23 Best Back-to-School Nail Ideas – Cute School-Themed Manicure – Seventeen | Ad On Picture

There are so many exciting things that come with the back to school season: homecoming, soccer games, chilly weather, pumpkin spice lattes and of course fall fashion and beauty. You’ve picked your back-to-school outfits – and now it’s time to pick your back-to-school nails. 💅

Even if you tend to be the one-coat type of person, there’s something confidence-inspiring about a fresh manicure. Plus, back-to-school season is just plain fun (think Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils, pink erasers, and those uber-nostalgic composition notebooks), so why not play it up in your nail art? If you’re looking for back-to-school nails to show off when you raise your hands in class, we’ve rounded up some incredible nail art to inspire your next mani. You can either grab some basic nail brush sets and have a manicure night at home with your best friends, or you can take screenshots to show your favorite nail technician. Either way, we guarantee you’ll ~serve~ with these creative back-to-school nails.

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The colorful, serotonin-inducing Lisa Frank school supplies TikTok has revived are the pinnacle of back-to-school. Dive into the magic with shades of glittery, luminous polishes.

Nothing says back to school like a fresh box of crayons – cut out squiggly pieces of tape and carefully line each piece in black to recreate the iconic Crayola motif on your nails.

Lean into the cozy brown of the leaves outside (and your hot morning latte) with this minimalist mix of French tips and regular polish.

An apple a day will make your nails look like fire – reach for your favorite fire engine red color for a festive back-to-school nail look.

Take two contrasting shades of polish to create these alternating heart designs, starting with the split base coat layer and then adding small heart halves on top.

Thin streaks of blue and red polish transform your white manicure into adorable mini loose-leafs.

You can never go wrong with an elegant white lace French manicure. It’s a classic because it goes with every single outfit you have planned for the week.

Summer may be behind us, but you don’t have to leave your favorite color behind when it comes to your nails. A touch of pink is a great mood enhancer.

One of the advantages of French tips is that even if your natural nail grows back, you won’t be able to tell the difference. This manicure takes things to the next level.

A matte black polish creates the perfect “slate” base for these math nails. If only algebra was as fun as this manicure!

Different shades of brown (from coffee-with-a-little-too-much-milk to dark chocolate mocha) are the perfect inspiration for a fall manicure to pair with your morning drink.

It’s not back-to-school season without the right school supplies. These nail designs are surprisingly easy to recreate thanks to the straight lines – just let each coat of polish dry in between.

Start by painting your nails with a clear pink nail polish. Once that has dried, grab your nail brush along with a bottle of white polish and let your imagination run wild.

You can rock your pastels all year round. We love this bright, squiggly take on art supply nail art.

All you need to recreate these cute nails is a bobby pin with a round dot on the end. Dip it in your polish and voila!

If you can’t decide between smiley faces, a checkerboard pattern, or a reliable neutral pattern, make them all in a matching color scheme.

The easiest way to create a gradient on your nails is to use a makeup sponge (a disposable sponge, not your favorite beauty blender), paint the nail polish colors directly onto the sponge, and then gently brush the nail polish toward your nail Speckle.

A little patience, a thin nail art brush, and a very steady hand will help you recreate these red, blue, and yellow crayons.

It’s never too early to get in the spirit of Halloween with a black and orange mani. Doodle little flowers, eyes or dots to personalize your nails.

Once the PSL hits Starbucks, pumpkin nails are a must. Not a fan of orange? Gold and rust tones give your pumpkins a unique touch.

Pay homage to the last green leaves of summer with tiny leaves that puncture one nail and then brush over the tip of another to create a French mani effect.

Small strips of tape and lots of patience for multiple coats will help you achieve that school-ready argyle accent nail.

Capture the magic of fall in a manicure that lasts a little longer than the crusty leaf on the sidewalk. If you don’t have a steady hand, abstract leaf shapes in red, orange, and green work just as well as intricate leaves.

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