6 Nail Art Ideas That Require No Skill

PureWow editors select every item that appears on this page, and the company may earn compensation through affiliate links within the story. All prices are accurate upon date of publish. You can learn more about the affiliate process here.

We love nail art; we don’t always love the process. For those of us who don’t have the budget for regular salon visits or the steady hand required for DIY designs, these six options are a godsend.

The 15 Most Calming Nail Colors for Fall

1. Nail Wraps

Sort of the love child between press ons and stickers, nail wraps cover your entire bed, but don’t require any glue—or top coat, even. Simply peel an appliqué off the sheet, stretch it over your nail and file away the free edge. Tip: Clean your nails with a swipe of polish remover beforehand to ensure a smoother application.

2. Press On Nails

Remember when press ons were all the rage? (We used to sneak a pack of them into our mom’s shopping cart at the grocery store.) Think of these as the more modern version—both in design and in application.

3. Nail Stickers

For the perfect accent, these little decals are as quick and easy as it gets. Just peel and place them directly over your nails. Then, seal with a topcoat so they last longer (and look extra shiny). This variety pack from the nail art connoisseurs at Olive & June features several of their most requested designs from lashes to hearts and stars.

4. Multi-tonal Set

The multi-tonal mani has been trending for the past few years (and doesn't show any signs of stopping). First popularized around 2018, this whimsical look is especially fun to wear because there is no right or wrong way to do it. Not sure where to start? Try a pre-selected set of coordinating shades.

5. Chrome Effect Pens

For our DIY gel experts, an easy way to breathe new life into a dulling mani is to add a quick swipe of these chrome effect pens. Simply rub the pen over your existing mani and cure your nails under a UV light as you normally would to completely transform the color underneath. Choose from six shades—from the magenta you see here to a glistening gold—either way, you'll get a holographic finish and a mirror-like shine.

6. Special Effects Topcoat

And if you prefer regular polish over gel but haven’t a clue (or the patience) for attempting a design, you can always opt for a fancy topcoat that basically does it for you. Our current fav? This one from Nails Inc. that creates a textured, animal-print effect when you apply a thin layer over any other shade.

Jenny Jin Headshot Vertical 2023

Beauty Director

Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...