Summer Nails


Summer is in full swing and that means you’re probably keeping busy with events and days spent enjoying the beautiful outdoors. This nail design was inspired by sea and sand. Cool blue meets a warm gold. Here’s a design that can be customized many different ways to suit any occasion. Choose bright neons for a fun weekend beach party. Black and white for something stark, but adaptable. Or pick out some nudes and neutrals to create something subtle enough for a wedding weekend. The angular design adds some interest to a solid color, but is easy enough for a beginner to master. Read on for instructions on how to create your perfect summer nails!


You’ll Need:

  • two compatible nail colors
  • washi, Scotch or painter’s tape



  1. Begin with nails that already have your clear coat of choice. Layer your background color on with as many coats necessary to look as opaque as you want them. Allow those time to dry.
  2. Once you’re sure the bottom color is totally dry (feel free to wait a whole day for this if need be), prepare some small strips of tape. You’ll need 10 per hand, but they don’t need to be very thick. I suggest cutting 5 strips of tape in half the long way, to make them more manageable and reduce waste. You can get all 20 strips ready at once, if you like, but I suggest only taping one set at a time or else you’re going to have quite a mess on your hands. Literally.
  3. Carefully overlap two tape strips on each nail to create a triangle shape of exposed nail. I found it easiest to place each piece diagonally from the corners of the cuticle area.
  4. After one hand is completely taped to your satisfaction, paint on your top color in the exposed triangle. You may need to use several coats if your bottom color is darker, so remember to give lots of extra drying time.
  5. Once you’re confident the top color is totally dry, very carefully peel off the tape from the nail. You want to leave as clean a line as possible, so go slowly. If you’had had to use several coats, you may notice a significant ridge around the triangle. A top coat will help smooth that out and create some extra gloss.
  6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 on your other hand and (if you haven’t already) be sure to add a good top coat to even out the layers and protect your new summery manicure.


Hope you’re enjoying your summer!




What color combo are you going to try? Do you have a go-to summer design?


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