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Just because it’s not 85 degrees and humid doesn’t mean we’re not feeling the summer vibes. Whether you’re getting ready for summer Fridays or just need an excuse for a midweek pick-me-up, a breezy seasonal manicure is definitely in order. Here are five nail-art ideas that will keep you looking polished at the office and through multiple trips to the lake (with ice-cream cone in hand, of course).

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Soften the sharpness of the angles by using a lighter palette. Muted pastels like a pale pink and this not-too-flashy-but-still-colorful green keep the look polished…and pop especially well against a nice summer tan.

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This nail trick is sneaky by being bold and subtle at the same time. Try a true red (great any time of year) and leave the other half sans polish to create contrast without going overboard.

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Instead of nude nails, try this nail art against muted colors. This gray-tinged blue is great for gals who rarely wear nail polish. Consider it a baby step toward wearing a bit more color but still keeping things (reassuringly) neutral.

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A simple rainbow at the base of bare nails is cheery without being overpowering. It may not be boardroom appropriate, but it’s the perfect amount of flair for summer Fridays.


We’d normally suggest leaving this look for the weekends. But because the entire city is lighting up in psychedelic colors for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, we’re making an exception. Try these wavy lines—which are incredibly elongating on your tips—in a subdued palette and tell your boss it’s your own personal tribute to the era’s legendary Fillmore music posters.

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