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Trend: Beach-Inspired

Summer is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to start daydreaming of the seaside. Wear the ocean waves on your fingers by creating an ombré nail with pale blues and foamy whites. Disclaimer: this one’s a little tougher, but practice makes perfect. In addition to two complementary colors, you’ll need a tiny sponge, a small sheet of plastic and a toothpick. Start by applying a coat of the lighter polish. Once completely dry, paint two large dollops of each color side by side on the plastic (they should just touch) and use the toothpick to swirl them together where they meet. Take the sponge and dab it on the polish until it’s covered with a generous coat. Press the sponge onto each nail, dabbing lightly and moving up and down, but just barely. Finally, add a clear topcoat to smooth everything out, and clean up the skin around nail bed using Q-tips dipped in polish remover. Viola! Instant summer.