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As the weather gets warmer, I dislike wearing accessories more and more. I get claustrophobic-ish and cranky when it’s warm out. So I like to compensate with fun nails…and lipstick! But let’s save that for another post.
A great nail color or design is a great way to add a little interest to your look without adding any objects touching your skin.
To start with it’s always good to have some kick ass colors to choose from. So here are 18 of my favorite nail colors of the moment…
Butter London- Big Smoke is a grey-ish smokey blue color with a shimmer finish. It’s not what I call a traditional spring/summer color but I think it’s a really nice option for the ladies who can’t give up their dark colors when the warm weather rolls around.
Julie G-YOU-Niverse is your typical gold-green duochrome shade. I picked this up last week at IMATS NYC, but you can find them at your local rite-aid store (Sorry there’s no link!) The shifting color adds some interest, thats for sure.
Urban Decay- Fishnet Is currently only available on eBay, so I kind of regret even including it (the eBay price linked there is still a good value for the set though) It’s a great summer shade, but I wouldn’t tell you to run out and get it because it chips very quickly. Let’s just call it a source of inspiration for now and I’ll let you know if I find a dupe, deal?
Zoya- Adina Light purple with green duochrome? Yeah exactly.
Julie G- Bikini A neon coral shade with a cream finish. Perfect for spring/summer fingers and toes, and totally cute for a beach vacation. I think the name says it all. Like the other Julie G Polishes you can find it at Rite Aid
Urban Outfitters- Oyster Is a sheer opalescent shade. It can be worn alone if you don’t mind visible nail line, or layered over any number of colors to make them more interesting. Hmmm I bet it looks really cool over “Bikini”
Essie-Merino Cool All these bright colors can get exhausting. When I need something basic but not exactly nude, this is my go-to color. The photo makes it look a little brown-ish, but its really a purple/grey/taupe. The color in the amazon photo is very accurate, so click the link if you want to see what it looks like.
OPI – You’re Such a Budapest At first glance is a pale violet creme, but if you look closely there’s a tiny hint of shimmer. I didn’t even notice it until I put it on, but it adds just a little more interest. And the shade is perfect for spring. Pale purple with just enough grey to save it from being a true pastel.
Julie G- Dance In The Dark I know I’m super annoying putting these on here even though you can’t get them online right now. But this color is insane and my photos do it not justice. It reminds me of a bright blue hot rod, and if that doesn’t say summer I don’t know what does! I can also see this coming in very handy around the fourth of July. VampyVarnish has a much better photo of it HERE if you want to take a look. It really is amazing looking.
WOW that’s a lot of polish! But thats not all. I cooked up three simple nail art designs, that are easy to replicate, using the colors mentioned above. I’m not a nail artist so don’t judge me too harshly. I guess that just means if I can make them look decent, you probably can too.
This one is so easy. Just paint the whole nail with OPI – You’re Such a Budapest and then use a small brush like an eyeliner brush, or a nail art brush to paint Essie- Beyond Cozy on the half moon area of your nail, then top with your favorite top coat.
This is probably the most difficult look of the bunch, but it’s still pretty easy! Start by painting your nails with one coat of Julie G- Bikini and then once it is dry place Nail Striping Tape in various geometric shapes across each nail, making sure to leave some hanging off at the ends so you can grab it easily later.
Paint over the tape with two coats of Essie-Merino Cool. When it’s about half dry, peel the tape up to reveal the neon lines, and top it with your favorite top coat. Done!
Ok this is the easiest one of all. Two coats of Essie- Marshmallow. Wait for it to dry. Take a black sharpie and draw on some stripes. They don’t have to be perfect to give the effect. It’s like an artistic, cartoony take on animal print. Wait about 10 minutes for the sharpie to dry, top coat and voila!
I hope this got you excited for summer nails. I’m gonna go outside and drink an iced coffee now!