The Trendiest Nail Art for Summer 2021

Make it a hot girl (or hot boy, we see you!) summer with these nail designs, trends and products that will steam up those Instagram and Facebook feeds.

Courtesy of Julie Kandalec (@julieknailsnyc)
Courtesy of Julie Kandalec (@julieknailsnyc)

Summer means rainbows, neon colors and a few lingering spring favorites: pastels and daisies. While acrylic is always hot, the industry is embracing the natural nail. With many of us in lockdown over the past year and a half, perhaps we have attempted a few DIY nails or let our nails go unnoticed, so what better time than now to let our nails recover and get some extra attention?

Designs on natural nails are heating up. A naked manicure and pedicure do not have to be boring; show off what you already have by enhancing it with nail art and designs. (Read more about the beauty of natural nails and how to maintain them in Underneath It All.) 

I checked in with celebrity nail artist and owner of her New York City atelier Julie Kandalec (@julieknailsnyc) about her thoughts on the latest summer trends and products. Here, she shares what looks she has been creating for her clients based on their requests.

Read about the hottest summer trends and products, and see the nail sets Julie has created in the July/August 2021 issue of our digital magazine.

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