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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Sniffing out summer nail trends

We are not approaching the summer of shy nails, that's for sure.

Nail polish trends for summer are bright, shiny, scented and best of all, creative. You can do them yourself without shelling out for a manicure, I promise. You just have to practice.

Check out our slide show for photos and follow the links for tutorials and sources.

* Hints of metal: Remember the allure of aluminum for feet? You can capitalize on the trend without going full-blown look at this giant mirror/car part on my hand. You can try a thin, subtle gold strip atop a nude nail or splash a bold metallic stripe over a bright base color, like orange. I mean, it's almost summer, and YOLO.

* Matte versus glossy: This is an upgraded French manicure you can try in black, for a sleek office or date look, or in a fun color like ocean blue. You'll need a glossy color for the nail tip and a matte polish for the nail. (Kudos to Allure for a how-to.)

* Scented!: It takes a lot of effort for me to find scissors, clip a neat product from a beauty magazine, and hang onto the clipping for an indeterminate amount of time for a future blog post. Yet here we are. I had to save a blurb about Calvin Klein's InStyle-approved line of scented nail polish in bright blue and green ($14/bottle). Revlon also has a line of scented nail enamel if you would prefer a cheaper option for experimenting.

* Ombre!: This is the look I'm most excited about: One shade per nail, all within the same color family cascading from light to dark. Admittedly, I've been holding off on trying it. Who has the capital to buy five shades of nail polish?

Turns out, brighter minds than mine have already figured out to create five shades from one bottle (you'll also need a bottle of white to lighten up the polish). Follow Birchbox, they know the way.

If that's too DIY, this package from The New Black in pink and blue hues is $22.

As for brands, I love hues from Sally Hansen Quick-Dry (I mean, who can wait after a nice painting session to pick up a phone, play Scramble with Friends). I'm also loving Anise, a line conveniently located next to the cash registers at Designer Shoe Warehouse. The smart marketing experts know that if I'm likely to splurge on heels, what's a little bottle of nail polish on top?

Now be honest: Would you try any of these looks? Would your workplace be accepting? Join the conversation below.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 11:40am]


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