12 Freehand Nail Art Ideas You Can Actually Do

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12 freehand nail art ideas to try

Freehand nail art… I know, it sounds scary and hard to do but if you have the right tools it’s in fact, quite easy. During the launch of the new SoNailicious nail art brush range I’ve mentioned that I’ve been using these brushes for all my designs for about 1.5 years.

So I thought I’d do a quick recap of the most interesting freehand nail art designs that you can actually do yourself. Especially, if you have the SoNailicious nail art brushes ;) Most of these nail designs come with video or step-by-step  nail art tutorials. So if you need some extra guidance, just follow the links provided for each design. For most of them, you’ll be able to see some funky SoNailicious brush prototypes ;)


1. Tropical nails

The pointer finger is done with the stencils and all other nails are done with the sharpest detailing brushThe Warrior (simply by replicating the stencil pattern). More info about this design here.

easy tropical nails, beach nails, 2

2. Geode Nails

You may remember this Geode nail design from the pre-launch post, well, now I can disclose that it has been done with The Warrior. Tutorial for this design is coming up next week! So you’ll see how easy it is to do Geode nails when you have the right brush…

geode nails how tosonailicious nail art brush, blue geode nails

3. Star Nails

Both the stars and the half moon details are created with The Needle. To learn how to do it watch this tutorial.

4. Rainbow Nails

The edgy rainbow pattern is done with this liner nail art brush. Interestingly enough, in this post I’ve mentioned that I’m developing new brushes ;) Read it here.

rainbow nails, rainbow nail art

5. Palm Leaf nails

To learn how to do these Palm Leaf nails watch this quick tutorial and see how easy it is! All done with this new liner nail brush.

beach nails, summer nails, opi fiji

6. Geometric Pink nails

The thin silver lines are done with the new striping brush – The Spear and small pink half moons are done using this detailing brush.

dior sudden swatch, pink nail design

7. Into the Blue nails

Check out this tutorial to see how you can create this design yourself using a striping brush – The Spear.

blue nail art

8. Minimalist nails

These Minimalist nails is another variation of the same technique as the above blue nail design… less work though, since there’s less lines. For these Minimalist The Future is Female nails the long waves are done with The Spear and the shorter waves with The Needle.

dear sundays nail polish review, minimalist nail art

9. Double Spike Nails

This nail design is created with striping nail art brush and The Needle, watch this tutorial to learn how to do it yourself here. Another reason why you should totally watch this video – you will see the SoNailicious brush prototype in some weird colour (!!!).

Elegant nails, elegant nail art how to

Another variation of the same Spikey look… this dark red and gold evening manicure is also done with The Needle.

short nails, red and gold nails 11

10. Dubai Nails 

Watch this nail art tutorial to learn how to do this nail design yourself. It’s done with the detailing brush and the liner.

Check out the different between Dubai nails 2016 (above) and Abu Dhabi nails 2013 (below)… the thickness of the lines in the version below – OMG! Shame on me… All done with a customized (read: severely cut) makeup brush.

abu dhabi nails, blue and gold nails

11. Shattered Glass Nails 

This nail design is quite easy – all you need is a good striping nail art brush to paint the lines over white base and a few square peaces of shattered glass foil to sticker over, and you’re done!

shattered glass nails, broken glass nails

12. Beach Shore Nails

For this nail design I used The Slayer  to create beach shore pattern. Even though it’s not how you suppose to use this fine angular nail art brush, it can be perfect for this kind of nail work too! I made it extra strong and acetone resistant for a purpose. See step-by-step tutorial here.

beach nails, kester black monarch

See? Freehand nail art is not scary at all! Once you have the right tools and some great nail art brushes, it’s easy and definitely much faster than using stencils or nail vinyls.

Now your turn!

Are you a fan of freehand nail art? If not, what’s holding you back?

– Maria, xx

P.P.S.  If you try any of these nail designs or the new brushes, make sure you show me your work – Tweet or Instagram me a photo with the tag #sonailicious or #sonailiciousbrush. I’d love to check it out!

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