Womanista Beauty: Bold Summer Nails

I really, really love bold nail polish. I always gravitate to brights, sparkles, neons, metallics…anything over-the-top and fabulous! In fact, on a recent trip to the nail salon, an 8-year-old girl picked out precisely the same color that I was sporting on my nails at the time and her mother said “honey, why don’t you pick something less wacky” (oh, hmm, ok…maybe I should  take note and go with something that an 8-year-old wouldn’t want??) But alas, I will forever adore bright, glittering manicures. They make me happy.

In the spirit of my love for bold, unabashed nails, let’s celebrate fabulous manicures that are perfect to rock during summertime. These head-turning manis fit right in at the beach, pool, backyard BBQ, or basking in the glow of a city sunset. Look and love, womanistas.

This GORGE, sparkly mani is courtesy of Steffels Blog.  It’s black nail polish, with Lynnderella “The Glittering Crowd” painted over it. The Glittering Crowd has more than ONE HUNDRED kinds of glitter in it! Are you kidding me, womanistas? Party. In a bottle. This is the perfect mani for sipping champagne on a terrace overlooking a glittering city on a hot summer night.

I am also obsessed with anything ombre. I realize ombre is a little played out at this point, but it’s still so fun and fabulous! You can even get the look at home, with your very own DIY mani!! I found this “how-to” on the Glamour website and it is so easy. It takes a little bit of time, but well worth it for the funky art project that is your finger nails once you are done.

You can try this look with pinks, greens, blues, even metallics! it’s a fun, youthful mani that is almost like a great pair of earrings – the perfect accessory.

When it comes to summer manis, nothing screams “beach!” to me like neons. I really love a bold, bright orange – but pinks, yellows, and greens can be equally statement-worthy.

My friend Lyndsay is the queen of fabulous manis. And she sports gorgeous neons on the reg. Essie’s Neon “Funky Limelight” is a color she would approve of (oh and ps – you should also check out her blog Lyndsights…it’s witty and wonderful, complete with little gems of wisdom and pretty pics!)

Metallic manis are a go-to for me when I want flashy nails (which, let’s be honest, is all the time…) but maybe need to tone it down a bit and stay in the neutral category. Bold golds and bronzes can go from day to night, adding a bit of glitz to a neutral palette.

OPI’s “Brisbane Bronze” is chic and shimmery. It is gorgeous on its own, or the perfect base for a glittery top coat. You can rock this mani to a business meeting, or on a night out.

Happy Summer manicuring, womanistas!

xo, the Womanista

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9 Responses to “Womanista Beauty: Bold Summer Nails” Subscribe

  1. Abby August 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    That nail polish is so pretty! Love it!

  2. AnnieBlogs August 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Well I’ll be doing that first one post-haste.

  3. Claudia August 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    It’s the most non-committal way to feel a trend and also try something “wacky”! i am wearing bright purple chippy right now!

    • Woman August 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      I think the trend of chipped polish runs in the family :-)

  4. lyndsay August 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Cass I’ve tried the ombre demo (shocking absolutely no one) and it totally works! So fun. Love your picks and I’ll always be on your side about 8-year-old nail colors.

    • Woman August 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      Fabulous!! Xo

  5. Michaelanne August 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    What about Mermaids Dream from my wedding? :) loved it! http://m.nordstrom.com/s/3288217/

    • Woman August 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      I love this one too!!

      • sarah August 15, 2012 at 1:15 am #

        So cass… I love shellac! do you know or have any good recommendations for shellac colors??? I love all these but regular mani’s just chip too quickly!

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