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You and your “party nail” were the belle of every holiday party. And you had flowers at the tips of your fingers all spring. But now that summer has arrived, it’s time for a polish change. Here are seven manicure trends to try now.


Peony Pink and Coral

Don’t be afraid to embrace untraditional color combos this season. (It’s summer. Have some fun.) A light pink and red hue make a striking, candy-colored duo. And at Exhale, you can choose traditional or organic polish.

Try it at: Exhale, 945 N. State St.; 312-753-6500 or


Red and Aqua

Red pops next to a glowing shade of blue. Toss in a white summer dress--or, um, clutch a glass of Chardonnay--and you’re good to go for the Fourth of July. Salon Duo can also give you a killer blow dry for whatever holiday bashes you’re headed to.

Try it at: Salon Duo, 1400 N. Lake Shore Dr.; 312-664-8710 or


Rainbow Hues

It’s pride month, and this colorful paint job is something to be proud of, indeed. Paint your nails in homage to ROYGBIV with local nail artist AstroWifey.

Try it with: Nail artist AstroWifey; request an appointment here


Tropical Shades

Can’t hop on a plane? Watch a tropical sunset on your own hands (um, kind of) with alternating shades of yellow, coral, orange and pink. And at Polish and Pour, you can order up a Dark & Stormy to sip while the technicians do their thing.

Try it at: Polish & Pour, 1244 N. Wells St.; 312-274-9935 or


Sky Blue and Gold

For a fresh combo, mix baby blue with metallic shades on your fingertips--or on your toes. This month, Spa @ theWit has a pedicure special that includes a mojito and a coconut-milk footbath.

Try it at: Spa @theWit, 201 N. State St.; 312-467-0200 or


Black and Yellow

Whether or not you caught Beyoncé at Soldier Field, you’ve probably listened to Lemonade at least 1,000 times this summer. Celebrate Queen Bey like local nail artist Legs Ellegra does: by painting bee-inspired imagery all over your nails. #Slay.

Try it at: Jewels A Nail Box, 3555 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-809-4367 or



If you go for Champagne over lemonade, fret not: At Glowout, bridal parties and regular old customers are freaking out over varying shades of tan and metallic, paired with baby pink.

Try it at: Glowout Salon, 160 N. Halsted St.; 312-605-0905 or

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