Watermelon Nails are the Cutest, Easiest Way to Keep Celebrating Summer

If I can do this adorable manicure myself, so can you.
Publish date:
August 19, 2015
manicures, nail art, summer, deborah lippmann, nail polish, watermelon, Smith & Cult

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m terrible at nail art. I have no patience whatsoever when it comes to painting tiny details, and every time I try, I end up a mess of spilled polish and tears. For the most part if I want something special, I just go get my nails done by a pro.

A while back, I went into Her Majesty’s Pleasure for a cocktail and a mani, and I ended up with crazy-cute minimalist watermelon nails. Simple and summery, it was just the kind of nail art I love.

After studying the pattern a few times, I realized I could probably recreate it on myself very easily. I gave it my best shot, and sure enough, it was pretty easy to execute!

Here are the steps:

Start with a nourishing base coat—I love Smith and Cult's formula—then paint your nails a nice bright pink or red. I used S&C Plastic Beach.

For the tips, choose a green that complements your pink; I used Deborah Lippmann’s Flowers in Her Hair.

Using the brush that comes with the polish bottle, carefully paint a very thin french manicure-style line across the tip of each nail. I like to hold the brush vertically and carefully dab along the tips.

Using a dotting tool, carefully add a few black “seeds” to each nail. I like the balance of three seeds, but it’s up to you how many you add!

And that’s it! Wait until your art is absolutely dry before adding a protective top coat, and treat yourself to a watermelon mojito on a patio someplace.

  • What summery staple would you like to see turned into a nail art theme?
  • What's the easiest nail art you've done?