During these trying times, we are encouraged to practice self-care to keep ourselves grounded. Skincare and hot showers are a given, but you can elevate me-time with a DIY manicure. We know painting your own nails can be challenging (perfecting the polish on your dominant hand is never easy!), but consider at-home manis as a task where you can pay more attention to yourself. Think of it as an activity that will help you stayed focused and be patient. Plus, colored digits can help boost your mood, and sometimes, a pretty mani makes you believe that you're in control!
That said, we've gathered manicure ideas that are crazy-easy to replicate at home—even if you're not a nail expert! Check them all out below:
1. Gradient nail trend
Aside from being pretty, this manicure design is made for girls who can't decide which nail polish shade to get. Let's be honest. It's hard to pick that one perfect shade of pink. Also, painting your nails in monochromatic hues doesn't take advanced application skills!
2. Candy nail trend
This is similar to gradient nails, but instead of choosing nail lacquers from the same color family, the shades you select can be as random as you please.
3. French manicure
We're aware that French manicures are hard to do on your own. Thankfully, there's a hack to nailing (pun intended) this complicated design without making a mess. French manis of today are not just limited to white strips—you can explore other colors, too!
4. Accent nail trend
This one's really foolproof: Pick one finger from each hand to be the accent nail. Paint them with a nail polish that has a different color or finish. You may even draw nail art on it!
5. Fresh nude nails
If your digits need a fresh reboot, just paint them with nude nail polish that complements your skin tone.
6. Clean white nails
Nothing beats a fresh coat of white polish! It looks super clean on the nails.
7. Negative space manicure
Negative space manicures only show half or most of your natural nail, so they don't look awful while you grow them out.
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.