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It's (almost) officially summer! Time to take those sandals out of hibernation and start prepping for the outrageously hot weather that's well on its way. This season is the perfect time to experiment with a whole new look. You can change your haircut, color, your overall style - but one of the easiest things to have fun experimenting with this summer is your nails. Whether you want killer, stiletto-shaped claws for the weekend or clean almond-shaped talons for your work days, nowadays it's as easy to change your nails as it is your clothes.
From beachy color palettes to intricate nail art, these are the hottest trends you'll be dying to try when it comes to claws this summer.
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What says summer more than daisies? This kind of nail art has to be drawn on by hand, but don't let that scare you off! The design is simple and cute, so if you don't have a nail technician you'll be able to do it all by yourself. TOP TIP: An old liquid eyeliner brush will be perfect for doing easy nail art on yourself...you might need some help with your bad hand though!
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With so many bright colors to choose from, it can be next to impossible to pick just one. Luckily, you have 10 fingers and don't have to make such an impossible decision! Get back to your '90s roots and stand out this summer by rocking this multi-colored look. Nostalgia is in.
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There's truly nothing better than a tan and a clean, white manicure. This nail trend will be great while you're on vacation or if you've got a strict work uniform - not to mention they'll go with any outfit. White polish also looks amazing on shorter nails for the gals who can't handle massive claws!
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Brighten up any look with a rainbow manicure. Whether it's a rainbow ombre you're after or something like this hand-drawn design, you can make any day pride with the help of your local nail tech. In saying this, you don't have to be an expert to achieve rainbow nails - use your old eyeliner brush to create some freehand designs yourself and don't be afraid to have fun with it!
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Florals for summer? Groundbreaking. This nail art design might be a little bit tricky to master yourself, but any good nail tech will be able to recreate it for you. We love this style in particular because of how the flowers look on a clear base polish. If this isn't art, we don't know what is!
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The marble manicure has become a must-have for nail lovers everywhere this season. The design, which is modeled after fancy kitchen countertops, looks great on every nail or paired against a bolder color like this red above. Although it looks super intricate, this trend is definitely an easy one to achieve at home. All you'll need is a base coat and two colors that you'll dot and swirl on top using a detail brush - simple!
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Everybody loves a sailor! This sailor stripe/anchor combo is super cute for summer and is perfect if you're heading off on a cruise for this year's vacation. All you'll need to achieve this trend is a red, white, and blue nail polish and a steady hand.
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These nails are exactly the thing you'll need while holidaying in Mexico this summer - or, if you're not lucky enough to get to a tropical paradise, they're sure to brighten up your 9-5 day job. Just looking down at your hands while typing will boost your mood! This particular design above is on the more complicated side as it involves jewels and nail stickers, but we think they're definitely worth the trip to the salon!
If you can't go to the sunset, bring the sunset to you! Ombre nails are a trend that looks great during all four seasons depending on what color palette you're using, but we think these warm orange shades are one of our favorites. You can do these nails at home using a sponge or just freehand. Start by applying a base coat (usually the lighter of the two colors), and then sponge or paint your second polish over the top starting at the tip. After, all you need to do is just blend blend blend!
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Ice cream nails are one of the most fun trends right now and they're super easy to do. Paint on your drips freehand using a detail brush and try not to be too exact - ice cream does not drip perfectly! Then, using a range of different colors, use your brush to paint on individual sprinkles and your ice cream is complete. Anybody else hungry?
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Cool down in the warmer weather with these amazing fruit punch nails. Unless you're an artist yourself, you might want to go to a nail technician for this intricate design. This is the trend to go for if you have a summer BBQ coming up or even if you're just looking for something a little different from your standard manicure. Does this count as part of our five fruits and veggies a day? If you're thirsty for the image used on the first slide, this is a similar effect but that one went with a translucent lewk, which you'd need a specialist for.
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For the prickly bitch in all of us! This nail trend proves that cacti can be small and cute as well as really badass. They're also super easy to draw yourself so grab a couple of green polishes and get painting! These cactus summer nails are best done before a trip to spruce up your apartment with some actual succulents — a millennials favorite plant considering they're so hard to kill! (But be warned: not impossible to kill.)
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We know what you're thinking - who in the world is able to function with nails this long?! Don't worry though, you don't have to mimic the shape — or length — of these stiletto nails to get the ocean trend rocking on your tips. This trend combines the ombre and the marble effect and is absolutely mesmerizing! You better clear up a few hours to sit in the salon chair, however — perfection takes time!
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We think we can all agree that watermelon is the most summery of the fruits. This pattern is super cute and looks great on shorter nails, as well as long. But if you've been feeling a bit excluded looking at all of these acrylic extensions, this summer nail art idea is a good one to look into. All you'll need is green, red, white and black polishes and your detailed brush. It's perfect for a DIY moment!
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These beach nails are giving us some serious mermaid vibes. Combine the ocean trend with some seashell nail art and you'll be a sea princess in no time. These designs are pretty small and intricate so it might be best to leave this one to the professionals. If you're feeling up to the challenge, watch a video like this for some tips.
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Pastel nails are one of the most simple but pretty trends this year and they work perfectly as the spring transitions into summer. Choose from purple, pink, blue or green - or if you can't decide, choose them all like in the photo above. There are plenty of drugstore brands that have colors similar to those above if you don't want to go to a salon. Not going to lie, though, we always recommend a day of pampering yourself at the salon... especially when it comes to intricate summer nail art ideas like these!
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