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Easy-to-create summer nail art looks

Here's how to replicate summer's hottest nail trends from home. Steady hands needn't apply!

DIY nail art doesn't have to be messy, overwhelming or complicated. DIY nail art doesn't have to be messy, overwhelming or complicated. DIY nail art doesn't have to be messy, overwhelming or complicated. (Photo: Paintbox)

We follow Instagram’s most-liked nail pros and their artistic creations with envy, but we scroll our feeds entirely perplexed as to how to pull the look off. What about easy-to-recreate nail art for us mere mortals?

We’ve got the hookup! Inspired by Israeli manicure chain Laka, which creates statement nail art in under 15 minutes for on-the-go women, we’ve pulled together summer 2016’s hottest nail art designs and how you can pull them off with ease from the comfort of your living room. Because, as the weather heats up and you break out the summer wardrobe, your nails should be as fun and vibrant as you are.

1. Cutouts

Two Become One is both sexy and linear with a column of negative space. #paintboxmani

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Geometric cutouts in bright colors add intrigue to a manicure, and the negative spaces give your nails a touch of minimalism while still keeping your nails looking classy and feminine. Here’s a little secret: when placed at the moon of the nail (at the base of the nail near the cuticle), negative space masks grow-out, so your mani will appear fresh longer. Here’s how to pull the look off.


2. The flip side

Blue in the back 💧 @sally_hansen #miraclegel #undersidesurprise

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The top of your nails isn’t the only party – your undersides can be painted, too! Since summer 2016 nails are anything but understated, have some fun in unexpected places and add a surprising shade to the underside of your nail. Here’s how to pull the look off.


3. The sandicure


Nothing screams summer like the beach and a freshly painted “sandicure,” which as you may have guessed, is a manicure or pedicure with sand sprinkled on the nails. The whole look is beyond simple to pull off, and it adds texture and interest without overdoing the sparkle. Looking for inspiration? Check out these sandy beaches.


4. Go nautical


Sea blues and greens work magically in this super summery nautical nail art design. The color combination is attention-grabbing yet tasteful, and you'll surely receive compliments on your high sea-inspired nails. Click on the above video to re-create the look. Bon voyage!


5. Delicate dots


Summer nail art doesn't need to be overtly loud to make a statement. We’re loving the look of subtle dots around the edges of the nail, which adds character to the nail without going overboard. You can even try a neutral hue with summery pastel dots as opposed to white. Here’s how to pull the look off.

Go ahead and try one of these summery nail art designs! Show off your creation and be sure to tag us at @fromgrapevine using the hashtag #ManiMonday!

Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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