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Summer Nail Trends: Step-By-Step For Pop Art Selfie Nails

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While most of the year, you might keep your nails in a winter pallet of nude-crimson-navy-repeat, in the summer and especially in the sunshine, nude looks washed out, crimson is too dark and navy is too dull. While your fluoro-orange nails might seem aggressive in Irish lighting, once they’re paired in Spain with all your pom-pom embellished multi-coloured holidays clothes and a pina colada, they fit right in. Summer is the time to put away your ruby reds and to venture towards neon corals, pinks and purples so bright that you’ll need your shades on to look at your hands. If you’re a stickler for a year-round red nail, at least try out a burnt orange.

Also if you’re someone who’s always trying to find ways to artfully yet subtly fit your new nails into your pictures on the ‘gram, forget it and go straight for it- selfie nails is where it’s at with summer nail trends.

If you’re good with a striper brush, we’ve got some Gelish step-by-steps below for the perfect selfie nails from the Selfie Summer 2017 Collection, available in June. If you’re no good with a striper brush, bring these step-by-steps into your nail technician, as Gelish is available in salons nationwide.

1.BUT FIRST…

Step 1

When you’ve prepped your nails, apply a thin coat of white shade (shade used: Arctic Freeze) to the entire nail and cure for 30 seconds in your LED light.

Step 2

Using a pink shade (shade used: Me, Myself-ie And I) and a striper brush, start drawing the word “SELFIE”. Begin with the letter E so that it’s easy to balance. Cure for 5 seconds. Next draw the letters S and L. Flash cure for 5 seconds. Continue drawing the letters F, I and E. Cure for 30 seconds.

Step 3

Draw a box outline around the letter S using a neon blue shade (shade used: No Filter Needed) and a striper brush.

Step 4

Fill in the box. Follow the same steps on the letter E using an electric fuchsia neon (shade used: Woke Up This Way). Cure for 30 seconds.

Step 5

Using a black shade and a striper brush, outline each letter and cure for 30 seconds. Apply your top coat and cure for 30 seconds.

2. O-M-G…

Step 1

When you’ve prepped your nails, apply a thin coat of neon blue (shade used: No Filter Needed) to the entire nail. Cure for 30 seconds in your LED lamp. Repeat for full coverage.

Step 2

Using a white shade(shade used: Arctic Freeze) and a striper brush, start drawing the thought-bubble-dialogue shape. Fill in the dialogue and cure for 30 seconds.

Step 3

Draw the word “OMG” using a neon pink (shade used: Pretty As A Pink-ture) and a striper brush.

Step 4

Draw a hashtag symbol. Add in dots using a pink shade (shade used: Me, Myself-ie And I) and a dotting tool. Cure for 30 seconds.

Step 5

Outline the dialogue shape using a black shade (shade used: Black Shadow) and a striper brush and cure for 30 seconds.

3. Pose

Step 1

After completing your nail prep, apply dots randomly using a pink shade (shade used: Me, Myself-ie And I). Do not cure.

Step 2

Apply another set of dots randomly to the nail using a purple neon (shade used: Best Face Forward). Do not cure.

Step 3

Repeat steps using a neon blue (shade used: No Filter Needed) and a neon pink (shade used: Pretty As A Pink-ture). Do not cure yet.

Step 4

Using an oval brush blend all colors together. Cure for 30 seconds in your LED lamp.

Step 5

With a white colour (shade used: Arctic Freeze) and a striper brush, start drawing a star. Flash cure for 5 seconds.

Step 7

Using a marbling tool, add in details and cure for 30 seconds. Apply pply your top coat a cure for 30 seconds.

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Featured image: @marisar29. 

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