11 Nail Trends That'll Be Everywhere This Summer

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In terms of beauty, nothing has the power to transition your look through different seasons quite like a manicure or nail art. Just as moody tones are synonymous with winter, bright and punchy hues go hand in hand with summer styling, and that's precisely what we're seeing more of in terms of nails right now.

You need only scroll on Instagram to see that colourful manicures are currently trending, as are fresh shades of white. And now that salons have reopened, nail art is once again proving seriously popular, with everything from daisies to summer's new It check making an appearance on our feeds.

But which summer nail trend is right for you? To help you decide, we've rounded up 11 must-know looks for you to consider. Scroll on to see them and to shop the varnishes and tools you need to re-create them for yourself.


French tips are back on the manicure agenda, with fashion types opting for colourful ends.

Shop the look:

Dior Vernis Nail Polish in 849 Rouge Cinema (£22)

Manucurist Nail Art Brush (£16)

Zara Nail Polish (£6)


Having already taken over our wardrobes, checkerboard patterns are cropping up on nails, too. If it's your first attempt, try creating the look with bigger squares, and use nail-art tape to keep your lines sharp.

Shop the look:

Nails Inc. Fashion Fix Velvet Velour Nail Polish (£11)

Nail Art Tape Strips (£3)

CND Vinylux Creekside Nail Varnish (£12)


White hues always make a comeback for summer and present a way for minimalists to get in on trending nail looks.

Shop the look:

Nailberry White Mist Nail Varnish (£14)

Mavala Izmir Nail Polish (£6)


If you're keen to expand your nail-art abilities, these abstract daisies are a great place to start. Create the little circles using a dotting tool, and you'll soon master the knack.

Shop the look:

Kiko Smart Nail Lacquer (£3)

Mylee Dotting Tool (£5)

Barry M Cosmetics Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint (£4)


This is another pared-back take on nail art. Use a super-glossy bottom and topcoat to ensure your negative-space nails look as premium as possible.

Shop the look:

Beauty Pie Wonderlayer Diamond Powder Base (£15)

Nailberry L'Oxygene Nail Lacquer Minty Fresh (£14)

OPI Top Coat (£14)


You're right—glitter nails are typically found during party season, but more and more Instagram manicurists are choosing them for summer.

Shop the look:

H&M Nail Polish in Flake It (£4)

Rimmel Glitter Low Coverage Nail Polish (£4)


If white isn't your thing, give your talons a fashionable spin with this season's trending green hue. The more grass-like in tone the better.

Shop the look:

CND Vinylux Crisp Green (£12)

Kiko Smart Nail Lacquer (£3)

Lena Breathable Halal Nail Polish in Green & Glam (£9)


If you can't decide which colour to go for, why not wear one on each finger? I'm indecisive and swear by this trick.

Shop the look:

Essie Original Nail Polish Sunny Business Collection (£8)

NailKind Banana Blonde Nail Polish (£9)

Mavala Nail Polish in 103 Cobalt Blue (£6)


It might look tricky to re-create, but dotting a small amount of nail polish in different hues onto your nail and mixing it with a wooden nail-art tool will help you achieve this cool, swirled effect.

Shop the look:

Hicarer Wood Nail Art Sticks (£5)

Barry M Cosmetics Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint (£4)

Zoya Missy Nail Polish (£10)


If you want nail art that doesn't pull attention from your outfit, then this half-and-half style is the perfect solution. It's a statement but not distractingly so.

Shop the look:

OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in Yoga-ta Get This Blue (£13)

Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in Cotton (£15)


Already invested in a dotting tool? Put it to good use to quickly rustle up this polka-dot manicure. Wait for the dots to dry, and then apply a layer of topcoat for an ultra-glossy finish.

Shop the look:

Nails.Inc 73% Plant Power Vegan Nail Polish (£9)

Glossify Dotting Tool (£6)

Jessica Brilliance High Gloss Top Coat (£12)

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