16 summer manicure ideas to get your nails ready for the season

Even if you’ve yet to book a vacation or ready your summer wardrobe, you can still get into the season with some fresh and sassy nails! We believe anything goes when it comes to the colors, designs, or fidget spinners on your fingers and toes. That said, we often play it safe in autumn and winter, defaulting to darker shades and neutrals.

Now that summer is here, it’s a great time to play with brights and fun-in-the-sun themes. Maybe you’ve got an office job and have to keep things business casual. Vacation is a perfect time to wild out with your nails, even if it’s just for a week. Match your nails to your picnic blanket, add the finishing touches to a wedding ensemble, or channel your inner mermaid. The possibilities are endless, and the world is at your fingertips!

1. Sunrise, Sunset.

A tropical fantasy complete with palm tree silhouettes.

2. Subtle summer stunner.

Soft white palm trees on a pale pink base will make them do a double take.

3. Poolside polish.

Dive into this watery look.

4. Tiles are cool.


Get inspired by other parts of the pool.

5. I’ve been drinkin’…

Watermelon nails make a juicy accent to a bright solid or glitter mani.

6. Naked juice.

An ombré into negative space is so refreshing!

7. Do you like pina coladas?

Keep the fruit theme going with these pretty pineapples.

8. Stunt on the fireworks on the Fourth of July.

TFW you’re not shy about your patriotism.

9. Stars no stripes.

Slightly more subtle.

10. Grass? Yass.

Grass nails are flockin’ wild.

11. Mermaids are magic.

Unicorns might be the magical creature of the moment, but mermaids still have our hearts!

12. Not all merms rock teal.


Pastels are le dreamy.

13. Sun stripes.

Negative space, sunny disposition.

14. Ice cream paint job.


White nails in the summer will never not be a thing.

Get it, claws?

“Cape” up the good work!

16. Ahoy, matey!

Nautical nails for the sailor babes.

Now grab the polish, and get out there and have fun in the sun! (Or inside by the AC, we won’t judge.)

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