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15 Unique Summer Nail Art Trends To Try Out Yourself

by Sidney Burds

15 Unique Summer Nail Art Trends To Try Out Yourself

Suns out, claws out. When the summer heat is on it’s time to take the layers off and show some skin. While winter nail art rarely gets a chance to shine in public (winter chill = mittens), summer is the season to pull out all the nail decorating stops.

 

From psychedelic tie-dye to smaller than bite size fruit, intricate lines or bold cow print, these are the hottest nail art trends of the summer. Feel free to shop the polishes and appliqués below if you’re in the mood for a little DIY, or send these images to your manicurist for your next nail appointment.

 

Abstract Tonal

 

Here’s a DIY that we are going to try ASAP! Since there’s no one way to make abstract art, no one will be able to tell if you mess up.

 

essie Gel Nail Polish in a mauve purple shade

 

Get It! essie Gel Couture Sheer Silhouettes Nail Polish, $12; target.com

 

Long Lines

 

 

Want to make your short nails look longer? Give them some lengthening lines in varying widths.

 

Deobrah Lippmann summer colors nail set

 

Get It! Deborah Lippmann Beyond The Sea Gel Lab Pro Set, $36; sephora.com

 

Confetti Magic

 

 

This one takes a bit more patience (you need to apply each piece of glitter one-by-one) but the sparkle is so worth it.

 

Hand holding multicolor nail glitter confetti in a variety of shapes and colors

 

Get It! Multicolor Manicure Glitter Confetti Mixed Shapes, $7; amazon.com

 

Til The Cows Come Home

 

 

It’s no surprise cowhide print is making it’s way into the fashion world with Western looks currently on-trend. White nails with a couple black splotches? Done.

 

Sephora Collection black nail polish

 

Get It! Sephora Collection Color Hit Mini Nail Polish, $5; sephora.com

 

Neon Green

 

 

If you haven’t been able to commit to the slime green that’s been happening in fashion right now, a french tip can give you a fun taste of it.

 

essie lime green nail polish in the shade Stencil Me In

 

Get It! essie Nail Polish Stencil Me In, $11; amazon.com

 

Totally Tie-Dye

 

 

You have this hippie print on your t-shirts, skirts, dresses, and scrunchies at this point, so why not your nails?

 

More than Magic light pastels nail polish set

 

Get It! More than Magic Nail Polish Set, $7; target.com

 

Works of Art

 

 

Take your notebook doodles to your nails with crisp white line drawings over eye-popping base colors.

 

Sally Hansen white nail polish

 

Get It! Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color, $6; amazon.com

 

In Stitches

 

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➖ Stitch nails for @welovecoco ➖

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All you need is a steady hand to complete this simple, statement nail art.

 

China Glaze super-fine tip nail polish brush in black

 

Get It! China Glaze Stripe Rite Paint It Black, $6; ulta.com

 

I Scream You Scream

 

 

Ah, the uncontested dessert of summer. Try the white tipped and sprinkle-covered designs on your own, and if you’re really talented, give the accent nails a go.

 

OPI 5pc mini neon nail polish set

 

Get It! OPI Online Only Neons Infinite Shine 5pc Mini Pack, $25; ulta.com

 

Porcelain

 

 

You can buy the nail polish, let your nail technician do the rest.

 

Christian Louboutin blue nail polish

 

Get It! Christian Louboutin ‘The Pops’ Nail Colour, $50; nordstrom.com

 

Wavy

 

 

Crisp, straight lines are hard. This color-blocked wavy design is your friend.

 

Chanel pink nail polish

 

Get It! Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour, $28; nordstrom.com

 

Flower Power

 

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Bloom in blue ????

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Pssst! We found at home floral nail art stickers that will give you these nails instantly.

 

Olive and June floral nail art stickers

 

Get It! Olive & June In Bloom Nail Art Stickers, $8; target.com

 

Juicy Fruit

 

 

We’re thirsty for this mouth watering nail art!

 

Nails Inc. Dual Peach Polish Nail Set

Get It! Nails Inc. Kiss My Peach Duo Nail Set, $15; sephora.com

 

Rainbow Power

 

 

When you can’t decide on what polish to choose, pick them all.

 

Sally Hansen rainbow nail set for Pride

 

Get It! Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pride Nail Color Collection, $17; ulta.com

 

Sunny Side Up

 

 

Your favorite breakfast food, nail art edition.

 

Nails Inc. yellow nail polish

Get It! Nails Inc. Life Hack Personality Nail Polish Collection, $11; sephora.com