The Nail Trend Taking Over Instagram Is Vacation Goals

Photographed by Lorenna Gomez-Sanchez.
PSA: The first day of summer is just over a month away. (Go ahead and cheer, we'll wait.) That means it's officially time to start thinking about your summer getaway. Unless, of course, you actually took advantage of those cheap flight deals while you were snowed in, miserably thawing in front of your space heater. Either way, we have the perfect dose of inspiration to help you plan.
You already know about this summer's makeup essentials — and there are plenty of swimsuits and sundresses to peruse, too — but what about your mani? After all, you need to give the people something to look at while clutching your rooftop happy hour drank for the 'gram. Fret not, because ocean nails are the answer, whether you're booking it to a far away island or hopping on the Q for a sunny afternoon on Coney Island.
Advertisement
The look is trending on Instagram ahead of summer — there are thousands of these manicures to copy — but you don't have to search, because we rounded up our favorites ahead.
1 of 14
Photo: Via @alittlegreenpolishbottle.
ILNP polish was used to paint these freehand waves.
2 of 14

A post shared by Amber (@ambo152) on

Photo: Via @ambo152.
The marble detailing on these galaxy-meets-ocean nails are a wonder to behold.
3 of 14
Photo: Via @ioccasionallypaintmynails.
This negative space mani instantly takes a chic turn with wavy designs.
4 of 14
Photo: Via @hannahroxit.
More marbling to marvel at...
Advertisement
5 of 14
Photo: Via @libertytravel.
This traveler's turquoise polish perfectly matched the ocean in Bora Bora. (So many #goals).
6 of 14
Photo: Via @maniquremy.
Don't have time to source your decorations at the beach? Use gemstones, as seen with this seashell-inspired creation.
7 of 14
Photo: Via @bogdanmateibogdan.
Anyone else ready for a vacation?
8 of 14

A post shared by Hajisawa🌸 (@hajisawa_) on

Photo: Via @hajisawa_.
"I was inspired by Choi Ha Min/Osshun Gum," Instagrammer @hajisawa_ notes says,giving a shoutout to her favorite Korean rapper. "I painted the ocean, a wave, the cover of one of his tracks on sound cloud with these hot-air balloons and the pattern of his hat he wore on High School Rapper."
9 of 14
Photo: Via @melsrockstarnails.
Nothing says beach better than a palm tree.
Advertisement
10 of 14
Photo: Via @thecitydweller.
Spotted at Myrtle Beach: one awesome ombré.
11 of 14
Photo: Via @heathervettemakeup.
"I love these #hawaiinails I did today for @beena_nz," @heathervettemakeup Instagrammed. "I used #CND 'powder my nose' & #limecrime 'cancer' glitter."
12 of 14

A post shared by Edyta Kusz (@nails_by_edja) on

Photo: Via @nails_by_edja.
These whimsical nails will look dreamy snapped over a Pacific Ocean sunset.
13 of 14
Photo: Via @lulusesthetics.
One more, just for fun...
14 of 14
Like this post? There's more. Get tons of beauty tips, tutorials, and news on the Refinery29 Beauty Facebook page. Like us on Facebook — we'll see you there!