The Festive Nail Art Design We’re Seeing Everywhere This Summer

In the scope of nail art, it’s hard to find the sweet spot between classic French tips and over-the-top glitter. The first feels generic and overplayed, while the latter is flashy enough to stop oncoming traffic with a simple flick of the wrist. But this time of year, we need something in the middle — a fresh take on the festive Fourth of July manicure that stops just short of obviously red, white, and blue.

Luckily, starry nails are both seasonally appropriate and wildly chic (according to the feeds of just about every cool-girl on Instagram). This look will have even the most nail art-averse reaching for a striping brush or star sticker decals. Whether you prefer your base color in glossy black, minimalist nude, or watermelon pink, we’ve gathered all the nail art inspiration you need to try star nail art on your own or at your next salon appointment, ahead.

Over a glossy nude base color or clear polish, white accent stars are timeless, and they pair well with a worn-in denim jacket.

When an all-black manicure feels too dark for summer, use an inky shade to etch stars over a bare nail, which makes the tone instantly festive and summery.

Silver glitter and mini star decals go together like a cozy, gray turtleneck and a snug pair of jeans by the campfire.

You don’t have to be an artist to get gorgeous stars. Even if you don’t have a steady hand, this 5-pointed shape is easy to create with a striping brush — and you can disguise any mistakes with glitter.

For the most low-key take on your BBQ manicure — that’s chic, not cheesy — add tiny, red, press-on stars.

More of a maximalist? Star accents can be applied over pink acrylics for a rad take on star-sprinkled nail art.

Over a milky nude polish and square-shaped tips, multicolored neon stars — like the kind you stuck to the ceiling of your childhood bedroom — become super chic.

For a texture play, use an iridescent polish — like this one from YSL — as a base, and add a 3-D star decal on top.

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