Although summer holidays may be put on hold this year, there’s nothing stopping you from checking off your beauty bucket list. With likely more time at home than ever, capitalize on the opportunity to experiment with a DIY mani or schedule in a post-lockdown pamper sesh at your favorite salon for a go at these tempting talons that signify you’re ready for the long-awaited summer. Taking a page from our bookmarked nail stylists and celebrity beauty gurus, our nail inspo this season champions a more natural look, from reinventing the French manicure and adorning polish-free nails with artistic embellishments to decorating our not-for-long blank canvas with hints of polychromatic shades.
Keep scrolling for our edit of the eye-catching nail art trends we predict are here to stay—even past September.
Not-so classic French
While we’re as much a fan of traditional French tips as the next beauty enthusiast, these fresh takes on the timeless style reaffirm our belief that change may lead to something better. The indecisive polish picker can opt for two-tone tips or double-hued layers while the detail-oriented designer can up the ante on the glamor with modish gemstones or gold foiling on a reverse french. No matter which trendsetting reimagination you choose, clean lines and muted bases reign supreme.
This at-home hiatus may have finally given your nails some long-overdue breathing time, but a break from the acrylics or gel polish doesn’t have to be boring. Embrace the bare negative trend with funky designs that shine a spotlight on the true heroes of a must-have manicure: healthy nail beds. From delicate daisies and summertime-apt lemons to multi-colored half-moons and idyllic waves, appreciate the subtle beauty of a bare nail with an unexpected accent for a chic detox worth pursuing long after our return to normality.
It’s all geometric to me
Bold colors and geometric shapes are a winning combination for creating distinctive patterns. Transform your fingernails into minute pieces of art with stained glass mosaics or neon strokes fit for a modern art museum. For an added twist, ditch the symmetry and embrace the eclecticism for an abstract finish.
Somewhere over the rainbow
As temperatures continue to heat up, radiate that rising summer energy with a bright technicolored palette that is guaranteed to boost your mood with every glance. Whether it’s adding a splash of color with a glittering top coat, painting a pastel chrome ombré, or trying out rainbow color-blocking, the options for this playful kaleidoscope are endless.