Summer has finally arrived! The sun is shining and everyone is in top form. It’s time to prepare for summer, and nothing smartens up an appearance like perfectly manicured nails. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of 16 new Summer Nail Designs that are ideal for a beach vacation, wedding, or simply because you deserve a little pick-me-up. Simply cut out and save for your next salon manicure…
Pastel Ombre – the Big Nail Look this Summer?
From interior design to fashion and even hair, ombre has been a popular trend in recent years, and now ombre nails are stealing the show. Reminiscent of a summer sunset, we believe this is the ideal summer beach look. Check out The Nailasaurus’s excellent post on how to recreate this on-trend look at home.
Lemon and white from Chi Nail Bar; Cheers! from Butter London! and La Confidential by Ciate London to recreate this look.
Pink and mint are the ideal girly combination. Beauty Ill created this adorable look with OPI’s Suzi Shops & Island Hops and That’s Hula-rious!
Pshiiit has perfected the gradient purple nail with Cuppa from Butter London and Chloe from Kure Bazaar.
If you haven’t yet mastered the perfect ombre nail, why not try painting each of your nails a different shade lighter than the previous one, as seen in this simple pink gradient nail look featured on Wedd Look?
Bright and Bold Summer Shades
We’re loving all the bright and bold shades that are currently available on beauty counters; here are a few of our favourites:
You can’t go wrong with a touch of pink to add some summer to your nails; try Essie’s The Girl’s Are Out for the ideal pop of pink.
Turquoise has always reminded me of summer, which is why I adore Essie’s Where’s My Chauffeur, which is part of the recent Lily Pulitzer for Target collaboration.
Sunny yellow, such as this fun shade featured on Refinery 29, will add a pop of sunshine to your talons. For a similar look, try OPI’s I Just Can’t Cope-acabana.
This two-toned manicure is perfect for when you can’t decide between your favourite shades. Sonailicious created this look using NCLA’s Take A Dip in light pink and Endless Summer, a pretty orchid purple.
Sunkissed & Golden Nail Art
Summer sunset shades such as gold, nude, peach, sky blue, and even white paired with glitter and sparkle…
White and gold look fantastic with a tan, making this white with gold glitter tip ideal for your next vacation. Make an attempt with OPI’s OY–Another Polish Joke!
Channel your inner mermaid and infuse your nails with summer whimsy with cute nail accessories like these teeny seashells from Lissa’s Love. To begin, paint your nails a light blue shade. Then, dab gold glitter on the tips of your nails to resemble sand, and embellish with your shells.
We adore Being Genevieve’s very on-trend gold sparkle and white chevron striped nails made with real glitter!
A little sparkle is the perfect partner for that shiny new engagement ring you are rocking so give your nails a show stopping finish like these reverse glitter gradient nails by using OPI’s My Vampire is Buff with Revlon Gold Coin 925 and Ciate Antique Brooch.
Fun and Fresh Summer Nail Designs
From tribal patterns to tropical prints, infuse your manicure with some edginess with some fun and fresh nail art, one of the hottest Summer nail trends…
If you’re feeling particularly daring with the nail brush, try this tribal aztec nail art by Pshiiit, who provides an excellent demonstration using Zoya’s bright yellow.
PShiiit uses Dior’s Sunkissed collection to create this great little summer-y nail art grid.
How could you go wrong with watermelon and polka dots!? Sonailicious created this playful look inspired by Sophia Webster’s shoe collection using Essie’s Blanc, Mint Polish’s Bouquet Toss, and Paradise Found Sea Siren’s Mojito Mania.
Another beauty from Sonailicious, this time a playful floral design created with Mint nail wraps and Essie’s Go Ginza.