33 Super Cute Spring Nail Art Ideas To Rock Now

Rainbow Frame

Channel your old-school Lisa Frank folders with a rainbow look that’s totally modern. Start by using pinks, purples, and blues to make stripes across your nails. Allow to dry, then use a pure-white coat to create a circular center on each.

Neon Moons

Cover your nails in a taupe shade (or any color that catches your eye), then carefully paint on a crescent shape coming up from your cuticles. If you need help drawing inside the lines, try taping off your nail.

Modern Lines

Paint nails a trendy pastel color. Then use a nail art brush to draw thin lines across your nail. Alternate between horizontal and vertical lines to mix things up.


Add a cool twist to your typical french mani with colorblocking. Start by painting your nails white and wait for them to dry completely. Paint your tips black and let them dry, too. Finish by using a nail art pen to draw a contrasting border on each tip.

Mermaid Scales

Get under-the-sea-nails with a glistening mermaid look! Paint on two coats of lavender polish and allow to dry completely. Wrap a piece of mesh (available at craft stores) around your finger so it covers your entire nail. Starting at the tip and stopping halfway up your nail, gently sponge silver polish over the mesh to create scales. Remove mesh, then repeat with remaining fingers.

Flirty Flowers

A pastel pink will pop against black polish! Paint three small pink blobs on your nails and let them dry completely. To create pretty petals, use a thin striper brush to add hot pink swirls, starting in the middle of the bloom and working your way out. Finish with leaves: Use a toothpick to paint small almond shapes on each side of your rose, then fill in.

Random Stripes

An unexpected paint job on your fingers adds serious fun! Color just the tips, swipe stripes down the middle, go diagonal, or mix it up on every finger. There are no rules here.

Ocean Waves

Show off your inner beach babe! Apply two coats of a sheer blue polish and let dry. Then sponge a matte gold shade from the tips to the middle of each nail for a sea-meets-sand-effect.


Shells are surprisingly easy to create! Paint nails white and let them dry. Then, create scalloped shell shapes: Using a coral color, draw a half moon with a tiny base. Add details with a striker brush. Shells need pearls (obvi!), so stick some mini ones in the center.

Nanette Lepore

File and clean nails, removing all traces of polish and oil residue.


Apply a base coat to clean, filed nails.

Rebecca Minkoff

Apply one coat of sheer white polish, like Essie Blanc, to make the polish shades appear brighter.

Costello Tagliapietra

Apply ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails.

Sophie Theallet

Apply a base coat to the tip of the nail only.

Nanette Lepore

Apply a base coat to clean, filed nails.

Stacey Bendet

Apply ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails.

Rag & Bone

File and clean nails, removing all traces of polish.

Wes Gordon

Apply ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails.

Karen Walker

File and clean nails, removing all traces of polish.

Alice & Olivia

Who: Miss Pop Nails for essie

What: Black nails with gold polka dots

Why We Love It: These aren’t your average polka dot nails—the spots almost give off a floral feel.

Tip To Get The Look: If you don’t have a dotting tool, use the end of a bobby pin!

Betsey Johnson
For Betsey’s Spring 2013 retrospective show and 70th birthday bash, Gina Edwards created a sparkly red mani using imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails. The eye-catching, oval tips were painted in “High Hopes,” followed by “Ruby Kisses” before they were sent down the runway to Cyndi Lauper’s live performance of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”—um best fashion show ever.
Jeremy Scott
Dashing Diva’s Patti Yankee created these custom gold filigree nails for Jeremy Scott’s Middle Eastern inspired presentation. We love the subtle design on such a bold shape!
Kate Spade
We don’t want to pick favorites, but we will say the nails at Kate Spade were absolutely fantastic. After layering on two coats of opaque white polish, Deborah Lippmann hand-painted the bright gingham pattern using a striping brush! Chances are we’ll never have the patience for such an endeavor ourselves, but it’s fun to dream, right?
Naeem Khan
To get this red-hot look, manicurists at Naeem Khan used Dashing Diva ColorFX in Take A Bite, which have a rounded side for traditional use, and one side cut for a perfect half-moon mani.
Angel Sanchez
The coolest thing about the nail look at Angel Sanchez was the shiny-meets-matte finish. Shelena Robinson created the modern take on the French mani using a custom blend of CND colors, but you could also use your fave high-shine and matte polishes at home to try it out.
Joy Cioci
Okay, this was seriously one of the coolest manis at NYFW, ever. CND’s Candice Manacchio wanted to create the illusion of “underwater bubbles” on the nails and she did just that by applying micro-beads and small pearls to a top coat of polish. If you want to one up your friends come #ManicureMonday, this is the DIY project to do it.
Mathieu Mirano
For a reptile-inspired fashion collection you need nails to match. To get this cool, python-y look at home, apply two coats of Essie “Going Incognito” followed by one coat of “Stroke of Brillance.”
Phillip Lim
Stripes were all over the runway at 3.1 Phillip Lim, but we’re not referring to the clothes! Essie “Brooch the Subject” and “Chinchilly” were applied on either half of the nail for this taupe-meets-greige effect, resulting in an edgy mani that’s super-easy to do!
If math class usually puts you to sleep, this equation is sure to wake you up: each tip required 15 minutes to hand-detail at Rodarte, so the 30 sets of “Modern Medieval” nails for the show took 150+ hours to create! CND Nail Artist Michele Huynh designed the look by weaving strips of custom blended and mattefied CND Colours in Desert Suede, Frosting Cream and Chocolate Milk over a base blend of high shine CND Colours in Desert Suede and Frosting Cream.
Cynthia Rowley
We’re old pros at painting glitter over our solid polish, but Deborah Lippmann had a whole new spin on lacquer layering at Cynthia Rowley! She started with two coats of “Billionaire,” a crème hunter green, and topped with one coat of “Wicked Game,” an iridescent lavender gray. The final effect was a multidimensional mani that changed depending on how the light hit it!
The Blonds
CND decided to take a bite out of Fashion Week with these Shark nails and we think they killed the look!