Jennifer Lopez's Nail Artist Tells Us What's Hot (& What's Not) for Summer

06/19/2012 at 12:00 PM ET

Zoya NailpolishCourtesy Zoya; Inset: Ethan Miller/Getty

Nail art is huge beauty trend for summer, so we asked the lady who paints Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry and Rihanna‘s famous talons — Kimmie Kyees — to tell us what’s hot and what’s totally over in the nail world.

HOT: Zoya’s Fleck Effect topcoat“It’s so rad,” Kyees tells PEOPLE. “I did it on Jennifer Lopez for the American Idol finale. We put the pinkish one called ‘Chloe’ (above, left) on top of the original polish to match her dress. It gave it this holographic effect — the pictures don’t do it justice.” Kyees recommends layering the glaze on top of any color to add a fun finishing touch.

NOT: Shatter polishes: The L.A.-based nail artist jokes that she’d be happy to never see this trend again, mostly because she used it on Rihanna for the first time forever ago. “I did it when she opened the VMAs years ago — so long ago — in hot pink and black,” she explains. “It was before all of the brands started selling it, so I just got this crappy Chinese stuff you bought downtown. At the time it looked amazing, but it’s nothing new anymore.” Noted.

Tell us: Do you love over-the-top nail art designs or do you stick with the classic shades?

–Jennifer Cress


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Adventures in Polishland on

Crackle nails are still cool! Anyway, I love those Zoya ones, too.

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I am also over the crackle finish! I like the holographic, glitters and sparkles – and especially the cool designs that Jamberry has right now!

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Thanks People StyleWatch and Kimmie Kyees! The Zoya Nail Polish Fleck Effect Trio colors are so much fun to layer with – the possibilities are almost endless. Try Chloe over your favorite Summer Red, Pink or Orange for a festive 4th of July look! They are really cool when layered with jelly formulas too – try it to create your own unique look :)

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