Dopamine dressing is everywhere, folks: even our fingertips. “People are not afraid to use color right now,” says Natalie Minerva, a Los Angeles-based nail artist who creates the designs for Euphoria. “There’s a surrealist fantasy look, with lots of three-dimensional elements using gel and funky stones. It’s all over the place.” We’re calling it now: the style of the summer is “unapologetic,” whatever that may mean to you.
To help get your creative juices flowing, we asked innovative nail artists to share three versions of summer 2022’s biggest nail art trends in a range of color palettes: hourglass nails, bedazzled French tips, and aura-inspired nail art. Each artist was tasked with creating one look suitable for at-home manicures, another that may require the help of a practiced nail tech, and a third that goes all-out, using the best of their creativity and skill. Whether you’re obsessed with pastels or bright colors, simple French manis or ’90s-nostalgic press-ons in gradient shades, you’ll find the cute summer nails for that vacation you spent all winter dreaming of.
First, Minerva offers up three different takes on “the Maddy,” an hourglass-shaped art deco look that she designed specifically for Alexa Demie’s Euphoria character to wear in the season two premiere. Thanks in part to a few strategic camera shots of Demie’s manicure on the show, the shape picked up steam — and its original creator has supplied us with new ways to try the eye-catching trend.
Next, NYC-based nail artist Marbles Valdez combines old and new with the bedazzled French trend. You’ll see a variety of three-dimensional accents — from the simple and classic to the deeply extra (yet still summery) mani.
Finally, Tahvya Krok, a nail technician in Pasadena, dives into the ephemeral with the aura-inspired summer nail trend. “More people are becoming interested in learning about their own energy, the energy of others, and how it can be seen and transferred,” Krok explains. “The pops of vibrant colors are aesthetically pleasing and amazing for summer.” This includes a mood-ring manicure that looks gorgeous on both long and short nails.
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