Summer is upon us which means, along with planning days at the pool, road trips to the beach, and ways to not sweat all our makeup off during our morning commutes, we're also thinking of ways to update our beauty routine for the warmer weather. While bright colors are gorgeous all on their own, we're shameless suckers for seriously good nail art. Whether it's an emoji-inspired mani, a tie dye masterpiece, or a different color on each nail — we're here for it and have a feeling you are too.
To help you make the most of the last month of summer, ahead you'll find 31 summer nail art designs that you'll want to show off on the 'gram. Pick one for right now and save a few for the weeks to come. Whichever you choose, we bet you'll receive a compliment or two (hundred).
A simple mani you'll want to show off all summer and beyond? Tiny metallic dots, of course! Grab the metallic polish of your choice (we love Emilie Heathe Nail Artist, $30 in Mr. M) and use a toothpick or dotting tool to create your design. Finish it off with top coat and you're good to go!
Tie Dye Tips
Another pattern that's making its rounds this summer? Tie dye. While this look is definitely for the more advanced DIY-er, you can hack the technique by watching this popular nail tutorial.
Tortoise Shell Halfsies
Tortoise shell is one of the chicest accessories of the moment, so why not put the trendy acetate design on your nails, too? For an ultra posh take, copy manicurist Betina Goldstein and refrain from covering your whole nail. That way, you can show off not one but two nail trends, as you'll be employing negative space, as well.
Pretty Little Papayas
How delicious are these? The fruity negative space nail art is definitely more advanced, so either hone in on your patience or ask a pro for help.
Lovely in Lime
We don't know about you, but we're in love with all things lime green, and these nails are no exception. Like the neon yellow arcs, this nail design is all about adding pops of color without covering the whole nail. To achieve the ultra-crisp lines, use nail tape and keep a clean-up brush nearby.
Negative Space Rainbow Nails
If you love rainbow nails but don't want to only choose five colors for each hand, you'll love the idea of these monochrome tips. Each nail features a different shade of the same family for an intricate take on the Insta-famous nail trend.
These negative space leopard print nails look much more difficult to create than they really are. The beauty about leopard print is that it doesn't need to look perfect. Start by creating a few nude dots along the edge of your nail and use a toothpick to trace black polish around the perimeter of each dot. Easy peasy.
We love an easy-to-achieve nail look, and this neon cutie is right up our alley. All you need is a handful of electric colors (we love the Côte Neon Everything collection) and a toothpick or nail tape to bring your mani to life.
Next: check out 5 easy nail art ideas that require zero skill.