You’re never fully dressed without your nails done. And thanks to improved polishes that resist chipping, soak-off gels, nail stickers and talented nail pros around the city, pretty nails can easily be had no matter what your budget is. The hottest looks for summer include looks from the bold, in-your-face nail art to demure classics. Get your digits ready for the season with this primer of mani looks that can take you right through to fall.
From subtle pebbly finishes and confetti-like polishes (such as tiny dots that’ll give you cravings for dragonfruit), textured polishes are an easy way to dress up your nails without having to labour over them with nail-art tools.
Must Try: OPI Liquid Sand Can’t Let Go | Deborah Lippmann Staccato Polka Dots and Moonbeams
The easiest way to switch up a regular mani a day or two after your appointment? Slick on a matte topcoat (over black or navy it gives a sexy, leather-y look to your nails) and it’ll prolong your mani, too. This is a subtle way for ladies who shy away from nail art to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to their nails.
Must Try: Revlon Matte Top Coat | Essie Matte About You Finisher
Glitter is appropriate all year round – didn’t you get the memo? Play with a rainbow of glitter or try a polish with larger holographic flecks and your nails will steal the show at your next summer BBQ.
Must Try: Revlon Moon Candy Nail Art Orbit | Nicole by OPI Confetti Glitter
Graphic Nail Art
The only limit is your imagination when it comes to nail art. Glue on gems, play with several colours, dot to your heart’s content. If you’re not patient enough (or just don’t have a steady hand), book an appointment with the go-to nail artist in your city (you might want to book well in advance, summer’s the busy season, after all). You can also DIY at home with nail stickers that make wearing nail art easy peasy!
Must Try: Essie Nail Appliques | Maybelline Nail Stickers | Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips
With the flood of nail art over the past few seasons, wearing one solid colour can be a refreshing change. A greige has a zen and calming appeal, while neon shades go hand in hand with the hot weather. (Tip: Apply a coat of white nail polish to help make your neon polish pop out more.)
Must Try: China Glaze Towel Boy Toy | L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Grecyan Goddess | Essie Lights