We’ve reached summer’s halfway point, which means peak heat, peak pool time and—in the realm of nails—peak neon, a trend that’s been holding true all through 2019. If you’re not ready to commit to brights by way of your wardrobe (say, with a highlighter yellow bikini), a mani-pedi is an ideal way to dip a toe (or toenail) into the trend. One of Instagram’s favourite nail artists, Mei Kawajiri dreamed up this ombré orange manicure to give us all a dose of vitamin C—the perfect complement to all that vitamin D. Time to soak up the rest of sunny season while it’s still here.
To get the look at home, you won’t need much in the way of tools, but you will need a few key skills. (This step-by-step guide from CND offers two ways to master the ombré manicure sans nail artist.) Here are the essentials.