19 Tribal Inspired Nail Art Designs

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When it comes to tribal or aztec nail designs, details are everything. Although tribal patterns seem tricky and hard to achieve, they aren’t. You can easily get an eye-catching tribal design just by combining dots, triangles, stripes, swirls, squiggles, or arrows together.

The mixture of wild patterns and vibrant colors, makes this nail trend perfect for spring and summer. Need some pattern inspiration? Wait till you see these 19 best tribal nail art designs from Instagram…

1. Black Matte Design

Black Matte Tribal Nail Design

Source: @selinasnailart

We fell in love with this stunning matte design the moment we saw it. Everything about it is just perfect. If you not a fan of black or pink, remember that you always can change up the colors. Also, the design can be done in either gloss or matte top coat.

2. Nude & Neon Tribal Design

This nail design features just one tribal nail, but it’s still jaw-dropping. The color combination is perfect! Nude, black and neon colors look great when paired together. Never be afraid to play around with the base colors!

3. Light Pink & Nude Design

Light Pink & Nude Nail Design

Source: @Judyrox

The more patterns your tribal nail design has, the better looking it will be. Start with a dry base color and paint few lines to act as your base for the patterns. Fill the lines with triangles, lines, zigzags, etc. Make sure to use at least three different colors for a tribal design to make the pattern really pop.

4. Nude Nails + Colorful Tribal Pattern

Nude Nails + Colorful Tribal Pattern

Source: @Judyrox

Tribal nail design isn’t complete without at least one triangle, right? This nail art designer recognized the importance of triangles in tribal nail art and created an absolutely gorgeous design with them in the spotlight.

Step 1: Start by applying a nude nail polish as you base color.

Step 2: Wait for it to dry and using a detailing nail brush, draw the first yellow triangle and fill it in.

Step 3: Paint the turquoise triangle using the same technique.

Step 4: Paint red chevron tips using a detailing nail art brush and outline it with black polish. Outline the triangles, too.

Step 5: Paint a straight line, crossing the red tips.

Step 6: Create eight small dots on each nail.

5. Simple Nude Design

Simple Nude Nail Design

Source: pinterest.com

We especially love tribal designs paired with simple nails. As you can see, nude nail polish will make your complex pattern really pop. For drawing patterns, use a small thin brush or a nail art pen. These brushes are perfect for  a clean and precise look.

6. Black and White Design

Black and White Tribal Nail Design

Source: @judyrox

You can incorporate tribal patterns into your elegant manicures, too. Not all tribal nail designs have to be colorful and wild-looking.

7. Green & Gold Design

Green & Gold Tribal Nail Design

Source: @just1nail

Green, gold and blue polish combination gives this tribal design a totally cheerful vibe. We’re not going to lie, the tribal accent nail might give you a hard time, but we promise, your hard work will pay off.

8. Colorful Matte Design

Colorful Matte Matte Nail Design

Source: @ane_li

There’s something about ombre nails that just screams summer! Use a white nail polish as your base to make the vibrant colors pop even more. If you want to re-create this look, here’s a video tutorial that might help you!

9. Cool Pink, White & Grey Design

Cool Pink, White & Grey Nail Design

Source: @Judyrox

When someone mentions tribal nails, the first thing you probably think of are wild patterns  and even more wild colors. Luckily, there are also some elegant and girly tribal designs that you can wear to a special occasion. This look is one of the easiest tribal designs that anybody can do, even if you just started experiment with your DIY nail designs.

10. Gradient Turquoise & Pink Design

Gradient Turquoise & Pink Tribal Nail Design

Source: @nailsbysophiaa

This pink and turquoise design is definitely on our list of looks to copy this summer. The design works on various nail shapes and lengths – short, long, stiletto, almond… you name it! Pink, gold, black and turquoise look perfect together.

11. Matte Pink and Black Design

Matte Pink and Black Nails

Source: @melcisme

Matte top coat can add a more interesting look to a simple tribal design. Who would have thought that matte finish and tribal pattern would actually work together? If you love matte nails, make sure to check our other article about this stunning nail trend.

12. Turquoise and Gold Design

Turquoise and Gold Tribal Nail Art Design

Source: @polishedtwins

If you love the tribal nail trend, you’ll definitely want to re-create this lovely design. The design isn’t detailed as some others, which means you can have your tribal nails in under 15 minutes.

13. Summer Tribal Design

Do you often find it hard to come up with some decent patterns and designs while doing your nails? The struggle is real. Luckily, there are some amazing tribal designs like this one, to inspire your creativity. This design is perfect to show off your summer style.

14. Tribal Accent Nail

Tribal Accent Nail

Source: @alijnaildesign

For a twist on a classic nude-colored nails, we recommend this nail design with tribal accent nails. The design isn’t time-consuming since you only have to doodle two nails. If you ever get bored of your simple nude nails, make sure to give this design a try!

15. Lime Green Design

Lime Green Nail Art Design

Source: @selinasnailart

The best part about tribal inspired nail designs is that there are no rules!  Hurray! Since a lime green color isn’t for everyone, you can try to re-create the look with pink or purple polish. It may look even better!

16. Orange, Nude & Turquoise Design

Orange, Nude & Turquoise Nail Design

Source: @nailsbylazic

Here’s another cute design with only one tribal nail. We are amazed how all of the colors come together. Who would think of matching orange, nude, black and turquoise together, right? Love it!

17. Tribal Nails + Pink Accent Nail

Tribal Nails + Pink Accent Nail

Source: @judyrox

If you have shaky hands, it would be best to skip this design. We love how this design features a bright and simple accent nail while the other nails are tribal. It’s usually the other way around.

18. Light Pink & Grey Design

Light Pink & Grey Nail Design

Source: @hdinails

Tribal nail design looks so good when each nail has a different pattern. We love everything about this mani and we’ll make sure to re-create it as soon as possible.

19. Girly Pink and Blue Tribal Design

Girly Pink and Blue Tribal Nail Design

Source: @monynailart

Have some fun this afternoon and adorn you accent nails with some blue tribal patterns.