10 Ways to Wear the Summer’s Hottest Nail Design Trends
Floral and Bright
Kick off summer in saturated brights topped with abstract botanical designs—a style that was spotted on the runways of Creatures of Comfort and Michael Costello.
The classic French manicure gets a kick of spunk with a contemporary cobalt blue update.
Weave With It
It’s difficult to zero in on which aspect of these funky nails we love most—Half moon details! All the blues! But if we had to choose, it might be the Fiji-inspired weaving patterns. If busy designs on all 10 digits seem over-the-top, try the trendy motif on an accent nail instead.
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Metallic nails have been on the upswing recently, but the simple single line trend—seen on Kate Spade, Phillip Lim, and Club Monaco runways—goes great with a bit of sparkle. The best part? It’s super easy for nail design newbies.
Negative space nails go geometric, and the blush and bright orange color combo on this pretty nail design practically screams, “Wear me on a sunset cruise.”
We’ll Take a Slice
The half-moon-only look feels very fashion-forward with solid colors, but for a touch of playfulness, consider going for mismatched designs inspired by your favorite summer fruits.
Why pick just one color? This quirky French manicure update lets you break out all your favorite nail polish shades. Just be sure to keep them in similar color families so as not to overwhelm the look.
Nails the color of a bright Florida sunset? Yes, please. The subdued blue-gray accent, placed in different spots on each nail, keeps things fresh and interesting.
In the Nude
A barely-there nude is essential for pulling off this minimalist look. A few pops of color, and the light-as-air nail design is complete.
If a tequila sunrise walked into an abstract painting—this is the nail design that would come out. We’re all about it.