black french tip design with simple silver dots art on short oval nails

17 Simple Art on French Tips For Easy Manicure (Short Nail and Beginner-Friendly Designs)

I am unsure of the exact year, but one day between 2000 and 2002, every living and breathing woman with nails had to have a French tip manicure. The nail artists would charge extra, after all, the Frenchies were the first nail design using more than one color of lacquer and each manicure had developed their own perfect technique to draw the most flawless, chic, and thin white tip. Oh, yes, there were no colored Frenchies. In the old days, it was always white tip, lightly shimmering base, and milky white on top. Anyway, those days are history and today French tips are considered a simple design, after all, it’s nothing more than coloring the tip of the nail, right? I gathered the most inspiring ideas for simple nail art on French tips to make them significantly more interesting while still beginner-friendly.

Most inspo in this post is for short nails because simple designs are the favorite for short nails. But, there are some cute ideas for medium and long nails as well.

I hope you enjoy them!

Nail art by: @lolo.nailedit

This nail art is super chic and modern yet very simple and easy to do! A clear base under black Frenchies topped with metallic silver 3D dots. If you are not into texture, make the dots with silver nail polish for a similar effect.

short square nails with simple colorful art on french tips design
Nail art by: @nails.antofigueroa

I am obsessed with this nail design! It’s so artsy, yet so modern, fun, and sophisticated. It looks straight out of a modern art museum and you can only get this cool effect on short square nails. It does take an artistic mind to recreate it, but the execution is not complex for beginners.

White Flower Art on Pink French Tips
Nail art by: @disseynails

White and pink are a winning Spring combo and this is a super easy design idea for beginners using only 3 colors. If you want to keep things even more basic, skip the rhinestone.

Nail art by: @gelsbybry

Where are all my mystic girls? This zodiac-inspired design is a mood and it’s so simple it hurts.

Brown Art on French Tips for Oval Nails
Nail art by: @aimeestokesbeauty

As soon as the first breeze of Fall touches our faces, it’s time to dive into browns and these freestyle artistic Frenchies are your entry ticket for the autumn party.

Black & White nail art For Halloween
Nail art by: @vivianmariewong

The basics don’t disappoint. Dots, a spider web, stars, and the moon are beginner-friendly designs that create this wow effect on top of a black French tip.

Dripping Orange & Light Blue Tips on short almond nails
Nail art by: @ricekittynails

This is such a fun design. It’s from a couple of years ago, however, it’s so creative and simple. It works with any color combination, from discrete monochromatic to bright contrast.

Nail art by: @lolo.nailedit

Swirls are my favorite nail designs for beginners because they are forgiving and freestyle. Look how this combination of green and white creates a wow effect and looks very chic while not boring. It’s a beautiful set to transition from Summer into Fall or for an alternative Christmas manicure, in case you are planning on wearing green this year.

Blue shimmering French Tip with Rhinestones
Nail art by: @phoebesummernails

Glitter and rhinestones uplift the gloomy Winter mood any time of the day. Any shade of blue will honor the freezing season palette and the result is outstanding.

Pink on Pink Frenchie with Tiny Flower design on short oval nails
Nail art by: @nails_by_annabel_m

A sweet cotton candy frenchie adorned by a hot pink line and a delicate flower on the ring finger adds a touch of Spring to this set.

Pastel Skittle French Tips on Glitter Base design on short oval nails
Nail art by: @simlynail

Pastel Skittle Frenchies on a light glitter base is one of the easiest designs to recreate and to get a lot of effect in return.

Red, White & Gold Frenchies For Christmas
Nail art by: @lolo.nailedit

Red, white, and gold are the classic combination for an elegant Christmas manicure. The way @lolo.nailedit used gold lacquer to frame the tips is the most beginner-friendly game-changer.

light pink french tips with white star art on long coffin nails
Nail art by: @ricekittynails

White starburst and light French tips are perfect for a pink Christmas manicure or a romantic New Year’s Eve.

Pastel & Chrome French Tips on Square Nails
Nail art by: @nails_by_annabel_m

I love how simple ideas look obvious after a creative artist comes up with them. Would I have thought of it? Never. But here it is. A thin chrome frame between pastels creates an elevated, yet fun design.

classic french tip design with glitter art on square nails
Nail art by: @nailsbypaulin

Remember I mentioned the classic Frenchies? Here you can add a touch of glitter and have an art twist to the classic and it’s as easy as it gets.

Nail art by: @lolo.nailedit

Bright yellow is a 10/10 Summer nail color and the way she combined it with a green French tip is the easiest way to get the fun lemon effect with little to no work.

Nail art by: @thenaillologist

These tiny hearts on brown gradient Frenchies feel like a romantic chocolate box.

What’s your favorite simple nail art on French tip? Please let me know in the comments and tell me what you want to see next!

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Love, Stella

I started doing my nails weekly in the 90s, when I was 12 years old. It's safe to say that the vast majority of you wasn't even born yet. Here, I share my passion with the most beautiful and aesthetic nail designs and ideas I find online.

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