Pastel colors look easy on the eyes. They’re also a cool choice if you plan on painting your nails this summer since you can either go for just one color or experiment by pairing your fave cotton candy hues. Heck, you can even try your hand with easy-to-do nail art using these muted hues. Below, some pastel nail polish ideas for inspiration and how to achieve them:
1. Classic solid color
If you want to keep things simple, then the single-color application is for you. Running out of your go-tonail polish? Consider mixing old ones like they’re based on the color wheel. For example, you can get this lilac pastel color by combining bright pink, blue, and white nail polish on a lid or small plate before application.
2. Mismatched nails
Mismatched nails are your entry point to nail art. Just round up your pastel favorites and paint one color on each nail and in any order you please.
3. Gradient nails
Tell a color story when you show how a pastel color can go from bright to muted.
4. Pastel tips
Update your usual French mani by using assorted pastels on the tips. We like thicker tips so the colors are more noticeable.
5. Half-moon nails
Create a half-moon design using two pastel colors. Here's a nifty trick: Stick the rounded edge part of a band-aid on the bottom part of your nail to serve as your stencil. Paint the top part of your nail. Once you’re done, peel off the band-aid then fill in the restwith the second pastel color. Easy-peasy!
6. Geometric Art
Also called a diagonal french tip, here’s a nail art that involves two pastel colors. Start with the main pastel color and let it dry for a few seconds. Then apply the second color diagonally from the middle to the tip.
Play up your penchant for nude nails by adding cute pastel dots that are easy to apply using the rounded end of a bobby pin.
8. Abstract nails
Let your creativity run wild in your abstract-inspired nail art. It helps to have a dark accent so your playful pastel squiggles, dots, and lines can stand out. Remember that details don’t have to be perfect as long as you’re satisfied with your palette.