Happy August, everyone! Yes, the last official month of summer has arrived (sigh). And on this Manicure Monday, whether you’re soaking up the last of your vacation in the sun or preparing to head back to school, we’ve got some great ideas to keep you looking fresh. Scroll on through these 8 DIY manicure ideas for a major dose of nail inspiration!

In honor of National Lipstick Day, @misspopnails created this super fun and quirky  look that we can’t get enough of.

No time to go get your gels filled in after nail growth? No problem. @jinsoonchoi has your perfect solution. Just fill in the regrown area with another gel polish for a super easy reverse-french mani. Click through for more details!

@deborahlippman’s refreshing citrus manicure is bound to squeeze some life into your look – click on the photo to get the instructions!

@pshiiit_polish never fails to give us our dose of chic-ness, and this half-flower mani is no exception. Make sure to check out the tutorial here!

Keep things graphic with this bold black and white manicure from @missladyfinger! And don’t forget to check out her how-to here!

@sally_hansen shows us that even a minimal manicure can make a great statement. We’re loving the brights + neutral color combo!

Check out this amazing psychadelic “lava lamp” mani from @blognailedit, perfect for this month’s music festivals! Read all about it here.

@chelseaqueen gets us ready for the summer-to-autumn transition with this adorable plaid look inspired by Marc Jacobs’ fall 2014 runway. Get the details over at her blog!


Which DIY Manicure is your favorite?

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.