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If glazed-doughnut nails were the manicure of summer 2022, then this year, pearl french manicures are proving to be an early favorite for the 2023 season. Blame it on Disney’s live-action “The Little Mermaid” starring Halle Bailey coming out at the end of May, but all things mermaid and sea-inspired are trending right now — from seashell nails to pearl makeup accents.
The success of these pearlescent nails should surprise no one. The design puts a twist on the popular french manicure to create a new unique look — yet it’s still neutral and minimalistic. Whether you’re planning for a beach vacation or just intend to sit poolside all summer, the subtle ocean motif is the perfect accessory.
Pearl French Manicures For Summer
Pearlescent finishes have been trending for about a year now, but the pearl french manicure takes it up a notch while being a little less on the nose than seashell nails. The design pairs the neutral pink base of a classic french with a pearly smile line at the tip (instead of the crisp white shade traditionally used).
The good news for all DIY nail connoisseurs and salon girlies on a budget is — unlike some of the other equally fun but more over-the-top designs, like coquette nails — achieving pearl nails is actually quite simple. All you need is an iridescent white polish and the ability to do a french tip.
To get the look, try the OPI Nail Lacquer in Kyoto Pearl ($11), Nails.Inc What the Shell? Pearl Effect Nail Polish ($12), Dazzle Dry Pearl Polish ($22), or the Sundays L.08- Pearl Collection ($20).
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