21 Summer Nail Art Designs We’ve Bookmarked

Nothing says summer like some bright nails. Whether you’re into minimal designs or crazy nail art, a pop of colour on your fingertips can take your whole look up a notch. Whilst we know that in the UK we’re not likely to get much actual sunshine this year, but who says you can’t satisfy your summer craving, and bring the summer we all deserve, to your nails.

We’ve had a stalk on Instagram and rounded up our favourite summer nail designs to give you some inspo for your next DIY attempt or long overdue appointment. We apologise in advance because you might struggle to choose just one, our girls have nailed it…

BUBBLEGUM BEAUTIES

You’re going to want to screenshot these bubble gum beauties from @amberjhnails. Bright retro colours in an abstract style, what more can we say. Consider us inspired.

Top tip for recreating at home-you can actually use the brush that comes in the nail polish to recreate this kind of shape.

FRUIT SALAD SWIRLS

We are suckers for these fruit salad swirls from @thenailroommanchester. Pink and orange is the colour combo of the season and we’re here for it. Use a small dainty brush to create thin swirly lines. 

NEON ABSTRACT

Incoming the absolute Queen of nails herself, @anouskaanastasia giving us some serious summer inspo. These abstract neon nails are one for the long nail lovers.

PASTEL ABSTRACT

This fresh pastel set from @bambinailss shows us just how the abstract trend is done. The simple yet effective use of negative space and simple colours is so refreshing, we must try it..

Top tip for recreating at home- you can actually use the brush in the nail polish to recreate this kind of shape. Try using Blanc white and Mint Candy Apple from Essie.

DAINTY DAISIES

Florals have always been a go to for nails but this effortless set from @beautyspace_charlotte is painted perfection. So simple but so cute!

Top tip for recreating at home- use the end of a bobby pin, dipped in polish for the little dots, if replicating at home.

TROPICAL SUNSET

Who needs a real holiday when you have @nailedbymil. These three toned almond beauties are giving us all the tropical vibes.

NEON TIPS

Ditch the classic white French tip this summer because it’s all about the neon. @bambinailss are giving us the best of both worlds with this super sweet combo of colours. Use Bang On and Zesty from Makeup Revolution to recreate at home. 

DAINTY FLORALS

We are saying hey to this dainty floral set from @heynicenails. This design is never going out of style, thank goodness. 

NEON TIPS

@holliebarkernailartist is showing us just how to nail the neon trend with these thick alternating tips. This design makes us long for summer.

Top tip for recreating at home- apply a strip of tape along your nail before painting the tip, remove when completely dry for an effortlessly neat tip.

MIX N MATCH

@letzgelwithmeg are helping us get our five a day in, with this super fun fruit inspired set. Who says you need to have the same design on every nail? Pick n mix is on trend- even this healthy kind. 

WHITE LINE

We just love this set white abstract line set from @indiesbeautyroom. This is the set for you if you want something simple but effective. Congrats girl, we’re obsessed. Use Blanc White from Essie to replicate at home.

CANDY PINK FRENCHIES

Brighten up your day with another classic French tips with a twist from @isabelmaynails. This gorgeous candy pink set is absolutely timeless and so neat. 

NEON FRENCHIES

Simple doesn’t have to mean boring with these neon frenchies from @imaradeoesnails.  The neon tips are super on trend, whilst still being sophisticated.

 

TWO TONE SQUIGGLES

This squiggle design from @disconailsglasgow is a stroke of genius. The mix of dark and light matching tones is a winner. If you love funky designs, then these are the nails for you.

RAINBOW DRIPS

Tips have had a complete makeover, and we’re here for it. We cannot get over this design from @naileditbeauty. It is literally dripping in genius. We. Must. Have.

PINK WAVES

@nailedbymil is making waves with this stunning pink and purple wavy set. We’re obsessed. 

FLORAL DOTS

Never underestimate the power of a classic floral design. We love this fresh intricate floral set by @nicoledot.beauty. Hats off to your steady hand girl.

FLORAL TIPS

Straight out of your pinterest feed is @pop_polished with this gorgeous set. We love mixing trends, so this combo of coloured tips and florals is ticking all the boxes for us.

MATTE DAISIES

If you told us that those are real daisies on these nails, we would absolutely believe you. We’re in awe of this matte daisy set from @thebeautyroombysarah. They are going straight to the top of our summer wishlist. 

PASTEL LINES

@thegelhouse’s mani is nailing all the trends this summer. The mix of pastel colours and abstract line design, looks good enough to eat. If you like simple but fun nails, then this is for you.

DIAGONAL TIPS

If you can never decide on one colour for your nails, follow @thehotblend’s lead and just get them all. These rainbow pastel diagonal tips are super fun and funky, perfect if you’re prone to being a lil indecisive.

Top tip for recreating at home- use a piece of tape to outline where the polish is going, apply and then remove when completely dry for an effortless neat finish.

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