The Nail Trend Taking Over Instagram Is Vacation Goals

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.

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.

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These wave-inspired nails will appeal to the minimalist in you.
Photo: Via @alittlegreenpolishbottle.
ILNP polish was used to paint these freehand waves.
Photo: Via @ioccasionallypaintmynails.
This negative space mani instantly takes a chic turn with wavy designs.
Photo: Via @hannahroxit.
More marbling to marvel at...
Photo: Via @libertytravel.
This traveler's turquoise polish perfectly matched the ocean in Bora Bora. (So many #goals).
Photo: Via @maniquremy.
Don't have time to source your decorations at the beach? Use gemstones, as seen with this seashell-inspired creation.
Photo: Via @bogdanmateibogdan.
Anyone else ready for a vacation?
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."
Photo: Via @melsrockstarnails.
Nothing says beach better than a palm tree.
Photo: Via @thecitydweller.
Spotted at Myrtle Beach: one awesome ombré.
Photo: Via @heathervettemakeup.
"I love these #hawaiinails I did today for @beena_nz," @heathervettemakeup Instagrammed. "I used #CND 'powder my nose' & #limecrime 'cancer' glitter."
Photo: Via @nails_by_edja.
These whimsical nails will look dreamy snapped over a Pacific Ocean sunset.
Photo: Via @lulusesthetics.
One more, just for fun...
Photo: Via @mandysnailsx.
This nautical design has it all: blue and white stripes, starfish, and a whole lot of gold.
This marble gel mani has a beachy, tie-dyed vibe — and we're digging it.
Photo: Via @blackwaters_nails.
You can practically hear the waves splashing, can't you?
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