The Pro-Approved Nail Trends You’re Going To Want All Summer Long

The best thing about nail trends is that, unlike your hair or wardrobe, they’re very low commitment. No matter how much you love or hate your latest color or art choice, like clockwork, it’s only going to last a week or two, so why not experiment with the latest and greatest?

If you’re hoping to be on-trend with solid polish this season, opt for ’80s brights and creamy nudes. But if you’re looking to up the ante, you’ll need the raddest nail art all the pros are trying. That means tons of minimal designs that will let your hands do the talking. And for those that really like to switch it up, there are rad new stickers on the market that make it incredibly easy. Ahead, the coolest summer nail art trends to try now.

Negative Space

Consider these nearly-naked designs if your manicures tend to chip faster in the summer months. (Hint: Pools and oceans aren’t exactly great for keeping polish in place.) The tiny details — like these dainty gold dots — won’t easily show the wear and tear of the polish, so they’ll look better for longer.

Not only is this trend minimal chic, but seems to last forever. With the bare polish as a base, the grow-out phase is practically undetectable even weeks after you leave the salon. That is, if you opt for gels.

Half Moons

Whether you pair this design with negative space or color-blocked hues, it’s hard to deny how quickly it amps up your look.

Jan Arnold, CND style director, tells us that whenever you want to get a little fancy with your next mani, just add metallics.

Half Dips

The major appeal to this manicure is that it incorporates the beauty of negative space with tons of color.

Can’t decide on one polish? Use a different shade on each nail for a rainbow effect.


Nail decals aren’t new, but the clever accessory has certainly gotten more advanced since the last time we checked. These butterfly options from Olive & June are already an L.A. cool-girl favorite.

Looks like we found a new purpose for those stick-on earrings from middle school — and we don’t hate it.

Rainbow Layers

Focusing most of the color near the cuticle is the reverse-French manicure you’ve been waiting for.

Like the glitter stripes of Coachella, but with a psychedelic twist.

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