This Fruity Nail Art Trend Is Delightfully Refreshing

Photo: Courtesy of Betina Goldstein.
Whether it's squeezing lemon in my water in the morning or taking watermelon shots at the weekend BBQ, my fruit intake practically doubles during summer. Right now my fridge is looking like a fresh fruit basket, but I've also noticed fruit coming into my life in other ways. Recently, plum face oils and watermelon masks brought the fruity trend to my face. Then, the food group ended up on my Instagram timeline in a whole new way — nail art.
"Fruit nail art is great for those people that want to express themselves in a fresh and colorful way," nail artist Betina Goldstein tells Refinery29. Limes, cherries, oranges, and other fruits are perfect manicure inspiration, whether you're into minimalist designs or full-on finger bling.
With summer still going strong, it's the perfect time to join in on the trend before we're back to darker polish shades (hello, Essie Wicked). If you can't decide what fruit to go for or how to accomplish the trend without it looking childish, we've rounded up inspo from our favorite Instagram artists. Ahead, the fruity summer nail art trend to try now.
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When life hands you lemons — or nail art skills — create a dreamy citrus manicure like this one by Goldstein. "Use a sheer nude base to make any nail art look more sophisticated and chic," she advises.
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Nail artist Kara Summers Crevier used Essie's Excuse Me Sur as a base color for this watermelon design, creating the perfect pastel background for the bright reds and greens.
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This manicure played up the watermelon seeds with a metallic polish so the seasonal fruit really shines.
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This summer-perfect nail art will put you in instant vacation mode. The pineapple and lime combo calls to mind all the frozen drinks you can order poolside, like piña coladas and margaritas.
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This pop of orange pairs beautifully with the nude-pink base, reminding us of a refreshing strawberry-orange smoothie.
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Adding fruit nail art near the cuticle is one way to remix the half-moon manicure trend for the summer months.
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Sometimes less is more, and this minimalist cherry art is one option if you're craving something subtle.
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With all the greatness Beyoncé has been giving us lately (like in Vogue's September issue), you have another reason to get into this trend and serve up all the Lemonade inspo.
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"Give your nail art more dimension to make your fruit look more realistic and less like a cartoon," says Goldstein. You can use a dotting tool and different colors to achieve this 3-D effect.
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It's all about balance, right? As much as we love our fruits, we also love our burgers, so it's only fair they get their recognition, too.

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