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 9 Simple Nail Designs for Minimalist Mani Lovers

Tired of the conventional French manicure? Try a reverse French with bold, contrasting polish colors. 

Bright Line

Even on otherwise nude nails, the small design pops. For a more unusual look, try using black polish, as shown here. 

Little Hearts

You can create a two-tone look with any two colors, but we love this muted variation from NYC nail shop Sundays. 

Half and Half

It appears fancy, but this colored effect is deceptively simple: Dip your nail in a tiny dish of water containing a few droplets of polish, then wipe your cuticles with polish remover. 

Dip Dye

Florals can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. Consider this pattern, which was constructed with basic dots. 

Dainty Flowers

Swirls of highlighter-yellow polish appear even more brilliant against a neutral background. 

Negative-Space Neon

Do not call it a French. Tom Bachik, a celebrity nail artist, describes Jennifer Lopez's look as "glitter liner." 

Glitter Tips

Who knew? Paint a few small dots and flicks, and your fingernails will resemble a bushel of blueberries. 

Berry Cute

This abstract look requires almost little expertise at all. Add a few drops of your favorite colors—no more than three or four, because it will get muddled—to a clean surface (such a paper plate),  

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