Want a new nail look fresh for the coming season? Give nail contouring a go with our simple step by step tutorial!

Nail art tutorial: copy the nail contouring look for summer!

by Samantha Hunt -

So you have tried french manicures, accent nails and the two-tone nail trend in so many bold or pastel shades during the spring, but now that it's summer, what new nail trend can we try? Well, as a totally fresh and original manicure to help you switch up any plain block color, nail contouring has come onto our radar as a hot trend for the summer season!

This delicate two-tone manicure gives a subtle edgy highlight to any block shade by layering two contrasting shades and leaving the lower layer peeking through at the edges. You can add a splash of color to a muted pastel palette by having a pop lower layer, or you can go wild with two bold contrasting shades: there's something for everyone and it's so easy to recreate! Follow our quick nail tutorial for gorgeously contoured nails...

Get the look

Step 1

Start by applying a base coat: not only does this help to protect the nail and keep the color fixed in place for longer, but it also makes removing the polish so much easier - what a time saver!

Step 2

Apply two coats of violet polish to your nails, making sure to wait between coats for each nail to dry properly.

Step 3

Next, choose your second shade, in this case a glossy white. Apply in smooth strokes, leaving an edge of color on each nail to let the previous layer pop through. Give this color a second coat for a high-intensity finish.

Step 4

To secure the polish in place and add a brilliant shine to your manicure, add a top coat to each nail and you're done!

Top nail tip: This summer, throw the rule book out the window and dare to color-clash! Combine whites, oranges, purples and blues for a tropical nail palette and dare to flash a dramatic party-time manicure.

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