Painting your nails is always a blast. There’s a whole rainbow of colors available, and no shortage of more complex nail art ideas for the more creatively inclined.
And summer is here! What better time to think about nail color and art then now, when you’ll be wearing sandals to the store and maybe heading barefoot to the beach or pool? Summer is a great time to show off awesome manis and pedis while all of your nails are exposed. Colder seasons bring with them a necessity for more covering footwear, eliminating your toenails from the roster, and winter may even require gloves, which covers all ten of them up! Take advantage of the warmer season and follow Vine Vera’s tips for manicure and pedicure tips this summer.
Remember the Basics!
No matter how simple or complex you want to go with your nail art endeavors, there are a few standby rules you should remember every time you paint your own nails (and if you’re getting a professional manicure, it doesn’t hurt to ask if they’re adhering to these steps when relevant). First off, when dealing with standard polish, always use a base coat. The oils that naturally occur in our nail beds can give polish a hard time trying to stick, and a basecoat will give it something to bind to other than the oily bed, and make it less likely to chip, extending the “lifespan” of your manis and pedis. Further, use multiple coats of color for thinner polishes, and give every coat at least ten minutes to dry before applying the next (to this end, basecoats and topcoats count as coats of polish as well), or you’ll risk bubbles. Finally, always finish with a topcoat, the harder-drying the better, to seal in and protect your now-gorgeous nails from weathering.
Use Complementary Colors
One of the best parts of summer allowing you to expose and show-off your pedicures in addition to manicures is that you can have fun with contrast and complementary colors, painting your toenails one color and coordinating them with differently-colored fingernails. You can go for sharp, bold contrast if you want a fun and attention-grabbing look, and try such ideas as black with white, blue with orange, or any other two colors opposite each other on the color wheel (like red and green or yellow and purple). You can also try more subdued differences, or have fun with themed color choices. One such fun theme could be turquoise or aqua-colored fingernails with tan toenails, to evoke beach-themed imagery and the contrast of the sand and sea found on the shoreline.
Follow your Natural Curve
You may have struggled before deciding whether your hands and feet look better with squared or rounded nails. If you’ve ever stared at your own nails, file in hand, unsure of how to proceed, just follow this one tip: check the shape of the base of your nailbeds, where nail meets cuticle. For some people, it will be very rounded, and for others, a bit more angular. To the best of your ability, file the ends of your nails to match the curvature or angularity of your nailbeds’ base for the best look.