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…
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.
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..
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.
@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.
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.
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.
@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.
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.