Want to brighten up your look for the summer? Then you are in the right place! We have found 65 stylish summer nail ideas that you will want to try. Nail art is a great way to wear the seasons latest colors and prints, and beautiful nails will finish off all your summery outfits perfectly. We have summer nails for everyone from elegant glitter manicures to bold patterns and colors. Each one can be created by a beginner or nail art pro.
1.CUTE MULTI COLOR NAILS
It can be so difficult to decide which color to use on your nails. With a nail design like this one, you won’t have to choose! This manicure features nails that are all painted different colors. Even though the colors are different they still compliment each other because they are similar light shades. You can recreate this look or be very bold with your color choices.
2. STRIPES AND CHEVRONS
Next, we have a summer nail idea that uses stripes and chevrons. Both these patterns are very popular in nail art and look trendy when combined. You can create stripes and chevrons with tape and there are tutorials online to help you. It may take practice but these are great techniques to learn as you can wear both patterns separately too. The polishes used in this look are China Glaze I’ll Sand by You, Don’t Be Sea Salty and All Sun & Games.
3.PASTEL NEON SUMMER NAILS
Our next idea features pastel neon colors which are perfect for the summer! These nails have an ombre effect and the look was created with Color Club Lacquer in shades Hot Hot Hot Pants, Diggin the Dancing Queen and Disco’s Not Dead. You can recreate the ombre look or use similar shades separately. Any would be perfect for vacations, festivals and more.
4. STYLISH PINK AND WHITE NAILS
Looking for a creative and unique summer nail idea? Then this next pick could be for you. Here we have pink and white nail art. The colors split the nail in half with a half circle shape. This is a really cute idea that would suit any nail length and shape. You can recreate the look in different colors too.
5. SUMMER GLITTER NAILS
Blue is a great color choice for the summer and these next nails show how to wear blue in style. The nails are a dark shade with a subtle sparkle. You can just wear the glitter polish or if you feel like a challenge, then you can try the mermaid accent nail. To help you create the mermaid look, you can use a nail stencil and there are tutorials online to help you.
6. TROPICAL PALM TREE NAILS
Nothing says summer like tropical palm trees! This next idea features bright pink nails with black palm trees. These would be perfect all summer and for any vacations. You can hand paint the palm tree or use a palm tree stencil. Also, try different background colors too.
7. STYLISH STRIPE NAIL IDEA
Next, we have a chic nail idea that features stripes. The fresh and cool pastel shades have been used to create different striped nails. You can create the whole look or just choose one striped nail for your recreation. For the stripes, you can use tape or a different nail color.
8. CACTUS NAIL ART DESIGN
Products used: MoYou London in shades Hipster 16 and Hipster 19, Ga-De Cosmetics in shades Pool Party and Rose Mist, OPI Matte Top Coat.
9. MATTE RAINBOW COFFIN NAILS WITH GLITTER
Love the matte trend? This beautiful nail art design proves that you can wear matte nails during the summer. Give it a try!
10. BOLD SUMMER NAILS
The next summery nail design we have to show you will add a pop of color to your look. These nails feature a colorful, tribal nail design with sparkly rhinestones. It is a fun and vibrant design that is perfect for the summer season. Recreate these artistic nails or use your own color palette.
11. FUNKY CHERRY NAILS
The summer is the perfect time to try funky designs on your nails. You could try something like this. These nails feature delicious red cherries. It is such a cool design and art like this will make your nails stand out from the crowd. The look was created using red, nude and green nail shades. You will also need red rhinestones and nail glue. You can find tutorials online to help you create this type of nail art.
12. VIBRANT MULTI COLOR NAILS
Next, we have another nail look that features multiple bright shades. The nails are long and each one is painted in two vibrant colors. All of the colors then create a gradient design. This is such a trendy nail idea and it will look amazing on nail length and shape. Recreate a manicure with similar colors or choose your own summery gradient.
13. MATTE NEON ORANGE NAILS
Another cool nail trend you could try this summer is neon. Neon nail colors are one of the must-have looks and this next manicure shows how to wear it in style! The nails are long, coffin shaped and are painted in a neon orange shade. This is a bold and statement making idea. Try a similar orange shade or choose a different neon color.
14. MATTE WATERMELON NAIL DESIGN
Looking for a unique nail idea? Then this is for you. Here we have a long, matte manicure that features a cute watermelon design. Most of the nails are painted in vibrant pink shade with a matte finish, with one accent nail that features watermelon design. It is a fun and vibrant look that is perfect for the summer. The watermelon on the accent nail was hand-drawn but you can buy watermelon stickers so the design is even easier to recreate.
15. NEON STAR NAIL DESIGN
Our next idea was inspired by Kylie Jenner’s latest manicure. The nails are a light shade with a stunning star design over the top. Each nail is different but you can just repeat the same pattern if you prefer. A manicure like this is beautiful and it would be perfect for the warmer season.
16. PALM TREE NAIL ART
Next, we have another tropical look to show you. These nails feature neon v tips and there is an accent nail too. The accent nail has a sunset background with a black palm tree. It is such a funky and vibrant design. There are tutorials online to help you create v tips and you can buy palm tree nail stencils online.
17. COLORFUL GLITTER OMBRE NAILS
Love ombre nails? Then you need to check out this next idea. The nails are nude and each one has an ombre design in a vibrant color. This is such a stylish nail design and it will be perfect for festivals and other fun summer events. Recreate the multi color ombre or choose one bright shade for all nails.
18. GLITTER AND LIGHT PINK NAILS
Glam up your look this summer with glitter nails like these! Most of the nails are light pink and there are two accent nails. The accent nails feature pink and white glitter ombre. This is a beautiful nail design that will suit all nail lengths and shapes. It will be perfect for a special occasion.
19. COOL ZEBRA NAIL DESIGN
Take a walk on the wild side and try animal print on your nails! Here is a gorgeous example! For this look, most of the nails are white and there is one zebra print accent nail. This is such a stylish look and it will be amazing for the summer season. You can create a similar design with a nail stencil. There are stencils available online in any animal print.
20. NUDE NAILS WITH YELLOW TIPS
The next nail idea features more trendy v tips. These nails are painted in a nude shade with neon yellow tips. It is such a cool and stylish look. We love v tips because you can try a vibrant color without being too bold. Recreate the summery yellow tips or try a bright color of your choice.
21. STYLISH PURPLE AND PINK NAILS
If you are looking for a simple and stylish nail idea then this is for you. The nails are long, coffin shaped and are painted in vibrant purple and pink shades. Nails in a bold color like this will instantly make you look summer ready. Try purple like this or you can use any statement making color.
22. RAINBOW GRADIENT NAIL DESIGN
Next, we have another summer gradient to show you. We love these nails because they remind us of a summer rainbow. For more rainbow nail designs and ideas, make sure to check out our other article here.
23. PINK AND ORANGE NAIL DESIGN
Our next idea is bright and bold. The nails are painted in vibrant pink and orange shades. There is also an ombre accent nail and some gems too. This is a beautiful, tropical and summery manicure. It reminds us of cocktails and popsicles, so it is perfect for the summer season.
24. PRETTY PINK MARBLE NAIL IDEA
Another nail art idea you can try this summer is marble. This next manicure shows a cute way to wear it. Each nail is painted in a different color including pink, white and sparkly silver. There is also one accent nail that features pink and white marble. It is a stylish look that will make your nails stand out from the crowd. There are lots of ways to create marble art and you can find tutorials online.
25. VIBRANT JELLY NAILS
Jelly nails are such a cool and fun look to try for the summer. The trend features nails in bright colors that are translucent. You could try a manicure like this one. These nails are a neon orange shade and this is the perfect color for the summer. Jelly nails look best when the nails are long.
26. COLORFUL STRIPES
If you can’t decide which bright color to try, then why not wear them all?! You could use all your summery colors to create stripe nail art like this. These nails are white, yellow, purple and pink. It is such a creative and unique look. Recreate colorful stripes like these or use your own color palette. Stripes can be created with nail tape.
27. COLORFUL MATTE STILETTO NAILS
Next, we have a colorful mani to show you. Here we have long stiletto nails. One hand has nails with pink and red shades. While the other hand uses pink, blue and yellow colors. So, each nail is a different color. One nail is also adorned with rhinestones. It is a fun, rainbow design that will add a pop of color to all of your summer outfits.
28. NUDE NAILS WITH RAINBOW TIPS
This next nail idea is so cute and vibrant! The mani features nude nails and each one has a rainbow colored tip. We love this because you can try the bolder colors but in a more subtle way. You can try the rainbow stripes or you can choose ten or five rainbow shades and paint the whole tip of each nail in a different color.
29. PINK AND ORANGE OMBRE WITH RHINESTONES
If you like to wear bright nail colors, then you need to take a look at this. Here we have a vibrant ombre design. The nails start pink and then change to orange. Some nails are also decorated with rhinestones. We love the summery colors and the rhinestones look so glam! There are ombre nail art tutorials online and rhinestones can be bought online. So, you can have a go at recreating this yourself.
30. PALM TREE NAILS
Nothing says summer like palm trees and the next mani shows how to wear a palm tree design in style. All of the nails use tropical pink and orange colors. Two nails use the shades with ombre art too. The ombre nails also have black palm trees. This is a stunning mani that is perfect for the summer and vacations. You can buy palm tree nail stickers and stencils. The trees can be hand-painted if you have a steady hand.
31. ELEGANT NEON PINK NAILS
We love this next idea! Here we have cute pink nails. Some of the nails are light pink and some are sparkly pink. It is just a pretty, fun and vibrant mani that is perfect for the spring and summer. A pink design like this will suit all nail lengths and shapes. Recreate this or you can try darker pink shades.
32. MATTE PASTEL NAIL COLORS
If you love pastel colors and matte nails, then check out this ideas. Here we have six summer nail ideas. As you can see, each one features a different bright color. All of them are so summery and fun. You can wear them all separately like featured or create a rainbow mani with all of them. The colors are from GlitterDaze Space Candy Collection in shades Solar Glaze, Candy Mars, Intergalactic Sprinkles, Melted Sugar Rays, Cosmic Cake and Lunar Cravings.
33. RAINBOW GRADIENT NAILS
Next, we have another rainbow nail idea. For this look, each nail has a gradient effect from yellow to purple and back to yellow again. It is a stunning, unique and colorful mani. You can find gradient nail art tutorials online. The art will look amazing on all nail lengths and shapes. We love this vibrant nail idea.
34. NEON OMBRE NAILS WITH GLITTER
The next nail idea is pink and so bright! These are long coffin nails and most of them have a different design including block color, ombre and glitter. It is a glitzy, glam and bold mani. As there is some sparkle, it would be great for nights out, parties and even summer weddings. Recreate the whole look or you can try just one or two of the designs on all nails.
35. PURPLE MARBLE WITH GOLD FOIL
Marble art is another must-have nail look and next we have a cute way to wear it. Some nails are plain white and some are white with purple marble art. The look is finished off with gold foil. We love this because the colors are stunning, the gold foil looks luxurious and the whole design has a geode look. You can find marble art tutorials online and gold nail foils can be bought online too.
36. NUDE NAILS WITH NEON YELLOW TIPS
Earlier in the post we shared nude nails with colorful tips. If you liked that idea, then take a look at this. Instead of rainbow tips, these nude nails have vibrant yellow ones. This is such a fun and cute idea. Nails like these are great for those who want to try a bright color without the overall mani being too bold. A design like this will suit everyone and the sunshine yellow is perfect for the summer.
37. PEACH AND PINK MATTE NAILS
Next, we have another summery color combo to show you. These nails use dark pink and peach shades. The colors have been used on most of the nails and one nail is clear with similar colored art. It is a unique and tropical mani that will wow. You can recreate this look or you can try a lighter pink for softer and subtler design.
38. COLORFUL OMBRE NAILS WITH FLOWERS
We love this next nail idea, it is one of our favorites! Three of the nails are nude with brightly colored ombre. While the other two nails are clear with flower and butterfly sequins. The flowers are so pretty and they have a 60’s look. This mani is perfect for those who like cute and quirky nail designs. You can buy flower and butterfly sequins for your nails online so you could create a similar look yourself.
39. RAINBOW OMBRE NAILS WITH GLITTER STRIPES
If you want summer nails that will wow, then this idea is perfect for you! Here we have long coffin nails and each one has a neon ombre design which creates a rainbow look overall. If that wasn’t enough, each nail also has a sparkly stripe down the center. This is such a statement making look and it is perfect for festivals and more.
40. TROPICAL GRADIENT WITH BUTTERFLY ART AND RHINESTONES
The next idea is another one with a tropical vibe. These nails are long and most are nude with a vibrant gradient. The gradient includes pink, orange and yellow shades which creates summer sunset look. Two nails are also nude with butterfly wings. This is a stunning look that will perfect for parties, special occasions or if you want to glam up your every day look. Recreate something similar or put butterfly wings on both hands.