For some, the
rainbow manicure trend — with every fingernail painted a different color — might feel a little intimidating. It’s hard enough to pick one polish color, so the thought of curating five that play well together (undertones and all) brings on a massive headache. Luckily, for those who’ve been hesitant to try the look, the summer variation on the multicolored manicure is the most wearable yet. The key is sticking with soft, pastel polishes.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up photos that showcase exactly how to pull off the pastel rainbow manicure. It’s one part fun, one sunshine-y — but it’s still attainable for those who tend to fall back on the
French manicure because it sidesteps statement-making neons for more muted shades. From baby pink paired with creamsicle orange to a lavender and light green combo, read on to find your soft-hued rainbow manicure inspiration.
Betina Goldstein calls this look “matte summer sunshine.”
Here, nail pro Queenie Nguyen mixed five pastel-toned polishes by CND:
Creekside (blue), Sun Bleached (yellow), Salmon Run (peach), Mint Convertible (green), and Candied (pink).
The pastel rainbow was practically tailor-made for
short, clean fingernails. This particular look also incorporates glitter to make the mani even more festive.
Cool-toned shades — like mossy green and grey-blue — will give you a fresh, earthy vibe. Plus, this version of the look doubles the number of polishes to create a two-tone effect.
We know the single-tone
creamsicle manicure is popular for summer 2019 (Selena Gomez is a fan, too), but now we’re thinking we’ll mix our peach polish with a Starburst pink.
One commenter dubbed this soft blend of tones a “pastel delight.”
We’re influenced two-fold: by the fun rainbow manicure
and the dainty wrist tattoo, inked in perfect cursive.
almond tips make the perfect backdrop for a colorful blend. The shape also calls to mind the Easter candy that this look closely resembles: Jordan Almonds.
Still iffy on tones? Light blue, pink, and lavender polishes tend to play well together, while still coming off as super soft.
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