It’s no secret that a having a fresh mani can instantly make you feel better. But it turns out that the specific color and design of your nail art can impact your emotional state too. Studies have shown that different colors have different impacts on our mood. According to experts, having certain colors in certain spaces of your house can affect the way that you feel in the space. They found that yellow spaces are considered optimistic and uplifting, and pink is thought to be fun and energetic.
It stands to reason, then, that the hue and designs that you put on your nails can impact your mood, too. So whether you’re in need of a pick-me-up, or just trying to maintain your carefree summer disposition, check out these 16 nail art designs that are guaranteed to boost your mood.
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Who doesn’t love a good pastel rainbow vibe?
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These peach-toned cherry nails scream summer aesthetic.
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This dreamy mani makes us want to lie in the grass and watch clouds.
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Re-create this look by swiping on a light pink shade, and adding some Olive and June daisy decals.
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We love the way this chic, minimal design combines bright baby blue ad metallic gold.
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Chillhouse described this unique mani best, captioning its photo “groovy, baby.”
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We can’t get enough of these vibrant, multicolored tips.
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Pink glitter? Don’t mind if we do.
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The bright coral dots bring some fun to this otherwise boring light pink mani.
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These quirky eyelash designs will have you smiling every time you look down and notice them.
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“There’s something very special about this design, it’s really striking and powerful, and makes me feel very happy and confident when I have it on my nails. It’s a bit out of the ordinary too, so I feel a little bit adventurous when I have it,” says Amy Ling Lin, owner of Sundays Nail Studio.
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These metallic cross-hatched nails definitely stand out.
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Paint on an opaque white, and then let these vintage cat decals take center stage.
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Spice up your mani with pizza, hot dog, and fry decals.
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Teleport to your favorite tropical paradise with these palm leaf nail wraps.
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Achieving a flawless rainbow mani has never been easier.
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