The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here: It’s SUMMER time! No more worrying about homework, grades or waking up early. It’s time to catch up with friends and hang by the pool. Now that I have so much free time, my biggest worry is what color I should paint my nails! Nail designs have been trending recently and lucky for us not-so-creative folk, there are many tutorials on how to achieve those awesome looking nails. I have picked out my top five must-have summer nails and included simple “how to” instructions. I hope everyone gets the chance to try one, or all, of the designs.

 

1. The Classic

My first pick for summer is actually not a design at all. It is a perfect pink/nude for summer. You can use the color in the picture by Essie, “A Crewed Interest,” or find a similar tone from another brand. Simply apply 2-3 coats and top with a clear coat. There you have it- classy and chic!

2. The Edgy French

The second design is an edgy twist to the classic French manicure. Instead of having white tips, pick a color to use instead! Neon colors such as yellow, pink or green are perfect for summer. To achieve this look, place a hole reinforcer on your nail just under the part where the white starts. Simply paint above it in your color of choice, and there you have it!

3. Water Color Nails

This design reminds me of the outcome of a “Spin Art” painting. This is definitely on the wilder side but it is completely appropriate for summer! Pre-step: pick out 3-5 colors for your design. You start with a bowl of room-temperature water and white nails. Add a drop of color close to the bowl and let it spread out. Keep adding drops, alternating colors as you like, until it forms a bull’s-eye or target shape. Then, using a toothpick, start in the center and pull outward, but do not break the outer ring of polish. Rub the skin around your fingers in petroleum jelly so they do not get painted Then dip away! Keep in mind you can only dip each finger once, as no two dips will create the same outcome.

4. The Girl-Next-Door

This girly look screams, “summertime.” Again, you can pick your own colors to create a unique look. *Note: this design requires nail stamps. (These can be found at Wal-Mart or online.) Start with your base color and paint two coats. Use the nail stamps (directions included and easy-to-use), and everyone will be begging you to be their personal manicurist. You can give away your secret…or not.

 5. Glitter Nails

Let’s be honest. Every time of the year is a good time for glitter nails. So why not show them off while you’re showing off your new bikini? There are so many awesome glitter polishes to choose from so it will be hard to go wrong. One of my personal favorites is Milani Specialty Nail Lacquer Jewel FX. The glitter is big and comes on thick, so it only takes a few coats. It is important to remember a topcoat, so the polish doesn’t chip.

 

And there you have it! With these awesome designs you are ready for summer and whatever comes your way! Just be careful not to break a nail! ;)