Best and Worst Trending Manicures for Summer
Summer is the time to let your nails shine! But beware, just because a nail style or shape is trending does not mean it’s for a good reason. Here are must-have (and must-not) manis to keep you looking on point all summer long.
The Worst Nail Trends
Bubble Nails have been trending like crazy the past couple of days – but not necessarily for their beauty. The bubble effect is achieved by placing a dollop of acrylic on the middle of the nail to create a bubble effect. Bubble nails can come in a variety of lengths, often with an exaggerated curve in longer nail styles.
Fanned tips are another shape that is not catching on very fast. The trend is often referred to has “duck feet nails,” which goes to show nail shape experiments are not always a success. The wider tips shortens rather than elongates the finger and nail.
This look was sported on the runways this past year, and while it totally rocks on the catwalk, it doesn’t translate as well in daily life. The cuticle-only look is achieved by applying polish as normal to your entire nail bed and then removing the polish, except for the cuticle. Although creative, the look will most likely leave you looking like you ran out of nail polish remover, or time.
Fabulous Must-Haves Manis
The coffin shape is one trending nail shape that works. It offers the same length and elegance as an almond or oval, but with the durability of a round or square.
If you’re looking for texture, micro beads are the way to go. They offer an element of interest without overwhelming the entire look. The smaller and more consistent the shape the smoother and subtler the overall look will be. Choose a metallic tone that compliments your color for a feminine edge.
If you’re looking for a fun way to mix up your mani, opt for foil strips and fun shapes. From a single foil line close to the tip, to a checkered metallic pattern, your nails will be elevated to a new level of perfection. If your like the way embellished nails look, but find it to be too overwhelming, give foils for an edgy detail.
Negative space manis are super chic and perfect for summer. Choose a pattern that has a “cutout” pattern and apply a clear or light glitter to the negative space for a fun refined look. Negative space manicures can be done with any color, but a solid polish in a classic shade completely on point.
Our friends at Julep have shared a new Flip Side Manicure nail art tutorial that can be used with any polish combination. We suggest pairing a bold with a neutral (in the example, Julep uses on Florence top and Jenna on the flip). It’s super simple to paint a Flip Side mani on your own – here’s how in three easy steps: