Our Top 5 Favorite Summer Nails
Nothing puts you in a sunnier state of mind more quickly than walking out of a nail salon with cute summer nails. Basically, vivid summer nail polish colors and whimsical nail art can give you the type of pick-me-up normally only associated with lying under the coffee machine with your mouth open.
To give you a little inspiration for your next feel-good mani, we've rounded up our top five favorite summer nails seen on Instagram.
Avocados. A certain pink. Tiny lemons. These might be the most Millennial nails that ever Millennialed, and we're here for it. They're cute and fun, and make us want to indulge our craving for avocado toast spritzed with lemon juice.
Shop the look: 6-piece Kleancolor nail polish sets in Candy and Nude ($13.99 each), Essie Blanc ($8.99), OPI You Don't Know Jacques ($7.99), nail art pens (from $5)
With their attention-grabbing colors and sun-setting-on-a-sultry-Miami-day vibe, these gradient nails can only be described as hot. But they would work just as well for a wholesome family barbecue as they would for a steamy night on the town. The best part? These colors flatter every single skin tone.
Shop the look: The colors featured above are China Glaze Werk It Honey, Flip Flop Fantasy, and Pink Voltage. To get the look for less, try the Kleancolor Candy nail polish set (6pc., $13.99) along with some makeup sponges (24pc., $9.95) for dabbing.
These long, square nails—a favorite staple of celebs with plenty of assistants to open cans of soda for them—are not for the faint of heart. Even with the ladylike lavender polish, it takes a certain fierceness to rock these acrylics.
Yes, these nails do have a black base, a color typically associated with fall and winter, but that base makes the pansy-esque flowers on these cute summer nails stand out. This black flower mani is ideal for those who want a little edge to their summer nails.
Color-blocked nails add a fun, sporty vibe to summer outfits, and they pair remarkably well with athleisure pieces. Color-blocked manis have been around for a few seasons now, but the pink-and-burgundy color combination and the thick, curved smile lines pictured here feel fresh.
Shop the look: The polish seen here is Essie Backseat Besties and Designated DJ. For a better deal, the Kleancolor Candy nail polish set (6pc., $13.99) includes a pink polish and a few bonus shades. Don't forget a bottle of red polish (from $7.99)
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