When I have a private moment to myself, you can either find me watching HGTV or attempting to give myself a manicure. Pre-children, I would never have an unpolished nail and I found myself collecting nail polish in what I now consider an act of gluttony. Nowadays, I rarely have a smudge free mani because I never have time to wait for it to dry and more often that not, I just sport the popular “nude” look (i.e. no polish). BUT. That doesn’t mean I don’t dream of cute nails and this week it was all about that hot summer manicure. Here’s to hoping I can actually do some of these and they won’t just be a dream!
1. Watermelon Mani
I’m definitely no artist but this adorable watermelon accent nail is simple enough that I’m pretty sure I can pull it off. Nothing says Summer like some sweet watermelon!
2. LIfe’s A Beach
This mani is not for the faint of heart and you can actually take a sigh of relief because it wasn’t created by freehand. Would you believe it’s created by a stamp? Either way, it’s gorgeous and it screams SUMMER!
3. Tropical Paradise
I love how the simple use of the vibrant turquoise does most of the work in this summer mani. Add an glittery accent nail and a pretty hibiscus flower and you’ll be yearning for the tropics in no time.
I love this mani so much! Pineapples are super trendy right now and this simple mani is a must have. Even if you don’t want to be quite so elaborate, you can use this simple design for one large pineapple and still be on point.
5. Ships Ahoy!
This mani is perfect for a day at sea! Nautical colors, paired with stripes, polka dots and a cute anchor- can you feel the saltwater on your face yet?
Citrus fruits like limes, lemons and oranges are the stuff summer is made of. Give your mani a boost with a bright, fruity flavor and paint a simple design like this orange to complete the look.
The 4th of July is our big summer holiday and these nails are super patriotic! You don’t need a ton of detail, so long as you can do some basic stripes and then a swipe of some glitter to signify the blue in our flag.
8. Unda Da Sea
I couldn’t help myself, sorry. These nails not only scream Ariel to me, but of the sights and sounds of summer! What I like most is that you can tell they are hand drawn, not foils. Now, go hit the beach!
Sunflowers are another icon of summer and this simple manicure keeps it real. I love the use of the bright pink base color and the minimalist design of the sunflower, don’t you?
Which of these summer manicures do you plan try? We would love to see them! Share with us in the comments below.
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