DOSE OF INSPIRATION : SUMMER NAIL ART

Posted by KIVOGUE On 7/12/2014 10:47:00 am
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Summer is finally here, and you know what that means! Days last longer, the weather gets warmer, life gets better, and nails get, well, brighter! Skip the routine $30 manicure altogether (save the money for happy hour and thank us later) and try these DIY nail art ideas that will be sure to impress. We’re channeling geometric patterns, funky stripes, and statement hues in this roundup, and everything is DIY-friendly! All you need is some colorful nail polish, a few tools, and some patience, and you’ll have an Insta-worthy mani in no time.






























1. Kiwi Manicure

Freshen up your next DIY mani with a sweet summer treat! A bright coat of green with a kiwi-inspired twist will give you the juiciest nails around.















What You’ll Need:
  • Base coat
  • Kiwi green nail polish
  • Black thin brush nail art polish or pen
  • White nail art pen
  • Top Coat
Get the full tutorial HERE.

2. Gingham Manicure

This country pattern just got a nail-friendly update! White nails are extremely trendy this summer. Accent them with a little dose of gingham, and show the world just how stylish this pattern can be.















What You’ll Need:
  • White nail polish
  • Tape or nail strips (similar to the ones you can find in a manicure kit)
  • A nail polish color of your choice (to paint the gingham pattern)
  • Cuticle clippers
  • Top coat
Get the full tutorial HERE.

3. Constellation Manicure

Let the stars be your guide with this galaxy-inspired manicure. Layer multiple colors of polish to get a unique look that’s all your own.

























What You’ll Need:
  • Black nail polish
  • Glitter blue nail polish
  • Metallic dark blue nail polish
  • White nail polish
  • Coral/Pink nail polish
  • Metallic silver nail polish
  • Glitter taupe/beige nail polish
  • A makeup sponge
Get the full tutorial HERE.

4. Ombre Manicure

Though ombre might be a little tired as a hairstyle, it is still an awesome and super easy style for nails.



















What You’ll Need:
  • (At least) two different nail polish colors in slightly contrasted shades
  • A makeup sponge
  • A plastic sheet (like the plastic sheet protectors you would use in binders)
Get the full tutorial HERE.

5. Nautical Manicure

Channel some beachy, nautical vibes with this fun and simple manicure. Painting stripes can be hard, but we’ve found a few tricks to make this style as easy as possible.












What You’ll Need:
  • Navy blue nail polish
  • Red nail polish
  • Top coat
  • White nail strips
  • Cuticle clippers
  • Thin nail art or regular paint brush
Get the full tutorial HERE. If you’re having trouble doing the stripes, check out the tips in this tutorial by The Beauty Department.

6. Americana Tie Dye Manicure

Just in time for the 4th of July, have some fun with your nails with this tie dye DIY manicure! Red, white, and blue swirls and stripes will give your patriotic nails a little touch of hippie chic

















What You’ll Need:
  • White nail polish
  • Blue nail polish
  • Red nail polish
  • A needle
  • Top coat
Get the full tutorial HERE.

7. Independence Day Manicure

Forget the basic 4th of July manicures that consist of all-red or flag-painted nails. Get your creative juices flowing and opt instead for a fun and unconventional manicure that exudes your Independence Day spirit!















What You’ll Need:
  • Red nail polish
  • Silver or white nail polish
  • Blue nail polish
  • Tape or nail strips
  • Top coat
  • A touch of creativity!
Get the full tutorial HERE.

8. Aloha Floral Manicure

Take a mini vacay to Hawaii with a bright floral manicure with a watercolor-esque aesthetic. This retro, funky, DIY do’ will get you pumped for hot summer days and warm weather. When choosing your colors, think bright and neon to really capture the essence of the season.















What You’ll Need:
  • Light pink nail polish
  • Darker/Fuchsia nail polish
  • Light orange nail polish
  • Darker orange nail polish
  • Light green nail polish
  • Darker green nail polish
  • White nail polish
  • Top coat
Get the full tutorial HERE.

9. Ice Cream Cone Manicure

Who doesn’t love some ice-cold sweets in the summer? Add some sweetness to your summer style with an adorable ice cream manicure.













What You’ll Need:
  • 3 pastel nail polish colors, depicting whatever ice cream flavors you’d like
  • Shimmery/Glitter clear nail polish
  • Tan/Beige nail polish
  • Darker brown nail art pen
  • Fine-tip nail art brush
  • Top coat
Get the full tutorial HERE.

10. Geometric/Tribal Manicure

This DIY manicure will be the ultimate showstopper this summer. Intricate geometric lines and patterns will have everyone asking where you got your nails done, to which you will proudly say, “I did them myself,” of course.




















What You’ll Need:
  • Eggshell/Off-white nail polish
  • 2 bright, contrasting nail polish colors (Ex: coral and electric blue)
  • Black nail art pen
  • Decorative accents (like small gold Mardi Gras beads, or anything you like at a craft store, really)
Get the full tutorial HERE.

11. Ikat Manicure

The ikat pattern seems to be everywhere these days, and we’re loving it! Traditionally an ancient textile pattern originating in areas like Southeast Asia the Middle East, Western culture has adopted this trend as a sort of modern, eclectic, yet elevated bohemian pattern for interior design. Give your next manicure a boho vibe with an updated ikat pattern, complete with bright pops of color.
















What You’ll Need:
  • 4 different nail polish colors (Ex: white, light blue, teal, and hot pink)
  • Black nail art pen
  • Top coat
Get the full tutorial HERE.
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On a side note, Keep In Vogue previously also shared quite a couple of nail arts too!
Check out 
Nail me a message 
Tribal nails
Ombre nails
Golden Temple

Happy Weekend! Go make your nail beautiful! xoxo
 
 

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