Nail Polish Trends To Rock This Summer

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June 12, 2018:

In case you missed it, June 1st was National Nail Polish Day. While we love a good coat of Ballet Slippers as much as everyone else, we thought we’d bring you the latest trends in mani/pedi’s to spice up your next salon visit. Take this guide with you the next time you want to give your nails the summer refresh they need.

Bring out color

Even if you’re a Lincoln Park After Dark-er year-round, going for bold, statement nails is one of the best ways to incorporate color into your look, especially if your closet isn’t quite ready for a color overhaul.  If the idea of a bright blue intimidates you, pick colors that are easier to match with neutrals. Think sunset-like hues with muted oranges like Smith & Cult’s Tang Bang or a baby blue like Deborah Lippman’s Misty Morning, which is a nice take of the classic, tan-enhancing all-white mani.

Revamp a classic

Sure, a French mani is probably not the first idea that comes to mind when you think of a trendy new look. But the revamped French mani is definitely back. Ditch the white tips and instead, opt for chrome and metallics (like this one from NARS or one of these from the Nails Inc duo). You want a base that will contrast, so your favorite dark berries, blacks, or grays will make this look more wearable and easier to match with the rest of your summer wardrobe.


If you’re indecisive about picking colors, this one’s for you. Not only is this look super modern, but it allows you to try out two colors on one nail. Get playful with primary colors or pick two shades of one color. Experiment with lines – vertical, horizontal, criss-cross, you name it. This design channels that ultra minimalist look, which looks clean, cool, and anything but boring.

Straight off the runway

According to the runway this summer, yellow (and it’s younger sister, mustard) might be the new millennial pink, at least for this spring/summer season. It’s all about nailing (no pun intended) the right tone: you want to think the bolder the better. Go for a shade and formula that is opaque, warm, and rich, such as OPI’s Sun, Sea, and Sand in My Pants. And if you’re not quite ready to go yellow on the full nail, this color works well as an accent color to add an element of surprise to any dark or light base polish.


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