Summer’s finally here!
You can bring out your bright colors for both your wardrobe and your makeup to fit right into the beach-y weather. From brilliant neons to unconventional French manicures, here are 12 nail ideas you need to try this summer season:
The V Factor
Start off with a coat of a beautiful orange base like Deborah Lippmann Hot Child In The City Gel Lab Pro Nail Color or Deborah Lippmann Limited Edition Sunrise, Sunset – Ultralight Beam. Using a thin brush, add an inverted V with a white nail color like BABOR – Advance Nail White – 02 French. Finish off with a matte top coat.
Firecracker Ice Pop
Inspired by the ultimate summer treat, the Firecracker Ice Popsicle, all this design needs is painting the three iconic colors in a wave: a pretty blue like Deborah Lippmann Spring Reveries Collection Blue Orchid Nail Lacquer, a pure white BABOR – Advance Nail White – 02 French and a gorgeous red Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer – Smashing!. What’s more amazing is that this summer nail doubles up as a 4th of July manicure too!
Taking inspiration from the likes of Marc Jacobs and Altuzarra runways, this gorgeous manicure requires multiple stripes of bright rainbow colors painted across your nails. Choose 4 to 5 different shades and either use nail tape or a thin striping brush to paint bright strips of color. Our favorite picks for this look include Deborah Lippmann – She Drives Me Crazy Nail Lacquer, Deborah Lippmann – Video Killed The Radio Star Nail Lacquer and Deborah Lippmann Limited Edition Sunrise, Sunset – Sun Daze, Ultralight Beam and Dusk And Summer.
Give this simple yet beautiful matte manicure to amp up your casual summer look. Use your favorite colors, be it different like pinks and orange or same colored dark and light, Pantone colors of the year or contrasting shades of sunrise and sunsets. Paint your nails half and half and top off with a matte top coat to make it more on trend.
Yet another purely summer appropriate nail trend, fresh off the runway, is this minimalistic yet bold design. It’s deceptively simply with all that is needed is some freehand pure white nail polish lines on a bare nail to give free form and negative space some fashion ground.
We all know ombre is here to stay. Be it for your hair or your nails, the new touches to the ombre effect just keep pushing the trend forward every year.
From using different tones of the same color for each nail to doing gradients of muted French colors on all of them, you might think you have tried them all. But celebrity manicurist, Sally Hansen gave ombre nails a new meaning this season by using an unusual combo of teal, magenta, and hot pink. Try butter LONDON – Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer – Bang On!, BABOR – AGE ID Nail Colour 10 Pink Magenta and Deborah Lippmann – We Are Young Nail Lacquer to get the look.
A new twist on the classic french manicure with emphasis on the latest negative space trend, this is yet another nail trend that goes with just about every look and is super easy to replicate.
Using nail tapes, create random stripes of pure white nail color BABOR – Advance Nail White – 02 French to create a nouvelle french look for the summer season.
Combining two new trends – use of primary colors and graphic designs – this manicure is the perfect way to go casual without being too laid-back.
Apply a nude base like Deborah Lippmann – Totally Nude Nail Lacquer. Then using nail tape, apply a thin strip – quarter of a nail – below the middle of the nail, of different primary colors on each nail – a red, Deborah Lippmann – Don’t Stop Believin’ Nail Lacquer, a blue, Deborah Lippmann – Video Killed The Radio Star Nail Lacquer and a yellow, Deborah Lippmann – Walking On Sunshine Nail Lacquer. Finish off the look with a black nail color, butter LONDON – 3 Free Nail Lacquer – Union Jack Black, at the top half of the nail.
Could any manicure be more summer-like?
Taking off from the flushed cheeks summer trend, this cheeky hue manicure is feminine, glowy and already a major trend across Asia. To recreate this look, simply dab a tiny amount of a coral nail color, Deborah Lippmann – Happy Days Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in the middle of the nail to resemble a flushed cheek look.
If you think the pastel lip trend is out of your comfort zone, give this delicate pastel manicure idea a try.
Use a different shade of your favorite pastel nail color for each nail to sweeten up your summer look to a new level of freshness. We love the Deborah Lippmann – Sweets For My Sweet Collection for this candy hued look.
The glitter trend is HUGE across the world right now. We are not fans of the latest fad of applying glitter on any and all your body parts but we do love a little glitter action on our manicures.
To keep it classy with just the right amount of bling, throw in a glitter nail, Deborah Lippmann – Jewel Heist Collection Glitter And Be Gay Nail Lacquer on half of your otherwise classic french manicure.
If you are up for a more bold look this summer, go for this cherry manicure straight off from the Rebecca Minkoff New York runway.