Supercharge Your Summer Look with This Year's Electrifying Light Blue Nail Ideas
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Lighter shades of blue radiate a refreshing summer energy, there’s no denying that. It’s the summer sunbeams that bounce off the light blue waves of the sea, and the vibrant light blue skies adorn the day.
This season, why not show off your summer spirit in a stylish way—by expressing it on your nails?
A Ray of Summer: Embracing the World of Light Blues
If there’s one thing that the light blues of summer offer, it’s the promise of a beautiful, carefree time. When we gaze out at a sparkling sea horizon, or at a vibrant sky at midday, our mood is elevated by the beauty of these soft blues, and we’re inevitably filled with a summery sense of optimism. This summer, why not transfer this upbeat mood to your nails? Whether you’re on the beach or running around town, light blue is the perfect accompaniment to your sunscreen-slicked skin.
Nail art from IG @jodiesbeaute Hand painted with @the_gelbottle_inc BIAB Lady & Blue Steel.
But there’s more to light blue than just looking good with your suntan. Light blue can also evoke all sorts of emotions and inspire different feelings.
For many, the sky blue hue can spark feelings of peace, tranquility, and relaxation. This calming color radiates a feeling of ease, helping to cool down a stressful day, or week. Celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid often choose light blue ensembles to tap into a serene vibe.
It’s no wonder designers like Michael Kors, Dior, and Temperley London have been drawn to this hue. Not only is light blue a wardrobe staple, but its calming energy also creates a low-key contrast fit for high-end fashion: Light blue makes a statement without overpowering.
1. Match the Mood with Millennial Blue:
This is the shade that is most reminiscent of the deep blue sea that appears lighter and slightly greenish with the brighter midday sun. Taking its cue from the Instagram feeds of influencers everywhere, Pantone’s ‘Millennial Blue’ is a cheerful harbinger of the summer months and the more leisurely pace of life.
This warm-toned, playful blue is great for artistic variations in other shades than the typical pastel combos.
Static Nails polish
Matte Millennial blue nail art from IG @safinailstudio
2. Say it with Glittery Azure:
Richly hued azure is embellished with glittery accents for a statement nail look this summer. An unexpected pairing of two summery shades, it works with everything from summery linen wear to couture-level evening gowns.
Press-ons from Fairytalenailshayley
Press-ons from Fairytalenailshayley
3. Go Preppy with Island Blue:
A nautically-inspired mix of blues, Island Blue is the perfect choice for summer. It can be as light as baby blue, but the tone is inspired by days spent surrounded by see and sand. A popular choice for formal occasions, as well as for more casual gatherings on the beach, its traditional elements can easily complete any summer wardrobe.
4. Dazzle with Oceanic Accents:
A combination of deep oceanic blue and iridescent embellishments, oceanic accents have a subtle but unforgettable look. Perfect for a celebration in the sun, this hot summer trend has been spotted in London to LA, and everywhere in between.
Gel polish nail art from IG @minea.nails
Nail art by IG @tessa.lyn.nails using @kbshimmer polishes
5. Make a Statement with Halo Blue:
A modern take on traditional French manicures, Halo Blue adds a fresh colorful twist to classic looks. Mix and match complimentary blues for a color-inspired take on the classic white tips, or keep it classic with a subtle pastel blue.
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6. Lighten Up with Bright Blue:
It’s been seen on the catwalks of Prada, Chanel, and countless other fashion houses – bright blue is undeniably the standout shade of summer. Bold colors in general are gaining traction lately, and it was about time we started doing something lit.
Blue with neon green art by IG @isabelvinagree
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From looks that bring a feeling of euphoria and joy, to an effortless, elegant tone, light blue embodies a sense of tranquility, peace and freedom.
This summer, grab hold of the calming energy of the sky blue hue and embrace its soothing vibes. Take time to get your light blue fix with beauty and fashion picks from the runways and keep your cool as the heat turns up.
These are just 6 of the hottest blue shades to play with this summer. Whether you’re looking for a burst of color or a classic monochrome accent nail, blue is always an appropriate choice, and with so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find a shade that works perfectly with your summer wardrobe. Which ones will you be wearing?