Nautical Nails Nouveau!


Nautical designs for summer—shocking, we know. Striped sailor patterns have long been a source of seafaring beauty inspiration, so why not switch things up this season with a new take on the marine mani? These four community favorites change the bearings on traditional red, white, and blue stripes.


Anchors away! Emelie J. turns time-honored stripes contemporary using ombré streaks from sky blue to navy. The metallic gold anchor blazes against against a candy apple red base.


Love a subtle strip? Take inspiration from the glittering water itself and contrast aqua lacquer with a flash of thin metallic stripes—like Zoe F. Stick with a creamy, non-shimmering base to let the burnished texture stand out against your ring finger.


Give summer’s sailor bands a fresh start by playing with opacity and orientation. Megan K. paints vertical and diagonal halftone streaks in CMYK-approved hues of cyan and magenta—a graphic designer’s dream manicure!


For an unorthodox take on patriotic, colorblock slightly modified shades of red, white, blue. Jem M. updates a classic nautical design with glittering raspberry, white, and French blue, outlined in black.