40+ Minimalist Line Nail Art Designs to Try Yourself

As a minimalist in many aspects of my life, I love bringing minimalist designs to fashion and nail art. Aside from looking incredibly stylish and gives you a lot of creative freedom to fit your own style.

I could keep filling this list every single day with all the styles I come across but I’ve tried to restrain myself to the top 40 minimalist line art designs giving you a broad idea of a lot of different takes on the style. You can take inspiration from these designs or, if you see something you like enough, copy them for yourself.

minimalist line nail design ideas
Some classic-looking minimalist lines on these gels. While most of this list is straight lines – a little bend can bring a little creative quirk to a minimalist look.
minimalist line nail art
Monochrome Minis. Okay maybe the little rhinestones aren’t exactly minimalist but they do look fantastic and you could absolutely stick with just the line if you wanted to.
minimalist line nail design ideas
The grey matte background is an easy way to highlight a basic minimalist line and really make those colors pop when they might otherwise be lost.
minimalist line nail art
Simple but effective. There’s not a whole lot to say about these ones but I really like the simple dots.
minimalist line nail design ideas
I’m always a sucker for yellow nails. Similar to the matte grey ones, a little background color can really make those lines pop and a little asymmetry to the lines like this can really work.
minimalist line nail design ideas
These acrylics are a good example of how a darker background makes the lines stand out. There’s still something to be said for the lighter base and if you like the more subtle look this can absolutely still work.
minimalist line nail art
So maybe a little beyond a basic minimalist design but a good example of what thicker lines can look like on these coffin nails. The shiny looking stamps could be replaced by some simpler polish lines if you wanted.
minimalist line nail design ideas
A fantastic example of the french tip version of of minimalist nail designs. The norm would be to see this with a solid blue and a single line would probably be lost but two thin blue lines really works.
minimalist line nail design ideas
These almond nails with glittery red minimalist line art. Fantastic design and a great look.
minimalist line nail design ideas
These short orange nails bring me to an important point. Not every nail needs to have a line art style and I like this simple idea. What really works for me is that the index fingernail still has just a hint of orange on either end.
minimalist line nail designs
Geometric line art on big square nails. Bonus points for the color choice.
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Similar to the first design with the wavy lines, a little touch of color outside the lines can look good too.
minimalist line nail art
A bit of color on these square nails.
minimalist line nail designs
Another french tip example – just a thicker line rather than the two thinner ones.
minimalist line nail art
Subtle gold lines.
minimalist line nail designs
Asymmetric color choice on these simple lines.
minimalist line nail designs
Simple lines. Great look.
minimalist line nail design ideas
A lovely deep coffee nail background with simple white lines. Minimalist and unique.
minimalist line nail design ideas
The lines are a little thicker here and I really like the combination of simple white with a little color on each nail.
minimalist line nail design
Gold flakes on one hand with some minimalist red lines on the other. Who says you need to choose?
minimalist line nail art
Deep curved black lines against a light red.
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Black and white almond nails 🤍🖤 I love the black and white on each hand and the thickness of the lines really do it for me.
minimalist line nail design
A more abstract take on the minimalist line design. Still simple but an extra little bit of flair.
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Swirling gold minimalist lines. The thickness here is just right.
minimalist line nail designs
Simple lines on one finger and simple solid color on the others.
minimalist line nail art
A little bit of everything with this nail art. Half french tips with a little splash of color to boot.
minimalist line nail art
Some simple designs really set off the lines.
minimalist line nail design
Simple and cute. The french tips just needed a simple line up along the cuticles for a unique style.
minimalist line nail design
Jinkie Pink & Liquorice Lines. They look great and (with a steady hand) you could do something like this while walking out of the door. I’m pretty clumsy so if someone could do this for me while I’m walking out the door… that’s a bonus.
minimalist line nail art
Fantastic. These might be my favorite yet. Simple lines but the red and yellow just work really well together.
minimalist line nail designs
Simple lines with an extra splash of pink.
minimalist line nail art
Red minimalist nails. Lovely shade and each nail with its own look.
minimalist line nails
A glittery take with some horizontal minimal lines. I think the gold line against the white nail just looks superb.
minimalist line nail designs
Simple white lines against nude nails. It shouldn’t work but it somehow does.
minimalist line nail design ideas
A similar idea on these gels but wavy horizontal lines.
minimalist line nail designs
minimalist line nail design ideas
A return to the french tip look with these ombre nails. I really like this double line style rather than the harsher solid color.
minimalist line nail design
Again, these simple white lines just work.
minimalist line nail art
The color combination wouldn’t be my personal choice here. I think the red is far too harsh a contrast – but certainly each to their own.
minimalist line nail design ideas
I couldn’t do a nail art list with some purple acrylic nails. I mean I technically could but look how well they can highlight these simple diagnal lines.
minimalist line nails
A little bit of zigzagging and again we see the broken line idea.
minimalist line nails
These gels highlight stylish gold lines against a deep wine nail background. Great combination.
minimalist line nail polish design
The yin and yang of minimalist nail art. I love it.
minimalist line nail design
Or if you wanted a vibrant splash of bold color.
minimalist line nail design ideas
Structure gel fill in with gel art. The yellows might be a little faded here but I like the style of the green.
minimalist line nail designs
These subtle white lines can work with the two french tip lines too.
minimalist line nail art
A mix of complex lines and simple dots.
minimalist line nail polish design
We’re starting to border on a marble look with these curved white lines against a nude background.
minimalist line nail art
This might be my favorite style. A simple black line against a white background. Simple but elegant.
minimalist line nail polish design
Finger candi might be a perfect name here. A little bit of glitter on that middle line.
minimalist line nail polish design
Negative space with lines. These almonds look interesting with just a hint of a deeper shade up at the top.
minimalist line nail design ideas
minimalist line nail art
It’s all about the angles with this gel nail art.

Minimalist Line Nail Art Tutorial

One of the (many) advantages of this style is that it’s something you can do for yourself. Especially compared to something more detailed (like spider web nails for example).

I do hope this has given you some ideas for minimalist line nail art If you give this a go – I want to see it! Send me a photo of your minimalist nails and we’ll feature them here.

Our inspiration photos come from user submissions and open sources and we’ll always give credit. All of the fantastic styles belong to their respective owners. If we’ve got a credit wrong or you’d rather we don’t feature you – just drop us an email.

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