Rihanna's Lime-Green Nails Are Perfect For Summer

No, you're not in 1989 — neon nails are just making a huge comeback. Earlier this year bright and bold nails emerged for a renaissance on Instagram, with retro Memphis Milano designs taking over our feeds. Soon enough, popular brands like Essie, Le Chat, and Smith & Cult made the look easy to DIY by launching whole collections of neon nail polish. Now, one color is standing out among the rest: lime green.

Green has been one of those unexpected color trends to hit almost every beauty category this year. Celebrities love green hair almost as much as they like dying their hair pink, and green eyeshadow is still one of the most popular makeup trends on the red carpet. Neon-green nails are next and a lot more wearable than you'd think.


It should surprise no one that Rihanna is already in on the lime-green nail look. After all, the Fenty Beauty founder is a staple on our nail-art mood boards. It was just a few months ago that everyone was talking about her Skittles-inspired manicure. Then, there was the jade stone nail art that had everyone asking for marble manicures. Now, you can expect an uptick in neon-green polish requests.

Want to try the lime-green manicure for yourself? Get some inspiration ahead.

Rihanna gets slime-green fingertips, and now all we can think about is getting neon-green nails before our next vacation.
The best part about this slimy color is that neon green comes in a variety of shades — and levels of brightness. You can go with something a bit more fluorescent, like this...
Or, ask for a polish that's reminiscent of a Shamrock Shake.
Even better, this look doesn't require intricate nail art to be cool. An opaque wash of polish does the trick.
It's also one of the rare colors that looks cool in both glossy and matte finishes.
Double up on the '80s callback by painting your slime-green polish in Saved By The Bell-inspired squiggles and lines.
Ease into the neon nail look by combining bright green with a softer pastel, like this manicure from New York salon Paintbox.
Try two summer trends at once by layering two green polishes to create an animal-print design.
Regular French tips feel outdated? Swap out the milky-white polish for lime green.
This is also the perfect time to revive last summer's jelly-nail trend.
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