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Midsummer Manicure

     Hair and makeup trends this season look very natural, it only makes sense that the nails follow suit.  Super lengthy, acrylic tips are a thing of the past.  Embrace your natural nail and follow these tips to stay stylish this summer.

Shape it up!

    Trim those nails down and get your files ready!  Shorter nails with softened edges are all the rage this summer.  Rounded edges are flattering on most hands and can actually make the hands appear thinner.  A cross between a square and an oval, the "squoval" is the newest trending shape this season.  Round nails have also increased in popularity and maintain a conservative, natural look.  Although almond nails have declined more recently, they still have a strong presence in this season's trends.  To learn more about these shapes and how to achieve them, check out this link.  http://www.nailsmag.com/article/474/getting-nails-into-shape

Shades of summer.

     As always, neons are appropriate and complimentary for the warm weather.  But even more popular this season are muted pastels, desert tones and mermaid blues.  Some hues may even fit all three descriptions such as Can't Find my Czechbook by OPI.  Desert tones include colors ranging from nudes to tangerines to yellow greens.

White out.

     All white nails is such a universal trend right now that it needed its own category.  White pops against tan skin almost as any bright color would, but still offers the wearer a neutral nail.  White fingers, toes and clothes will have you looking stylish and ready for any occasion this summer.  Try OPI's Alpine Snow for a full coverage white polish.

Negative space.

     Negative space nails are the latest trend in nail art..  This design leaves some portion of the nail uncovered with nail lacquer, or "naked".  This can be achieved in a variety of ways and the possibilities are endless ranging from bare half moon nails to a chevron manicure.  This look is striking when combined with the all white trend.  Search "negative space nails" on Pinterest for some inspiration.