Okay, so it may not exactly be summer yet, but with these sweaty temperatures, we beg to disagree. And while Mother Nature is forcing us to shed our much-loved layers (we’re still mourning the retirement our leather moto jackets for the season), you don’t have to compromise your stand-out style. By focusing your fashion attention to your fingertips, you can still make a statement – sans heat stroke. So without further ado, here’s a roundup of our favorite cute manicure ideas via Instagram. Oh, and forget dropping a small fortune for these looks at the nail salon – because they are all DIY… you’re welcome!


How adorable is this tropical Hawaii-inspired mani from @chelseaqueen? Not to mention, her step-by-step tutorial makes it practically foolproof for even the least gifted of nail artists.


With this bold look from @karengnails, you can be sure you definitely won’t be sporting the cute summer manicure as the girl next to you.

We die for this Giambattista Valli Spring ’14 inspired nail art by @missladyfinger. Subtle, yet  super chic.

We’re pretty sure that Karl Lagerfeld can do no wrong – especially in cartoon form…on your nails. Kudos to @mpnails for this literal designer inspired look.

Obsessed with this graphic blue and red scalloped mani from @hannahroxit. Check out the tutorial here!

We love how simple and cute this bright look is from @tenoverten_nyc. Just dab a dot of a fun accent color onto your base color with a q-tip or nail art brush, and you’re good to go.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, it’s no secret that cut-outs have been everywhere in fashion this season – and with this pastel number from @so_nailicious, even your mani can get in on the trend. Check out the cuteness with the tutorial at SoNailicious!

Which is your favorite cute summer manicure?

Paige is a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and is currently studying Journalism at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fluent in sarcasm with a severe case of wanderlust, she is a self-proclaimed professional thrifter, long-lost Olsen triplet, and pizza aficionado.