Hot for summer - why we love half-dip nails!

Grace28Grace28
Aug. 9, 2020
It’s the nail trend everyone’s crazy about - fresh, eyecatching and it’s all over Instagram this summer. 
It’s a look that your nail technician will be desperate to create for you, but it’s pretty straightforward to replicate at home too. We love how clean and minimalist the contrast between solid color and negative space looks - and the playful variations that are emerging too!

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For a simple half-dip effect, you’ll need a base coat, color polish of your choice, topcoat and a fine brush (plus nail polish remover). After applying the base coat to the whole nail, paint the nail with color polish from the halfway point to the tip, and then run a fine brush soaked in nail polish remover along the edge of the color polish to create a dividing line between the bare nail and the colored part. This can make all the difference between a scruffy mani that looks chipped, and a crisp line that looks smart and chic. Alternatively, the same effect can be achieved using tape or stencils. Finish with a topcoat and admire!
Rules, what rules?
We’re enjoying all the different ways that you can personalize this look!
Playing around with the amount of bare or negative space on each nail can be fun.

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So is playing around with different colors on each nail.

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Or maybe you could play around with both?

IG@dara_land_nailsdesign

Instead of contrasting half-dip color with bare nail, why not contrast with another solid color?

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And maybe go diagonal for a change?

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This almond-shaped, not quite French mani is so stylish!

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And who could resist this cute combination of rainbow colors and quirky nail art?

IG@freemkat

Mix it up with horizontal, vertical and solid color.

IG@nails_by_mel2018

The subtle white line on these terracotta half-dips really makes the color pop!

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This pink shade looks just adorable with the addition of these sparkly stars.

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And for an artistic look, we adore these monochrome flowers drawn on a white half-dip background.

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These retro swirls are evocative of the seventies (ask your Mom!).

IG@the.galactic.mermaid

Glittery and green! Looks kinda mermaidy…

IG@naildetails.bycarrie

We’re dotty about this red look…reminds us of a ladybug.

IG@thenailroomchats

The hand-painted flowers on this yellow half-dip mani are sooooo beautiful. How could you stop looking at your nails all day????

IG@tute_tutie

Half-dips AND half moons? Yes, please!

IG@nailartfairy

This chrome dip with stars looks like it’s from the future...take us to your leader…

IG@hannah.k.nails

Wow - this blue flowery half dip looks absolutely amazing!

IG@cmoon.nails

When you wish upon a star...and get these gorgeous gold shimmery half dips.

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