Summer’s Top Nail Trends

When it comes to manicures, Cassandre Banel is nailing it — pun intended! Not only is the Seattle-based creative a stunning beauty photographer, as her Instagram account shows, but she’s also an incredible nail artist and designer who has partnered with some of the top names in the beauty industry, Neiman Marcus, J.Crew, and Sephora included. We recently reached out to Cassandre and asked her for her take on this summer’s hottest trends, which we’ve used as inspiration for a bit of summer shopping. Read on for Cassandre’s tips — all created using polishes and supplies available at a Simon near you — plus our picks of the perfect fashion pairings for each nail look.

The Trend: Rainbow Leopard Print

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DEBORAH LIPPMANN Welcome to Paradise Nail Set, available at Sephora.

What Cassandre Says: Animal prints are always popular and surprisingly easy to execute. Take this design to the next level by using these summer brights from Deborah Lippmann. Simply use the nail polish brush to dot several different colors on a bare nail, then use a black nail polish (preferably with a thin brush) to outline each dot — imperfections are OK and actually add to the design.

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DEBORAH LIPPMANN Welcome to Paradise Nail Set, available at Sephora.

Wear It With:

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1) D’BLANC x AMUSE SOCIETY Modern Lover 51mm Cat Eye Sunglasses, available at Nordstrom.   2) STELLA MCCARTNEY Animal One-shoulder Leopard-print Swimsuit.   3) FENDI Kan I Genuine Calf Hair & Leather Shoulder Bag.   4) COLE HAAN Emilia Genuine Calf Hair Espadrille Sandal.

 

The Trend: Chrome and Holographic Details

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SALLY HANSEN Chrome Kit, available at Ulta.

What Cassandre Says: This black mani is extra edgy, using just a touch of chrome. Chrome powders have been trending for the past year, but using just a delicate amount can give your nail art sparkle without overdoing it. Paint the top of the nail using black nail polish, then create a thin stripe underneath. Using Sally Hansen’s Salon Chrome Kit, you can easily add the sparkling details with the application brush and included powder seal. You can additionally tape off any edges to allow for clean work and quick cleanup.

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SALLY HANSEN Chrome Kit, available at Ulta.

Wear It With:

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1) JEFFREY LEVINSON Elina Clutch, available at Barneys New York.   2) CÉDRIC CHARLIER Wrap-effect Lamé Midi Dress, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.   3) CHANTECAILLE Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo, available at Nordstrom.   4) KENNETH JAY LANE Pearly Gray Three-Drop Earrings, available at Neiman Marcus.   5) VINCE CAMUTO Emberton Mule.

 

The Trend: Graphic and Bold Lines

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SALLY HANSEN I Heart Nail Art Pen, available at Ulta.

What Cassandre Says: Using bright colors should be a given for summer, but this year, graphic lines have been trending for nail art and pop even more when paired with bright neons! The turquoise accent stripes can be done within seconds using the Sally Hansen nail art pen — these are perfect for vacation and doing fun nail art on the go, plus come in a wide range of colors.

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SALLY HANSEN I Heart Nail Art Pen, available at Ulta.

Wear it With:

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1) CULT GAIA Mini Ark Handbag, available at Nordstrom.   2) VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM Cotton-twill Wide-leg Pants, available at Neiman Marcus.   3) ADIA KIBUR Super Bright Stone Earrings, available at Nordstrom.   4) TOD’S ‘Gommini’ Driving Moccasin.   5) VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM Striped Satin-twill Shirt, available at Neiman Marcus.

 

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