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Sizzlin' Summer Nails: 15 Nail Art Designs We're Loving

Play up your nails this season using bright polishes and lively prints. These 15 summer nail designs will transport you to the beach while also letting you indulge in calorie-free ice cream. Whether you plan to spend your days lying by the pool, working in the office or attending summer weddings, put these manicures on your summer to-do list.

Teal Floral Gradient Stamping Nail Art

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Add a fresh take to summer florals as Chelsea of The Nail Network did by creating a teal gradient on the nails before stamping white flowers on top. These summer nails can be worn just about anywhere this season.

Aztec Nail Art

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Done in fuchsia and aqua polishes that are totally worthy of the season, this tribal design by Mattania of Qtplace.com screams summer and is a foolproof print to rock at a music festival.

Blue Watercolor Gradient Mani

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Nothing says summer like a beach-inspired manicure. Sammy of the blog The Nailasaurus created a watercolor gradient using a flat nail art brush to sweep blue polishes over a white base coat: the perfect summer nails for lounging poolside.

Carnival Confetti Nail Art

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This confetti nail art design was inspired by the colorful Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sarah of Chalkboard Nails added blue and green polishes to create streamer shapes and confetti dots on a yellow base.

Black and White Nail Stripes Mani

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For those who crave versatility when it comes to summer nails, keep things simple with a classic black-and-white combo like this design by Taryn of Miss Ladyfinger. Using a black nail striper is the best way to paint straight lines.

Flower and Polka Dot Mani

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Mix feminine prints, like flowers and polka dots, for an ultra girly manicure perfect for a summer wedding. To avoid looking overdone, paint two fingernails a solid hue, as Kelsie of Kelsie's Nail Files did for these summer nails inspired by All Nails Everything.  

Geometric Manicure

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Alice of One Nail to Rule Them All created this on-trend mani with a repeated triangle print. Starting with a white base coat allows the shapes to stand out while adding a freshness that is appropriate for the season.

Hawaii-Inspired Nail Art

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Maybe you'll be in Hawaii this summer. Maybe you won't. Either way, celebrate the tropics as Chelsea of the blog Chelsea Queen did with this manicure featuring pineapples, flowers and palm trees. She's got great how-to directions for these summer nails so you can re-create the look!

Ice Cream Nail Art

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Enjoy ice cream without the calories, sort of. This sweet manicure by Leslie of Polish Art Addict is the perfect way to treat yourself to ice cream during swimming suit season.

Point Taken Nail Art

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For a carefree day at the pool, no-fuss nail art is a must. Melissa of The Daily Nail created this aquatic design by taping off sections of the nail and layering polish colors for a crisp, clean look.

Safari Mani

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Using earthy hues like navy, mossy green and gold, Katy of Nailed It created five safari-inspired designs, one for each nail. These adventurous summer nails are perfect for those planning big adventures.

Scalloped Edges Mani

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A trendy twist on a French tip, this mani from Dahlia Nails is summer-ready without being over-the-top. The tangerine polish adds a pop of color that can be dressed up or down.

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