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There’s no denying that a stunning manicure is a beauty must-have, and when it comes to the summer season, it’s all about taking your nail game to the next level. From super-pretty pastels to neon polish, summer nails are a great way to experiment with the hottest beauty trends. So, if you’ve been scouring Google and Pinterest for summer nail colors and designs, consider your search over. Keep reading for 31 summer nail ideas for 2020 that can help you add the perfect accent to your overall beauty look.
Want to play with color this summer? Ombré nails are where it’s at! Perfect for days when you can’t decide between two colors, this nail trend gives you free rein to combine two shades for a stylish finish. It’s no surprise that this look is one of the most popular summer nail designs. To get the look, paint your nails with one shade, then use a makeup sponge to blend your second color onto the tips of your nails, building up the color until you have a seamless gradient.
Love to make a statement with your manicure? Neon green nails fit the bill. A great way to step outside of the box, this bright and bold color adds the right amount of pizazz for a look that won’t go unnoticed.
If you’re a fan of classic summer nail colors, you can’t go wrong with turquoise nails! This pretty blue hue with notes of green emulates the color of the ocean beautifully. Consider it your new go-to beach mani—even if you can’t actually have a beach day!
Speaking of beach-inspired nails, it may be worth adding sea glass nails to your must-try list! This gorgeous nail trend features long nails that are coated in sea glass colored nail polish and topped with a matte top coat for the perfect beachy manicure. Head on over to our article, How to Do Sea Glass Nails, for a step-by-step tutorial.
It’s only right that we add cobalt blue to our cute summer nails list. Equal parts elegant and bold, this shade offers a nice burst of color that can pair well with almost any outfit you dream up.
Feeling the blue-green vibes? It doesn’t get much better than teal nails. This fabulous shade blends rich blue hues with subtle hints of green for a show-stopping color.
Another summer nail design we can’t get enough of? Jelly nails! This nail trend has become quite a hit in the beauty world and for a good reason. Flaunting see-through tips coated in a fun, bright color, this manicure is perfectly matched to the summer season. Check out our article, Jelly Nails Are Our New Favorite Trend, to learn how to DIY the trend.
If you’re a fan of practical and stylish summer nail art, polka dots are the manicure design for you. This trend allows you to play with color and show off your creative side. Whether you decide on small dots, bigger ones, or a combination of the two, you’ll surely become a trendsetter. And yes, you can get the look at home! Use the rounded tip of a bobby pin dipped into a little nail polish to create perfect dots.
Can’t resist a head-turning manicure? Two-tone nails will take your summer nails to new heights. A great way to steer away from traditional designs, this trend is a chic option for spicing things up on each of your nails. Simply pick two shades that complement each other and paint half of each nail with one polish and the other half with your remaining shade.
Dare to be bold with your summer nail colors? It’s time to put color block nails on your radar. This look incorporates geometric shapes with vibrant nail colors for a modern pop of color. What’s not to love?
If acrylic nails are your forte for summer, then you may want to give coffin-shaped pastel nails a go! Featuring a long coffin nail shape with a coat of pastel polish, these nails effortlessly evoke cool-girl vibes.
One summer nail design you won’t be able to get enough of? Accent nails! Known as one of the most popular nail art trends, this look involves painting a single nail in a contrasting color or with a unique design to set it apart from the rest. Feel free to play with shimmer shades or muted colors to give your manicure an unexpected pop. Head on over to our article, How to Do an Accent Nail in 4 Easy Steps, to get the look.
Want to rock a color that’s super bright, bold, and fun? Orange nails check every box. An easy way to make your nails the star of your beauty look, this color offers equal parts warmth and charm.
Looking for the perfect balance between bright and muted summer nail colors? All hail peach nails! This shade makes for a trendy mani without forcing you to step too far outside of your comfort zone.
If you ask us, nothing beats a timeless, chic look, and black nails are no exception. While this color is often considered a fall or winter hue, it actually is a great pick for summer nails. It’s both cool and elegant while serving up a stylish contrast against your summer wardrobe.
In the mood for a pretty in pink aesthetic? Consider soft pink nails your go-to. This fantastic color gives your nails a flirty and playful look that can easily complement your summer style. Not to mention, this color looks amazing on all skin tones.
Traditional orange nails are super pretty, but coral nails are even trendier. This vibrant orangey-pink hue will give your mani sass and style for a look that will certainly lead to nail envy.
Why not match your next manicure to your favorite jewelry? We’re talking about rocking rose gold nails, of course! This metallic shade sports hints of shimmer for a manicure that’s as luxurious as it sounds.
Now that metallics are on your nail radar, bronze nails are a great color to test drive. This metal-inspired hue offers a rich golden glow that will sparkle when the sun hits it. All you need is a bronzed makeup look to tie everything together.
Ah, lavender nails! This purple hue may be a surefire pick for your spring nail color, but it’s definitely worth adding to your summer lookbook as well. Offering a soft and subtle look, this shade is an excellent pick for a clean-cut and put together manicure.
Leave the traditional French manicure behind with the French twist! A variation of the popular nail look, this summer nail design curves your white tips down the side of your nails for a stylish upgrade.
Who says you can’t stick to tradition and still spice up your summer nails? Prepare to turn heads with the new French manicure. This nail design flaunts a curved white tip with an extra horizontal line underneath for a new take on a classic.
This summer is all about showing off your personality, and the reverse French tip is a great place to start. Flaunting a thin line of white just along your cuticle, you’ll never look at French manicures the same.
Prefer to keep your summer nail designs on the minimalist side? Look no further than a striped nail look. Boasting a diagonal strip of color on the tip of your nails, this manicure is sure to earn some compliments.
Statement-making nails on your mind? Well, it’s time to get acquainted with marble nails. This unique design mimics the look of marble surfaces for an ultra-feminine and luxurious style. Use a small detail brush to paint grey veining onto white nails, then seal everything in with a thick top coat.
Want to sparkle from head to toe this summer? Kick things off with the help of gold glitter nail polish. A great way to have fun with your manicure, this color can work as an accent color or as a full set for a look that glimmers.
Nude nails are the gift that keeps on giving. This neutral shade gives your nails a polished and fresh look that will never go out of style. Bonus: If your nails chip a bit, chances are, no one will notice!
If you prefer neutral shades, white nails are another choice you’ll love. This fresh and crisp color effortlessly brightens up your nails and flatters your skin tone for the best of both worlds.
Almost bare nails are a great way to embrace your natural nails. Boasting a soft golden sheen brushed onto otherwise polish-free nails, this pick redefines the meaning of “your nails, but better.” Simplicity with a touch of glam, it’s a true winner!
Aside from soft pink, hot pink is another pink shade that deserves to be a standout summer nail color for 2020. Pair the high impact color with a glossy finish to truly make a statement.
Last but certainly not least, if you find yourself constantly torn between nail polish shades, consider giving rainbow nails a try. There is no hard-pressed rule that says you have to stick to one nail color—or even two! And if you’re game for mixing up bright and bold hues, rainbow nails are the perfect answer to your nail art needs. Paint each of your nails a different shade to bring your rainbow together.
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