Whew, we don't know about you guys, but we're already dreaming about the three-day weekend ahead. In case you forgot, next Monday is Memorial Day, which means we have a few extra hours to soak in the sun and do one of our FAVORITE holiday pastimes (other than shopping)—eating. Don't judge! We all know that we'll spend the majority of our day off standing next to the grill stuffing our faces with some of our favorite meaty treats: hot dogs, hamburgers—you name it, we'll eat it. To celebrate this joyous feast occasion, we found some BBQ-themed nail art to get you stylishly in the mood for this weekend's festivities. Warning: drooling may occur.

Memorial Day Nail Art

Photo: Via Nail Nerd

Dang, if there's one thing we love fresh off the grill, it's a cheeseburger complete with ALL the fixings. Luckily, there's a mani that can reflect any meat-lover's dream: super gratuitous close-ups of burgers painted on each finger. Make sure to include the sesame bun, ketchup, lettuce and cheese! (Extra points if you make it drippy.)


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Zayn Malik, Perrie Edwards

Little Mix's Perrie Edwards gave her boyfriend, One Direction's Zayn Malik, some nail art while he was sleeping.
Photo: Courtesy of @LittleMixOffic's Twitter/Elegant Touch

What happens when you combine One Direction, Little Mix, nail art, and (our favorite pastime!) sleeping?? Look no further than the epic collision of awesomeness above. What's going on here? Welp, first off, our faaaaavorite Brit-Irish boy band member Zayn Malik is SLEEPING *pause for a beat* SHIRTLESS, but more specificially, he's just gotten a prank manicure from his girlfriend, Little Mix's Perrie Edwards. On one hand, we're all, "Fiiiiine, we'll face facts that Z is spoken for," but on the other, the Bieber's Girlfriend-esque first-person perspective of Perrie's snap gives us the opportunity (if even for a split-second) to pretend that this is OUR hand holding Zayn's and OUR evil genius behind his mid-slumber manicure. That is, until take one look at the nail wraps' packaging... DOH. There she is!


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Thanks to the release of the star-studded Great Gatsby film (see: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan) this past weekend, there's been non-stop chatter about the literary classic as of late. Suddenly, we started to feel super nostalgic for all the books we were forced to read in high school (and how we totally didn't appreciate them while we were there...oops). To honor all those awesome English teachers during our most tumultuous teen years, we decided to round up some of the most popular books and transform them into nail art! (Don't worry, there's no quiz at the end.)


Great Gatsby Nail Art

Photo: Via Celine Does Nails

Of course, we have to start with the inspiration behind this post: The Great Gatsby itself. This nail artist decided to take the signature blue cover art and reinterpret it into an AMAZING five-part nail design, complete with the floating face, title, byline, and city skyline. We give her major props for the painstakingly on-point replication of the typography and serious attention to detail. Shall we say she, erm, killed it?


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Katy Perry Nail Art Met Gala

Katy Perry at the 2013 Met Gala in New York on May 6.
Photo: Getty Images/@KatyPerry's Twitter

By now you've probably peeped ALL the insane Met Gala red carpet looks, but have you seen the nail art?! Everyone from Katy Perry to Rita Ora to Nicole Richie sported super ornate manis that we NEED to discuss. KP matched her embellished Dolce & Gabbana ensemble with equally decked-out nails. She layered blue and pink glitter over gold polish and finished the look with gold pyramid studs and ruby gems. WERK.


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Ciate Corrupted Neon Manicure Set

The Ciate Corrupted Neon nail set.
Photo: Courtesy of Ciate

Must. Get. Glowing. Nails. Right. This. Instant. *shakes self out of trance* Whoa. Sorry, dudes. Even WE got spellbound by our own hypnotizing GIF that features Ciate's new Corrupted Neon nail set. You might remember the British nail brand for making the (now infamous) Caviar manicure and insanely cool chalkboard nail set, but this time around they are taking nail art to a whole new level with their neon set that SCREAMS summer. The kit includes a matte neon paint pot, loose neon glitter and a mini UV top coat, which (if you've been keeping up with our blog!) you might remember us talking about last week. Illamasqua released a Paranormal UV polish collection, which featured four shades that could glow under any black light—and Ciate's polish works the same way! So, yes, your nails can be neon bright at the beach during day and glowing at the club long after the sun sets. I mean, just look at how she WERKS both looks in our UH-MAZING GIF above. *brushes shoulders off*


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Illamasqua glo polish

Illamasqua UV Glow Polishes in (clockwise from left) Ouija, Seance, Clear/Glo, and Geist.
Photo: Courtesy of Illamasqua

There's no doubt that the '90s are back, and with them comes a hearty dose of rave-inspired fashion. Some of us, however, are still being treated for the emotional scars caused by our own forays into rave dressing in our youths (nightmares of parachute pants and double buns haunt our dreams), and aren't ready to dive head first into the trend. That doesn't mean we have to be pariahs, however, and with Illamasqua's new Paranormal UV nail polish collection, we can bring that glowstick vibe into our day to day lives without having to make too much of a commitment. The collection will be available in stores and online April 30th.


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Denim Nail Polish

Denim Effect nail polish!
Photo: Via Nails Inc.

Let's hear it for nail art, y'all. We know it's totally crazy to get emotional over manicures, but, like, look how far we've come with nail polish over the past couple years! I mean, they've invented everything from chalkboard paint to tie-dye polish for our fingertips, and just this week we made ANOTHER nail discovery—denim polish! Nails Inc. London just released the Bling It On Denim & Studs kit ($29), which features denim effect polish and some gold and silver star stud embellishments to really bring your mani to the next level. But, we can already tell you're thinking, "Um, denim nail polish? How does that work?" so let's get down to deets, shall we?


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Prom Pastel Nail Art

Photo: Via Julia Martinez

Prom is in full swing, y'all, which means it's time to get that head-to-toe look whipped into shape ASAP. By now, you've (hopefully) swiped up a super fun frock, played with some amazing 'dos, and tested out the perfect makeup look. But we still have one very, very important detail that we can't overlook: the nails! Nothing pulls an entire outfit together like a set of seriously gorgeous tips, and we rounded up some springy, pastel-themed designs that are super easy to recreate on your own—we promise! Think of it this way: If you can do a simple stripe or polka dot, you're totally in the clear. Oh, and that Caviar manicure set? We have a tutorial on that, too.


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Chloe Moretz MTV Movie Award

Chloe Moretz at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards in Culver City, Calif., on April 14.
Photo: Getty Images/Chloe Moretz's Instagram

Sure, you might've peeped all the MTV Movie Awards red carpet dresses and killer performance outfits, but have you seen the nails? So many of our favorite ensembles were complemented by equally-amazing manis that we NEED to share. Chloe Moretz, who sported one of our top looks of the night, managed to replicate the patchwork theme from her Louis Vuitton jumper onto her nails. She opted for nude tips with a neon pink geometric design, which we think looked perfect against her all-denim look. WERK.


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Coachella Nail Art

YSL's Couture Tie & Dye nail polish.
Photo: Courtesy of YSL

So, we've already picked out our favorite must-have manis for Coachella this weekend (think: palm trees, peace signs and tribal print), but for the not-so-artistically-inclined folks, this news comes as kind of a bummer. But, hey, don't be too sad about your lack of painting skills just yet—YSL released a set of super cool "tie-dye" top coats that'll add an ombre effect to whatever polish you swipe it on. Let us explain! The La Laque Couture Tie and Dye collection (which comes in four colors: Cool, Pop, Hit, and Ice) has three different finishes layered inside one bottle. The bottom is infused with glitter, the center is a sheer tinted shade, and the top is straight-up clear gloss. If you dip the brush in and use as-is, it'll give your nails that killer gradient effect, but if you shake it up, it'll add an even, shimmery tinted top coat to put over your favorite colors (or bare nails!)


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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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