Summer Nail Trend Alert: Neon!

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Photo: @bellahadid official Instagram

Bright nail polishes are nothing new for summer. But unlike the paradise shades of pink and coral we’re used to this time of year, this season’s hottest nail color is jolting – in a good way! In case you missed it, neon nails are having a major moment.

Bella Hadid was recently seen sporting a dayglow mani while attending the Dior Homme Spring 2019 show in Paris, and Kim Kardashian wore a similar shade of polish while vacationing in the Turks and Caicos earlier this year. Rihanna is also a fan, sending Fenty models down the spring/summer 2018 runway with neon nails that complemented their accessories. It’s a surprisingly-chic choice whether you’re wearing a swimsuit, sundress or matching power suit a la Hadid.

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Photo: @kimkardashian official instagram

Think you can’t pull off highlighter yellow? Think again! The vibrant pop of color is universally flattering, giving all skin tones a summery glow, and it looks sharp whether your nails are long or short, so long as you keep the tips filed and your cuticles groomed. Another bonus: While neon nails may have a reputation for being juvenile, the bright shade will detract attention away from any age spots or lines on the skin, helping aging hands appear more youthful.

To pull off electric colors, pros suggest sticking to an oval shaped nail. Using a nail file, round the edges and taper the nails ever so slightly at the sides. Always start with a base coat before applying polish, and keep in mind that you’ll want to layer on a couple of coats of polish to make the pigment pop. If your nail beds are short and/or wide, leave a small space — think millimeter — unpainted on either side of the nail to help elongate your fingertips. Finally, finish with a topcoat.

Ready to give it a go? Nail your summer manicure with these neon polishes. Or, baby-step into look by wearing one on your toes.

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Orly Professional in Nail Polish in Glowstick ($8;

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet ($10.50;

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Côte Nail Polish No. 116 ($18;

Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Mula Lisa ($50;

China Glaze Nail Polish In Yellow Polka Dot Bikini ($7;