42 Cool Summer Nail Art Ideas
Every year I need to find the new, cool summer nail art ideas so I’m in in style while on vacation or at the beach. The big nail designs 2017 were polka dots, palm trees, pineapple, flowers (of course), or even an anchor or mermaid all on the ring finger only. And they might even continue to be the summer nail designs 2018! Glitter and ombre nail art are coming into style slowly, so I made sure to include them in the list too. The big summer nail colors are always bright or neon hues of colors like pink, yellow, red, the color of the sea: blue, and the beach favorite, turquoise!
Those trends can totally reappear this upcoming year or season, depending on where you are in the world and when your summer is. The French have a similar season schedule as the US so it’s fall or winter, but summer is still coming up! If you’re from Australia, summer is right around the corner and the 2017 summer nail trends can still apply to you! They’re cute so you wouldn’t even need to check your country’s manicures.
I made this list of all these simple and easy nailart tutorials, you won’t know what to try first! I have them for all sorts of nails, shapes, and design! Whether you like getting your acrylic coffin done in the salon or at home, there are many ideas you can either DIY or get done by a professional. You can wear any of these from work (because summer breaks don’t exist anymore) to the coral reef. You’ll turn all those fish faces onto your nails, but these can also be for toes!
1. Tutorial : Summer Nails
A blue look to go with the beach water but not camouflage! When I first saw this I thought this would have been so complicated, but looking at just the step by step pictures I already felt so relaxed. It’s the perfect idea and guide for summer nail designs.
2. Cute Watermelon Pink – Stripes
Watermelon colors are so welcomed during the summer! The bright version is cute and perfect for summer BBQs that will actually have watermelon. Plus, this ring finger look is DIY possible to save you money and quick for when the BBQ is in an hour.
3. Summer Pineapple Nails
Here is the biggest summer 2017 trend making its comeback from irrelevancy during the winter: The Pineapple! They were on everything from clothes, swimsuits to having radios in the pineapple shape. One bright pineapple would be so cute for toes. You could even keep the rest of your toe nails simple and pink.
4. Summer Beach Nails with Blue Ring Finger Fun
I love the studs they used for their ring finger! I had to buy for the coffin nails I do at home! The shells and blue are just so absolutely perfect for the summer beach. It’s making me wish it was summer right now or that I was a mermaid always living summer.
5. Cute Red DIY for Toes
If you’re going out on a ship for vacation, try out this look to attract lifeguards faces. It’s a sexy red and nautical theme nail that would go so well with that free red swimsuit everyone on Instagram tried to get. That was a fun experiment.
6. Coral Watercolor Style – China Glaze
It’s a water color ring finger coral look! How dang fitting for the summer time. I need to do this look for a picnic out with my boyfriend. It’s just so cute and I love how well it looks with short nails because I cannot keep my nails long when I’m typing all day.
7. Turquoise Starfish and Glitter
It’s not a Patrick Star nail tutorial but if you change the blue to pink and green to coral, you’re almost there. I wish I would have done this for my summer trip to Florida when I rented a house and it was all sea themed. I loved that house, and I miss that fun trip by the beach.
8. Almond, Rounded, Stiletto Fruit Manicures
This strawberry nailart idea made me hungry… for summer! You have to be quite talented for this tutorial since it isn’t a DIY, but for my girls that can afford to get their nails done professionally or at least for a special occasion, show them this look! It would look cooler in a rounded, stiletto, or almond shape so the strawberry looks a little more realistic.
9. Summer Palm Trees Ombre
My predictions are right, cute summer nail designs 2018 will include ombre and palm trees. Thank you Pinterest for confirming. Ombre nail hack: put the colors on a make up wedge and press it onto your nails. The blend is seamless. Then just draw the palm trees with a nail pen.
10. Easy Nail Designs with Flowers
This orange is such a great color for summer when everything seems brighter from nail art to life. She used nail decals to get that paisley print, so don’t freak out about how to do that because I already did, and I just told you the trick! Use a complementary and fun color to the decal you decide to use.
11. Simple Bright Blue Short Nails
I had to know how she did that watercolor, marbling effect on her nail and it was so easy! You just spread the colors on a plastic surface and put them on your nail. I would swirl the colors together and then press my ring finger, or all my fingers, into the nail polish.
12. Pink French Watermelon Art – Summer Nails Designs
13. Nail Fun – Neon Gel
14. Nailart Ideas for Summer : Fruit
15. Pink Style for Ring Finger and Coffin Shape
16. Beach and Ocean Step by Step
17. Summer Citrus Nails with Kit
18. Simple Nails for Toes
19. Jelly Beans – Bright Ideas for Summer
20. Beach Nail Art with Red Simple Starfish
21. Summer Pride Festival Nails
Americans celebrate pride month in June which is part of our summer and these nails would be the best for those festivals. There’s a rainbow or a symbol of dreams on each nail! These nails will be almost as fun as pride festivals.
22. Summer Cat Nail Art and Cute Blue Bows
23. Tutorial with Pictures : Tropical Vacation Nails
24. Favourite Season : Summer – Palm Trees on Beach DIY
25. Simple Glitter or Coffin Shape
26. Nail art – Summer’s Bright Glow
27. Neon Yellow & Rhinestones : Summer Proof
28. Cute Flower – Squared Oval or Squoval
29. Cool Print Nails for Vacations
30. Simple Nail Art : Anchor and Beach Inspired with Glitter
31. Short Manicures for Summer Fun + Nailart Hack
The Nemo and Dory fish looked too realistic in this nail art to be real. It took me a while to figure out how they could have done that with the few nail colors they showed, but now I know! They just printed the little nail accents on a paper small and short enough to fit on a nail, placed it on while the paint is wet, and then sealed it with a top coat. Easy peasy are my nail hacks.
32. Easy Pink French for Everyday
33. Ice Cream Hot Pink for Toes or Nails
34. Bright Summer Nails with Flowers
35. Summer White and Pink and Purple Geometric Nail with Pictures – Use Tape
36. Nature Inspired Nail Art – Middle and Ring Finger Style
37. Summer Campfire Ideas
38. Nail Designs Pictures : Rectangle
39. Nails Hack : Sharpie Marble Water Decal
40. Henna Flowers Design – Subtle Ombre
41. Kiwi and Watermelon for Nail Faces
42. Neon Summer Bright Acrylic Tutorial
Wow these nail art designs are getting me excited to play with bright glitter colors and palm trees at the beach. A lot of the tutorials and hacks make the DIY way more simple than it looks. All your friends will be surprised how easy it was to get such cute flowers or even a pineapple on your short nails, when they get manicures for the plain pink coffin style every weekend. Show those friends this at home articles with many nail ideas on Pinterest or Instagram so they can save money from those acrylic nails.