Discover 25 summer nail designs that’ll make you want to get your nails done now.
This summer is all about bright colours, fun patterns and stepping out of your comfort zone.
What I love about getting your nails done is that it is the perfect way to experiment; if you don’t like wearing too much colour or don’t like to wear patterned designs, then trying something new on your nails is the perfect way to incorporate it into your daily style.
Instead of going for the usual nude, simple designs, why not try something new this summer and go for a design you probably would never get before. Summer is an ideal time to try out a new funky design, and we’ve got the perfect designs for you.
In this post, there are 25 nail designs you need to try out this summer. These designs are super popular right now and they are fun, stylish and the perfect summer manicures.
1. Rainbow Dots
This is a simple yet effective summer design. The nude background makes the manicure look elegant and not too over the top, and the rainbow dot detailing adds some colour and fun to the design. Summer is the perfect time to try new designs and go out of your comfort zone, and I think this is the best design to start with. The details don’t stand out too much, but they definitely make a statement.
2. Half Circle French Tip
A classic french tip design is perfect for summer. It’s a fresh and clean design that is great for any occasion; white is so classy and will look good with anything in the summer. The twist of the line detailing at the cuticle is a great way of jazzing up a classic design, so this is ideal for someone who likes more simple styles but adds a small twist to make it a little bit different for the summer.
3. Colour Spectrum
Having two completely different colours on each hand is super popular right now, and we can see why. It is such a quirky and exciting design, and it’s a great design to have when you can’t choose between two colours. Having a different shade of the same colour on each hand is such a unique style and will definitely catch people’s attention. What I love about this design is that it is coloured tips and not the whole nail, as this makes it a little more subtle and more classy.
4. Half & Half
This is a simplistic, classy design that is perfect for summer. The half-French tip and the black outline are small details, but they are elegant and chic. The abstract type of designs are very trendy at the moment, so this design will keep you up to date with the latest trends. This design is best as an everyday design or if you are going to a special event and want a simple design. Even though it isn’t as detailed as the other nail designs, it will definitely still get you many compliments.
The dot design is very fun and creative; the dots are such an intricate design it creates the perfect statement manicure. The different shaded dots are also a good feature; it adds more depth to the design and is an attention to detail feature. Again the two contrasting colours on each hand is very popular and great for summer. This summer is all about bright colours, so you’d definitely be keeping in with the latest trends.
6. Abstract Black
This is a much more simple design to have this summer, but sometimes simple is needed. A nude base is classy and sophisticated and perfect for everyday work-life but also suitable for formal events. The black abstract design makes the manicure look more snazzy in a classy way. It’s an element of fun but still allows it to be suitable for so many occasions. The black contrast against the light nude background and each slightly different nail make this a very eye-catching design.
7. Rainbow Hearts
This design is a cute, fun style to have this summer. The different coloured tips are trendy and playful, and the small heart details add a cute, girly feel to the manicure. The rounded tips are such a feminine style and make the manicure look much more delicate and simple. This is a great shape to go for with this type of design as it tones it down and makes the nail artless look more dainty.
8. Mint Chocolate Swirls
This is ideal if you don’t want bright colours but want a funky design. The swirl detailing is such an intricate design, yet it looks so effortless and classy. The nude and browns work so well together, and the slight contrast of green makes the colours pop more. The sheer nude background gives the illusion of your natural nails and makes the whole design a lot more natural. This is a very chic and elegant design to have and would be perfect for many different occasions.
9. Multi Tips
Tip designs are a summer favourite this year, and we can tell why. This design again is simple and doesn’t have much to it but definitely creates a statement. The long square shape really suits this design and shows it off the most. The different colours are fun and perfect for the summer. The contrast outline makes them stand out more and really completes the manicure. These nails will get loads of attention as they are super eye-catching.
10. Coloured Specks
Having too much colour isn’t for everyone, so there are much simpler designs you can go for, and this is the perfect option. This design has a good balance of simplicity and fun. The nude base is great for every day; it’s clean and classy, then the dot detail is a subtle way of adding a pop to the design to make it stand out and more unique.
11. Summer Snake Print
Animal prints have always been popular in nail designs, but this design has a summer twist. The brightly coloured snake print design is very unique but such a cool design to have. Again we have different colours on each hand which is a fun, quirky design. The contrast between the colours on each hand not only makes the design stand out more, but it also creates an ombre, blended design to the nail art. This design is the ultimate summer manicure.
12. Sherbert Swirl
A classic manicure with a solid colour and a design on one nail was such a classic design, but we’re adding a twist this summer. The bright solid colours are a bold design to have during the summer, but adding a design such as the swirls makes the design more creative and different from your other manicure. This manicure will definitely make you summer-ready, and you’ll be getting a lot of comments as these nails scream summer.
13. Pick & Mix
This manicure has to be the most unique and fun design out of all of them. The different cartoon designs are very quirky and far from conventional nail designs. The nude base helps to make the nail art stand out and not overcrowd the manicure. This is the perfect type of design to have if you like to have a distinctive set of nails and what I really like about them is that you can tailor them to your style to suit your personality.
14. Flower Bomb
A flower design is always a winner during the summer and this is a great way to do it. The different coloured tips mixed with the multi colour flower design is a great way of getting creative with your design and tailoring it to suit your personality. What I like about this design is that you can have it multiple time but with different colours; so it’ll look like a new design each time.
15. Cinderella Blue
Chrome has been very popular this last year, and summer is a perfect time to try it out if you haven’t already. Its subtle shimmer and metallic look have a cool and edgy feel, perfect if you’re looking for a fun festival set. Baby blue is a lovely colour to try; it’ll look good on all skin colours, and it;’s a nice colour that will stand out without being too bright.
16. Ruby Stone
Red is perfect all year round, especially for the summer seasons; it’s bright and bold but still has a sophisticated look. This set is a really unique design, the red on the outskirts of the nail with the nude base in the middle is not a common design, but that’s what makes it a good design to try, as it’ll make it stand out even more.
17. Monochrome Madness
Nail art like this one, with a different fun design on each nail, has become increasingly popular recently, and it’s a perfect design to try out this summer. It’s a creative, light-hearted design that is great if you want to try a different style. The black and white keeps the design looking classy and not over the top; it’s also perfect for both natural and acrylic nails, so this design has a lot of versatility.
Tip nail designs are always classic nail designs; they’re easy designs that are perfect for any occasion. The pastel yellow is. A lovely way of making it more suitable for the summer weather and an easy way of making it different from the typical French manicure. If you like to stick to the classic design of a French tip, then this is a good way of changing it up and trying something fun for the summer.
19. Cherry on Top
White nails are a staple for the summer seasons; it looks fresh but still elegant. However, sometimes, a plain white set can be a bit boring, especially if you’re going to a summer event like a garden party or a festival, so this design is a great way of making it more creative. The cherry nail art is a nice simple way of adding detail to a design; it’s a fun, intricate look that adds a bit of colour to the set.
20. Tropical Vibes
This set is the ideal holiday nail, the classic tip design paired with the green animal print design is a lovely combination. The animal print tip design is such a detailed design; the colour contrasts make this manicure stand out, and you’ll definitely be getting compliments on this design. The green tones are perfect for the sunny weather, especially against the nude base; they’ll complement all skin tones.
21. Glitter Pink
Glitter nails have always been a popular nail design; it’s fun but still has an elegant and glam feel. This chrome glitter effect is definitely going to become very popular, so this summer is a great time to try it out. A deep pink is a nice option; it’s a very mature yet feminine shade, paired with the gold detailing on a few nails; it gives the set a glitzy and expensive look.
22. Glass Flowers
Clear acrylic nails recently came to light when they when viral on social media, and we can see exactly why people are going crazy over them. They have such a delicate and elegant look to them, while the flower nail art adds a creative and feminine touch. This is great if you want a more subtle design that is still on theme for your summer set.
23. Summer Field
Abstract designs are a lovely option for your summer manicure, they’re fun, a great way to add colour to your design, and they look really stylish. The green and white in this nail design have a very clean and chic feel, especially against the nude base; the colours really pop. The mix between the squiggly lines and French tips is a nice simple way of making it a trendy design.
24. Metallic Wave
This manicure is perfect if you’re not a huge fan of bright colours but want a design that’ll stand out and catch people’s attention. A nude base is classy and chic, perfect for all occasions, so great if you have an event but still want them to be appropriate for work. The chrome metallic wave-type nail art is such a subtle design, yet the texture and the unique design give it that statement effect without having to do too much.
25. Iced Latte
Just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean we can’t go for a nude nail design like this one. This manicure is a great design to try out; not only does it have loads of detail, but it also has a chic and sophisticated look. The abstract design is fun and unique, and the colour combination is a beautiful blend, creating a stunning set.