rich shade to match your wardrobe favourites.