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10 Bold, Bright Rainbow Manicures To Celebrate Pride
June is Pride Month, and there are so many ways to show yours — including wearing rainbow from head-to-toe, from your flag to your fingernails. The history of the Pride rainbow dates back to the late '70s, when gay activist Gilbert Baker designed it a bright, positive symbol of universal love and support for the LGBTQ+ community.
Back then, the flag also included pink and turquoise; it wasn't until 1979, when pink dye was found to be too expensive and turquoise got cut after the committee organizing the 1979 Gay Freedom Day Parade wanted to split the colors evenly to fly the flag in two halves, that it became the iconic ROYGBV we recognize today. You can bet that everyone at your local Pride Parade will be waving their flags, as will you — but your rainbow mani can be completely one-of-a-kind.
From the most extra sparkles, ombréglitter, and gel extensions to a more subtle multicolored take on the French tip, scroll through to find the perfect manicure to show off at every Pride event.
Betina Goldstein, one of our favorite nail artists, just posted her rainbow Pride mani on Instagram. Follow Goldstein yourself for ample minimalist nail-art inspiration, then click through her Story to find a step-by-step breakdown of this look, including the 10 Essie shades she used to coordinate the two-tone diagonal color play.