How to Give Yourself a Manicure

Rach's buddy Gretta Monahan shows us the prettiest manicure looks for summer.
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The Trend
From navy nautical stripes to bright turquoise shades, blues are being reborn this summer. Dive in, fingertips first! This poppy tone is universally flattering.
Shades by Barielle in A Bouquet for Ava

The Trend
Turn up the volume on traditional pinks and reds. While this neon looks shockingly bright in the bottle, our staff passed it around, and it complemented every skin tone. (Promise, it goes on lighter than it looks.)
Duri Ultra Brights Nail Color in Bedeviled

The Trend
lilacs and grays
Purples and grays have an elegant, almost masculine edge. This one is a good gateway to darker grays, and it'll ease the transition from summer to fall.
Deborah Lippmann
Nail Lacquer in Purple Rain


How do I dress up my manicure?
Add texture to your summer manicure for some added glam. Rach's buddy Gretta Monahan shows you how.

Step 1: Cut out pieces of fine lace (or a paper doily with a lacelike pattern) to fit the shape of each individual nail.
Step 2: Paint on the first coat of polish. While nails are still wet, lay the pieces of precut fabric over the top of each one. Dab it slightly with a cotton swab or the tip of your finger to help it adhere.
Step 3: When nails have dried (give them about a minute or two), paint an additional coat over the lace. Seal the textured design with a final layer of clear top coat.


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