Express Yourself With the Perfect Summer Manicure

There’s no better time to get a mani-pedi than summertime! With your toes and fingernails on full display in sandals and flip-flops, you might be tempted to try out a new color and style every week this summer. So what’s stopping you? 

Manicures and pedicures can be expensive, and nail salons might only have a limited number of solid colors available. You can ask for gems, glitter, or other designs, but there’s no guarantee that your nail salon will be able to create the look you’re going for. If you’re not familiar with nail art, it can be even more difficult to know what to ask for at the nail salon—or to attempt it at home yourself.

Acrylic, gel, and semi cured gel nails can be great alternatives to painting your nails yourself. Why worry about staying inside the lines or being a master artist when you can shape your polish to fit your nail? Fake nails come in hundreds of designs so you can choose a set that fits your personal aesthetic. Whether you prefer a French manicure or tiny watermelons on your nails, there’s bound to be an acrylic or semi cured gel nails set that fits your needs. Semi cured gel nails are especially unique and easy to use at home. They’re made of liquid gel nail polish that molds to fit your fingernail and hardens when exposed to a UV lamp. They usually last for about two weeks, so you can try out plenty of new styles this summer. Need some suggestions for the cutest summer nail colors? Here are just a few designs that you can wear as semi cured gel nails during your trip to the beach or your night out with friends.

  1. Bold Colors
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Summer is the perfect time to try out a bold color like yellow or turquoise blue. Your nails can be an accessory just like your purse, shoes, or earrings, so don’t be afraid to make a statement. If you find yourself gravitating towards your safe colors when you’re at the nail salon—probably muted pinks or reds—why not try out something new? Since semi cured gel nails last for two weeks, you can try out a funky color like this vibrant yellow and easily switch it out if it isn’t to your liking. You’ll be more likely to wear bright colors and floral patterns during the summer anyway, so it will be easy to find outfits that match. 

  1. Nude with Glitter
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Everyone feels like dressing up during the summer! If you have a wedding or birthday party to attend, you may be looking for nails that are formal but still have a little bit of personality. These gel nails in the shade “N Dress Up” are a peachy nude color with just a sprinkling of glitter and elegant, crisscrossed silver lines. They’re appropriately subtle with just a bit of summer sparkle.

  1. Tropical Fruits
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This adorable semi cured gel pedicure gives such beachy vibes. If you’re going to a tropical location this summer, decorating your nails with summery fruits like pineapples or watermelons is the perfect way to set the mood. Alternating bold designs with solid colors gives any pedicure or manicure the ideal amount of balance. This set also includes solid yellow, green, white, and yellow gingham nails—all essential summer colors.

  1. Ocean Blue
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If you’re headed to the beach this summer or even if you just love the ocean, a nail set that resembles the ocean or mermaid scales might be exactly what you need. These gorgeous blue nails are any mermaid’s dream come true. They’re patterned with decals that resemble the ocean when the sun hits it just right. 

  1. Marbled Nails
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This marbled manicure set in shades of yellow, orange, and purple is suitable for those nail lovers who want to try out some summer shades but are nervous to completely embrace bold primary colors. Muted secondary colors or colored French tip nails could be a great way to try some bolder shades. If you’re going for a look that’s more sophisticated than spontaneous, this set resembling a sunset or desert could be for you. 

  1. Fun Pastels
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Summer isn’t all about the primary colors. This nail set in shades of pastel green, pink, yellow, and purple with accents of gold is so playful and fun. It’s inspired by a merry-go-round and would be well-suited for any parade, carnival, or summertime fun. The French manicure style of the decals is even more subtle once it’s on your fingertips, making it easy to match.

  1. Summer Sky
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Most people gravitate towards deep purple and blue nails in the wintertime, but this starry design would be a great summer twist on a darker color. The subtle glitter is achieved with a glossy yellow to make it look like stars. This style would be stunning at parties—especially if you have a deep blue or black dress to match.

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