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
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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The Trend: Chrome and Holographic Details
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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The Trend: Graphic and Bold Lines
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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