9 Summery Nail Art Ideas That Are Bright and Fun and Ready for Instagram
You know what would go perfectly with your new summer frocks? An equally breezy manicure. Here are nine nail-art ideas that will keep you looking polished through multiple trips to the beach and beyond (and also pair well with ice-cream cones and social-media feeds).
A Ray of Sunshine
A simple pop of yellow at the base of your nails is cheery without being overpowering (or “extra,” as the kids say).
Prefer something a bit mellower? Try two colors in complementary shades (like lavender and cobalt—or rust and pink) to create a soft contrast.
And you said you didn’t have a green thumb...jokes aside, the palm frond trend of 2016 is still going strong. Pair a few illustrations with a neutral base for a seamless grow-out.
Inspired by Matisse (and contour drawings), this artsy print is easy to DIY as imprecision is highly encouraged.
Soften the sharpness of the angles by using a lighter palette. We’re really into muted pinks and blues at the moment.
Sort of looks like a melting popsicle—or a riptide, depending on the colors you choose.
A Flash of Silver
A swipe of metallic here and there will make your nails glint in the sunlight.
Or try painting a sliver of iridescent polish along the curve of your nails to evoke the glimmering surface of an abalone shell. Tip: Paint it over a black or navy base so it really shines.
A perfect complement to all of the '70s fashion trends we're rocking now (like floaty maxis and oversize aviators), this fun design is also incredibly elongating on your tips.