Top 3 Nail Art Designs For Beginners by Lucy Earnshaw

Hi there, I’m Lucy from Lucy Loves. I love a lot of things including nail art, my cat, shoes, blogging, my husband and chocolate! As the gorgeous GG is off exploring Rome I’m stepping in for a post and I’m bringing you my Top 3 Nail Art Designs that I believe any one can do with the right tools and patience!
My signature manicure is a skittle manicure- where each finger nail is a different design/colour/theme), so today I’ll be showing you quick designs that can be used as part of a skittle mani , full mani or as an accent nail.


For all my designs I’ve used OPI Nail Envy as my base coat and WAH London as my top coat (ensure nails are fairly dry, and ‘float’ the top coat to avoid dragging the design you’ve just painted).


For all nail art I really recommend using a nail art pen. You can get these from Primark in a set of 3 for £3 or if you want to invest, the WAH London ones (£7) from Boots are also pretty darn good. If you don’t have one then a toothpick or dotting tool will do but will just take a little longer.
Top 3 Nail Art Designs For Beginners by Lucy Earnshaw
Leopard Print
Leopard print was the first nail art I ever did and I have to admit I’ve gotten better as it as time has gone on, my first was just blobs everywhere!
I’ve used Beauty UK Posh Polish in Olympic Gold as a base colour for this one.
Step 1: Blob. Take your ‘spots’ colour and blob on spots haphazardly on the nail. I also like to do longer spots and tiny ones using a tooth pick or dotting tool dipped in my chosen colour. I used Models Own Terra Firma for this one.
Step 2. Outline. Once the blobs are semi dry you then need to outline them. I used black on this one but you can use white or another contrasting colour, it just needs to contrast against the base and blob colours. The trick with the outline is to think of outlining the blobs with 3 strokes. As you can see here I’ve edged with 2 C shape lines and a dot. Do this on every blob until you’re happy with it. If you have space between blobs you can also make a smaller print of one C and a dot.
Top 3 Nail Art Designs For Beginners by Lucy Earnshaw
I love Daisy nail art as part of a monochrome manicure. Again you can do this in any colour but I like mine as daisies. I’ve used Chanel Black Satin as my base colour for this one.
Top 3 Nail Art Designs For Beginners by Lucy EarnshawStep 1. Petals. It’s toothpick/Nail Pen time again. Use a white nail pen/toothpick dipped in white, to dot 5 small dots in small circles across your nail.
Step 2. Centre. Once the petals are semi dry (to avoid the colours touching and mixing) use a yellow nail pen or tooth pick to dot the yellow on the centre of the white petal circle.
Step 3. I also like to take it a step further by putting even smaller dots of the base colour at the very inner of the petals. It gives it a real 3D effect to the Daisy.

Top 3 Nail Art Designs For Beginners by Lucy Earnshaw

Spots and Stripes
Spots. I always prefer a nail pen as for spots but a toothpick can work but is often not as even. I’ve used Essie Peach Daiquiri as the base colour for this one.
Step 1. Start at one end and go down the nail in an evenly spaced line. Then on the next line put the spot inbetween the first 2 spots and space downwards. The next line is in the same positions as the first row and so on. This gives the perfect spotty nail.
Stripes. For me a striper is the only way, on both the nail pens I mention above when the pen tip is unscrewed the striper is in the pot. I’ve used Essie Turqs and Caycos as a base colour for this one.
Step 1. Stripes need to be evenly spaced, decide where to start and just move the striper from one end of the nail to the other. The WAH striper is the best I’ve found for this as the striper is thin and long which means there’s not a lot of moving needed if you have shorter nails like mine.
Top 3 Nail Art Designs For Beginners by Lucy Earnshaw
Hopefully this has inspired you to try out some nail art this week, if you do share it with me on Twitter and tag me @lucy_earnshaw. If you want to see more nail art and designs, including my favourite gradient nails, then come stop by at Lucy Loves.


  1. 1st June 2015 / 8:55 am

    Gosh I wish I was as good as you with my nails! It’s such a chore, I’m lazy and get someone else to do it for me. Oopsie! I love the cute spots!