Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Top 5 Summer 2012 Nail Polish Trends


Summer 2012 is here! Whether you're working, taking classes, or have a break, I hope you have something fun to look forward to and a few new polishes to wear :) Summer is a great time to take some risks on your nails - I dare you to try a color you haven't tried before (toes count!)

I chose five nail polish looks that are fantastic for the summer and are also really hot right now. For each summer nail polish trend, I'll share my look and a link for you to see some others. PS - I can hardly believe that it's been a whole year since I posted my first Top 5 round up :)

*New this year! I've created a Summer 2012 Nail Polish Trends board on Pinterest :) See you there!

#5 Electric Turquoise
Even if you'll be behind a desk most of the summer (points to self), wearing the color of a bright blue swimming pool or the Caribbean Sea on your nails - toes or fingers - can transport you far, far away.

Essence Lets Get Lost
Essence Let's Get Lost

BYS Blue Bang (You've Got Nail)
China Glaze Aquadelic (Bull City Beauty)
Claire's Marine Blue (Nails Beautiqued)
Deborah Lippmann On the Beach (Nails Made Simple)
Dior St. Tropez (Une Ruxi à Paris)
Finger Paints Blue Raspberry Truffle (Rachel Marie's Nails)
H&M Nail Him (Love, Varnish, Chocolate and More...)
Lancôme Aquamarine (Fashion Polish)
NARS Koliary (Scrangie)
Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily (Mara in Polishland)

#4 Chevrons
Using Scotch tape is a simple tool you can use to create straight lines and awesome patterns. There are lots of great designs, but the Chevron pattern in particular has really caught on. 

OPI Charged Up Cherry and Sally Hansen Celeb City

Chalkboard Nails
Concrete and Nail Polish - IKAT Chevron Tutorial
It's Because I Think Too Much
Lucy's Stash
Nailasaurus - Tutorial (guest post on Makeup and Beauty Blog)
Nailside

#3 Tangerine Tango
Tangerine Tango is the Pantone Color of the Year and while you may not be able to/want to rock this color on your lips or pants, nail polish is a more wearable way to incorporate it. Last year, this bright orange-red hue was actually my #1 summer nail polish pick and now that we know it better as Tangerine Tango, it's still going strong!

Essie Olé Caliente

Chanel Holiday (Ommorphia Beauty Bar)
NARS Lal Mirchi (Pshiiit)
OPI A Roll in the Hague (Doing My Nails)
Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year (My Nail Graffiti)
Sonia Kashuk Tango Mango (Polish Insomniac)

#2 Sophisticated Skittles
Can't decide which polish to wear? Why not wear them all! Wearing a different color on each nail can look tres chic if you pick polishes in the same color range. Or, shake up the traditional accent nail look by painting   some of your nails one color and the others a contrasting color in any combination. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination here - and the best part? This is one way to get creative with your manicures without needing to learn any new nail art tricks ;)

#1 Sponge Gradient
Did you ever think it would be possible to achieve an airbrush-like gradient on your nails at home? All you need is a sponge, a little patience, and some clean up and you're ready to create endless combinations of stunning gradients!


Light green: OCC Wasabi/Dark Green: China Glaze Gaga For Green

Here are some of my favorite gradient creations and tutorials - remember, practice makes perfect :)

Chalkboard Nails
Swatchaholic

See you over on Pinterest!

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

34 comments:

  1. I'm loving that gradient! Nice job :)

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    1. Thanks, Yasmin! It was my first attempt :)

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  2. I think you are right on with all of these trends! The other one I am loving right now is white nails. I'll have to try gradient nails, it looks fun!

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    1. Oh good call! White nails are great for summer :)

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    1. Thanks, Kim! Summer nail trends are so much fun!

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  4. I love all the trends!! Perhaps because summer is my favorite season. I love your pictures, you were very generous by adding links to other bloggers

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    1. Hi Julie, hope you found some blogs that are new to you!

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    1. Thanks, Lililala! Glad you like it! Do you have a favorite summer trend?

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    1. Thanks girl! What's your favorite summer polish to wear?

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  7. Totally agree with you on this top 5.

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    1. Oh yay! There are lots of trends for summer so I was debating which to go with, but I'm feeling strong about these picks :)

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  8. Love this post! Great collection!

    xo.Adiel
    IBITTM

    P.S. Thanks for including my chevron nails!

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  9. I totaly aggre with the trends! And thanks for adding my blog, I'm living a turquoise obsession haha now I'll haveto buy all the other ones! :-)

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    1. Yay glad you agree! You're so welcome for the shout out, I LOVE how Aqua Lily looks on you :)

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  10. love this post and love your cutie beach picture :D

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    1. Hi Kellie, thanks so much! Summer nail polish is so much fun :)

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    1. Thanks! I need some more practice, but I'm proof that it's not *that* hard ;)

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  12. Great post! I'm loving all these summer trends but I soo need to practice more with the gradient ones. Thanks for the shout :)

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    1. You're welcome! I need to practice more too lol!

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  13. I am beyond flattered that you mentioned my swatch in this post! I love these composites you do!

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  14. I did the ombré back in spring. It's really pretty with black and blue.

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    1. Oh yea I can picture it! That's awesome!

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  15. I just did ombre today.... sparkly blue with black tips. Love it! I think when this 'trend' is over, I'll still be doing it for a long time. It's so fun and easy!

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