June 19, 2012 04:00 PM

Courtesy 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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