45 Minimalist Nail Art Ideas to Keep It Simple the Rest of Summer

Rachel Krause
Minimalist Nail Art Ideas
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Minimalist nail art is basically the equivalent of when you go to a contemporary art museum and walk into a white-walled room totally empty save for black lines on the floor and ask yourself in all seriousness if this is part of the exhibit or if you’ve stumbled into an off-limits maintenance closet.

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That’s the beauty of it—minimalism creates a blank space that leaves room for interpretation, so you aren’t confined to being the person you were yesterday, the one who very much wanted smiley faces and rhinestones on her fingers but now feels like she’s made a huge mistake she’s stuck with until the gels start to peel off.

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While some nail art loudly celebrates the joy of excess, these 45 museum-worthy examples of minimalism whisper. They’re subtle. They go with everything. They’re enigmatic, like, “Wait, is this minimalist nail art or a broom closet?” Well, not quite, but you get what I’m saying.

A version of this article was originally published in June 2016.

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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Dots
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k e e p i t s i m p l e #minimalistnails

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k e e p i t s i m p l e #minimalistnails

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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Black & Silver
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Red Hues
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Red Dots
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Pink Tips
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Teal Details
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | A Bit of Sparkle
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Blue Tips
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Green Tips
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Stand-Out Pinky
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Light Blue Tips
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Clean and simple. Inspired by a mani by @msweet1996.

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Clean and simple. Inspired by a mani by @msweet1996.

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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Purple Nails, Silver Tips
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Black Nails, Clear Centers
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Black Lines
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Jelly windows for @crystalrose_guerra 💖

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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Gold Details
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Black Nails, White Tips
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Black Nails, White Details
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Peach & Yellow Subtle Hues
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Blocks on negative space 💫 | @meggylivs

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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | While Nails, Black Details
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Black Crescents
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STYLECASTER | Minimalist Nail Art | Envelopes
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